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Woodlands School

Charter | PK-8 | 331 students

We are best known for multi-age classrooms.
 
 

 

Living in Milwaukee

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $91,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $730.

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Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 16 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted March 19, 2014

The school itself is decent. Even though the school claims that it is very "family-oriented" it really isn't. Most of the families & staff act very stuck up, and snotty--I mean come on---we all poop! I always feel obligated to justify myself for every time my son "misbehaves. " Then on top of that I am still stuck paying $$$, when they don't even seem excited to have my child attend! My son still isn't happy attending it, I have to force him up in the morning (class begins at 8:15am, other schools @ 9am) the teachers seem like overly-sensitive robots and everyday I believe I'm getting complaints about SOMETHING! LITERALLY! And in all honestly the building itself needs a lot of working on doesn't seem to fit state approvals, the playground---wait what playground/parking-lot, the underground tunnel, certain classrooms, etc. etc. And when are you ever going to really use your french language? And what building a child's motor skills too with some serious sports? The only thing sorta nice is the personal attention some of the students may receive as it would differ if students attended a public school.


Posted March 3, 2014

Been a Woodland's Parent for 13 yrs. Have been through ups and downs. Not a perfect school but a fairly good school. Very family orientated. Love that the office and teaching staff know you by name. Looked into possibly changing schools at one point when i thought we needed a change. Once visiting other schools, Woodland's remained the better choice. I would recommend Woodland's School to my family and friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

You just wait until your son goes to a higher grade and have a talk to the social worker. Ha! let me know if she is willing to help. At first they gain your trust and then... you'll see. Good luck. Woodlands use to be a proficiency and caring school. Have you heard of the bowmen's programs or something like that?? what is good about it? let me know if he helps too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

Woodlands is a high-diversity, high-standards, high-performing urban school. They are learner-centered and practice many different authentic methods of assessment. Students are happy and kind to each other. Parents are welcomed and expected to be involved in the school. Teachers are friendly, considerate, and curious about each student's growth. We love Woodlands for our children's education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

We feel so fortunate to be a part Woodlands. The school works extremely hard to create a wonderful learning environment and a close knit family community that seems very rare today. The staff and teachers work so hard, making many sacrifices and putting in many volunteer hours to make each childs experience the greatest k4- 8th grade school experience. They work individually with each child to insure educational sucess, foster self confidence and respect for the environment and others. They beileve that a child's early school experience sets the tone for the rest of their lives and take full responsibility to make it a positive one and make the child proud of their achievements. They were willing to do everything possible to help my son be sucessful in school, with his peers and pass kindergarten. They treated him as an individual and on a case by case basis. They didn't look at his problems as problems or think that he was misbehaving. They worked so hard, for 2 years, to figure out exactly what worked for him and ensured his sucess. Because of Woodlands, my son graduated kindergarten and his IEP. I truly don't believe we would have experienced the same sucess rate elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

Woodlands School is an excellent environment for children to grow and learn. The parent and teacher involvement is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

Woodlands is a great school! Family friendly environment that challenges the student to do his/her best. I would highly recommend Woodlands to any family. The school is very diverse in it's student population, something you do not see in many Milwaukee area schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Woodlands parents and teachers value quality education. They work together to find the best way to meet the needs of their children. "Character Education" through "Time For Living" and "Small Families" helps to develop children of character who understand and demonstrate responsibility, respect, trustworthiness, caring, fairness, creativity and citizenship. Knowledge and practice of these concepts becomes what is known to all as the "Woodlands Way". Woodlands students develop strong character and receive the best in whole child education. Bravo Woodlands! I have worked in a number of private and public school settings in my 30 plus years of teaching. Woodlands does it best!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 21, 2013

Woodlands is a diverse, caring and a great fit for my sons learning. The teachers are very open and willing to work with the parents. The other parents are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

This is a wonderful school. Its philosophy supports character development, community building, social skills, and mutual respect as well as academic achievement. It provides a calm nurturing environment with space for individual learning styles and enables children to feel safe to explore new things. The teachers are nurturing and have the desire and time to reach out children's unique needs. Truly the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

My daughter is in 4k at Woodlands East. She comes home every day super excited to tell me what she has done that day at school. I have nothing but good things to say about the school and the faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

3rd & 8th grade 2012-2013 WKCE reading scores are appalling 45.6%. Math is 78.2%- nothing to brag about! Stop patting yourselves on the back, teachers, administrators should be ashamed of these scores. Also agree with post below that discipline is arbitrary and inconsistent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

My daughter completed her first year at Woodlands in K4 and we are so pleased with the school. We could not have chosen a better school for her in Milwaukee. Very rarely will you find a diverse, public school that teaches French in K4, as well as gym, art, music, and library. The school environment is very nurturing and empasizes strong academics. The older students are caring and serve as role models to the younger kids that you can't help but love the school. It is such a positve experience seeing my daughter looking up to the 8th grade cadets walking her out to the car every day after school. Great parents, students, and staff that appreciate diversity!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

The staff and leadership team of this school are creative, innovative, and dedicated. The families of Woodlands School are committed and involved. The school culture is positive and supportive!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 22, 2013

I could not be happier at Woodlands. I have a a daughter going into 1st and another child that will start int he fall. It is a wonderful, caring environment with amazing teachers. I am continually impressed with the balance between academics and being a respectful, responsible citizen. It is also a wonderful community of diverse families that help support the school and each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

My children attend Woodlands School...In the beginning I was VERY pleased with the school. Over the years, I have grown to have somewhat of a displeasure for certain things in the school. For example the way a child is reprimanded. I feel that you can't have a "One Way" standard of discipline for all offenses. Some punishments don't fit the crime. Also the school could be more FAIR in the treatment of children and not pick favorites because they either have a family member working there or because they know somebody that knows somebody. I personally have seen this type of behavior from teachers and administration alike. Academically the school is EXCELLENT,but the Guiding Principles "The Woodlands Way" is taught but not practiced. I firmly believe in "Practice What You Preach". Hopefully...this feedback will be inspire some changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2013

I love this school. I cannot thank the staff enough for the dedication. The staff at this school is top notch and so so supportive
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2013

I am so happy that we chose Woodlands School for our daughter! She is getting a great education there ... academically, socially, and emotionally! The teachers all have high expectations for the students, but are also caring enough that they work with the students to meet these expectations and help them succeed. My daughter is an advanced learner, and they quickly identified her strengths and give her extra attention in those areas to really nurture her talents. The staff also works at creating a caring environment so that my daughter always feels loved and safe. I also love how involved all of the parents are ... it creates a wonderful, truly unique school environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2013

Woodlands schools is an exceptional elementary school in the city of Milwaukee. The diversity among students and families helps to create a rich learning environment. I have worked in the education field for over 15 years and have been in schools and classrooms in many districts around the state. The instruction at Woodlands is rigorous and promotes problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. The teachers foster the development of positive peer relationships and self esteem. My daughters are incredibly happy and successful at Woodlands School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2012

My children attend this school and are given the attention they need and deserve. Ignore those that talk about needing new gym shoes and textbooks, because there are legitimate reasons for it. 1. The gym floor is new, paid for by an individual that runs a basketball program in the gymnasium. He requires the new shoes, as the gym floor is the same quality as the Bradley Center. 2. When one my children was getting behind on reading, they offered a free after school reading program lasting an hour at no additional cost to us. 3. There are about 20 - 25 students per class, and each class has a teacher and an assistant teacher. 4. The children are largely polite, courteous, and very well behaved. 5. There is so much demand to get into this school that they are looking to open another Woodlands. The current principal will head the new school, and the new principal is a teacher who has transformed my child beyond my expectations. 6. The parent community is very good. Some are not, but most are very open and friendly. 7. Yes, there are photocopied assignments, but we work with our kids to see that they get done. The school has an excellent library. I could go on. At the limit.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
97%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

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 54% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
80%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 38% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 46% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 42% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
75%
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 Students52%
Female61%
Male46%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin65%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled58%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English52%
Non-migrant52%

Reading

All Students49%
Female69%
Male37%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled58%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English49%
Non-migrant49%
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 Students77%
Female90%
Male70%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled77%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant77%

Math

All Students50%
Female60%
Male45%
Black, not of Hispanic origin50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin57%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled50%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant50%

Reading

All Students57%
Female80%
Male45%
Black, not of Hispanic origin50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin72%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled57%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English57%
Non-migrant57%

Science

All Students76%
Female90%
Male70%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled76%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant76%

Social Studies

All Students90%
Female100%
Male85%
Black, not of Hispanic origin90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled90%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%
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 Students37%
Female31%
Male42%
Black, not of Hispanic origin18%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin64%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English37%
Non-migrant37%

Reading

All Students46%
Female50%
Male42%
Black, not of Hispanic origin18%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin73%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English46%
Non-migrant46%
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 Students48%
Female47%
Male50%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic45%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin54%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant48%

Reading

All Students30%
Female27%
Male34%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin38%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant30%
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 Students42%
Female44%
Male40%
Black, not of Hispanic origin34%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English42%
Non-migrant42%

Reading

All Students42%
Female45%
Male40%
Black, not of Hispanic origin39%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English42%
Non-migrant42%
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 Students88%
Female94%
Male80%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant88%

Math

All Students48%
Female40%
Male60%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English48%
Non-migrant48%

Reading

All Students52%
Female53%
Male50%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English52%
Non-migrant52%

Science

All Students92%
Female100%
Male80%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant92%

Social Studies

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Non-migrant100%
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
8 / 10
Climate rating
8 / 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

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Overall academic rating

8

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Test score rating 2013*
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Student growth rating 2013**
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Math growth
Above 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
White, not Hispanic 47% 73%
Black, not Hispanic 26% 10%
Hispanic 17% 10%
Multiracial 8% 2%
Asian 2% 4%
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 11%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 1%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 81%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 34%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)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • 2 teachers received recognition as Kohl Fellows by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation (2009)
  • Designated "Emerging School of Character" from WCEP (2011)
  • Awarded a Promising Practices Award from WCEP (2011)

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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
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
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Clubs
  • Forensics club
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:15 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
  • Maureen Sullivan
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (414) 475-9575

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Music
  • Special education
  • Visual arts
  • 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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
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)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Alliance for Choices in Education
  • Arts in Community Education (ACE)
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Forensics club
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Junior Achievement
  • READY 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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • green and white
School mascot
  • a wolf
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


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


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
333
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
433

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Pius XI High School
Rufus King IB High School
Dominican High School
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