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Sun Prairie High School

Public | 10-12 | 1467 students

 
 

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Posted June 15, 2014

I've had 2 children at Sun Prairie High school, I think with any school there are good and bad aspects, but overall my kids were...hell raisers..., and I got a great deal of support from the school in general (again more from some than others) to get my kids on track, and help them through high school. As a parent if you are willing to work with the school to work with your child, the opportunity is here, people that care are here. If you don't care and think the school should do everything? No school will satisfy you. There is a club or sport for any interest-and an awesome swim program...I do not agree with the way math is now being taught, however...a new 'supposed to be better than any other way' kids 'self guiding' in teams has been hard for my student, and in some ways I feel dis-served by that, however, overall am satisfied with the school and the faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

Well to put it easy. They punish the victims. So if your child is not a five star athlete I would suggest somewhere else. And most of the teachers do not really care about the students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2011

One thing the Sun rairie school board has done well is their focus on spending. The new SP High School is a cathedral to their tax and spend philosophy embraced by so many on the school board. As a community, since we cannot actually track our teacher performance, we are satisfied knowing in our hearts that as long as our schools are state of the art our children must be getting the education and guidance they deserve. After all, its all about the children. So...if you're looking for facilities in your school that are over the top, Sun Prairie is the school for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2011

Great faculty members, many who have taught at SPHS for years and hold advanced degrees, make SPHS a great school for learning. With a new principal in place, administration has become much more involved over the past 2 years. Sun Prairie has a wide variety of course offerings, including the most AP classes in Dane County. A beautiful new facility lends itself well towards a phenomenal learning environment and many students take advantage of ample opportunities to get involved. At the same time, activities and any sport other than varsity football do not receive any support from the Athletic Director or administration in general. Many quality teachers are retiring earlier due to the possibility of benefit cuts, so the future of some AP classes and other honors courses is unknown. Scheduling conflicts arise from time to time, as in most schools. Recently, administration has had to deal with a large number of online harassment issues and is having trouble curtailing some of them. Overall, SPHS is a high-quality public high school. There are some minor flaws here and there, but altogether students receive an excellent education at SPHS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2009

Awesome teachers and staff at this school. The students feel connected and as if they're part of something bigger. Much needed remodling projects have been done. Next year a whole new school opens; students, teachers, staff and parents are all excited for this new building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

It has a bunch of different options for classes and nice teachers and guidance counselors. We have the funnest pep rallys and sports events because we're probably the most pyched about that kind of stuff. It's awesome because they don't make school feel like prison, instead it feels like a place where you can have fun with your friends and learn new things at the same time. It's great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2007

Sun Prairie High School is an over crowded, out of control school that puts our children's safety at risk.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2006

I think that the sunprairie high school is a very good school. They have a lot of really good clubs that the students are able to join and they try to make sure that everyone has a comfortable environment there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 20, 2006

This school is not the finest source of education available and it is growing at a rapid pace. The curriculum remains unchanged for the past 40 years, and computer courses are very limited.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2006

Both my girls had really good experiences at SPHS and lots of opportunities. Amie went to Florida with her biology class and got to dissect a shark and see snakes and alligators in the wild. Katie was part of the Academic Decathlon Team (the Nerd Herd) and got to travel around Wisconsin and compete against other brainiacs. Both girls had good times as cheerleaders - Katie's squad won 3 national championships. Katie graduated from SPHS with college level credits in calculus and chemistry. Her first semester at UW-Oshkosh she started with 2nd semester calculus and said it was all stuff that she had already had at SPHS. Both girls sang in the choir all 4 years. Katie also played in the band. Many districts are cutting the arts, but SPHS still offers the full range of educational opportunities - arts and sciences.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

438 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

441 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

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

All Students82%
Female86%
Male77%
Black, not of Hispanic origin50%
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic76%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin88%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities20%
Non-disabled87%
English learners60%
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant82%

Math

All Students55%
Female49%
Male61%
Black, not of Hispanic origin16%
Asian/Pacific Islander27%
Hispanic40%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin64%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities14%
Non-disabled59%
English learners0%
Proficient in English56%
Non-migrant55%

Reading

All Students42%
Female40%
Male43%
Black, not of Hispanic origin12%
Asian/Pacific Islander7%
Hispanic28%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin49%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities3%
Non-disabled45%
English learners0%
Proficient in English43%
Non-migrant42%

Science

All Students83%
Female83%
Male83%
Black, not of Hispanic origin48%
Asian/Pacific Islander53%
Hispanic69%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin91%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities28%
Non-disabled88%
English learners30%
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant83%

Social Studies

All Students89%
Female88%
Male88%
Black, not of Hispanic origin66%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic87%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin92%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities33%
Non-disabled93%
English learners60%
Proficient in English89%
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 75% 73%
Black, not Hispanic 10% 10%
Hispanic 6% 10%
Asian 5% 4%
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 11%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 2%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 85%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 59%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 98%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

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Sun Prairie, WI 53590
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