Badger High School

220 East South Street, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 348-2050

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1440 students 14 students/teacher (WI avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS)

In 2013-2014 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. GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data. Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.
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About this school

Badger High School is a public high school in Geneva. The principal of Badger High School is Robert Kopydlowski and can be contacted at 1,440 children attend Badger High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 4% of the Badger High School students have "limited English proficiency." 41% of the 1,440 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Badger High School is 14:1. Alden-Hebron High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 82% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% %
Hispanic 14% %
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% %
Multiracial 0.1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41% 41%
Limited English proficiency 4% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Students have access to every resource they could wish for which ensures they will receive a quality education as long as they apply themselves. A wide variety of extra curricular activities for every student to take advantage of no matter what their interest might be. Although the "Life of An Athlete Program" which the school pushes on those who participate in athletics has proven to be a cancer that has become a joke that serves to divide the school rather than unite it.

  • (2 years ago)

    We love this school. Never have a problem with the teachers or the classes. When we need to contact someone at the school for information there is always someone to help. The FFA department is amazing and everyone does stuff for the community!

  • (3 years ago)

    Badger High School has so many opportunities for students to get involved. The school's staff is so dedicated to the students where they stay as late as 8pm to help students in subjects where they need help. Badger High also has one of the largest DECA chapters in southeastern Wisconsin. A year ago they had a student win nationals. They are also the 2008 2009 2010 culinary teams in the entire nation. They have a completely new foreign language math art and music wing. They also have switched over to healthier lunches like sweat potato fries whole wheat buns and many fruits. Overall this is one of the nicest schools in Southeastern Wisconsin.

  • (3 years ago)

    Badger High School is one of the best High Schools located in southeast Wisconsin. Badger has a big budget to work with and they defiantly put it to juse. They have an entire book full of classes for students to take (about 80 pages). The school is a five star school compared to Wilmot Union High.

  • (3 years ago)

    The school has been upgraded many times in the last decade and the students still have athletics and music which all lead to better grades.

  • (3 years ago)

    Badger high school has many opportunities. But this school sucks. We have a tardy policy that is lame we get a detention if we are tardy to class two times. If we miss that detention we get a detention on a Friday until 5 30.If we skip Friday which is hard we get ISS the whole day on Monday. We also get an ISS for the whole day if we skip 1 class. We can also get a detention if we don't have our lunch card. There are also like 200 cameras in just one hallway. There are teachers in every corner yelling at everyone. You can get expelled for missing several days. You can get in trouble for almost anything because they think it's gang related. Like if you wear certain colors they believe you are in a gang. But almost every color is gang related. Also you get sent to the ISS room for dumb things. You can't graduate if you don't pass gym which is a credit. You also need to do community service to graduate. I am fed up with this school. I hate Badger.

  • (4 years ago)

    badger highschool gets a great income of cash from the people in lake geneva. the school leaders such as the principles and district staff abuse that cash to crank the heat up to 85 degree's. the district gives us very short breaks compared to other schools. the badger highschools gives many tickets to student's to those how disabay any rules such as just simply wearing a hat. the school district is just trying to make a profit off of the town and student's it is very sad.

  • (5 years ago)

    i just graduated from badger a month ago. badger as a whole is an excellent school. as a public school in extra curriculars sports music cullinary clubs ag. etc i would say we're pretty amazing. We had students in my class that were nationally and state ranked in all of the above. acedemically there are amazing departments and others that... lack. the arts music band orc choir and physical arts are amazing at badger. our school is more serious in music than an other school ive been to... our math dept science dept and music depts are best. social studies and english really lack. all of that into consideration i am a proud graduate of bhs. go 2010 SEN10RS RULE

  • (5 years ago)

    Badger High School is not the best school for preparing students for college. The academic staff counseling center and administration are apparently overworked due to the sheer volume of students (over 1600) at the school. Personal attention for students is basically non-existent. I would encourage parents of potential students to walk through the school on an average school day to see exactly what kind of environment really exists for their student. Badger despite it's local reputation is really just another large public high school with the expected problems that go along with it.

  • (6 years ago)

    Badger High School provides the best education in the area. However this does not mean it is a top-notch institution. Badger has a lot of resources and funding which shows in the numerous expansions done in the last 5 years including a new music wing a new language/math wing a new art wing/ and a state of the art fitness center and wrestling room. Other expansions included the installation of a new soccer pitch. Badger's weakness is not it's beauiful exterior but the inner workings of the school. By all means I do not mean every teacher or administrator is lacking but there are many who are simply not up to par. The guidance department provides little help besides giving out a UW school application and students who are interested in applying out of state recieve little to no help. Instead of preparing students for applying to college they do the bare minimum.

  • (6 years ago)

    After having a student attend Badger for a year I can say that their academic program is very good for the area. However it seems there is cause for serious concern. The atmosphere at the school and attitude of support staff is lax at best when it comes to maintaining high standards for the student body and enforcing basic common sense rules. If you are interested in college prep curriculum for your student make sure that the guidance department is aware of it as that does not seem to be their default priority. Overall I am pleased with the teachers in core academics unfortunately not all 'make the grade.' Be sure to attend parent/teacher conferences and ask questions. The potential for Badger to be a great school is definitely there however it seems they are 'falling short' for those with high expectations.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am very disappointed in this school for children who are in need of special education service's my son has given up and the teacher's are making him feel even more of a failure. I do believe they need to focus more on academic's for both special need's and Reg Ed student's and focus LESS on Extracurricular activities.This money for school could be used to help the struggling teen's who need the help who don't understand there work instead of making them stay after school everyday when they are frustrated already with work they don't understand..Make room for a few small classes and TEACH those special need student's instead of making them feel even more worse.

  • (6 years ago)

    I agree with the review that students already excelling will do well. I know my unmotivated child has struggled with little or no support from staff. I would suggest open-enrolling somewhere else if your child isn't self-motivated. There are no creative solutions here--just old fashioned ideas that everything should rest on the student's shoulders--no matter how much the student struggles to learn. The cliques referenced by the past student don't only exist between students. Staff is much more helpful to certain students than others.

  • (8 years ago)

    I feel that this is a great school for children who are already excelling but it is lacking in resources for children who need help .

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a student at badger and I am very involved in the agriculture department. This school has amazing resources and you can learn about almost anything agriculture without leaving the ag room. Its great!

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a student @ badger and I love it there. our extra curriculars are indeed great and i love the sorts program. Everyone in our sports programs are upbeat and possitive even though we may loose @ times. both girls and boys swimming teams and soccer teams are fanominal. if you are dedicated to geting great grades and haveing fun badger is the high school for you or your student.

  • (8 years ago)

    I'm not a parent of a teen that is going to Badger but I am a graduate from 2003. As a parent I know that the only thing that Badger does offer is the extracurricular activities. Badger has many cliques like any other school but I found Badger's to be more immature. Many of the teens had the 'I'm better than you' attitude including myself at times. Some of the teachers are wonderful but like any school you have a few that are out there. It was very easy to skip school and not get caught they won't call the parents. There wasn't much parent involvement that I noticed. I would only send my children here if they couldn't go to another local high school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Badger is a great school. Our music program is one of the best there is an entirely new wing dedicated to music and theater. The school is large and well-funded there is a lot of money given to Badger. There are more than enough supplies readily available. My only gripe is the honors course scale; Colleges just convert Honors grades back to the regular 10-point ABCDF system so it makes no point. More foreign languages could be offered as well. Our teachers are VERY nice and most kids tend to get along with them. The teachers are passionate about their work and it shows. I am an honors student and Badger offers great honors courses with excellent teachers. DECA and Forensics are great extracurriculars to get involved in and BHS has large and successful teams. I recommend sending your student to Badger!

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter is a sophomore this year and she loves going 2 school here. The Teachers R great w/the kids and w/communicating w/parents. There R so many activities sports and other extracurricular activities for the kids to B involved in. There are so many classes that the kids have 2 choose from when they pick their schedules. I can not brag enough about the school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Academically I would say it was average for Wisconsin which is quite good considering Wisconsin's excellent academic reputation. We have a wide choice of extracurriculars including a truly fabulous music program our DECA is one of the best clubs in the state if not the best our sports teams are very uneven some are excellent others are really rather dreadful art club newspaper student council and many more. Our principal is new this is his second year. We have many wonderful and caring teachers. The one thing I would take issue with is the handling of college bound sudents. The weighting of AP and honors classes is not typical and it adversly affects class rank and grade point averages. Also students are not made aware of the requirements for colleges outside of Wisconsin and this can become a problem for those aspiring to attend the many private and prestigious universities nationwide.

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