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About This School

The Real School is a charter high school in Caledonia. The principal of The Real School is Robert Holzem. 295 students attend The Real School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 4% of the The Real School students have "limited English proficiency." 42% of the 295 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at The Real School is 15:1. Horlick High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 61%
Multiracial 4%
Asian 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 17%
Hispanic 14%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42% 59%
Limited English proficiency 4% 13%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    My daughter has been at The R.E.A.L. school for two years now. She is excelling in school work and making wonderful friends! This school has amazing teachers. Students are required to call them including the principle by their first name which in my opinion makes the students feel connected to their teachers and more approachable. However they are not push-overs! There are expectations and responsibilities the students must be abide to. Grade requirements must be C or higher or you may lose your place to attend this school. I am very happy with this school and look forward to my younger children attending when it's their turn! Great job Willie & Staff !

  • (2 years ago)

    REAL School is wonderful. My children have learned to become independent learners and are enthusastic about their education. The school uses experiences to expand knowledge and activities/projects to develop application and understanding. The band program is exceptional; I have seen both my childrens' talents grow. Dan is a talented band teacher who often arranges and creates music that the students can get excited about the concerts are filled with a variety of music and so fun students are even dancing in the aisles! The REAL School's focus on preparedness for college is a very desirable trait for our family too. The REAL School does offer some extra curricular activities like travel-abroad groups literary groups and other academic opportunities however if students want athletic extra-curricular activities the students must participate at their "districted" middle or high schools.

  • (2 years ago)

    If you want your child to be at a school that really supports learning check out this school. I have been impressed by the teachers director and students here. This is a unique school. I only wish it could reach more kids.

  • (3 years ago)

    I went to this school until my Junior year due to the fact that I had to move but it is an amazing school. Everybody is family and the teachers all care for the students. There isn't that wall that separates the student/teacher relationship because we call all of our teachers by their first name. I love this school with all of my heart.

  • (3 years ago)

    REAL School has teachers with positive mental attitude and director who is open to change. All of them are fine role models.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have been going to the R.E.A.L. school since the 6th grade and still love it. Even though I haven't been to any other middle or high school I know this school is special. Currently I'm a junior and am so excited to be a senior. Not only will I graduate to the next stage of my life I will also get a chance to be a main part and planner of the school. Every new 6th grader gets a senior to help them and guide them. My senior really helped me feel safe in a new environment and I can't wait to make others feel that way too. The teachers are always there when I have a question and care. I know everybody at the school supports me and will always be there for me. We truly are a family and that will never change.

  • (4 years ago)

    I entered the real school as a 6th grader.All the teachers are really great.We have all school field trips every ounce in a while.We have silent reading time every day witch I think is super cool because some schools dont even have silent reading time.The teachers are so layed back its crazy!If I ad to compare this school to Walden III Id say we are the same pretty much!

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter entered the REAL School as a sixth grader. On Friday June 5th 2009 she graduated from the REAL School. The school has been a wonderful family-like learning environment that made her success possible. After putting my son through the horrors of Racine's public schools - middle and high schools I vowed to find an alternative for my daughter. I was worried at first but learned very quickly how much the kids and their success meant to the staff. I do agree that extracurricular activities are not great but the education is exceptional and it challenges the kids to learn in real-life scenarios. My daughter and her graduating class received a combined $800K plus in scholarships this year. For a class of 36 students - that speaks for itself. Thank you Willie and Al for your vision and dedication. We love you!

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter attends the REAL school and she has grown into a lifelong learner. The teachers there are great the staff really cares about the students. The students interact with each other well a big plus with such a big age difference (7 years). The school is always helping out O. Brown school the community with service. If a student has any problems there are so many people to help out. My ex-wife and I are 110% happy with the school and hope our son will get in. The ony thing I would change is the limited exracurricular activites offered due to it's very small size but if a student wants to start one they have the support from the school. The school is a positive for the community.

  • (5 years ago)

    I started at the real school in 2006 as a sixth grader and over the 3 years I've been here I've leaned alot of things about this school. I'm also going there for high shcool and its a really good place. True you might have read about all the bad things that have happened there and yes there have been bad things butour school is all about family yes family the REAl school is our home away from home. Al has retired but he still dropps but from time to time.state but we wont ever forget anybody from there. I was looking at the yearbook from 6th grade and i read all the awsome things that everyone wrote some jokes and stuff like that. But our school is a family and I put this in a reveiw because i saw that noone eles did so thanks.

  • (5 years ago)

    Although i do love the real school. i have to ask how they got 4 stars for extracurricular activities. I think that is the one and only downfall of the school. They really have none. I have recently submitted a complaint with the district regarding this very issue. What they do offer I am not sure should count. In band they play a lot of guitar hero. (just 1 example) But if u or your child don't care about extra's it is the best school in Racine WI. Often Seniors have to leave there to attend a regular high school because they find that they need more to fill out a college application

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a student at the R.E.A.L. school and I love it. It is wonderful and Willie is the greatest. He cares about every student and the classes are great. The teachers care so much and they help you whenever you need it. This school is just like a family and I'm proud to say that I go to the R.E.A.L school!! <3

  • (7 years ago)

    The R.E.A.L. school is a fantastic school that has inspired many people to do what they want to do for their life. It has been said that this school is nothing but actually it is everything that you could hope for in a school. Although we are both students here at R.E.A.L. We feel that parents teachers and anyone else interested in this school should know that this is a good school for your kids. We love it and wouldn't change anything. R.E.A.L. is important to us; without it... we would have nothing we can't imagine us without a school we can depend on so much. Thank you Chelsey and Erika Students of The R.E.A.L School

  • (7 years ago)

    As far as I am concerned there is no other school in Racine for my son. Willie was my teacher in high school and I would have never made it without his caring nature and support. He took my son under his wing at the REAL School and that is the best thing I can ever ask for. This is a school like no other and it is the best choice for our family. Willie and Al are awesome leaders and teachers. They make school a happy and safe place to send my son to. Thanks you guys! I have nothing but excellent things to say about the REAL School.

  • (9 years ago)

    I began attendance at the R.E.A.L. school in the fall of 2001 after 'touring more-than-my-share of high schools ' and I fell in love with the schoool and it's administration. In fact the fall of 2001 was supposed to be my graduating year however I was involved in a near-fatal automobile accident which hindered that. Al and Willie(the principals) still let me return at 19(old enough for them to legally say goood-bye) to finish up and graduate in 2004. I highly reccommend the school; it has such a thick atmosphere of care you could almost taste it. Everyone who is employed has a genuine sense of compassion for each and every student.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school excels at being a great family environment. There is a caring and concern from the teachers and a bond between students that I've not seen at any other school. Children that don't fit in at other schools either because of overachievement underachievement or creative differences do very well at this school. The students become responsible independent adults through their participation in their learning programs.

  • (10 years ago)

    I like the school they have a really good teaching staff. Al is a great principal and really wants to help the kids. It a great place to send your kids.

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