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Academia de Lenguaje Y Bellas Artes - (ALBA)

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Posted January 26, 2014

ALBA does a great job at responding to student needs. There are 2 speech pathologists for kid with speech and language needs in addition to the Special Ed teachers for students with IEPs. Classroom and intervention teachers work not only with students who need help reaching grade level standards but they provide advanced grade level opportunities for students to excel as well.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 21, 2013

ALBA is the BEST! The family-like environment makes it a welcoming place to visit and learn. Students are taught in BOTH English and Spanish daily, creating true bilinguals. Parents are very involved and the staff is AMAZING! There are many inviting school events throughout the year where families, students, staff and the community come to together for a good time. I HIGHLY recommend that families visit the school to see if it is a good fit for them! It is for my family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

ALBA is a great bilingual school that focuses on student-centered learning. My children have been attending ALBA for a few years and I am very pleased with the quality education that they receive. The teachers really care about getting to know the students and the families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2013

ALBA is a very unique school, combining fine arts, with culture and language! ALBA is one of very few schools who because of budget cuts still have Art, Gym and a Cafeteria with lunch staff that prepare lunches daily. ALBA provides a culturally rich environment while still advancing academically and even performing higher than most schools in the district. Parents choosing to enroll their students at ALBA should know that in order for their children to achieve higher learning succes, they must partner with teachers and be team players in their child's success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2012

I love this school!! My children have been attending ALBA since K4. The students are very respectful (which explains why PBIS recognized them as an exemplar school) and parents are very involved in many ways. They have after school sports like soccer, volleyball, and basketball. Students have the opportunity to participate in programs with the Milwaukee Ballet, ACE, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. They challenge the students in Math and motivate the kids to read with programs such as Accelerated Reader. They always find ways to challenge the students and that's one of things I love most about this school!! I highly recommend this school to everyone!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2006

ALBA is a dream of parents. There are so many ways to be involved in school. They have soccer--futbol, piano lessons, arts day, and monthly parent meetings. The teachers are very friendly. My child loves going to school, especially on Arts days.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2006

I took my son out of ALBA because his teacher wasn't patient with him. I didn't like the way that the school is in the same building as a high school and the high school kids can walk by their classrooms. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
—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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
62%
Social Studies

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

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
91%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
55%
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 Students57%
Female52%
Male65%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
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 learners56%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Reading

All Students10%
Female0%
Male24%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic10%
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 learners6%
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

All Students85%
Female72%
Male100%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners89%
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant85%

Math

All Students58%
Female52%
Male65%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic58%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners60%
Proficient in English54%
Non-migrant58%

Reading

All Students19%
Female19%
Male18%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic19%
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 learners15%
Proficient in English27%
Non-migrant19%

Science

All Students74%
Female67%
Male82%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic74%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners74%
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant74%

Social Studies

All Students94%
Female95%
Male94%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners92%
Proficient in English100%
Non-migrant94%
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 Students55%
Female64%
Male47%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners47%
Proficient in English64%
Non-migrant55%

Reading

All Students21%
Female21%
Male20%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic21%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners0%
Proficient in English43%
Non-migrant21%
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
6 / 10
Climate rating
9 / 10

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*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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 98% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 1% 10%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% 4%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White, not Hispanic 0% 73%
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 96%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 61%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 49%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 12%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 81%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

School leader's name Brenda J Martinez
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Visual arts
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:25 pm
School Leader's name
  • Brenda Martinez
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Fax number
  • (414) 902-7526

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Special education
  • Visual arts
  • Vocational education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
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
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Citywide
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Parent center
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
  • T-ball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Soccer
  • T-ball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Alba school was created by the desire of parents and community members to have a bilingual bicultural school where traditions and culture would be integrated into the curriculum and their participation valued. parents and community members actively participate in the school governance council which oversees the charter contract, policies and procedures that govern the school.
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  • Parents are a welcomed addition to our school. Monthly meetings are held for parents to provide information, gain their feedback and acquire their input on upcoming events and ideas for the school.
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