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Divine Savior Holy Angels High School

Private | 9-12 | 676 students

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Posted March 5, 2014

I am currently a student at DSHA and I love it. The students are there to learn, which makes for a very positive learning environment. The teachers do a superb job and go out of their way to ensure the success of each and every student. The courses are rigorous, yet manageable and pleasantly enjoyable. Overall, DSHA is a great place to learn and have fun while developing lifelong skills and becoming a knowledgeable, well-rounded individual. It is a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 12, 2013

DSHA is a great alternative to Milwaukee public schools. However, for the more competitive, highly- rated districts like Mequon, Hartland, or Elmbrook, think about it carefully. Some poor teachers are kept because they believe in the mission. Math and science are weak,unless the student is on the AP or honors track. Parents who have kids at both MUHS and DSHA will admit DSHA is great for athletics. There is a culture of alcohol that permeates all parent activites. It is the elephant in the room. The English department is quite strong, as is the theatre arts. The whole "we get girls" mantra is true, and the students make lifelong friendships.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2010

I am a DSHA alumn, class of 1998! My whole educational background before HS was public schools from West Allis and early on Milwaukee. Public schools cannot even hold a candle to the wonderful education I received at DSHA. The teachers went above and beyond to make sure you were always on track, you were never just a number. The economical backgrounds of the student body was diverse. My family was not rich and I never felt an issue with that, nor did I view the school as snobby. It was all about getting a wonderful education, building confidence, become a young woman, and having fun while doing so! Do not be intimidated by an all girl atmosphere or the tuition, this school is for any girl of any ethnic or economical background who wants to get ahead and have fun while doing so!


Posted December 12, 2009

DSHA is a great school that really teaches students important values and how to suceed and helps them become better, well rounded people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2009

Exceptional academic program. Principal leadership is top notch. Counselling resources for academics and school related issues are very supportive
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

Not happy with some of the teachers. High tuition in a time of growing inflstiom
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

DSHA provided my daughters with a superior jump start going into college. An outstanding academic institution that provides the girls graduating a foundation not only in academics but in becoming a whole person. It was a very fun, energetic and challenging experience for the girls. One that will allow them to become active members of the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2008

Our only two daughters will graduate from DSHA. This is a school that has provided an exceptional education driving self-reliance, spirituality, critical thinking and self-confidence. The education, leadership and environment are worth every penny of the tuition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2008

I am currently a freshman at DSHA and I hated the idea of attending there at first, but as time progressed I am learning much more than I would in a public high school. I'm still not used to seeing so many girls at one time and I'm still adjusting to the school, but overall it's not bad at all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2007

I wasn't completely satified with my daughter at DS, but it is a good school although not very diverse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2005

I'd recommend DSHA to anyone looking for a serious education combined with a fun high school experience.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 6, 2005

The quality education at DSHA is exceptional. I have never been more happy with a school. My daughter enjoys attending school, and she is very self sufficent and all her shyness has diminished. This school is an excellent place for a girl to build confidence, focus on her studies, and become a well rounded person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2004

It has been one of the best decisions we made on behalf of our daughter. She has become so committed to her studies, developed wonderful leadership skills and has become dedicated to service in our community. Her teachers are top notch, they not only challenge her, but seem to geniunely care about her. Mr. Grandy, Ms. Weiss, Ms. Casper are just some of the stand out teachers she has had over the years. Issues of morality and spirituality are woven into every day. DSHA has high goals to continue to improve not only it's facilities but also works to improve the curriculum, staff and opportunities made available to the girls. The school celebrates family by hosting Mother/Daughter, Father /Daughter events and service projects. There is a waiting list for this all girls high school for a reason!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2004

Class of 1976 Alumni This was the place that gave me both my roots and wings. I was taught how to think, discern, reason and embrace change and growth. I became 'me'. Life hasn't always been as easy as it was in high school, but the lessons learned have endured. My understanding of the value of the education I received has only deepened over time!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 20, 2004

I will be a sophomore at DSHA. I cannot think of anything negative to say, except that some girls are a bit boy crazy. It's extremely diverse, ethnically, spiritually, and economically. We have good financial aid, great academics, and brilliant teachers. We have great sports teams, even the national champion rugby team. Theology class deepened my faith immensely. I have also met many of other religions, something brand new to me. Lutherans, Muslims, Baptists, and Jews are all welcomed just as any other student. All races interact, a great quality. This is an amazing school. Don't miss out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2004

Excellent academics, but snobbery hurts the spirits of the more fragile girls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

This school is a shinning star in a dark sky. This is the place where girls can become women with encouragement and pride from their classmates. This school produces confident, well mannered women.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

Great place to send a young woman. The facilities are great, the teachers care about the students and the students are the next leaders of society.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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Language Arts

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

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

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

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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

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All Students84%
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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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What makes up this rating?

Academic rating
8 / 10
Climate rating
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*Test scores are based on the 2013 WSAS results from the state of Wisconsin.

Climate ratings

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. Unfortunately, this school didn't provide enough survey responses to generate a climate rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White, not Hispanic 81%
Hispanic 8%
Asian 4%
Black, not Hispanic 4%
Multiracial 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Source: Manually entered by school official

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school St. John Vianney
St. Francis Borgia
Christ King
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 98% (2011)
Colleges most students attend after graduation UW Madison
Marquette University
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textile design
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club: Pom Squad
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Heritage Spanish
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: French, Latin

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

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

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 2:50 pm
School Leader's name
  • Daniel Quesnell
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • All girls
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Fax number
  • (414) 466-0590

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Heritage Spanish
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Rugby
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textile design
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Dance club: Pom Squad
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: French, Latin
  • Forensics club
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Red, gold
School mascot
  • Dasher
More from this school
  • Divine Savior Holy Angels High School is a Catholic college preparatory high school for young women that excels at developing the whole person. Sponsored by the Sisters of the Divine Savior and grounded in their mission to make known the goodness and kindness of Jesus Christ, we develop our students into capable young women of faith, heart and intellect who accept the gospel call to live lives that will make a difference.
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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
St. John Vianney
St. Francis Borgia
Christ King

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$10000 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Application fee
Yes

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Marquette University
UW-Madison
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2011
4 year college - 98%
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4257 N 100th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53222
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