District

District Administration Office

1205 South 70th Street - 5th Floor
West Allis, WI 53214
(414) 604-3000

Boundaries

City of West Allis, Village of West Milwaukee and portions of New Berlin and Greenfield

Governing Body

Nine-member Board of Education elected at-large for three-year office terms

Schools

Eleven Elementary Schools, three Intermediate Schools, three High Schools, one Charter School.

Enrollment

Elementary Schools 4,361
Intermediate Schools 1,832
High Schools 2,911
    Total 9,184

Elementary School Program

The course a child’s future will take is often determined by his or her early educational experiences. The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District strives to instill students with a sound basic education and a positive attitude toward learning. In addition to the core subjects of reading, language arts, writing, math, science and social studies, our elementary program features:

  • Comprehensive computer keyboard training for all students during the course of their elementary education.

  • An innovative musical instrument program beginning at the kindergarten level and taught with active parental involvement.

  • Specialized instruction in art, music and physical education.

Intermediate School Program

Frank Lloyd Wright, Lane, and West Milwaukee Intermediate Schools are designed to provide students with a transition from self-contained elementary school to a comprehensive high school program.The Intermediate schools have adopted the "Team Teaching" concept to aid in this transition. Each Team contains a group of approximately 60 to 70 students who are taught the basic curriculum by a team of two teachers. Students are also provided many opportunities to explore a variety of interests including:

  • Exploratory programs in technology, drafting, business, education, and family consumer education.

  • Art, music, multi-media, and foreign language instruction.

  • A variety of intramural sports and extracurricular activities.

High School Program

District high schools offer comprehensive educational opportunities for students intending to continue their schooling after graduation and for those entering the work force. West Allis Central and Nathan Hale High School students can choose from over 200 courses to meet their educational and career needs. James E. Dottke High School, our Alternative High School offers students an opportunity to learn in an alternate setting.

For university-bound students, annual College Board Advanced Placement tests are provided. Guidance counselors are available to assist students in designing programs to meet their secondary education and career goals.

A number of courses are available to students that are directly transferable to the Milwaukee Area Technical College, thus reducing the time and number of courses needed to earn a degree. Career guidance centers, employment-focused curriculums, and cooperative education options help students set their career paths early.

Co-curricular activities are many and varied, and include interscholastic sports; drama; debate and photography clubs; National Honor Society; school newspaper and yearbook; band, choir and orchestra.

Four-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K)

Our 4K program follows the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards which include social and emotional development, language development and communication, and learning skills. Research has consistently shown that quality pre-kindergarten programs benefit not only individual students, but school districts and communities.

Special Education Program

Exceptional education programs are as diverse and as special as the children they serve. Exceptional education programs are available to students with physical, emotional, mental, and learning disabilities. Just as important is a historical commitment to integrating  children into their schools - and society - to the greatest extent possible. That tradition is carried on as the District continues to innovate and implement programs to best serve the academic and social needs of its special children.

Work-Based Learning Programs

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are essential to the development of young adults.  These programs help to maintain the economic growth of our community through successful partnerships between business and the public education system. The Work-Based Learning Program of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is designed for high school seniors that combine a regular school schedule with employment. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to gain more meaning in their whole educational program, and provide the opportunity to adjust to the world of work. These programs include:

Youth Apprenticeship
Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program is designed for high school students who want to experience hands-on learning at the worksite in conjunction with classroom instruction. Students received industry-recognized certifications through the Department of Workforce Development.

Employability Skills Certificate
The Employability Skills Certificate Program is intended to recognize a student’s mastery of employability skills valued by employers. It is designed around students attaining skill proficiency in those core employment skills identified by the U.S. Department of Labor Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS), a school supervised work-based learning experience, and a career plan.

CTE Student Organizations
Work-based learning programs are supported by career and technical student organizations. The five CTE student organizations in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District are: 

Delta Epsilon Chi & Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) www.deca.org

Family, Career, Community Leaders of America  (FCCLA):  www.fcclainc.org

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA): www.fbla-pbl.org

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA): www.hosa.org

Technical, Skilled & Service Occupations (SkillsUSA): www.skillsusa.org

Fine Arts Program

An education that doesn't include the fine arts can't be considered complete. The fine arts develop and enhance critical thinking and communication skills, problem solving skills, creativity, and self-expression. For these reasons, West Allis-West Milwaukee schools offer students a variety of fine arts experiences. Included among them are general music classes for 1st through 6th grade, band and orchestra from elementary through high school, high school jazz ensembles, the Shining Strings and inter-generational choirs. Art classes include, but are certainly not limited to, ceramics, painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry making and pottery.

Gifted, Creative, and Talented Program

In West Allis-West Milwaukee the majority of identified students will have their academic needs met in the regular classroom because learning is personalized for students within a framework of balanced instruction building upon the notion that “one size does not fit all”.  Learning that is appropriate for each child is integrated with school wide initiatives and tier 1 instruction across all grade levels in the regular school day.  Within the Enrichment model, learning is further personalized with the Enrichment Specialist to empower the learners and engage them through explicit and implicit choices.  The Enrichment Specialist provides instruction that is paced to the learning needs, tailored to the learning preferences and designed around the specific interests of the learners. 

Standards of Excellence

West Allis-West Milwaukee schools are increasingly becoming "standards based." A standards-based education is one that measures what students know and can do in a particular subject. They are based on Wisconsin Model Academic Standards, which were recently adopted by the state legislature and were developed by educators, business people, and other citizens.

The advantage of standards is that they are consistent from one classroom to another, from one school to another, and from one school district to another. Knowing specifically what it is that students are expected to know and be able to do, as defined by state and school district, allows teachers to focus their instruction on what has been determined to be important.

Standards provide a guideline for textbook adoptions and curriculum revisions. Teachers select materials based on how well they match the standards.

Standardized assessments, or testing, go hand-in-hand with academic standards. Such assessments provide parents and others with a means of determining whether or not students are learning what is taught. Standardized assessment tools enable educators to determine successes and areas in need of improvement.

Wisconsin Model Standards are also mandated by the state, and all indications are that they will be required of public schools well into the foreseeable future.