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Milwaukee School of Languages

Public | 6-12 | 1152 students

We are best known for language immersion programs.

 
 
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted October 8, 2013

My sister attended this school 2005-2009 and during that time I enjoyed the different activities they provided for the families so they can see what the children are learning during school. Due to those positive atmosphere & staff I decided to send my oldest daughter to MSL and now she is a junior. The only negative but major thing to me is that they had changed the grade that they will accept new students. Since I wasn't able to attend parent teacher conference last year I missed the information on when they were excepting early admissions and the information wasn't sent with report cards. So I am very disappointed that years of waiting for my youngest daughter to get in 6th grade that she's unable to attend MSL due to the lack of information from MSL and Craig Montessori. I hope that they will change the grade level for acceptance back to how it use to be when my sister started going there which was 6th or 9th grade. A lot of Milw. Public high schools have been displaying nothing but negative atmosphere and teachings it is going to be hard to find a high school for my youngest daughter to attend when that time comes. PLEASE CHANGE THE GRADE LEVEL FOR ACCEPTANCE TO 6TH & 9TH GRADE
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2013

I am student their. I just finished my sixth grade year and i am going into seventh grade next year. Even though I have only been their a year, the school sucks.The kids get popular is by having sex and fighting. I am a german kid and their are the class clowns in our class. But we do not have any popular kid. Sometimes we think we are just their for the awards we win. Plus all the german kids help them get top school with their wkce and map testing scores. All the other kidd just play a fighting game 30 seconds. Do not send your child here.


Posted June 29, 2013

I was highly excited by the prospect of my son attending this school for his entire middle and high school years. As he progressed through his first year here, I became increasingly disappointed. I feel that, with the exception of a few teachers, there was a limited amount of communication, especially as it related to student progress and possible interventions for struggling students. It would have been helpful if some teachers had syllabi or course plans, or even just simple assignment requirements posted on that underutilized website of theirs. This would have gone a long way towards student success in my opinion. Further, not much is offered in the way of interventions (I.e. mentoring, tutoring) for students who are not special ed. Upon visiting, I was rather disappointed at the class sizes, and the seeming laissez faire attitude towards the middle school group in general. I realize that this is a difficult grade band, but they are not being prepped well for future success-these kids needed guidance in terms of notetaking skills, study skills, etc. and all they have is a big calendar that is supposed to address all that. I expected more from a school that is so highly praised
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2013

The school overall is good, but, the younger kids are just rude as ever to teachers and their monitors. This is supposed to be an immersion school which you USED to get in via a test to see how strong your language you going to study is. Now we getting kids from other schools that been kicked out, just like that. The security guards there barely listen to the radios and sometimes turn it off. I have been there since 6th grade and graduating this year and this school is going in the toilet when c/o 2013 & 2014 leaves. MSL has lost their integrity as an immersion school.


Posted February 27, 2013

I was a student there from 6th to 10th grade and the school was not decent at all. The students didn't care about the learning or the teachers. They believed that they could do what ever they wanted and they did not act responsible or respectful to anyone. I was bullied there for years and the only way it stopped was when I swung back. The teachers are great and always want to teach and make the best of the year, but the students don't care and stop everything that they have planned. The other problem with the school is that the teachers have no bite. When bullying takes place, they are supposed to have a conference between the two students. You can bring the issue up to the teacher or the principle and no action would be done.


Posted November 3, 2012

i am a student who currently attends MSL. I am a 8th grader and i am highly disappointed. the only chance of having great teachers is if you went to an immersion school, if you didn't then you won't have the best teachers. i did not go to an immersion school and when i was in partial Spanish i hated it. it was impossible to learn because of the disruptive students. i knew Spanish very fluently because i spoke it at home and learned it there. when i switched into the full Spanish class there was a major change. i could actually learn and it wasn't super noisy. its a bad middle school but decent high school. your child would only benefit from this school is if they went to an immersion school or know french, Spanish or German fluently so they could be in the full immersion class. Japanese is offered there and the classes are great! by seventh grade your child will know how to read Japanese hirigana and by 8th grade they will know katakana. In my opinion the Japanese teacher is a excellent teacher better than the partial Spanish teacher. This school treats the immersion students like favorites. immersion students get to go to foreign countries but partials don't.


Posted October 27, 2012

I was a student as MSL for several years and I am very disappointed in the school. There are always problems with the students either not paying attention or that they think that they don't have to listen to the teachers. The staff are great but they can't teach their students everythuing they can because of the students that just don't care. The lunch was terrible, disipline was a pain, and there were not many choices for extra classes, like there was no home ec. or cooking or anything. You can't even start partial Spanish if you are fluent in another language taught there. I left the school to enroll in Muskego High School.


Posted June 4, 2012

My daughter will be completing 8th grade next week. She has been there since 6th grade and will stay through high school. I am extremely pleased with this school. She will continue with her German and now will be taking Japanese for the next 4 years. The school also does an excellent job with the "basic" courses. It is our neighborhood public school so she is able to walk there. So many parents do not want to send their child to an MPS school. All I can say is that they are truly mising out on this small "hidden gem."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2012

I am a tenth grader and personally I believe the school is better than most. I've been going to this school since 6th grade. There are always the few who ruin a good thing for people who really want something but we'll never be rid of them forever, right? The one thing I wish I could change about this school would be lunch. For one, it's MPS lunch so it's automatically gross, but we only have 20 minutes to eat.


Posted February 28, 2012

You just made my point thank you. If you like your school then you should not care what other people say about it. Best of luck to you, I hope you are going to college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2012

The person who wrote about the student who couldn't spell has issues. That student spelled everything perfectly fine. I am a Senior at MSL and have been here for the past 6 years. The 7th grader has better spelling then most of the middle school class. MSL is a great school and has great learning experiences. I understand how hard it was to learn at this school. I was in Special Ed for almost 5 years. Every hour i had was Special Ed. I knew how it felt to never learn like others. But they helped me. This school helps so many kids. And i love it.


Posted August 30, 2011

Yea hi im a seventh grade student at msl and I think its a great school and I enjoy going there for school and I have read some of the reviws on this website and first off our princapal is not rude at all and we have no problems at all with everyone busing toganther I myself ride the bus with six highschool students who are very well bhaved and nice aside from that all of the highschool students are very kind and helpful for exsample on my first day of school in sixth grade i had trouble finding my 3rd hour class and a senior helped me to it and our school does have caring teachers and we also have awsome test scores in map amd wkce Iso over all MSL is a great school!


Posted April 11, 2011

My son is msl student this year for the first time in 6th grade. I am very disappointed in myself and the school due to lack of commucation. it been a very ruff year to said the least; bad grades and no help and until the very end of the year. i did not all the help u could get at the school until i call myself. I think msl should have a learning session for 6th grader parents on want to do when your child or children are struggle. As far as the staff goes ill give them a C for doing their job and nothing more. Very disapponted parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2011

We have sent our son the MSL for middle school and now into high school. He loves it! The teachers have been great, and very supportive. The continuation of instruction in the German language for our son has been very important. He started at Milwaukee German Immersion School and the language component of school is very important to him. He finds that it also allows him to excel in other areas of study. The opportunity to now take AP classes (World History) has been one of his best classes. He loves his physics and math teachers. MSL allows a small class size and learning environemnt where the students can interact with their teachers. Our son also plays on the soccer team and is forging friendships across multicultural avenues that Milwaukee needs for a bright future. The rich cultural experience of being able to travel to Germany on a class trip in the 8th grade with his mother as a chaperone was priceless. MSL also has been listed as one of the best high schools in America by Newsweek, and in 2009 MSL was 1 of 3 listed in the entire state of Wisconsin. We consider MSL as a hidden jewel. To be honest - the language program is not for everyone, it's a tough academic program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

We sent our daughter to MSL for 6th grade based on the school's reputation and test scores. We were severely disappointed with MSL. We did not feel the grades given reflected knowledge or ability. Our daughter was given excessive extra credit for doing basic things (turning homework on time & getting parental signatures). There were also a number of fights and confrontations my daughter witnessed. She was involved in one fight (she is not prone to fights). We moved our daughter to a non MPS school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2010

Horrible School the communication is so poor I regreat sending my daughter here. The principal is very rude. I have a very bad experinece with this school. My child is an excellent student but noticed the teachers are very disconnected, this school by far lack communication with the parents and they have teacher that do not care very much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

This is one of the best MPS schools. They have high test scores and the overall teachers really care about the students. If your child is interested in studying in a foreign language then I recommend MSL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

Schoolis soaring higher and higher every day the school has high expectations for the students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

I don't think MSL is a good middle school. The school has over 1080 students. I don't think the school has the staff or resources to properly handle so many students. I don't feel middle school and high schoolers belong in the same environment or should ride in the same yellow buses. Its not a good influence to combine middle school with high school issues. With future budget cuts the quality of education on the downfall more students are being enrolled. I don't feel failure is acceptable and the staff and teachers aren't held accountable. Parents please do your research explore all options charter, private and smaller personalized schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

This school has its overview of opinions, and as for me i believed this school was great. I graduated from the school in 2009 and now attending University Wisconsin Madison, i believed the school criteria was OK but it is great when taking advanced classes. Thanks to the opportunities I learned more than i expected. The only factor that contributes to the outcome of negative impacts from the middle school children, they are disobedience and such a disturbance!
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 38% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 61% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 46% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 42% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
57%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 82% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students30%
Female33%
Male23%
Black, not of Hispanic origin23%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic28%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin37%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities12%
Non-disabled32%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English30%
Non-migrant30%

Reading

All Students20%
Female26%
Male11%
Black, not of Hispanic origin11%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic37%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin33%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities9%
Non-disabled23%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English20%
Non-migrant20%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students37%
Female33%
Male42%
Black, not of Hispanic origin19%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic43%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin63%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities23%
Non-disabled38%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Reading

All Students30%
Female32%
Male28%
Black, not of Hispanic origin14%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin52%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities17%
Non-disabled32%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

All Students64%
Female73%
Male57%
Black, not of Hispanic origin64%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin66%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities31%
Non-disabled67%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant64%

Math

All Students35%
Female35%
Male35%
Black, not of Hispanic origin23%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic24%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin51%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled38%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant35%

Reading

All Students32%
Female36%
Male28%
Black, not of Hispanic origin22%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic24%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin45%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled34%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant32%

Science

All Students78%
Female77%
Male78%
Black, not of Hispanic origin71%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin82%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities46%
Non-disabled80%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant78%

Social Studies

All Students83%
Female81%
Male85%
Black, not of Hispanic origin78%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin86%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities53%
Non-disabled86%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

All Students68%
Female73%
Male64%
Black, not of Hispanic origin63%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic78%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin81%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities12%
Non-disabled78%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant68%

Math

All Students24%
Female17%
Male28%
Black, not of Hispanic origin15%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic14%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin42%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled28%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant24%

Reading

All Students31%
Female31%
Male30%
Black, not of Hispanic origin22%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic21%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin51%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled36%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant31%

Science

All Students66%
Female57%
Male70%
Black, not of Hispanic origin54%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic78%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin82%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities12%
Non-disabled75%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant66%

Social Studies

All Students76%
Female76%
Male76%
Black, not of Hispanic origin77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin79%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled87%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Percent of 12th graders taking ACT: 75%
Average Composite ACT score: 19

*Test scores are based on the 2013 WSAS results from the state of Wisconsin.

**The academic growth rating measures how schools affect student test score improvement over time in reading and math. This data is from 2013 and is provided by the Value-Added Research Center and Milwaukee Public Schools.

***This rating is based on composite ACT scores for all 12th graders in 2013. This rating takes into account how many students took the ACT, giving more credit to schools with a higher percentage of graduates taking the ACT exam. The ACT data is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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This rating encompasses five elements of school climate: safety and cleanliness, respect and relationships, expectations for students, teacher collaboration and support, and parent involvement. This school's climate ratings are the result of GreatSchools' analysis of teacher survey data from the Spring 2013 School Climate Survey developed by Milwaukee Public Schools.

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Keeping things safe, clean, and orderly.

This rating evaluates a school's environment, based on its safety, order, cleanliness and more. More highly rated schools have well-kept facilities and a safe environment conducive to learning. Schools rated poorly may have a chaotic environment, conflicts among students or even theft or violence.


Creating healthy, respectful relationships.

This rating measures whether the school has a positive learning environment and cultivates an atmosphere of respect. At a school with a higher rating, it's more likely that the school's culture celebrates hard work and learning, students treat their peers and teachers with respect and class lessons reinforce character strengths such as kindness and tolerance. A school with a lower rating may have a weaker learning environment or allow disrespectful behavior.


Promoting high academic expectations for all students.

This rating sheds light on the academic expectations that teachers have for students. At a school with a higher rating, educators are more likely to stress academic success, ask kids to work hard and expect kids to be college-bound. At schools with lower ratings, it may be more acceptable for students to put in average or minimal effort, perform poorly on tests and lack strong academic goals.


Supporting its teachers.

This rating indicates how teachers feel about their school's professional environment. At a highly rated school, teachers are more likely to work well together, learn from one another, have opportunities for professional development and feel supported by the administration. At a school with lower ratings, teachers may not interact much, feel appreciated or have much input in school decisions and policies.


Informing and including families.

This rating reflects how much communication parents can expect from this school. A highly rated school is more likely to have regular communication (e.g. newsletters, emails, and meetings) between administrators, teachers and parents. This may include information about student progress, homework help and volunteer opportunities. At lower-rated schools, parents may not get regular updates and may feel less welcome at school.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black, not Hispanic 51% 10%
White, not Hispanic 32% 73%
Hispanic 10% 10%
Asian 6% 4%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 1%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Disabled students 15%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 2%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Milwaukee French Immersion
Milwaukee Spanish Immersion
Milwaukee German Immersion
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Cardinal Stritch University
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 93%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 48%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 97%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

School leader's name Jennifer L Smith
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Japanese
Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Top 1000 US High Schools Newsweek (2010)
  • Top 1000 US High Schools Newsweek (2007)
  • Top 1000 US High Schools Newsweek (2009)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • French
  • German
  • German, Spanish, Mandarin, French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • Forensics club
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45
School end time
  • 3:38
School Leader's name
  • Sue Ratka
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (414) 393-5715

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • French
  • German
  • German, Spanish, Mandarin, French
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Citywide
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Forensics club
  • Girl scouts
  • Special olympics
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • There is an active parent/teacher organization here as well as a school-governance council with parents on the board. we also have numerous university and college connections. all of our language programs are connected to language organizations, sister countries, and local language communities.
More from this school
  • We are a continuous 6th-12th grade language immersion and college preparatory program.
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Students typically come from these schools
Milwaukee French Immersion
Milwaukee Spanish Immersion
Milwaukee German Immersion

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Cardinal Stritch University
College preparation / awareness offered
Community college courses
College prep programs/courses during the year
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
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8400 W Burleigh St
Milwaukee, WI 53222
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Phone: (414) 393-5700

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