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Waterford High School

Public | 9-12 | 1065 students

 

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Posted September 9, 2014

I went to Waterford for 2 years before I begged my mom to get me out. The school has a major bullying problem and every corner you take you hear something about someone with drugs. The only person who actually cared about the students left the year I did. Waterford has shown me that I can't deal with humans and have really severe anxiety. I was hospitalized for mental issues and the school pretty much yelled at me for not being in school even if I was getting help.


Posted December 22, 2011

I've attended Waterford Union High School for the last 3 years. My brother and sister have also graduated from WUHS. I would say this school is the best in the area. Everyone is really nice, there is very little bullying due to the recent programs and diversity classes. Overall the school is really great. There is not a big drug problem here. There will always be students who do drugs, but this school is really good in that asspect. Teachers are really great! They connect well with the students. I would highly reccomend Waterford Union High School to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2011

As a parent and former student of Waterford Union High school I am disappointed with it overall. The biggest disadvantage to the students that I see at this school is the administration and lack of professional or positive conduct toward all students. The priorities are in the wrong places. Example: Too much emphasis on sports vs. academics or general education. As well as a lack of class selection, and a lack of guidance in planing for the future for all students including the ones that are not college bound. Some attitude, priority, and program changes would do this school a world of good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2011

I am a Freshmen at Waterford and I honestly can't wait to get out of this school. It is horrible. Bullying is a MAJOR issue. They judge students on the way they look. Especially the higher authorities in the school. I am actually afraid to go there most days. Waterford High has a very bad drug problem. And teachers let the students get away with bullying. I feel very intimidated at this school and do not like it at all
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2010

I graduated in 2005. The teachers at the school were amazing. Each teacher took personal interest in helping each student to do their very best in all aspects of school. Teachers went above and beyond my expectations to ensure I was making the right decisions throughout my time at Waterford. An area that needed improvement was foreign language. I took Spanish while enrolled and it was not helpful later on in life. They need more interaction in speaking and less with simply learning vocabulary. Parent involvement was low, but I feel it helped me to become more independent from my parents. The school itself was always a safe place to go and never felt intimidated by any staff member.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2009

I think this school needs some major reconfiguring. The teachers are horrible. I have tried over and over to contact them and they don't answer. I think that the classes offered are very poor and there isn't a very good variety. The only good thing about this school is the sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2007

i am a jr in waterford highschool. i believe that it is a great school. the academics are great, and the music program is exceptional. the teachers do all they can to see there students pass with a good grade, not a d or even c's they try to get the student to pass with a b. I personally love this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2005

The academic programs are for the most part, incohearent to the main task. The music programs are great, as long as the teacher likes the student. Art classes and displays are available, and so are sports programs The level of parent involvement from my experience is little/none.
—Submitted by a former 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.

273 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

273 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2014.

273 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2014.

273 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

273 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%
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 Students83%
Female90%
Male78%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin84%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities36%
Not disabled88%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant83%

Math

All Students59%
Female61%
Male58%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin61%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities28%
Not disabled62%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant59%

Reading

All Students58%
Female58%
Male59%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin60%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities20%
Not disabled63%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant58%

Science

All Students86%
Female85%
Male88%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin87%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities60%
Not disabled89%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant86%

Social Studies

All Students89%
Female91%
Male87%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin90%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities64%
Not disabled92%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant89%
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 92% 73%
Hispanic 5% 10%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 1%
Asian 1% 4%
Multiracial 1% 2%
Black, not Hispanic 0% 10%
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 12%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 89%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 72%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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School Leader's name
  • Daniel F Foster
Fax number
  • (262) 534-4971

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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100 Field Dr
Waterford, WI 53185
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