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Veritas High School

Charter | 9-12 | 240 students

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Posted November 16, 2007

I am sending both of kids here and they are both doing very well. The teachers really care about the kids and where they are headed. Safety is a top priority here as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2005

I think this is a great school, and i am very happy i am sending my daughter jessica thier. She is doing very well and getting wonderful grades and has many nice friends. Thank you for the great teachers and staff keep it up. Ms kosinski.
—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.

Grade level

Language Arts

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

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

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

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

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

Language Arts

All Students73%
Female82%
Male61%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic74%
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 English82%
Non-migrant73%

Math

All Students16%
Female7%
Male28%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic17%
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 English16%
Non-migrant16%

Reading

All Students4%
Female7%
Male0%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic6%
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 English5%
Non-migrant4%

Science

All Students58%
Female59%
Male56%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic58%
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 English69%
Non-migrant58%

Social Studies

All Students78%
Female81%
Male72%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic77%
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 English79%
Non-migrant78%
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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Academic rating
2 / 10
Climate rating
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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

2

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Test score rating 2013*
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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 State average
Hispanic 78% 10%
White, not Hispanic 15% 73%
Asian 4% 4%
Black, not Hispanic 1% 10%
Multiracial 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 1%
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 8%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 8%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 64% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 30% (2012)
Percentage of students going to the military 4% (2012)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 2% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation MATC
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Alverno College
Read more about resources at this school
Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 64%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 29%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 Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Wisconsin Charter School of the Year (2011)
  • Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the three best high schools in Wisconsin. (2009)
  • DPI School of Recognition (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • AP Spanish for Native Speakers
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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
  • Summer college prep programs
Clubs
  • Debate
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
School Leader's name
  • Sherry Tolkan
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (414) 389-5576

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • AP Spanish for Native Speakers
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
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
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Seeds of Health/WIC
  • Walker's Point
  • MIlwaukee Debate League
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Amnesty international
  • Art club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Game club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
School colors
  • Blue,Gold
School mascot
  • Thunder Cat
More from this school
  • The entire Veritas Learning Community, composed of administrators, teachers, school staff, parents and students, dedicates themselves to building an educational environment, based on positive relationships and high expectations.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


2 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
55
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
350

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
MATC
UW-Milwaukee
Alverno College
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 64%
4 year college - 30%
Military - 4%
Workforce - 2%
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3025 W Oklahoma Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53215
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