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Alliance School of Milwaukee

Charter | 7-12 | 159 students

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Posted August 26, 2011

This school has a zero tolerance policy towards bullying. It is one of the few safe places in MPS for kids who are different, whether that be in beliefs, appearance, ability, or any of the numerous other arbitrary standards that kids use as an excuse to pick on one and other. It gives these students acceptance, and allows them to not only try, but to actually succeed. My child went from failing to a 4.0 GPA, because he felt safe and accepted, and was able to concentrate on his work, rather than on escaping the bullies at his old school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

This school is an oustanding school. The teachers at Alliance work very hard to help children overcome many obstacles so that they can succeed. I salute the wonderful staff at Alliance!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

One of the three Greatest schools in the history of the 20th century.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2009

The faculty and staff are very supportive, understanding, and determined to assist youth that are (some) at-risk.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

It is an open and accepting community for everyone. We are like family at Alliance.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

It takes students who are hurt in so many ways, spiritually, mentally, physically, and gives them a chance at success.


Posted February 15, 2008

great school were u can be yourself,n not be judge for who u are
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
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The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

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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.

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The state average for Math was 46% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 42% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

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

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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 76% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

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Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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29%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

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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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Math

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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.

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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Female40%
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Economically disadvantaged8%
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English learnersn/a
Proficient in English26%
Non-migrantn/a

Math

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Proficient in English5%
Non-migrantn/a

Reading

All Students5%
Female10%
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Economically disadvantaged0%
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Proficient in English5%
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Science

All Students21%
Female40%
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Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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Proficient in English21%
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Social Studies

All Students32%
Female50%
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American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English32%
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

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Academic rating
2 / 10
Climate rating
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Overall academic rating

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Reading growth
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Percent of 12th graders taking ACT: 82%
Average Composite ACT score: 17

*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.

***This rating is based on composite ACT scores for all 12th graders in 2013. This rating takes into account how many students took the ACT, giving more credit to schools with a higher percentage of graduates taking the ACT exam. The ACT data is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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
Black, not Hispanic 42% 10%
White, not Hispanic 31% 73%
Hispanic 23% 10%
Asian 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 1%
Multiracial 1% 2%
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 30%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 2%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Lincoln Middle School of the Arts
Pius High School
Pulaski High School
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Kansas City Art Institute
Alverno College
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 51%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 17%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 65%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

School leader's name Tina M Owen
Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Charter School of the Year, Silver Award for High Achievement (2009)

Special education / special needs

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
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:40 pm
School Leader's name
  • Tina Owen
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (414) 267-5415

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
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
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Citywide
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Game club
  • Math club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Parent teacher student association (ptsa); school governance council
More from this school
  • The Alliance School focuses on providing a safe place for students who are often ostracized or discriminated against because of race, sexuality, ability and/ or beliefs.
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Students typically come from these schools
Lincoln Middle School of the Arts
Pius High School
Pulaski High School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Alverno College
UW-Milwaukee
Kaplan College
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
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850 W Walnut St
Milwaukee, WI 53205
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Phone: (414) 267-5400

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