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South High School

Public | 9-12 | 1111 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted February 25, 2014

Terrible. I went there for my freshman year and half of my sophomore and ended up transferring to eAchieve Academy because it was so terrible. The teachers couldn't care less about whether you learn anything- they are entirely concerned with making sure your child passes the class so they don't get a bad rating. I was bullied by my math teacher, and my friends walked out of English every week crying because of the treatment they received. The guidance counselors and by far the worst. No help whatsoever from them. The music program is laughable. I was in SWAP (the high band) and competed in the marching band and we lost every time. Not due to lack of talent (there were amazing kids), but due to the lack of organization from the band director. I am very surprised at the ratings from students being so good. Don't be fooled- I am a straight A, AP honors student who got a C because the teacher decided he didn't like me. The students who have rated it so highly are freshman who have only been there for a few months. Wait until the novelty of high school wears off, and check back to see their new horrendous reviews. I can't believe this school is even running. It deserves a 2 out of ten.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2014

I'm not sure why the ratings are so negative about this school. I'm currently a freshman and am thriving in this environment. I'm in all honors/pre-ap classes right now and I couldn't ask for better teachers. They are all progressive in technological innovation and are genuinely interested in all of us as students. Of the three Waukesha high schools, South is moving forward the most with academic success and personalized learning. Our principle rocks and our facilities are all being remodeled, along with new motivated teachers and plenty of extracurriculars. What's not to like? South also has the Engineering and Health Academies(I'm in the health), with more STEM based learning and an emphasis on each career field. Overall, if you're a serious, motivated student, you'll do well here. It's true South has a minority population(which sadly brings down the test scores and some of the ratings on here) but it's being worked on. To sum it all up, it's a great school and if you live/are relocating to Waukesha, I'd highly suggest it. I have friends who attend the other two high schools and aren't nearly as happy as I am at South, so check it out! *PS I'm in the Health Academy
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2014

I am a freshman and am just about to finish off my first semester and all I have to say is great things about my school. Just about every teacher shows great enthusiasm torwards the subject that they teach, at the end of the day you can actually look and see you've learned something. The engineering classes are amazing due to the engineering academy built in.


Posted April 16, 2007

The people that have posted about south are teachers and parents; of course they are going to say its great. The students are the only ones who know abut how un organized this school is. We have rules that are pointless and need rules that actually matter. I would highly not recommend moving to the area for this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2004

I taught at South, now retired, and am impressed by the leadership today. The programs which were of great quality then continue to be, especially the music program. Has econ and good gov't classes. I applaud the parent who wanted diversity. Too many parents want carbon copies of their own kids, and multicultural experiences for them are few. South's leadership in 'Unity' is superb.


Posted September 9, 2003

I have had one student pass through South and presently have two students at South. I have found South to be a very student friendly place. The staff is very willing to help any student and the administration takes the time to identify those students with special needs and makes sure these students are not left behind. My students have always been involved in the school community with different academic and athletic activities. So we like the wide variety offered. My husband and I have found that parents who choose to be involved at South are always welcome and generally put to use. One of the things that I like about this school is it's student diversity. With a large population of diffent cultures and backgrounds my students have gotten a chance to learn about different people and also about different cultures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2003

I have had 2 children go through Waukesha South High School, and have been overall very pleased by the high level of education they received. Academics are challenging, and involve a significant amount of homework. The level of instruction has prepared them well for their post-secondary education. There are an abundance of extracurricular opportunities, which have been very meaningful to my children- including participation in sports, leadership experiences, volunteer work, music, etc. The Waukesha South music program is superior to many schools in the area, with many vocal and instrumental ensembles, competition, and talented instructors. The school's Art program has been nationally recognized as one of the best! School staff and administration are extremely involved in the school and community, which has been positive role-modeling for the students.


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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 76% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
72%
Social Studies

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

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students72%
Female78%
Male69%
Black, not of Hispanic origin77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic58%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin80%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled81%
English learners36%
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant72%

Math

All Students44%
Female41%
Male47%
Black, not of Hispanic origin35%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic29%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin52%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled50%
English learners0%
Proficient in English46%
Non-migrant44%

Reading

All Students33%
Female34%
Male30%
Black, not of Hispanic origin18%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic17%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin41%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled36%
English learners0%
Proficient in English34%
Non-migrant33%

Science

All Students73%
Female71%
Male75%
Black, not of Hispanic origin71%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic59%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin80%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities13%
Non-disabled81%
English learners18%
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant73%

Social Studies

All Students83%
Female82%
Male84%
Black, not of Hispanic origin76%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin90%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities30%
Non-disabled90%
English learners18%
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant83%
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 62% 73%
Hispanic 25% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 8% 10%
Asian 3% 4%
Multiracial 2% 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 16%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 7%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 72%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 97%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

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Waukesha, WI 53186
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