Golda Meir School

1555 North Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 212-3200
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 3-9 520 students 21 students/teacher (WI avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

71%
23%
49%
62%
15%
34%

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Milwaukee School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
53%
75%
70%
26%
51%
45%
16%
36%
88%
50%
75%
97%
78%
91%

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Milwaukee School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
22%
50%
45%
13%
33%

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Milwaukee School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
18%
47%
55%
15%
36%

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Milwaukee School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
19%
47%
53%
15%
37%

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Milwaukee School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
36%
63%
73%
17%
45%
70%
14%
33%
90%
50%
79%
89%
53%
79%

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Milwaukee School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Golda Meir School is a public middle school in Milwaukee. The principal of Golda Meir School is Michelle Carter, who can be contacted at 176@milwaukee.k12.wi.us. 520 students go to Golda Meir School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 0% of the Golda Meir School students are "limited in English proficiency." 43% of the 520 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Golda Meir School is 21:1. Carver Academy of Mathematics and Science is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 7% %
Black, non-Hispanic 58% %
Asian 5% %
White, non-Hispanic 29% %
Multiracial 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43% 77%
Limited English proficiency 0% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I honestly can say I LOVE this school and I LOVE my sons teacher Ms.Kaisler.....my son attended MPS in 2nd grade and we thought he was advanced only to come to Golda Meir and find out he is barely on his grade level....which was disappointing to say the least but I have much respect for Ms Kaisler because not only was she honest she also had a solution/plan to help my son get where he needs to be. He is still not completely there but his map scores have increased quite a bit....she is very encouraging and instead of just telling me what he doesnt know she gives me resources to help him. We need MORE teachers like her this is what I miss in MPS when I was a student there were alot more teachers that wanted the child to prosper like her....Kudos Ms Kaisler and golda Meir for employing a wonderful teacher !!!!!

  • (5 months ago)

    I am a student at Golda Meir & I can honestly say Golda was not my first choice for a highschool. Honestly Golda Is great academically.... For a middle school. The high school makes alot of the kids uninterested in learning and kills all joy you have their when your middle school kids have more going for them than we high schoolers have. It doesnt feel like a highschool you feel depressed knowing that other schools like King have so much going for themselves. The title gifted & talented has yet to show in any highschooler that attends there with limited things to do who can blame the kids for being creativily starved. The good side is that the teachers are honestly the best teachers i ever had in any mps i fear that any other school teacher wouldnt put as much effort as they do here. So the question we highschoolers face is. Risk having fun for great education or leave for something more developed and more fun but possibilty of failing is there for both sides if we don't learn to take advantage of education. Yet understand we still strive for a great exexpirence as teens before its over.

  • (5 months ago)

    I don't get the hype. The school has not proven to be any better than the regular MPS school my child attended previously. In fact teacher communication with parents is severely lacking to non-existent. Whereas my child's previous MPS school had a strong community this school is totally disconnected. Good luck figuring out if your child is actually learning anything. Work is rarely sent home and even then it doesn't contain a grade. The standards-based report card is a joke and half of the categories on it are not filled out (with no explanation). My child's teacher seems to have a laissez-faire attitude about her students and her teaching style seems to be "let them figure it out themselves." The students have no idea what is expected of them as no clear guidelines or direction is given. My child brings home "worksheets" that have egregious spelling and grammar mistakes on them. I am very unhappy with this school and will be seeking out another school for next year. Maybe this school was once a great school but that is no longer the case.

  • (6 months ago)

    I currently attend Golda Meir as the first freshmen class and I have to say that Golda Meir is really not changeling. I do agree with other comments that they are treating us like we are middle school this school is expected for us as freshmen to understand the concepts we are taught. I also agree with other comments that are given that 73% of people are failing and will not pass the 9th grade. There are only about 20 freshmen that had a 3.000 and above and that's pathetic. When coming into the Golda Meir I taught it will be changeling. The middle school is great but the high school is countuiously going down. Its not what I expected. There are 8th graders coming into high school courses and classes like who does that. Also many 8th graders who are high in academics are now learning that the high school is weakling and they are considering going to Rufus King or the more higher up classes. I continue to try to make Golda Meir reputation the best but I think Its what other people do. This is the first year of freshmen year and the beginning of a new high school. I honestly think that we can do better and try to build this school but its not easy. We can do better!

  • (7 months ago)

    I currently attend Golda Meir as a freshman and although there is a great reputation it is not that good of a school. I came into Golda thinking it was going to be a really good school but within about two months I was proven wrong. I understand that the school sounds good but as a student it isn't. I believe it's around 73% of students that are failing and will not pass the ninth grade. That's terrible especially for the title we're given. The staff especially administration treat us like they treat the middle school students. That's one reason for immature behavior. Students are also incredibly disrespectful especially to teachers. This school has too many expectations that we're not going to meet. Another problem is that we have basically no classes or electives to choose from. I understand that it is a part of being the first freshman class but that sort of ruins the high school experience for me. Due to what everyone else was saying about Golda Meir I had such high expectations but this school is terrible. The middle school is fine but the high school is not. I'm definitely looking into attending a different high school next year.

  • (10 months ago)

    I'm in the eight grade this year at Golda and I'm loving it! Our school gets free hot lunches which are delicious - You don't hear that often. The teachers are engaging and our projects are fun. I've learned a lot within these 3 weeks already.

  • (11 months ago)

    I accepted a teaching position with Golda Meir School this year. I consider it a privilege to be working among these obviously dedicated and knowledgeable staff members. Principal Carter is clearly one of the top administrators in her field. In my 15 years of teaching experience I have not met a more communicative and action-oriented administrator. The students and staff seem to truly respect her. Having worked in other MPS schools I can report that these qualities which she exhibits so expertly is not the norm within MPS. Like with every school parents/guardians need to find a school that best "fits" their needs. I have reviewed the data and Golda has regularly produced average grade- level scores that are much much higher than those of the more famous top performing high schools (keep in mind that Golda only went to the 8th grade last year). This school encourages abstract thinking and independent work. Students that are still developing skills/traits such as completing homework every night asking for assistance when needed respecting diverse opinions or successfully transferring in-class material to the community at-large... may struggle at first.

  • (11 months ago)

    I have been unimpressed with this school and its staff over the past few years. My child was removed and put in a new school due to the lack of teacher/parent communication and it is an eye opener. He is currently struggling academically to compete with the other children in his grade level. Coming from a school like "Golda" who was giving him good grades makes me wonder if Golda is simply another case of what was occurring in the Georgia area pushing kids through to meet their standards so funding won't be reduced and they can maintain their "gifted and talented" mantra. Let's keep it real Golda you're no longer the best of the best!

  • (1 year ago)

    its definitely a school thats for sure. u its a school that tries to do a lot of stuff differently and sometimes that can be a problem. generally the kids are full of personality and ive met some of my best friends there. they also give you a lot of homework... sometimes the teachers gave us projects after projects and barely graded us on it so thats a fault too. i guess its a good school? its not heavenly but ive learned stuff and i havent succumbed to horrible depression yet. its definitely an eventful place and some of the teachers are really cool! ...and dont be off-put by my typing they definitely teach you proper english. P

  • (1 year ago)

    Golda Meir School is overrated. I was a student there in 2014 in the 7th grade and left because of how the students act and how the administration treats the middle school like babies. The administration does not let us have independence which causes the students to act immaturely. At lunch half the time we were not allowed to talk or sit by our friends because the staff did not like the noise. Note that our lunch room was right next to the gym which caused all of the noise. We also were not allowed to get out of our seats for any reason. In the academic area we were never informed of our grades until the report card. The report card is not your normal abcdf system it is a standards based report card. IT SUCKS! You are being cheated out of your work and this report card will haunt you in the future! There also is no GPA so you really don"t know how well you do in anything. The elementary school is the best but after 5th grade leave and go to a suburban school district or private school. Do not let the reputation fool you. The middle school is bad. The high school wont be an fun either. -Submitted by a Student

  • (1 year ago)

    Golda Meir School is overrated. I was a student there in 2014 in the 7th grade and left because of how the students act and how the administration treats the middle school like babies. The administration does not let us have independence which causes the students to act immaturely. At lunch half the time we were not allowed to talk or sit by our friends because the staff did not like the noise. Note that our lunch room was right next to the gym which caused all of the noise. We also were not allowed to get out of our seats for any reason. In the academic area we were never informed of our grades until the report card. The report card is not your normal abcdf system it is a standards based report card. IT SUCKS! You are being cheated out of your work and this report card will haunt you in the future! There also is no GPA so you really don"t know how well you do in anything. The elementary school is the best but after 5th grade leave and go to a suburban school district or private school. Do not let the reputation fool you. The middle school is bad. The high school wont be an fun either. -Submitted by a Student

  • (1 year ago)

    Golda is such a great school learning wise and after school activity wise although i am not going to say it is a perfect school it has its flaws. Children are some what disrespectful and lacks personality. I will say Golda is molding children to be the perfect American which I will say is not as necessary because these are children. Also Golda overwork the children and never really gives them a break. I hope my child will have an exceptional high school experience in the 2014-2015 school year. Also if your child goes to the middle school they are automatically accepted into the high school. ~ Outside Viewer~

  • (1 year ago)

    Golda Meir has not lived up to its expectations. The past 3 years have been a reocurring nightmare! I originally sent my child to this school on a teacher recommendation and decided to select it because of its blue ribbon status. However it has been a great disappointment. The current principal is combative and non-responsive to parental needs. You're lucky to get her to respond to a simple email! The teachers rarely update parent assistant so there are times when you have no idea where your child is throughout the year. When you ask them directly the answer is always FINE! What exactly does that mean? Emails to teachers often go unanswered or they take days or weeks to respond. There are absolutely too many children in the classroom and children with academic or behavioral issues seem to absorb all of their attention so other children are left behind or have no idea what to be proud of. The district needs to re-evaluate this school and their grading system as grades often aren't reflective of your childs progress or current status. In summary this will be my childs last year at this school and I wouldn't recommend it to any prospective students.

  • (1 year ago)

    The elementary experience was great at Golda Meir and I promise you will love it. I was breezing through the elementary years before I came to Golda and their program changed the way I worked in an involved way. Although... Since the expansion the quality of learning has gone far down. They try to pack far too much into one day leaving little time for kids to have any sort of break. The hot lunch is unacceptable. It is frozen in packets and then microwaved at the school (Often food is raw or frozen) The only break throughout the whole day is a ~20 minute lunch and there are 7 (Hours) throughout the day. The hours are actually around 45 minutes each. This grading system would be fine if it couldn't be converted and the staff lacked any sort of explination. I am glad they provide a Spanish course I have been enjoying that. Their desision to no longer cut off students from the middleschool might have been where it all went wrong. Many of the students lack any respect. The staff is doing their best to change people's mindset and have a respectful schoolgrounds. I give them props for that. (The schoolgrounds is much better than most public schools in the area still)

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has consistently tested far above the national average for years and is finally being challenged after being admitted to Golda.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my daughter's first year at Golda and she loves it. She is happy to be surrounded by children who want to learn and has started making new friends quickly. In her last school she was bored and unmotivated. Now she is very motivated to do the extra work in order to earn the wonderful rewards only available at this school. She believes in the "Golda Way" and that's all that matters. You know a school is great when your child goes from being unchallenged and miserable somewhere else to loving school. Finally she is being challenged and is working at the level appropriate for her abilities.

  • (2 years ago)

    I think the enrollment process is questionable. My child have been there for three years and over half of the students parents are MPS teachers or principals. The school is not what I thought it was going to be when I worked to hard to get my child in. The classes have 32 kids in them so the bad kids get all the attention.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter currently attend this school. The administration team staff and student teachers are very caring and want the best for their students. It is a fairy difficult process of getting your child into the school. I had a principal recommendation ; 2 teacher recommendations; a school psychologist i.q test done; WKCE/WSAS submitted; application writing sample submitted and a child/parent interview was conducted. The environment is unlike any other school I have been too. Nearly all the students want to learn; their parents want their children to learn; and they are supportive of their children and school. Keep up the great job!

  • (4 years ago)

    At Golda you find an awesome trio of dedicated administrators faculty and students as it relates to academics and extracurricular activities. Parents are given numerous opportunities to be involved. A great sense of community and teamwork is instilled in students. My family is very proud to be part of such a great school!

  • (4 years ago)

    Golda Meir is an excellent school! I believe it is one of the best schools (both public and private) in Milwaukee. Students are challenged with curriculum and encouraged to be critical thinkers. The school encourages creativity in all aspects. I really enjoyed the winter program in December. The teachers are dedicated and professional. (*please note that I actually spelled really and dedicated correctly-unlike the parent comment from September 20th.) I could not imagine sending my son to a different school!

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