Riverside University High School

1615 E Locust St, Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 906-4900

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1608 students 18 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

Riverside University High School is a public high school in Milwaukee. The principal of Riverside University High School is Michael Harris. 1,608 students go to Riverside University High School and are mostly Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 6% of the Riverside University High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 72% of the 1,608 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Riverside University High School is 18:1. New Horizons for Learning 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
  • German
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 8% %
Black, non-Hispanic 69% %
Hispanic 14% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% %
Multiracial 0.06% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72% 77%
Limited English proficiency 6% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to Riverside 9-12. I would say that the school is great with AP classes but the regular classes are not as challenging. I love how the teachers are involved with the students with extracurricular activities. My only bad complaint is that students there misbehave a lot but overall the student population is very diverse ranging from Hmong Hispanic and primarily African-American

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm a former student of RUHS. I attended this school from 9th to 12th grade. It had a lot of programs to choose from to help you toward the career you wanted to go into. It was a descent school to attend and I hear that they have improved in the programs they provide for the children. If I can't get my daughter into the school I really want her to attend then this is my 2nd choice. A lot of the teachers I've had in the past are still teaching at RUHS and other old staff had further their education which allowed them to have a better position in the school

  • (2 years ago)

    Couldn't have attended a better school. My experience here was wonderful. Once a tiger always a tiger. -Alumna

  • (3 years ago)

    I am VERY disappointed in this school. I did not receive a good education here. I remember being in a classroom and children constantly fighting and getting kicked put. I am not very happy with this school and something needs to be done. I have not learned ANYTHING. Here I am in my college year and a bunch of people constantly getting kicked out of the classroom and disrupting the classroom. I transferred to rufus king high school in my sophmore year and those students are more Harvard-type students and extremely intelligent. Even though rufus king's classroom have more than 35 students I still learned alot because there were students who were so focused on education. I think that rufus king id better than riverside based on academics. This school is not as good as it seems.

  • (5 years ago)

    I would recommend this school they are great!! I have two children that attend RUHS one is in all honors classes and the other the special education program. The one in the honors classes went to Reagan and found it too easy since she has been going to RUHS it has been more of a challenge which is a good thing it makes her have to study!! As for the one in the special education she is doing great and the support is wonderful. I am proud to say that both are holding a 3.0 GPA and above and are both involved in sports. Keep up the good work!!!! Thank you from a proud parent.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am very unhappy with riverside not a good school for any child to attend they might say its a good school but parents keep looking. not et me wrong some teachers are wonderful in teaching and assisting students but the qwuality of teacher and adm are very poor!

  • (6 years ago)

    it's a great school to attend with great opratunities.

  • (7 years ago)

    Riverside is a good school but they seem to cater to the students with a higher financial background even though those students are really on the same academic level as those with a lower financial background. Riverside pressures the students with un-neccassary fees. The faculty also tends to be more favorable to those students with a two-parent up-bringing. There are several single-parent students doing just as well if not better than numerous students with both parents in the home.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daugher went to Riverside last year and thought it was okay however she preferred a smaller school. Riverside is in the top 1000 schools in the country according to Newsweek and their AP classes are second to none. Only 14 high schools in Wisconsin made that list. If your child is in the AP Honors track the school is amazing but if not the school is average. Another parent said if this is one of the gems in MPS...' Well it Is a gem if you are in the college prep track. They actually have it where A students can go to The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for classes while still at Riverside for Free! No other school can feasibly do that. Riverside is right down the street from UWM. The problem is that many students are Not in the college bound track and have issues.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a Junior at Riverside and I there are pros and cons to it as there are in all schools. To start Riverside has a great sports department. There are several opportunities to meet new friends and stay out of trouble. However there are some cons to this school. First the admissions to the school has dropped. There are many pros and cons to Riverside but you might want to take a closer look before you decide to come to this school of excellence. Just want to let you guys know the truth.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a Junior here at riverside. I would reccommend Riverside if your child is going into excelled courses. These courses offer a great environment with great teachers and there is way more teaching than babysitting. Our excelled courses are great!

  • (9 years ago)

    I am currently a 16 year old junior student at RUHS.I must say that I am a bit dissapointed. When I applied to get into RUHS I thought it was the greatest thing ever to get accepted but today I find out that they let in mediocre below 2.5 GPA students and I think that's a disgrace if we are to be one of the top schools in our city. It is important that everyone gets a proper education but honestly...I have never seen so much failure to want to learn amongst my classmates. Our new principal is doing an okay job but I feel that locking our bathrooms and having to be escorted by secuirity is outrageous. I appreciate RUHS very much students are what makes the school but they are deteriorating it slowly. I recommend this school for its teachers and classes but not otherwise.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am not a parent but have recently graduated from their and am actively involved in the education of my younger school age cousins and siblings. I would like to point out that there are good teachers at the school. If only they would be allowed to teach and not have to babsit then maybe it would be a school worth recommending but until then I would not recommend this school to anyone. If this is one of the better schools in MPS I don't even want to know how bad the other schools are.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is supposedly one of the 'gems' in the Milwaukee Public School District. As one who works in the district I can assure you that it is anything but a quality school. The athletic programs are profoundly weak. Discipline is inconsistent.

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