Wisconsin Lutheran High School

330 N Glenview Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53213
(414) 453-4567

(out of 10)

Private Grades 9-12 724 students 12 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Wisconsin state average

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About this school

Wisconsin Lutheran High School is a private high school in Milwaukee. The principal of Wisconsin Lutheran High School is Ned Goede, who can be contacted at ned.goede@wlhs.org. 724 students go to Wisconsin Lutheran High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Wisconsin Lutheran High School is 12:1. St. Charles Intensive Day Treatment is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 74% %
Hispanic 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 21% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% %
Asian 0.5% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Wisconsin Lutheran is in my opinion a good school. I am an A & B student so I don't have much experience with a lack of motivation so I can't relate to some of the other comments about unfair treatment and lack of special help. The teachers are all professional and I feel that they are just trying to prepare students for college where YOU are the only one responsible for YOUR education. If some students where raised with a lack of motivation to get good grades then you can't really blame a high school staff for not motivating students enough. I think that when you are a teenager if you aren't already motivated to be successful in life then special programs in high school won't make a difference. I have never seen any indication from the administration that they only care about a higher review. In fact they have never even compared themselves to other area schools. So I think that a student going here will succeed if they apply themselves but fail if they simply don't care about school. An administration can't force a student to care about school if they are set on not caring.

  • (1 year ago)

    I absolutely love Wisconsin Lutheran High School for my son. He's now going into the 10th grade and while attending this school his confidence level in himself has risen to an all time high. He's always been a little quiet but since being in high school he's opened up tremendously. The faculty care about the students and they are not going to stand by and allow a student to struggle. The teachers go above and beyond for their students and as a parent I could not ask for more.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter currently attends Wisconsin Lutheran. I have to say I never quite liked the school for her or my sons. I don t think this school is a good fit for kids who need a little more support to excel. Not every child can self-motivate. As much as they may have the ability to succeed some students need a little more push from parent and teachers (school administration) to ultimately do so. In Wisco this type of child falls by the waste side. They are discounted and often times removed from the school due to mediocre grades. There doesn t seem to be any effort on the part of the staff to motivate and support this type of student. It is my opinion that a truly good school brings out the good in their students. A student willing and able to succeed without any support will succeed anywhere. But a student with the ability to succeed but lacking motivation will only succeed at a good school. I don t know how you can say your school is good when it doesn t motivate ALL students to succeed but simply removes the kids that need more motivation to ensure the school is rated of a good school. Ratings like this are fraudulent at best.

  • (1 year ago)

    We had thought our child would attend a different Lutheran High School in the area prior to visiting Wisconsin Lutheran. His Father attended another one so it seemed we would just follow suit. From the open house to us walking through the halls during the school day and our son attending a day following another student we felt like this was where God needed him to be. Our son has never been one to speak out about things but he did come to us after we visited WISCO and said he thought this would be a good fit for him. We feel that Wisconsin Lutheran exudes spirituality the staff truly care about their students and communicate with the parents. We haven't attended WELS schools and we were slightly concerned about our child fitting in. The students and staff have embraced our child and he has already developed some great friendships.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is currently a freshman at Wisconsin Lutheran and loves it. He's been an active and involved student who's taking advanced classes that challenge him. He's established great friendships in just a few short months and is looking forward to his sophomore year. The teachers have been responsive when we've had questions and have offered their advice and insight.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our son started in the Wels grade school system and is now a sophomore at WLHS. He has grown in his faith is receiving a higher level of education has fellowship with friends and is an active participant in athletics. As parents we are made to feel a part of the school have built life-long friendships with other parents and know our child is receiving the best education in a Christian based setting.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a graduate and as a parent I greatly appreciate the hearts of the teachers at Wisconsin Lutheran. This is a school that has a great education system for high school kids and has worked hard to adapt to the changes within education while offering the opportunity to a lot of students that wouldn't be able to afford it through scholarships and the CHOICE program. The focus on Christian education creates a solid foundation for the future faith life of young people. It is not without it's challenges and it's issues just like all high schools but they continue to be a school that is willing to be challenged to do better. In my experiences this is a school that is worth supporting attending and celebrating!

  • (1 year ago)

    WLHS is a great school that places emphasis on a quality Christian education. I highly recommend.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school provides ample opportunity to excel in a variety of interests may it be scholastic sports drama/chorus volunteer/evangelism and shop/computer while giving students Christ-based education that will carry them onto higher education or right into the work force.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two sons the oldest is a graduate of wisco and the other one is still a junior. We chose wisco based on a variety of factors; 1. A Christ based education. 2. Size of school. 3. Academics. 4. Diversity of students. 5. Strength of extracurricular activities. 6. Watched the neighbors kids who attended wisco grow up to be outstanding young adults. Wisco has delivered on all fronts!!! In addition the teachers and coaches have proven to truly have a vested interest in their students overall well being- spiritual academic and physical. Wouldn't change our decision even though we are non WELS and pay a higher tuition.

  • (1 year ago)

    My husband and I are fellow alumni and our son graduated and one is a sophomore. The school has changed in the 30 years but all for the better. What is important that Christian values and teachings are woven through all classes and activities of the school. Excellent course offerings and excellence in athletics and fine arts. Love the diversity of the school. The teachers really care about your child not only from an academic standpoint but from a character and emotional one.

  • (1 year ago)

    We toured 3 schools and my son lit up on the Wisco tour. We are so glad we chose that school. It offers caring teachers with additional academic help if needed or AP courses if you qualify; enormous amount of extracurriculars (athletics music drama forensics yearbook/paper robotics chess club book club etc); student diversity; fun events for the students throughout the year and very important to us a Christ-centered education. Day 1 he felt welcomed even by the upper-classmen is loving sports his teachers friends and is on the honor roll to boot! Show up and participate! There were a couple of disconcerting incidents with a few students at the school this year - as there might be at any other school - which were dealt with swiftly and naturally there are going to be some teachers and courses that you like more than others. But all in all we really love WISCO!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have had all of my children attend WLHS but not all graduated from there. A majority of them did very well and are attending college. One child was asked to leave and graduated with honors from a public high school. If your child has special needs or struggles emotionally/psychologically find a better fit. The guidance department despite being run by very nice people does nothing to assist with college preparation. This school is about music and football. There is clearly a rift between CHOICE and tuition paying students that isn't being addressed.

  • (2 years ago)

    As you can see from the reviews WISCO is an ALL or nothing experience. Your child will do very well or it will be a disaster. It's your risk to take with your child's future. My suggestion is if they struggle at all in the first semester pull them out early second semester and find someplace else.

  • (2 years ago)

    We sent our son to WLHS because it was an opportunity for him to have a cross cultural experience in a safe setting. His classmates were a mix of suburban urban and international teens. No where else could he have found a nurturing safe environment like this one. He had the opportunity to excel and grow emotionally intellectually and spiritually. What a terrific foundation this school builds for its students!

  • (2 years ago)

    My son has several learning challenges and came to WLHS with a documented IEP. The Wisco faculty was superior in following his educational plan and we couldn't have been happier with the outcome! He graduated with a 3.0 and is on track for a 4 year college program. Great guidance program!

  • (2 years ago)

    Wisconsin Lutheran High School is a special place because it does a great job of blending a variety of cultures into a very positive school culture. Along with excellent academics and co-curricular activities WLHS provides an excellent Christ-focused education! Teachers care about the bodies and minds of their students for sure. But above all they care for the souls of their students. Over 100 years of experience in Lutheran Christian education makes this a strong vibrant orderly and academically excellent school!

  • (2 years ago)

    If you want a high quality Christ-centered education in an atmoshphere that feels like family Wisconsin Lutheran High School is the place for you! In my 15 years as an educator I have never seen another school as high performing in so many areas than I have at WLHS. From athletics to music acedemics to spirtual life AP classes to low level support this high school does it all and to the glory of God! Our volunteer coahes put more time and effort into their season than most coaches who are paid. Both coaches and teachers have a genuine Christian love for all students. They want students to succeed in the classroom in athletics but most importantly they want to encourage students to be Christ-like leaders in their homes communities and churches. The cost of WLHS is reasonable for a private Christian school and is money well spent for parents and of course the graduates who will reap the benefits of all Wisconsin Lutheran has to offer. Anyone who has seen this school in action during a school day is amazed at how friendly everyone is and how well behaved the students are. This high school is one of few in the country that is operating at such a high level! Awesome!

  • (2 years ago)

    WISCO is a great school for kids who have a history of excellent grades in junior high school or middle school strictly A&B students all others need not apply and shouldn;t apply you will be wasting a lot of money. Statistics are very important to WISCO and students who bring down the statistics will be cast aside regardless of race. The put little effort into helping the kids that need it most. Rules are inconsistently enforced. Less than half the teacher even keep up the weekly reporting on line let alone daily. All the while the guidance office and administration hale the value of the online progress reportign system. I have seen weeks go by with no updates by more than 1 teacher. Guidance does not do as they say. they told us to trust them as they know what they are doing. That's a laugh. Trusting them cost a small fortune and a teen with nowhere to go for an education. So unless your child has a history of A&B's save your money and your child's time look elsewhere for an education. An utter waste practically criminal!

  • (2 years ago)

    Very biased school coming from a student that attended Wisconsin Lutheran High School. This school does not really allow students to speak their mind compared to a public school were creativity and open mindedness are encouraged. So many kids at this high school have many gifts and great ideas but they administration seemingly scares the kids away from handing out opinions in fear of being degraded. If you want your child to have a closed mind and only pertain to Christ go to WISCO but if you want your child to explore their minds pick a public school. May I remind you ask half of the kids when Black history month is and why ethnic fest is not part of the schools schedule.

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