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About This School

Hartford Avenue University School is a public middle school in Milwaukee. The principal of Hartford Avenue University School is Dr. Cynthia Ellwood, who can be contacted at ellwoodc@milwaukee.k12.wi.us. 675 students go to Hartford Avenue University School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 0.6% of the Hartford Avenue University School students have "limited English proficiency." 73% of the 675 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Hartford Avenue University School is 17:1. Gaenslen School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Italian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
Black, non-Hispanic 78%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 2%
White, non-Hispanic 16%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4%
Multiracial 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73% 77%
Limited English proficiency 0.6% 10%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    The teachers at Hartford elementary school are awesome. They have approximately 35 or more children in a class and they do an outstanding job teaching. Every time I stopped by the class was attentive and engaged. My daughter came from Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary school in Ahwatukee AZ. This school was rated a 9 out of 10 by great school. The location and school was nice staff was professional friendly and on point. The teachers were educated and some of them were awesome. My child struggled with their reading program that excelled at teaching sounds and pronunciation but used artificial words to do so which confused my child and she struggled advancing past k3 reading level in k5 to beginning of 1st grade. She never attended daycare or preschool. Well we went to Hartford in the fall of 1st grade and with their reading program which is tied into UWM; she excelled and by the 2nd semester was reading at grade level testing at 80% and above. Yes Hartford administration is not as informative but they do what they can with the funding they receive and that's focus on your child's safety and education. Estrella is in a wealthy area and receives outside funding!

  • (11 months ago)

    I have volunteered many times and love the creative ways teachers use to work with different ability students. I think parents need to hold their children more accountable so teachers can focus on instruction rather than behavior.

  • (11 months ago)

    this school is not the most helpful school for my child. this school brings a frown to my face

  • (2 years ago)

    I absolutely love this school my son graduated with High Honors and was accepted into a Great HS! My girls now attend this school and the thing I love abt this school is that the teachers honestly will go the xtra mile to make sure these children get it. All may not be able to understand as at any school but the children have a great support system at this school. If the kids are failing get to the root of the problem & stp the blame game. A school's education is what you put into it as a whole and all have to work together on making sure the child is up to part. These test scores is only a small percentage as to what this school has to offer these children. Their work with the Universities alone sets volumes. My children continues to climb the ladder of success and growth within this school. I am a proud HUS parent! Support the dream and become a productive part of your kid's education and get involved not only in your child's school choice but also in helping to make a difference in the school as a whole. Your opinions and assistance can help build this school into n overall success. Dont give up on MPS the foundation of it all!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have experienced lack of communication. The curriculum is very inconsistent with my 2 boys. Some teachers really communicate well and there are some that do not.

  • (4 years ago)

    I can't imagine a more caring involved supportive educational experience! Hartford University School pricipal teachers staff and parents work hard but successfully to keep a rich environment of interesting learning hands-on experiences arts of all kinds and a strong sense of respect and community at our school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I really enjoyed this school and my son had a great time and a good learning experience. He attended this school for K4 and his teachers and all of the office staff were very nice and a pleasant to work with. Overall I thought it was a really good school. The teaching curriculum for my son was very good and it challenged him.

  • (5 years ago)

    Teachers are great and kids are mostly well behaved. The curriculum could be a lot better but out of all other MPS school this is one of the top 5 elementaries.

  • (6 years ago)

    This has been a great school for both of my daughters. My oldest graduated from 8th grade here and went to college later my youngest will be graduating in June of 2008. She has been active in extra curricular such as; cheerleading plays musicals and African drums.

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