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The Real School

Charter | 6-12 | 295 students

 
 

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Posted February 18, 2014

My daughter has been at The R.E.A.L. school for two years now. She is excelling in school work and making wonderful friends! This school has amazing teachers. Students are required to call them, including the principle, by their first name which in my opinion, makes the students feel connected to their teachers and more approachable. However, they are not push-overs! There are expectations and responsibilities the students must be abide to. Grade requirements must be C or higher or you may lose your place to attend this school. I am very happy with this school and look forward to my younger children attending when it's their turn! Great job Willie & Staff !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2012

REAL School is wonderful. My children have learned to become independent learners and are enthusastic about their education. The school uses experiences to expand knowledge and activities/projects to develop application and understanding. The band program is exceptional; I have seen both my childrens' talents grow. Dan is a talented band teacher who often arranges and creates music that the students can get excited about, the concerts are filled with a variety of music and so fun students are even dancing in the aisles! The REAL School's focus on preparedness for college is a very desirable trait for our family too. The REAL School does offer some extra curricular activities like travel-abroad groups, literary groups and other academic opportunities, however if students want athletic extra-curricular activities the students must participate at their "districted" middle or high schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2011

If you want your child to be at a school that really supports learning, check out this school. I have been impressed by the teachers, director, and students here. This is a unique school. I only wish it could reach more kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2011

I went to this school until my Junior year, due to the fact that I had to move, but it is an amazing school. Everybody is family and the teachers all care for the students. There isn't that wall that separates the student/teacher relationship, because we call all of our teachers by their first name. I love this school with all of my heart.


Posted January 30, 2011

REAL School has teachers with positive mental attitude and director who is open to change. All of them are fine role models.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

I have been going to the R.E.A.L. school since the 6th grade and still love it. Even though I haven't been to any other middle or high school I know this school is special. Currently I'm a junior and am so excited to be a senior. Not only will I graduate to the next stage of my life, I will also get a chance to be a main part and planner of the school. Every new 6th grader gets a senior to help them and guide them. My senior really helped me feel safe in a new environment and I can't wait to make others feel that way too. The teachers are always there when I have a question and care. I know everybody at the school supports me and will always be there for me. We truly are a family and that will never change.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2009

I entered the real school as a 6th grader.All the teachers are really great.We have all school field trips every ounce in a while.We have silent reading time every day witch I think is super cool because some schools dont even have silent reading time.The teachers are so layed back,its crazy!If I ad to compare this school to Walden III,Id say we are the same pretty much!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2009

My daughter entered the REAL School as a sixth grader. On Friday, June 5th, 2009, she graduated from the REAL School. The school has been a wonderful family-like learning environment that made her success possible. After putting my son through the horrors of Racine's public schools - middle and high schools, I vowed to find an alternative for my daughter. I was worried at first, but learned very quickly how much the kids and their success meant to the staff. I do agree that extracurricular activities are not great, but the education is exceptional and it challenges the kids to learn in real-life scenarios. My daughter and her graduating class received a combined $800K plus in scholarships this year. For a class of 36 students - that speaks for itself. Thank you, Willie and Al for your vision and dedication. We love you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

My daughter attends the REAL school and she has grown into a lifelong learner. The teachers there are great, the staff really cares about the students. The students interact with each other well, a big plus with such a big age difference (7 years). The school is always helping out O. Brown school, the community with service. If a student has any problems, there are so many people to help out. My ex-wife and I are 110% happy with the school, and hope our son will get in. The ony thing I would change is the limited exracurricular activites offered, due to it's very small size but if a student wants to start one, they have the support from the school. The school is a positive for the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2008

I started at the real school in 2006 as a sixth grader and over the 3 years I've been here I've leaned alot of things about this school. I'm also going there for high shcool and its a really good place. True you might have read about all the bad things that have happened there, and yes there have been bad things, butour school is all about family, yes family, the REAl school is our home away from home. Al has retired but he still dropps but from time to time.state but we wont ever forget anybody from there. I was looking at the yearbook from 6th grade and i read all the awsome things that everyone wrote, some jokes and stuff like that. But our school is a family and I put this in a reveiw because i saw that noone eles did so thanks.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2008

Although i do love the real school. i have to ask how they got 4 stars for extracurricular activities. I think that is the one and only downfall of the school. They really have none. I have recently submitted a complaint with the district regarding this very issue. What they do offer I am not sure should count. In band they play a lot of guitar hero. (just 1 example) But if u or your child don't care about extra's it is the best school in Racine, WI. Often Seniors have to leave there to attend a regular high school because they find that they need more to fill out a college application
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2008

I am a student at the R.E.A.L. school and I love it. It is wonderful and Willie is the greatest. He cares about every student and the classes are great. The teachers care so much and they help you, whenever you need it. This school is just like a family and I'm proud to say that I go to the R.E.A.L school!! <3
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2007

The R.E.A.L. school is a fantastic school that has inspired many people to do what they want to do for their life. It has been said that this school is nothing, but actually it is everything that you could hope for in a school. Although, we are both students here at R.E.A.L. We feel that parents, teachers, and anyone else interested in this school should know that this is a good school for your kids. We love it, and wouldn't change anything. R.E.A.L. is important to us; without it... we would have nothing, we can't imagine us without a school we can depend on so much. Thank you, Chelsey and Erika Students of The R.E.A.L School
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2006

As far as I am concerned, there is no other school in Racine for my son. Willie was my teacher in high school and I would have never made it without his caring nature and support. He took my son under his wing at the REAL School and that is the best thing I can ever ask for. This is a school like no other and it is the best choice for our family. Willie and Al are awesome leaders and teachers. They make school a happy and safe place to send my son to. Thanks you guys! I have nothing but excellent things to say about the REAL School.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 19, 2005

I began attendance at the R.E.A.L. school in the fall of 2001, after 'touring more-than-my-share of high schools,' and I fell in love with the schoool and it's administration. In fact, the fall of 2001 was supposed to be my graduating year, however, I was involved in a near-fatal automobile accident which hindered that. Al and Willie(the principals) still let me return, at 19(old enough for them to legally say goood-bye), to finish up and graduate in 2004. I highly reccommend the school; it has such a thick atmosphere of care you could almost taste it. Everyone who is employed has a genuine sense of compassion for each and every student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2004

This school excels at being a great family environment. There is a caring and concern from the teachers and a bond between students that I've not seen at any other school. Children that don't fit in at other schools, either because of overachievement, underachievement, or creative differences, do very well at this school. The students become responsible independent adults through their participation in their learning programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2004

I like the school they have a really good teaching staff. Al is a great principal and really wants to help the kids. It a great place to send your kids.
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 38% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 46% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 42% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Social Studies

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

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
87%
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 76% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
82%
Social Studies

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

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students46%
Female54%
Male27%
Black, not of Hispanic origin40%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin54%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled47%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant46%

Reading

All Students42%
Female46%
Male34%
Black, not of Hispanic origin30%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin51%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled42%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
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

Math

All Students48%
Female50%
Male45%
Black, not of Hispanic origin25%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin58%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled48%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English48%
Non-migrant48%

Reading

All Students40%
Female33%
Male50%
Black, not of Hispanic origin8%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin50%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled40%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English40%
Non-migrant40%
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 Students73%
Female71%
Male76%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin73%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled73%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant73%

Math

All Students37%
Female34%
Male46%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin34%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled37%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant37%

Reading

All Students46%
Female43%
Male54%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin50%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled46%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant46%

Science

All Students92%
Female89%
Male100%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin96%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled92%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant92%

Social Studies

All Students95%
Female94%
Male100%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin96%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled95%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant95%
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 Students80%
Female85%
Male75%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin85%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant80%

Math

All Students8%
Female8%
Male8%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin7%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged7%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant8%

Reading

All Students28%
Female23%
Male33%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin43%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant28%

Science

All Students84%
Female77%
Male91%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin100%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant84%

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 disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White, not Hispanic 61% 73%
Black, not Hispanic 17% 10%
Hispanic 14% 10%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Asian 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 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 42%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 4%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 96%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 61%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 95%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

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  • Robert Holzem
Fax number
  • (262) 664-8110

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