South Division High School

1515 West Lapham Boulevard, Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 902-8300

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1138 students 16 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

South Division High School is a public high school in Milwaukee. The principal of South Division High School is Jesus Santos, whose e-mail is 1,138 children attend South Division High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 40% of the South Division High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 86% of the 1,138 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at South Division High School is 16:1. Badger State Baptist School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 6% %
Hispanic 47% %
Black, non-Hispanic 32% %
Asian 13% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% %
Multiracial 0.4% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86% 77%
Limited English proficiency 40% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    The principal(Maurice Turner) @ South Division high school is not friendly he is a mean and selfish person because he is never in the hallways speaking to the students parents faulty and the public. If he barely come out of his office he walks pass everyone and donot speak. The funds that the school received to improve students learning is not being put to good use. South Division is a ok school it can be the best with a New PRINCIPAL THAT CARES ABOUT THE STUDENTS PARENTS AND FAULTY!

  • (2 years ago)

    My son Khalef goes to this School I am so happy he is a student here. The Teachers have always been so kind and helpful the Principal is Great! I couldn't be a more prouder parent.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think that South Division is an OKay school for my daught to be going to. It doesn't really matter what kind of school she goes to as long as she gets an education because she's probably going to go to the same places where other children go for college.South Division is a very Multiculture school and that's very good. At least there's many different cultures all around the world going to this school. Even though she didn't go to a more eficent school I'm still proud of her because of what she's trying to do. I know that some kids don't want to take testes but you can't force someone to come to school. Other MPS school do that but they'll make you work harder and do more things that makes your life more complicated.

  • (6 years ago)

    South Division is a very Multicultural high school in which they aknowledge and embrace every culture. Within the high school there is a variety of AP classes in which students can benifit from because the courses provide good preperation for college and they are also helpful with making the transition from high school to college easy.In addition to South Divisons Multicultuarlism and Ap courses they have wonderful atheletics and after school programs that any student would love to join and be apart of.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am very pleased to have enrolled my child in South Division High School My child is receiving a good education from teachers who care about teaching students who want to learn. I applaud the violent-free-zone staff for the good work they do.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is not concerned about education one bit. All they care about is keeping their students in control by handing out 3 day suspensions like candy. This school is very unsatisfactory. The guidence department doesn't care about the students at all. Their tardy system is outragous by forcing students to stay in a room losing valuable classroom time while they fill out a sheet which asks why the student is late and how they can fix their routine in the morning. Most of the students don't even bother to fill it out because they socialize with the 'violence-free zone' staff. Overall this school is very unsatisfactory.

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