Academically challenging, offers it's fair share of extracurriculars and sports, teaching staff is young and energetic willing to help students achieve success. The building has a very good feel when one enters, few kids walking the halls aimlessly and there is a good energy to the building. There are students who might not be able to meet the high standards, but from my experience they are given the support, encouragement and extra time to help them move forward.
It might not be for every student, and students and parents need to commit to the challenge as one can't just "go to Reagan" and expect to succeed. Parents need to understand this before the attempt to get their kids in.
While I think the amount of homework is very good preparation for college and beyond, I sometimes question the quality. Sometimes it seems more like busy work than actual academic inquiry. But overall, I know that assignments are broken down into a series of manageable steps to ensure a wide range of learners can be successful, so perhaps the busy work doesn't seem like busy work to some.
My daughter has even higher aspirations for herself than I originally did on her behalf, and that's due in large part to the preparation she's receiving. Her academic and social confidence has grown tremendously in her first two years at Reagan.
When I walk in the door, all students--whether I know them or not--nod a hello or ask if I need help finding something. The hallways between classes are crowded but cheerful and everyone seems to be patient with each other as they move from place to place.
Because of it's true multi-cultural student body, staff and students learn about a wide variety of differences and backgrounds. The staff celebrate these differences and use the diversity to develop understanding, which leads to compassion and empathy.
Reagan staff work very hard to build trust and promote equity in all their programming, including extracurriculars and awards, etc. The culture is one of the healthiest I've ever seen in a high school.
As a student here at Reagan, I can say that this one of the better schools in Wisconsin. Reagan consistently has higher scores than most other schools and is ranked one of the top in the nation. The courses are varied enough and are rigorous, which prepares the students for college courses and life. The teachers have a great attitude towards students and strive for students to receive the best education possible. The school offers multiple extra curricular activities for students to delve into (such as sport teams, plays, and newspaper). These things prepare the student for college and ultimately for life.