City of West Allis, Village of West Milwaukee and portions of New Berlin and Greenfield
Nine-member Board of Education elected at-large for three-year office terms
Eleven elementary schools, four intermediate schools, and three high schools
Elementary Schools (K-5) 4,275
Intermediate Schools (6-8) 1,827
High Schools (9-12) 3,158
Total (K-12) 9,260
Elementary School Program
What course a child’s future will take is often determined by his or
her early educational experiences. West Allis-West Milwaukee Schools
strive 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, the elementary
program features. . .
Intermediate School Program
Frank Lloyd Wright, Lincoln, 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. . .
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. Our Alternative High School is James E.
Dottke and offers students an opportunity to learn in an alternate
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.
Among the district’s most important innovations is the implementation
of full-day kindergarten. Half-day programs are also offered.
Full-day kindergarten was initiated at parental request with the
support of kindergarten teachers. A survey taken in April of 1998
indicated that 83 percent of parents with kindergarten students
preferred the full-day kindergarten option. Many educators believe that
full-day kindergarten programs better prepare students for the first
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 these
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.
The link between learning and earning is the School-to-Work program.
The program connects classroom instruction to real-world work
experiences, in addition to providing career exploration opportunities
and an awareness of good work habits.
School-to-Work is a means for students to discover for themselves
which careers they may wish to explore and learn what post-graduation
education and training those careers require. Some of the many
opportunities available through School-to-Work are internships, job
shadowing, cooperative education and community service experiences,
career guidance by employees in fields of student interest, and
vocational education training.
Students who know which employment path they wish to take can start
their journey through School-to-Work experiences. Students who are
unsure or unaware of their career possibilities can explore them with
help from School-to-Work exploratory activities.
Family Resource Center
Families looking for community resources or a place where their
children can play with others are encouraged to check out the Family
Resource Center. Located at Horace Mann Elementary School, 6513 W.
Lapham St., the center is geared toward families with children up to the
age of eight. Games, toys, videos, books, and parent resource
information are available to be borrowed. A morning program is offered
for families with young children and parenting and family educational
workshops are offered.
The Family Resource Center is not a baby-sitting service. Adults
must accompany children at all times. For further information, call Joan
Luedke at 604-3900.
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, creativity and self-expression. For these reasons, West Allis-West
Milwaukee schools offer students a vast array of fine arts experiences.
Included among them are Suzuki Strings for K-3 students, high school
jazz ensembles, the Strolling 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
Gifted and talented programs are designed to recognize and expand the
abilities and interests of students who perform above the norm.
Enrichment opportunities are available at all grade levels to students
who demonstrate exceptional aptitude in one or more academic areas, the
visual or performing arts.
Programs for the gifted and talented are provided in the regular
classroom setting and through a variety of outside activities tailored
to meet their needs.
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
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
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.