The comprehensive curriculum at the elementary level provides opportunities for students to meet Wisconsin Model Academic Standards in reading, writing, math, social studies, and science as well as art, music, physical education, information and technology literacy, research and inquiry. The Time 4 learning Charter School offers pre-school experiences to four-year old children.
At the middle and high school level, students have multiple pathways to meeting graduation requirements and preparing for the next step. Opportunities include Advanced Placement offerings, various vocational opportunities through a consortium with MATC, support through at-risk and special education programming, quality experiences in theater, music, digital productions, and art, three foreign languages, many math courses designed to meet students’ needs, student publications, internships and mentorships, and health and wellness offerings in both physical education and FACE.
Beyond the classroom, students may get involved in a broad range of sports, fine arts, clubs, and activities. All grade levels participate in service-learning opportunities within the community.
One way to gauge student and school performance is through testing. Statewide, students in third through eighth grade and tenth grade take the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exams. The Greendale School District enjoys an excellent reputation and consistently scores high on surveys and comparisons of school districts.
In its April 2012 issue, Milwaukee Magazine again ranked the best schools in the region. They looked at 33 K-12 and 21 K-8 school districts in the five-county Milwaukee area. Out of the 54 school districts, Greendale High School placed 8th and Greendale K-8 schools placed 6th for “Top Scorers.” For this report, Milwaukee Magazine ranked districts’ standardized test scores in math and reading from the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) for K-8 and also factored in indicators of college readiness, such as ACT scores and the percentage of students scoring three or higher on Advanced Placement tests for high schools.
The Greendale School District also ranked 6th for the best overall K-12 district in “The Big Picture.” This study identified the area’s most “well-rounded” school systems and factored in the K-8 and high school scores equally.
Newsweek has ranked Greendale High School in the top 5% of U.S. public high schools each year since 2006. Greendale High is ranked among the top U.S. public high schools according to “The High School Challenge” published by the Washington Post
Over 90% percent of Greendale High School graduates continue on to four-year colleges and technical schools or two year colleges.
School Report Cards
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has issued a School Report Card for your child’s school and for every public school in Wisconsin. The School Report Card will help parents understand how their child’s school is doing and where it can improve. The new report cards will help all Wisconsin public schools get a better picture of how well they help children learn, advance to the next grade, and graduate ready for college and career. Our goal is to help every student in a Wisconsin school succeed, graduate, and be ready to pursue further education and a career.
For Immediate Release
November 17, 2016
Greendale Schools’ State Report Card Scores Improve,
District Earns Significantly Exceeds Ranking
GREENDALE, WI – Greendale Schools has received a Significantly Exceeds Expectations rating from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in its newly released 2015-2016 school district report cards. Canterbury and College Park Elementary Schools and Greendale Middle School received Significantly Exceeds Expectations ratings from the DPI. Greendale High School and Highland View Elementary Schools earned Exceeds Expectations ratings. Greendale Schools ranked in the top 7 percent of all districts in the State for overall student achievement and among the top 10 percent of school districts in the region. The DPI released the report cards for all public schools across the state. Report cards are one measure of academic performance in Greendale’s schools.
The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents recently released its remediation rates for college freshman by high school. Greendale High School recorded a high percentage of students attending a UW System School and among the lowest remediation rates in the state. In math, less than 8 percent of Greendale grads who were college freshman in 2015-2016 required remedial classes. In English, fewer than 6 students (while the percentage is not reported, it is less than 5 percent) required a remedial class. Greendale was one of only a handful of schools to achieve this result according to the report. “This is an indicator that the curriculum, instruction, and student achievement at Greendale High School is rigorous and prepares students for college-level course work,” said Dr. Gary Kiltz, superintendent of Greendale Schools.
“Our schools are performing very well on standardized measures, and these results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, students, and families. Today, we celebrate success, and plan for how to continue to grow. We will study effective models that produce the highest scores in growth and closing achievement gaps,” Dr. Kiltz said.
“Using assessment data, as well as ideas gathered from students and community members at the Visioning Session on October 27, we will plan for our preferred future. We recognize gaps in achievement and want to ensure that ALL students continue to grow and achieve at high levels. Greendale Schools also seeks to support students through multiple means, including business partnerships and service learning opportunities that allow students to explore personal pathways to success. In the December District newsletter, the community will have the opportunity to read more about other measures of success for students in Greendale Schools,” he added.
The current Wisconsin School Report Card uses a new format based on recent changes required by the legislature. At the foundation of the report cards are four priority areas, including Student Achievement, Student Growth, Closing Gaps in performance based on specific demographic groups, and On-track and Postsecondary Readiness. The priority area scores are aggregated into an overall accountability score, from 0 to 100, based primarily on a district’s performance across the four priority areas in the 2015-2016 school year. Schools and districts are also evaluated on their level of student engagement, including test participation rates, chronic absenteeism rates, and dropout rates when applicable. Based on its score, a school or district receives one of five rating categories, from Fails to Meet Expectations to Significantly Exceeds Expectations, as well as one to five stars.
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