The Village of Menomonee Falls is served by two public school districts (the School District of Menomonee Falls and the Hamilton School District) and several private and parochial school systems. Each system strives for excellence in the educational process by providing high quality facilities, equipment, instructors and support staff. Parent involvement is encouraged at all levels.
School District of Menomonee Falls
A comprehensive and personalized curriculum, high expectations of students and teachers, work and community service opportunities and rich opportunities to expand student horizons make the Menomonee Falls School District a continued school district of recognition and choice. With over 4,500 students, the school district emphasizes a strong literacy, math and science program, but also provides wonderful opportunities for students in music, art, technology, physical education, vocational and career courses, business education, family and consumer education. A World Language program supports three district languages – Spanish, German and Japanese.
The school district has implemented a four-year-old program that is both school-based and housed within daycares in the community. Elementary students in the Menomonee Falls schools have regular guidance, counseling instruction and services, and opportunities to expand their interests and skills.
The middle school is divided into smaller communities, each is made up of teacher teams in the core academic areas. Elective curriculum promotes exploratory learning that helps student’s select future courses or career paths. Intramural and interscholastic athletics are also available for middle-level students.
Students at Menomonee Falls High School choose from 200 academic and career-oriented courses. A science addition completed in 2008, has given the high school state-of-the-art science classrooms, labs, and equipped with current technology. The remaining renovated high school gives students an improved learning environment-learning centers, library-media center, new fitness center and cafeteria.
More than 90 percent of graduating seniors go on to post-secondary education, including four-year universities and colleges. Over 200 high school students earn credits in Advanced Placement, the University of Wisconsin system or transcripted dual credit in the Wisconsin Vocational System. These students are able to earn both high school and college credits in over 25 courses.
Over the past three years, Menomonee Falls students have scored over 23 as a composite on the ACT, an exam for college-bound students. The Menomonee Falls Scholarship Foundation provides nearly $1 million annually in scholarship money to Menomonee Falls students.
Twelve Menomonee Falls teachers have earned the distinction as Nationally Board Certified teachers, the highest number among Waukesha County Schools.
Residents in Menomonee Falls also have the opportunity to participate in an expanded Community Education and Recreation Program. This program addresses preschool to senior citizen needs. It is offered with programs on wellness, leisure activities, technology, recreation, childcare, safety, communication and retraining for career changes.
Residents, parents and young people in Menomonee Falls are supported by business and community partners. Menomonee Falls has embraced the theme that an entire Village is needed to educate our children.
Hamilton School District
The Hamilton School District is recognized as an educational leader in southeastern Wisconsin. The district has focused its efforts on providing students with a meaningful and rigorous education, and its diligent work is proving to be worthwhile for children in the community. Staff members are highly qualified professionals who know their students well and have expert understanding of the curriculum.
Recent initiatives include a new honors program, Advanced Placement courses, additional Gifted and Talented services, Project Lead the Way pre-engineering curriculum, more instrumental music opportunities and numerous core academic programs.
More than 90 percent of Hamilton students who recently took the WKCE were proficient and advanced in reading, and more than 87 percent were proficient or advanced in mathematics. The WKCE tests students statewide in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10.
Public Policy Forum researchers analyzed the WKCE performance of 50 southeastern Wisconsin school districts and ranked Hamilton third overall.In a recent published report, Public Policy Forum identified Hamilton as being the district with the most improved ACT scores. The local government watchdog group highlighted Hamilton’s performance on the ACT, an exam that indicates students’ preparedness for higher education.
Serving the needs of students, families and community will continue to be the priority of the Hamilton School District. Engagement among parents, community members and senior citizens is high. Thousands of individuals serve as volunteers each year. The district keeps a pulse on community sentiment regarding the schools through regular surveys that identify community priorities for the schools.
The district was awarded the National Leadership Through Communication Award for providing exemplary leadership and communication that has benefited schools through increased community support and understanding. Hamilton was recognized for integrating exemplary communication practices into the strategic planning and decision-making process, empowering employees as ambassadors for the school district, using a variety of communication strategies to reach stakeholders, collaborating with agencies to benefit the entire community and implementing ongoing communication efforts that have tangible results.
In addition to input from the community and parents, strategic planning continues to provide the road map for future initiatives. There is a strong correlation between community attractiveness and its educational system. Community growth is expected to be quite strong within the district, and many credit the school district’s exceptional performance as a factor in the area’s economic development.
Located west of Milwaukee in northern Waukesha County, the Hamilton School District covers about 35 square miles, has more than 25,000 residents and serves more than 4,400 students. The district serves six municipalities – the Villages of Sussex, Menomonee Falls, Lannon and Butler, the town of Lisbon and the city of Pewaukee.
In addition to public schools, many faith-based private school systems in the Village offer comprehensive educational programs from K-4 through high school.
The Menomonee Falls area has more than a dozen daycare centers and preschools. As a convenience for working parents, many of these facilities offer before- and after-school programs.
A consortium of area school districts share responsibilities and facilities to provide special educational opportunities for developmentally disabled youngsters. Services are also offered by the Association for Retarded Citizens in Waukesha County.
School District of Menomonee Falls