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Pewaukee High School

Public | 9-12 | 755 students

 

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Posted May 20, 2013

I had a very limited experience with the district in a professional setting, but my impression was rather negative. Seemed to me like a place with strict guidelines for teachers and not much thanks in return. From an "outsider's perspective" I'm glad to not live in the community when it comes to the district meeting the needs of all students.


Posted April 21, 2013

Pewaukee High School is a lot better than other schools in the area. It's a lot smaller than other schools so teachers are more familiar with their students and are always ready to help. Great school! I am proud of the education I received there!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2012

The Pewaukee High School leaves a lot to be desired. I have kids that attend and I have to hire additional tutors to get them the education that the school is suppose to be providing. There are several teachers at the school who should be replaced along with the Principal. The school emphasis is the sports programs and everything else just does not matter. The school officials are quick to point out the rules until it is time for them to follow the rules then they make them up as they go. I would not recommend this school to anyone I know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2008

PHS seems to have strong academics, a very positive student attitude, and a safe environment. Its small size makes it personable, but limits options for class electives and extracurriculars. The block schedule causes excessive class conflicts for students in advanced coursework, reducing choices even further. The administration seems to emphasize sports over all other extracurricular activities, and with our athletic director serving as building coordinator, conflicts between these two groups are pretty universally decided in favor of the sports programs. While artistically talented students should plan to find venues outside of school, PHS is a great choice for those who excel in one or more of the team sports offered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2007

The teaching staff @ PHS is outstanding and the size of the school ensures that no student falls 'through the cracks.' The block schedule is terrific and the climate of the building is second to none. Academic excellence and positive student citizenship are the cornerstones of PHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2006

Smaller school with less than 200 kids per class. Great involvement and great results! We've been very lucky to have our 3 kids in pewaukee schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2006

This school is so-so. There's nothing special about the teachers.The academics are done fairly well... There is very little creative programs, which dissappoints me very much. If you want your child to have a straight-forward, bland education... This is the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2006

The school used to invite parent participation through a monthly discussion group. This seemed to end when the current assistant principal was hired. I would not say there is a partnership with the parents which is a dissapointment as this is such a critical age and a time when this is needed the most.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2004

PHS is a great High School. The principal has done a fantastic job. This high school has changed a lot since he has been here and I highly suggest attending this school. There are many extracurricular activities and teachers are great also.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2004

This is a good school if you do not have a learning difference (dyslexia); my brother was pulled out in the 10th grade, because Pewaukee would not help with his learning difference. They saw it as a problem and treated him as a problem. They also put the blame on my mother, she saw it more of a hassle to have the school teach him what he needed, since they were not doing it anyways, she homeschooled him. I would not recommend this school, only if you would like your children to be pushed through the system, really not learning anything at all. Compared to other schools in the area they do not offer any electives, just your basics.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 7, 2004

Pewaukee High School does not cater to ethnicicity. It's focus is academics. Period. I would highly recommend the school-and even more kudos to the staff. Our PHS principal has been recognized as the Principal of the Year in the State of Wisconsin in 2004. Can't get better than that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2004

I was a student and disliked the school, 2 of my siblings were taken out of the district by my parents due to bullies and other problems. The administrative staff was uncaring about the problems that were happening.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 24, 2004

This is a very close minded school. I would never send my children here. Racism is a problem.
—Submitted by a former student


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About these ratings

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 70% in 2014.

196 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

196 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2014.

196 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2014.

196 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 76% in 2014.

196 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

All Students89%
Female97%
Male80%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin89%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities38%
Not disabled92%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant89%

Math

All Students71%
Female65%
Male75%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin75%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities31%
Not disabled74%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant71%

Reading

All Students51%
Female49%
Male52%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin52%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities15%
Not disabled54%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant51%

Science

All Students90%
Female90%
Male89%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin92%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities61%
Not disabled92%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant90%

Social Studies

All Students87%
Female91%
Male83%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin89%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities54%
Not disabled90%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

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 86% 73%
Hispanic 5% 10%
Asian 3% 4%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Black, not Hispanic 1% 10%
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 7%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%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 77%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 81%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 99%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Marty Van Hulle
Fax number
  • (262) 695-5006

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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School leaders, update and verify information here.

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510 Lake St
Pewaukee, WI 53072
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Phone: (262) 691-2100

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