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Stevens Point Area Senior High School

Public | 10-12 | 1596 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted August 28, 2014

We have been the host family for high school age junior hockey players that have come to play hockey here from Los Angelos, Detroit, Barrington IL, and Elk Grove Village IL. The parents and students have all enthusiastically remarked about how much better Stevens Point Area Senior High School is than the schools they came from. Keep in mind these are families that have money to send their kids off to play junior hockey so they come from some nice neighborhoods. They said the school is much better as we actually have teachers who care about the students. The players also say that the teachers in general are more wierd and they describe some hippie type behaviors. I also understand that they spend a a lot of classroom instruction time watching videos. For instance, my son watched the movie Moby Dick for literature class. The teacher said it was to develop an appreciation for story structure, character development, medaphor usage, etc. I moved here from the west suburbs of Chicago. I concur, the teachers do care. I also find that parents are involved when it comes to sports, but not-so-much when it comes to school. Forget school when it's hunting season.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2008

I am an alumni of SPASH and I have nothing but good things to say about the school. The school has a great variety of courses to take, including more AP classes than any other schools in the area. I was fortunate enough to take 9 AP classes during my three years there and passed all of my tests because of the quality of the teachers there. SPASH is the largest senior high school in the state, but that doesn't mean classes are large. I was never in a class of over 30 other than band or gym and in fact some of my classes had less than 15 people in them. Bottom line is there are outstanding teachers in each of the departments, and people know who they are if they're looking to take those classes. I'm a college junior who left SPASH with nearly 50 AP credits.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2008

although i think the schools academics are good, i think the school put too much empasis on sports, and it lacks parent/school communictaion. When A child that is harrassed is asked to fill out a form. the school never calls the parents of the harrassed child to inform them what is going on. They need to make some major changes and before someone is hurt.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2008

SPASH has excellent academics, extracurriculars, and athletics. It's a very well-rounded school. High academic achieving students find this school particularly excellent. SPASH offers advanced and AP courses for college prep and I've heard from many students that many of their high school courses were more difficult than their college ones. SPASH also has routes for a student who prefers a more practical schooling with a vast number of technology, art, and shop classes. It's a perfect fit for any student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2006

The academics at SPASH are amazing. Many of the students preform really well and a large number attend the University of Wisconsin- Madison, one of the best public universities in the country. Parents are kept well informed and the extra-curriculars are outstanding! Not to mention the athletics SPASH offers, which almost always win conference in nearly all their sports. The large number of students helps the school, instead of hurting it. Classes are kept to under 25 students, and students get plenty of personal attention from the teachers. SPASH is definitely the best choice of any school in the area, I highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

Lots of courses to choose from, but students are not given the classes they choose. Fewer choice with budget cuts. No parent contact from the school, and confusing information provided when parents inquire about anything. Threats of violence, unanswered. Out numbered and insignificant, even the teachers mark students absent when they were in fact present the entire time. Students fail with no contact made to parents, even when parents call and leave messages. Not impressed--send your kid elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2006

I am impressed by the course selection at SPASH, but I feel there is not enough teacher involvement. There certainly is not enough parental involvement, but I can see that the reason my be lack of information distributed to parents regarding student activity. My daughter tells me what is going on at school, and usually needs to get the information I need. Concerts, for example would have better turnout if notes were sent home with students giving specific information. I realize some information is sent in the newsletter, but it is not specific, and dates tend to change. The biggest problem with this school is that it is so big, and there seems to be a lack of attention given to breaking it down to make it 'smaller'. There is a huge opportunity here to make this school great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2005

This School has very little child involement. My child was extremely out numbered at this school due to about 50 to 60 students per class. There is almost no parental involvement at all. The teachers at this school also do not pay very much attention to the childern who need that little bit of extra help. May of my childs friends dropped out of this school or went to there alternative school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2005

Alot of programs to choose from. Parent involvement is minimal. Too many children in 1 school. Your child is a number instead of a name.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

I am very impressed by this school. The number of courses students have access to is amazing.
—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 70% in 2014.

479 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

479 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2014.

479 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2014.

479 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

479 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%
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 Students77%
Female79%
Male75%
Black, not of Hispanic origin40%
Asian82%
Hispanic70%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin79%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities14%
Not disabled85%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant77%

Math

All Students52%
Female48%
Male57%
Black, not of Hispanic origin10%
Asian50%
Hispanic26%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin54%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities8%
Not disabled56%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English53%
Not migrant52%

Reading

All Students49%
Female46%
Male52%
Black, not of Hispanic origin10%
Asian36%
Hispanic26%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin52%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities6%
Not disabled54%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Not migrant49%

Science

All Students82%
Female80%
Male86%
Black, not of Hispanic origin50%
Asian79%
Hispanic78%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin84%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities28%
Not disabled89%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant82%

Social Studies

All Students84%
Female84%
Male85%
Black, not of Hispanic origin60%
Asian82%
Hispanic82%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin85%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities32%
Not disabled90%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant84%
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%
Asian 8% 4%
Hispanic 4% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 1% 10%
Multiracial 1% 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 12%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 3%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 86%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 63%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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1201 N Point Dr
Stevens Point, WI 54481
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