School Details

Hamilton High School

6215 W Warnimont Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53220
(414) 327-9300

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1693 students 16 students/teacher (WI avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Milwaukee School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Hamilton High School is a public high school in Milwaukee. The principal of Hamilton High School is Rosana Mateo. 1,693 children attend Hamilton High School and identify mostly as Asian; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 12% of the Hamilton High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 80% of the 1,693 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Hamilton High School is 16:1. Greenfield High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 5% %
Hispanic 40% %
Black, non-Hispanic 39% %
White, non-Hispanic 15% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% %
Multiracial 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80% 77%
Limited English proficiency 12% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm a former student of Hamilton and when i went there the school was already falling apart. Most of the teachers were great but a good deal of them didn't care in the slightest. At the time the guidence counsilors didn't care and would give the students useless classes that could cost them the abilty to graduate. During my senior year there were lots of fights involving the freshmen and sophmores and the disrespect of the students just made the whole experience horrible. The only good points I can mention are that the Psychology Graphic tech and wodshop programs were fanitastic other than idiots trying to make bongs and pipes and left me with a great respect for tools and their appropriate use. Still I wish teh school never would have gotten rid of its automotive program before i went there. I recomend only sending your children here if they can take a punch or are intimidating enough to not get messed with.

  • (1 year ago)

    i went to this school between 1996 and 1998 i wasn't too happy on how i was treated there fights broke out spitballs in the bathroom including bad security guards which i was previously injured by 1 of them Mr Leeland whom was never fired 15 years ago that got away with most of the problems as the teachers caused so many problems and did nothing to help me learn back then don't go to this school ever it's just plain bad

  • (2 years ago)

    I went here all four years and I have always been 50/50 about this school. I disliked the fact that my fellow peers would disrespect teachers and even disrespect each other. The amount of ignorance in this school was ridiculous. BUT I have to say that the teachers here were more than amazing. Not once did they ignore me or my questions. What saddens me the most is the idea that the its the fault of the teachers when there are more aspects to why this school is not the best. I've never seen such strong willed teachers want to give up at any moment but taught me to keep trying.. This school made me become a very open person to diversity and differences and also made me realize the flaws in America's educational institutions. Its not the teachers' fault its the administration and the overall poverty of some of these cities like Milwaukee. Also I think No Child Left Behind has a lot to do with the bad test scores.

  • (2 years ago)

    Notice all the student posting are usually 4-5 stars. All the student posting here are ACTUALLY the administrators teachers or the Principal.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son is new to this school this year. So far I am disappointed. Someone mentioned that you have to know how to pick your classes. How you do that because so far the school is picking out all my son's classes and electives. I went in to talk to the guidance counselor and he had the worst attitude as if I was bothering him because I needed to talk to him. Again later I had a question and called him on the phone. He wanted to get off the phone so fast. I wonder why he works there if he doesn't want to do his job.

  • (4 years ago)

    this school is good. most people say its bad but teachers focus in students work. kids get to choose their elective classes and the cluster they want to be in for example business technology medical honors and other options. They also teach french and spanish which is great..! why not go to this school??

  • (4 years ago)

    this school isn't that bad... most teachers can teach... it's just by knowing how to pick your classes... if you pick good classes then you're going to be okay.. it's not as bad as it seems... i don't know why people exagerate take it from a student...i love this school but not until i transfer did i understand that hamilton was clearly a really good school...

  • (4 years ago)

    THE WORST SCHOOL YOU COULD EVER SEND YOUR KID TOO!!!! If you want your kid to see a school administrator get beat up...then send your kid here. If you want your kid to see someone get beat up and shaking on the ground...then send your kid here. If you want your kid to see blood on the walls after a fight...then send your kid here. If you want your kid to have teachers that cant teach...then send your kid here. If you want the guidance counselor to wear shorts and a flower shirt and cares less as too whats best...then send your kid here. Less than 4 mths and i pulled my kid out...but i cant pull the memories.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school! Like if I had a choice to leave Hamilton I probably wouldn't. Most teachers here stay focused all the time & try to cope through with all the distractions. I don't think the new 'passing time policy' is gonna make any type of difference. With less then 7 minutes to get to class ; most of us can't get there in 10...what makes you think we'll be there in 7. They'll just have more suspensions & suspending kids from school isn't helping getting our education! With 2 more years left here I'm gonna be happy. This is a great school otherwise. =]

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school so much it is a good school to go to and going to hamilton lets you open up much more...i love meeting different types of people and getting along with everybody.....hamilton does have its drama but what school doesn't hamilton is a great place to get a good education and a fun envirment to be around....Go W!ldcats!!!!1

  • (5 years ago)

    This is my last year as a student at Hamilton this place is a awesome place and i would even consider it home. Going here all my year of high school showed me great things in life. Rumors go around saying Hamilton is a 'ghetto' school but overall i believe all school you go to will have things you don't like. Hamilton may not have a big as a name of riverside tech and king but i know Hamilton is just as good or better. This year most or all of our sports team done a great job. Our clubs and classes seems so much more organize than it did before. I love most about the block schdule because of less homework and not having 7 or 8 classes per day and 3 homework per class that will be way to much. Hamilton is the greatest School....

  • (6 years ago)

    I have a child going to Hamilton High School and I teach there. How much more can I say!

  • (7 years ago)

    This was the best choise I ever made for my son 's life he has went from an D's and C's to A's and B's

  • (7 years ago)

    I have two children who graduated from here one going to graduate next year and one more starting next year. I feel my children had a great education at Hamilton. I also think you get out of it what you give into it. Yes there are problems but what schools now don't have them. Hamilton deals with them and is always willing to help you with any problems you may have.

  • (8 years ago)

    Well I used to go to Hamilton. The only reason I left was because I had to move otherwise I'd still be there. I was in choir and band. They have awesome things to do there. The past years we didn't have a band or choir that were very good but now thanks to Dr. R we have an exceptional band chorale gospal choir and orchestra. We also have football wrestling and all sorts of other sports plus the clubs. Everyone is really great there students and teachers. I suggest you send your children there. I miss it everyday.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am current student of this school. Teachers are doing great job but students aren't.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a current student at Hamilton High School and I love it there. I wouldn't want to go to any other school. Even though rumors say that we are not a great place to send your child but we are just like King or Tech or Riverside. Our music program has not been exceptional in the past but we now have a fantastic band choir and orchestra director. We also have a lot of different clubs and teams that students can enjoy that other schools don't have. We also have a phenomenal staff and I don't know what I would do without them. Plus our school is very large and is the second largest school in the state of Wisconsin and we have around 2600 students. It is also very easy to find classrooms because our school is one big rectangle. So I recommend Hamilton as a great school.

  • (8 years ago)

    i like hamilton high but as with anything it is not perfect. i think students should be able to understand their foreign teachers if they can't there should be a solution. also after schol tutoring programs in math english and science. more one on one teacher student help. principle should be more concerned with students. coaches should be more concerned about how the students get home late hours after games. a student teacher contract so that teachers promise to do their best to help a student struggling and a student promise to work hard at their work. there hould be some kind of penalty if it is not kept. not crucial or anything but serious enough that it is taken serious. hamilton can be a great quality school with a little more care the teachers and principle

  • (9 years ago)

    Today (12-08-05) I had the pleasure to work/volunteer with several of your Humanities Group students at 'Dave and Carole's CHRISTMAS is for KIDS event. I have worked with kids for many years and was amazed at how helpful hard-working caring and mature these fine individuals were. They spoke well of and shared their feelings for the club and your school which truly reflects the climate of your student body. What a wonderful experience to have them there a feeling shared by many of the other adult volunteers as well. (I have indicated myself as staff as there was no catagory for 'none').

  • (10 years ago)

    Outstanding! Block classes which better enables the student to grasp the subject at hand. Smaller class loads for more 'one on one' for the students. Acedemic clusters are the best around the city a number to choose from to best meet the needs and scholastic aptitudes of our children. The staff of guidance counselors teachers & administrative beings are a 'class act!' Structure added in with 'real' people kids & love! This is the time of our childrens' life's to learn enjoy and have fun. Memories are made at Hamilton High School. Choose Hamilton for your child. You will not regret it! Sincerely A very happy parent

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