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Highland Community School

Charter | PK-8 | 329 students

Our parent-run school is best known for its peaceful Montessori community.
 
 

 
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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 17 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted April 8, 2014

If you are a parent who wants to be involved, this is the school for you. Students learn true independence. By 3rd grade, if a student wants to go to a library, he is responsible for filling out a form, finding a chaperone (from an approved list) figuring out which bus you will take and the times it picks up and returns. It is truly an environment where all children feel cared about by the entire staff. I could go on all day about how amazing this school it. It is a blessing and a gift that I will forever be thankful for. The only negative thing is that there is no high-school. This school doesn't talk the talk, it walks the walk and it teaches the children to walk the walk by setting the example. Recently they had a school play. After closing night, many families stuck around to help clean up and students of all ages were encouraged and allowed to help use power tools (with supervision) to help take apart the stage. Everything is a learning experience. When my son was 5, I was visiting the class he spilled something all over the floor. I said "Look at the mess you made" the teacher replied "He didn't make a mess, he made an opportunity to use a broom."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

Wonderful staff and love the community feeling. I always feel welcome and I couldn't be happier to have my son enrolled at Highland.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

Highland Community School is AMAZING. The feeling you get knowing that your child is in great hands is priceless. HCS Rocks!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

A strong group of committed parents and teachers! Couldn't ask for more. A true community with vibrant diversity. A safe place to explore the world. A peaceful Montessori community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

Highland Community School is FANTASTIC! It's not only the way a school should work, but also the way a community should work. Highland Community requires parent involvement. This means that the only kids that are going to go to the school are kids with parents that WANT to be involved. Because of this, the contention that you might see in other schools between parents and teachers is minimized. Instead, they work as a team. I see my the teachers of my children every day, so I don't have to wait until parent teacher conference day to find out how my kids are doing. I KNOW how they're doing every day. We are so lucky to have found this gem of a school in a fairly large city. We get it all. Diversity, community, teamwork and friendship!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

We are new to Milwaukee having moved here from a small town up north. Our 8 yr old son had just spent a year participating in a multi-age class and his growth had been great, so we were a bit concerned about finding (and affording) equal or better quality education. Many people in our neighborhood - some current parents and some empty-nesters - that we should consider Highland Community School. We are so glad that we listened because our experience at Highland has been great. The parents are super involved. The teachers are super involved. Both of my children love going (3rd grader and 3K-er) and the transition from small town to big city has been smooth in large part due to the easy acceptance my children found at Highland Community School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

Highland is a warm and caring school. It's true to the Montessori theory and puts the needs of the children first. I always feel welcomed and enjoy being a parent volunteer. We love it! Parent of 4.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

Highland Community School is surely one of a kind. The teachers/staff are awesome and truly care about the well being of the children. The parents know each other and our children and it is truly a family. I would highly recommend Highland to anyone. If anyone asks me about this school I rave about how great it is. It is unfortunate that the great school rating is not reflect an actual assessment of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Highland Community School is a place where children, teachers, administration and parents all come together in a common goal--to give our children the highest quality education we can, while teaching to the WHOLE person. The Highland Community School kids are not just learning their 123s and ABCs, but they are learning kind, compassionate global citizens. I could not ask for a better school for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Caring staff, Friendly families, Motivating teachers I have seen my niece and nephews mature and exceed expectations and I look forward to my granddaughter growing up in the Highland family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Highland is a fantastic school. My son started in their toddler program and intend to keep him at Highland through 8th grade. I have been impressed with the knowledge and skills he has developed. He is in K5, but has been "writing" stories and reading since last year in K4. He adds, substracts and knows the basic idea of multiplication. I am fully satisfied with the academic rigor Moreover, we are transplants to this city and the community at Highland is more than I could have hoped for. The families are welcoming and the kids have a solid sense of what it means to be a good citizen within the community. Highland is working to align the Montessori methods with the State's common core standards. This will only improve it's face to the outside community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

HCS is more than a school. It's a community. The teachers are genuinely invested in student success, and encourage the students to achieve at the highest levels. The student body comes from a wide range of Milwaukee neighborhoods and community, and everyone had the same goal: to put our children first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2013

Highland is a gem! It's a place where authentic learning is individualized for each child. A place where kindness and social justice are emphasized. We love the diversity, the committed parents and teachers, the welcoming atmosphere, and the high levels of critical thinking our children engage in daily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

HCS is a school that empowers both parents and students to be a part of the learning process. We work together to grow our programs, fix our building, assist our teachers to help our kids succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

Highland Community School is more than a school. It is a movement. It is a community of families committed to making our society a better place to live, and working with our children to become healthy and active members of our greater community. The parent involvement at Highland is impressive, it's one of the only schools where all of the Board of Directors must have children enrolled. All parents commit to volunteering with the school when they enroll their children and almost all go far above and beyond that initial commitment. The dedication and hard work demonstrated by parents and staff is what makes Highland such a wonderful school to be a part of. Families support and help each other and have a genuine care for each other. Highland is truly a gem in Milwaukee, WI.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

This school is like no other. Everyone has a stake, everyone is involved: student, parents and staff. Tremendous leadership and faculty. Most importantly, I have never seen a school with this much heart and soul.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

Highland is a place where creativity, kindness and tools for life are taught in a safe and nurturing environment. Each day I am incredibly happy to send my children to Highland. It is truly a school that other up and coming schools should look at as a model. Thank you, Highland teachers! We love you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

We have had a really great experience in the K-3 program. All the teachers and staff have been wonderful and have made the transition for my daughter to school a very positive experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2012

My daughter is new to Highland in their Children's House (3yr old) program. My husband and I are very impressed with the dedication of the teachers and administrators at this school. You can see that they care and are always present with a warm hello in the mornings. The teachers are all engaged and accessible, and the parent involvement is awesome. If you want your child to receive a quality education, and are interested in an authentic Montessori education, you will not be disappointed with this school. Our daughter leaves each day excited with what she has learned and every morning bounces out of bed happy with what the day will bring. Love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2011

This school is a success because of all the involved parents. This is a school parents choose and therefore are more likely to be involved in their child's education. It makes the school feel like one big family. You can be confident that all the grown ups have your child's best interest at heart. They also care for each child's development as a whole, not just academically, but emotionally and socially as well.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 50% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
100%

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60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
90%
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 77% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
92%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 92% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
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 52% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
n/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.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/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.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 38% in 2013.

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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.

2013

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 46% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 42% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

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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 Students31%
Female36%
Male28%
Black, not of Hispanic origin24%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English31%
Non-migrant31%

Reading

All Students19%
Female21%
Male17%
Black, not of Hispanic origin18%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English19%
Non-migrant19%
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 Students54%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%
Non-migrant54%

Math

All Students18%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English18%
Non-migrant18%

Reading

All Students18%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English18%
Non-migrant18%

Science

All Students54%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%
Non-migrant54%

Social Studies

All Students73%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant73%
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 Students12%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic origin0%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English12%
Non-migrant12%

Reading

All Students31%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic origin20%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English31%
Non-migrant31%
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 Students34%
Female33%
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English34%
Non-migrant34%

Reading

All Students17%
Female8%
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English17%
Non-migrant17%
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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
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

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Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Math

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Reading

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English learnersn/a
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Science

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Economically disadvantagedn/a
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Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
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Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
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Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
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White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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Non-disabledn/a
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

GreatSchools Rating

What makes up this rating?

Academic rating
4 / 10
Climate rating
10 / 10

This school's GreatSchools Rating is based on academics (90%) and climate (10%). The academic rating measures students' test scores, academic growth and college readiness. The climate rating measures safety, cleanliness, parent involvement and more.

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Academic rating

The academic rating is made up of equally-weighted parts: students' test scores, their academic growth (for elementary and middle schools) and their readiness for college (for high schools). The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the city and state.
Overall academic rating

4

Average

Test score rating 2013*
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Student growth rating 2013**
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City
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Math growth
Average
Reading growth
Average

*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.

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.

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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 50% 10%
White, not Hispanic 35% 73%
Hispanic 8% 10%
Multiracial 7% 2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% 4%
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 6%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 0%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 0%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 0%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 100%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • MPS Autonomous School (High Performing) (2010)
  • MPS Autonomous School (High Performing) (2007)
  • Charter School of the Year 2010 (2010)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kathleen Ronco, Executive Director
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (414) 342-1408

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Montessori
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Special education
  • Vocational education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Tae Kwon Do
Girls sports
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Model UN
  • Robotics club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Parent-run committees
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • none
School mascot
  • none
More from this school
  • As a parent-fun, family-centered public Montessori charter school, Highland holds a unique position within education. We offer a nurturing environment, dedicated staff and a warm & wonderful community.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


3 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
83
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
300

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Rufus King International School
Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Golda Meir Elementary School
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1706 W. Highland Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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Phone: (414) 342-1412

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