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.
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September 16, 2014
Greendale Schools Exceeds Expectations,
High School Earns Significantly Exceeds Ranking
GREENDALE, WI – Greendale Schools has received an Exceeds Expectations rating from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in its newly released 2013-14 school district report cards. Greendale High School earned a Significantly Exceeds Expectations ranking; all three elementary schools and Greendale Middle School received Exceeds Expectations ratings from the DPI. Greendale High School is one of just 30 high schools in the state to earn the Significantly Exceeds Expectations rating. Greendale School District ranked among the top 30 districts, or top 10 percent, in the State for overall student achievement. The DPI released the report cards for Greendale Schools and its five schools today. Report cards evaluate district and school performance based on multiple measures.
Greendale’s Canterbury Elementary learned recently that it has been recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) as a 2014-2015 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition. The school earned “High Progress” recognition because its students’ standardized testing achievement was within the top ten percent of Title I schools experiencing student growth in reading and math.
The report card includes an overall accountability rating on a 100-point scale. The five categories of ratings range from Fails To Meet Expectations (0 to 52.9) to Significantly Exceeds Expectations (83 to 100). The ratings are based on an analysis of student test scores from the 2011-13-school-years. The report cards take into account a variety of factors, including achievement gaps among groups of students, absenteeism and level of test participation. Links to the report cards are available in the box above.
“Achievement remains high in Greendale, and we are proud of our students and teachers for their success,” said Dr. John Tharp, Superintendent of Greendale Schools. “We are seeing how our efforts to close the gaps between our sub-groups and our continued focus on student growth and achievement are making an impact.”
“Our goal is to provide a relevant and rigorous educational experience for all students. Working collaboratively in the District, the village, and regionally, we are successfully developing strategies to personalize education for each student and to prepare each for his or her future,” Tharp added.
This is the third year of the school report card statewide accountability system and the second year for district report cards. The system was designed to provide a more complete and balanced picture of school performance that can be used as a guide for school improvement. The accountability system is part of a package of educational reforms that also includes development of a new state achievement test, a new data system, and new teacher evaluation methods.