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Onalaska High School

Public | 9-12 | 866 students

 

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Posted March 20, 2013

when I attended Onalaska High and graduated I felt the school was one of the best there was. They got me personally ready for college and a great life. There teachers were at that time 5 Star.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2011

Onalaska High School, "Where you just can't hide that Hilltopper Pride!" What a great motto that is! The school is perfectly maintained and has plenty of excellent opportunities for students to get involved. With a great sports program comes an *outstanding* academic experience as well! Onalaska High School is one of the top rated schools in the state! Perfect test scores and rewarding classes. Let me tell you: This high school is not one that you can just walk right though. The Teachers will push you and challenge you every day. Giving you precious life experience in any field. Unbelievable teachers and courses not offered at school for miles around make OHS an easy choice for your child's education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 13, 2009

It is an alright school. The sports are good, but i wish some of the staff would care more. Otherwise it is about average.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 24, 2007

I love the teachers and the feel of communtity at this school. There are plenty of options for advanced placement classes and a wide varitey of clubs and organizations. The sense of school spirit is amazing, the kids are happy to be there and the teachers have positive attiudes and find time to show pesonal interest in each student as an individual. I love going to Ona!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2007

Onalaska High School is one of the best schools in the state! I loved it here and it has the best teachers and extracurricular activities
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2004

Onalaska High School is excellent. Both of my children graduated well prepared for college. The administration, teachers and staff set and maintain a high standard of achievement for themselves and the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2004

I am a current student at Onalaska High School. I just transferred from West Salem High School this last year and I had a horrible experience there! I would not reccomend that school to anyone! I love Onalaska High and I am always proud to tell people that I attend at their school. I had a rough time in West Salem and when I transferred to Onalaska, Jeff Fleig, the assistant principle assured me that he would do his best to make my transition as easy as possible. I found out within a few weeks that he really meant what he said! The teachers are wonderful! They will do whatever they can for you and our school doesnt have nearly as much drama as we are made out to have! So there is a point of view from a student! I love being at Onalaska!
—Submitted by a student


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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.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

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

Language Arts

All Students86%
Female90%
Male82%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin85%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities29%
Non-disabled90%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant86%

Math

All Students64%
Female59%
Male70%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander57%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin66%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled70%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant64%

Reading

All Students54%
Female49%
Male58%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander38%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin58%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled59%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant54%

Science

All Students89%
Female88%
Male89%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities50%
Non-disabled91%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant89%

Social Studies

All Students89%
Female92%
Male88%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin89%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities57%
Non-disabled92%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant89%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White, not Hispanic 84% 73%
Asian 7% 4%
Black, not Hispanic 3% 10%
Hispanic 3% 10%
Multiracial 3% 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 9%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24%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 90%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 74%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)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Jared Schaffner
Fax number
  • (608) 783-0102

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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700 Hilltopper Pl
Onalaska, WI 54650
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Phone: (608) 783-4561

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