School Details

Highland Community School

1706 W. Highland Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 342-1412
5

(out of 10)

Charter Grades PK-8 329 students Unknown students/teacher

Test Scores by grade

22%
23%
49%
17%
15%
34%

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

78%
53%
75%
31%
26%
51%
31%
16%
36%
76%
50%
75%
97%
78%
91%

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

23%
22%
50%
23%
13%
33%

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

40%
18%
47%
47%
15%
36%

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

7%
19%
47%
13%
15%
37%

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

Highland Community School is a charter middle school in Milwaukee. The principal of Highland Community School is Kathleen Ronco, Executive Director, who can be contacted at kronco@highlandcommunityschool.org. 329 students go to Highland Community School and identify as Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0% of the Highland Community School students have "limited English proficiency." 46% of the 329 students here get reduced lunch prices. Texas Bufkin Christian Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Bicycling
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% %
Multiracial 7% %
Black, non-Hispanic 50% %
White, non-Hispanic 35% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46% 77%
Limited English proficiency 0% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    If you are a parent who wants to be involved this is the school for you. Students learn true independence. By 3rd grade if a student wants to go to a library he is responsible for filling out a form finding a chaperone (from an approved list) figuring out which bus you will take and the times it picks up and returns. It is truly an environment where all children feel cared about by the entire staff. I could go on all day about how amazing this school it. It is a blessing and a gift that I will forever be thankful for. The only negative thing is that there is no high-school. This school doesn't talk the talk it walks the walk and it teaches the children to walk the walk by setting the example. Recently they had a school play. After closing night many families stuck around to help clean up and students of all ages were encouraged and allowed to help use power tools (with supervision) to help take apart the stage. Everything is a learning experience. When my son was 5 I was visiting the class he spilled something all over the floor. I said "Look at the mess you made" the teacher replied "He didn't make a mess he made an opportunity to use a broom."

  • (1 year ago)

    Wonderful staff and love the community feeling. I always feel welcome and I couldn't be happier to have my son enrolled at Highland.

  • (1 year ago)

    A strong group of committed parents and teachers! Couldn't ask for more. A true community with vibrant diversity. A safe place to explore the world. A peaceful Montessori community!

  • (1 year ago)

    Highland Community School is AMAZING. The feeling you get knowing that your child is in great hands is priceless. HCS Rocks!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Highland Community School is FANTASTIC! It's not only the way a school should work but also the way a community should work. Highland Community requires parent involvement. This means that the only kids that are going to go to the school are kids with parents that WANT to be involved. Because of this the contention that you might see in other schools between parents and teachers is minimized. Instead they work as a team. I see my the teachers of my children every day so I don't have to wait until parent teacher conference day to find out how my kids are doing. I KNOW how they're doing every day. We are so lucky to have found this gem of a school in a fairly large city. We get it all. Diversity community teamwork and friendship!

  • (1 year ago)

    We are new to Milwaukee having moved here from a small town up north. Our 8 yr old son had just spent a year participating in a multi-age class and his growth had been great so we were a bit concerned about finding (and affording) equal or better quality education. Many people in our neighborhood - some current parents and some empty-nesters - that we should consider Highland Community School. We are so glad that we listened because our experience at Highland has been great. The parents are super involved. The teachers are super involved. Both of my children love going (3rd grader and 3K-er) and the transition from small town to big city has been smooth in large part due to the easy acceptance my children found at Highland Community School.

  • (1 year ago)

    Highland is a warm and caring school. It's true to the Montessori theory and puts the needs of the children first. I always feel welcomed and enjoy being a parent volunteer. We love it! Parent of 4.

  • (1 year ago)

    Highland Community School is surely one of a kind. The teachers/staff are awesome and truly care about the well being of the children. The parents know each other and our children and it is truly a family. I would highly recommend Highland to anyone. If anyone asks me about this school I rave about how great it is. It is unfortunate that the great school rating is not reflect an actual assessment of this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Highland is a fantastic school. My son started in their toddler program and intend to keep him at Highland through 8th grade. I have been impressed with the knowledge and skills he has developed. He is in K5 but has been "writing" stories and reading since last year in K4. He adds substracts and knows the basic idea of multiplication. I am fully satisfied with the academic rigor Moreover we are transplants to this city and the community at Highland is more than I could have hoped for. The families are welcoming and the kids have a solid sense of what it means to be a good citizen within the community. Highland is working to align the Montessori methods with the State's common core standards. This will only improve it's face to the outside community.

  • (1 year ago)

    Highland Community School is a place where children teachers administration and parents all come together in a common goal--to give our children the highest quality education we can while teaching to the WHOLE person. The Highland Community School kids are not just learning their 123s and ABCs but they are learning kind compassionate global citizens. I could not ask for a better school for my children.

  • (1 year ago)

    Caring staff Friendly families Motivating teachers I have seen my niece and nephews mature and exceed expectations and I look forward to my granddaughter growing up in the Highland family

  • (1 year ago)

    HCS is more than a school. It's a community. The teachers are genuinely invested in student success and encourage the students to achieve at the highest levels. The student body comes from a wide range of Milwaukee neighborhoods and community and everyone had the same goal to put our children first.

  • (1 year ago)

    Highland is a gem! It's a place where authentic learning is individualized for each child. A place where kindness and social justice are emphasized. We love the diversity the committed parents and teachers the welcoming atmosphere and the high levels of critical thinking our children engage in daily.

  • (1 year ago)

    Highland is a place where creativity kindness and tools for life are taught in a safe and nurturing environment. Each day I am incredibly happy to send my children to Highland. It is truly a school that other up and coming schools should look at as a model. Thank you Highland teachers! We love you!

  • (1 year ago)

    HCS is a school that empowers both parents and students to be a part of the learning process. We work together to grow our programs fix our building assist our teachers to help our kids succeed.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is like no other. Everyone has a stake everyone is involved student parents and staff. Tremendous leadership and faculty. Most importantly I have never seen a school with this much heart and soul.

  • (1 year ago)

    Highland Community School is more than a school. It is a movement. It is a community of families committed to making our society a better place to live and working with our children to become healthy and active members of our greater community. The parent involvement at Highland is impressive it's one of the only schools where all of the Board of Directors must have children enrolled. All parents commit to volunteering with the school when they enroll their children and almost all go far above and beyond that initial commitment. The dedication and hard work demonstrated by parents and staff is what makes Highland such a wonderful school to be a part of. Families support and help each other and have a genuine care for each other. Highland is truly a gem in Milwaukee WI.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have had a really great experience in the K-3 program. All the teachers and staff have been wonderful and have made the transition for my daughter to school a very positive experience.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter is new to Highland in their Children's House (3yr old) program. My husband and I are very impressed with the dedication of the teachers and administrators at this school. You can see that they care and are always present with a warm hello in the mornings. The teachers are all engaged and accessible and the parent involvement is awesome. If you want your child to receive a quality education and are interested in an authentic Montessori education you will not be disappointed with this school. Our daughter leaves each day excited with what she has learned and every morning bounces out of bed happy with what the day will bring. Love it!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is a success because of all the involved parents. This is a school parents choose and therefore are more likely to be involved in their child's education. It makes the school feel like one big family. You can be confident that all the grown ups have your child's best interest at heart. They also care for each child's development as a whole not just academically but emotionally and socially as well.

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