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The Milwaukee School System

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the largest city in the state and one of the biggest in the Midwest with a population of about 595,000. It is the main economic and cultural center of the larger metropolitan area, which has a population of more than 2 million. The nearly 90,000 students attend one of 300 schools that are part of the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) district.

In large school districts, it can be challenging for parents to know where to turn for help when their child faces academic struggles. Varsity Tutors works with parents to help them connect with highly qualified personal tutors with expertise in a wide range of subject areas. No matter what your child’s age or learning needs, a Milwaukee tutor is waiting to help your child reach their learning potential. Here's a breakdown of assessment scores in some of the top schools in Milwaukee. How does your student compare?

Milwaukee Test Scores

Milwaukee high school students are expected to prepare for nationally recognized exams such as the ACT or SAT. However, they are also required to achieve a passing score on a variety of other assessments throughout their academic careers as part of the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS). This comprehensive system includes the Wisconsin Forward Exam and Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) programs and tests on language arts, mathematics, science and social studies intermittently between grades three and eleven.

Many parents initially seek the services of a personal tutor when high stakes standardized exams are looming on the horizon. However, private tutors can be utilized long before and after these exams. Experienced tutors can help your child improve their grades throughout their academic career, and they can also help fuel interest in subject areas that may not be accessible in most public schools. Perhaps your child is doing well in math and science but would like to learn more about applying those skills to robotics or astronomy. With the help of a personal tutor, your child’s interest and imagination are the only limits to their learning potential.

Unfortunately, even the most highly ranked high schools in Milwaukee are not part of the top 50 for the state of Wisconsin. In the chart below, you can see which Milwaukee high schools are leading the city and how they compare to other high schools in the state.

Milwaukee High School Rankings

High School Milwaukee Ranking State Ranking AP Pass Rate
Rufus King International School 1 61 N/A
Reagan College Preparatory High School 2 67 N/A
Milwaukee School of Languages 3 244 55%
Hapa-Hmong Amer Peace Academy K3-12 4 285 N/A
Veritas High School 5 N/A 81%
Tenor High School 6 N/A N/A
MacDowell Montessori School 7 N/A N/A
Milwaukee High School of the Arts 8 N/A 41%
Riverside High School 9 N/A 19%
Carmen High School of Science & Technology 10 N/A 17%

Even for a large school district, some of the student-to-teacher ratios for the largest schools are on the high side. Fortunately, many of these schools still have classes with fewer than twenty students. Below you can see the results of the ten largest high schools in the area.

Milwaukee Student-to-Teacher Ratios

Hamilton High School has a 19 1 student-teacher ratio.

Riverside High School has a 19 1 student-teacher ratio.

South Division High School has a 17 1 student-teacher ratio.

Hapa-Hmong Amer Peace Academy K3-12 has a 19 1 student-teacher ratio.

Reagan College Preparatory High School has a 23 1 student-teacher ratio.

Wisconsin State Average has a 14 1 student-teacher ratio.

Once your child graduates high school, they have plenty of nearby universities from which to choose. Several of these schools rank highly for their specialties. You can learn more about some of the highest ranked Milwaukee area colleges below.

Milwaukee University Rankings

College National Rank Acceptance Rate
Marquette University 182 84%
Milwaukee School of Engineering 204 66%
Alverno College 354 75%
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee 479 73%
Wisconsin Lutheran College 533 90%
Concordia University - Wisconsin 690 63%
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design N/A 61%
Cardinal Stritch University N/A 82%
Carroll University N/A 72%
Mount Mary University N/A 56%

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