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Wisconsin Lutheran High School3
Posted July 16, 2014
- a parent
My daughter currently attends Wisconsin Lutheran. I have to say I never quite liked the school for her or my sons. I don t think this school is a good fit for kids who need a little more support to excel. Not every child can self-motivate. As much as they may have the ability to succeed, some students need a little more push from parent and teachers (school administration) to ultimately do so. In Wisco, this type of child falls by the waste side. They are discounted and often times removed from the school due to mediocre grades. There doesn t seem to be any effort on the part of the staff to motivate and support this type of student. It is my opinion that a truly good school brings out the good in their students. A student willing and able to succeed without any support will succeed anywhere. But a student with the ability to succeed but lacking motivation will only succeed at a good school. I don t know how you can say your school is good when it doesn t motivate ALL students to succeed but simply removes the kids that need more motivation to ensure the school is rated of a good school. Ratings like this are fraudulent at best.
We had thought our child would attend a different Lutheran High School in the area prior to visiting Wisconsin Lutheran. His Father attended another one so it seemed we would just follow suit. From the open house, to us walking through the halls during the school day, and our son attending a day following another student we felt like this was where God needed him to be. Our son has never been one to speak out about things but he did come to us after we visited WISCO and said he thought this would be a good fit for him. We feel that Wisconsin Lutheran exudes spirituality, the staff truly care about their students, and communicate with the parents. We haven't attended WELS schools and we were slightly concerned about our child fitting in. The students and staff have embraced our child and he has already developed some great friendships.
My son is currently a freshman at Wisconsin Lutheran and loves it. He's been an active and involved student who's taking advanced classes that challenge him. He's established great friendships in just a few short months and is looking forward to his sophomore year. The teachers have been responsive when we've had questions and have offered their advice and insight.
Our son started in the Wels grade school system and is now a sophomore at WLHS. He has grown in his faith, is receiving a higher level of education, has fellowship with friends and is an active participant in athletics. As parents, we are made to feel a part of the school, have built life-long friendships with other parents and know our child is receiving the best education in a Christian based setting.
As a graduate and as a parent I greatly appreciate the hearts of the teachers at Wisconsin Lutheran. This is a school that has a great education system for high school kids and has worked hard to adapt to the changes within education while offering the opportunity to a lot of students that wouldn't be able to afford it through scholarships and the CHOICE program. The focus on Christian education creates a solid foundation for the future faith life of young people. It is not without it's challenges and it's issues, just like all high schools, but they continue to be a school that is willing to be challenged to do better. In my experiences, this is a school that is worth supporting, attending and celebrating!
This school provides ample opportunity to excel in a variety of interests, may it be scholastic, sports, drama/chorus, volunteer/evangelism, and shop/computer while giving students Christ-based education that will carry them onto higher education or right into the work force.
I have two sons, the oldest is a graduate of wisco, and the other one is still a junior. We chose wisco based on a variety of factors; 1. A Christ based education. 2. Size of school. 3. Academics. 4. Diversity of students. 5. Strength of extracurricular activities. 6. Watched the neighbors kids who attended wisco grow up to be outstanding young adults. Wisco has delivered on all fronts!!! In addition, the teachers and coaches have proven to truly have a vested interest in their students overall well being- spiritual, academic and physical. Wouldn't change our decision, even though we are non WELS, and pay a higher tuition.
We toured 3 schools and my son lit up on the Wisco tour. We are so glad we chose that school. It offers caring teachers with additional academic help if needed or AP courses if you qualify; enormous amount of extracurriculars (athletics, music, drama, forensics, yearbook/paper, robotics, chess club, book club, etc); student diversity; fun events for the students throughout the year, and very important to us a Christ-centered education. Day 1 he felt welcomed, even by the upper-classmen, is loving sports, his teachers, friends, and is on the honor roll to boot! Show up and participate! There were a couple of disconcerting incidents with a few students at the school this year - as there might be at any other school - which were dealt with swiftly, and naturally there are going to be some teachers and courses that you like more than others. But, all in all, we really love WISCO!
I have had all of my children attend WLHS, but not all graduated from there. A majority of them did very well and are attending college. One child was asked to leave and graduated with honors from a public high school. If your child has special needs or struggles emotionally/psychologically find a better fit. The guidance department, despite being run by very nice people, does nothing to assist with college preparation. This school is about music and football. There is clearly a rift between CHOICE and tuition paying students that isn't being addressed.
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