District Information

District Administration Office
1205 South 70th Street
West Allis, WI 53214
(414) 604-3000

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

Eleven elementary schools, four intermediate schools, and three high schools

Elementary Schools (K-5) 4,647
Intermediate Schools (6-8) 1,909
High Schools (9-12) 3,321
Total (K-12) 9,877

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, 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:

  • 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. The WAWM Learning Center, 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.

Full-Day 4 Year-old Kindergarten
Among the District’s most recent innovations is the implementation of full-day 4 year-old kindergarten. Half-day programs are also offered.

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.

School-to-Work Program
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.

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 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.