West Allis-West Milwaukee Schools are an integral part of the community’s continuing success. In partnership with parents, businesses and residents, the school system strives to provide an educational program that allows all students to attain academic excellence. Our educators are accomplishing this in a variety of ways, some of the most important of which are the ongoing use of data, staff development opportunities and a willingness to listen and respond to community concerns.
What is educational excellence is very much determined by parents and community. In response to parental requests, the district researched the needs and benefits of full-day and four-year-old kindergarten opportunities. When research confirmed that they were in the best interest of children and community, the district began implementing those options. West Allis-West Milwaukee Schools has earned its second consecutive U.S. Department of Education “No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Award” when Walker Elementary School was given this honor in November 2009. The district also was recognized by Milwaukee Magazine in the spring of 2012 as the Number One Overperforming School District in the Milwaukee Area, placed #17 on Forbes magazine’s “Top 20 Places to Educate Your Child”, and has been recognized with 33 “Wisconsin Promise School of Recognition” The WAWM Schools was also recognized by both the Business Journal and The Daily Reporter for our revenue generating facilities located at 1135 and 1205 South 70th Street.
Instructional excellence isn’t the only mark of a great school system. Other attributes common to West Allis-West Milwaukee Schools are the commitment to technology and a variety of academic and co-curricular opportunities. The Bring Your Own Device and iPad initiatives are new for 2012-13.
WAWM Schools has a variety of such opportunities offered to its students. Comprehensive programming is provided to all, and special instruction is available to gifted, creative and talented students, children with exceptional needs, the at-risk population and others with unique needs.
The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District serves West Allis and West Milwaukee and runs the recreational activities for our communities. For more information, contact District Communications Specialist Brian Vissers at 414-604-3007 or the Superintendent of Schools Kurt Wachholz at 414-604-3005, and for recreation activity information contact the Recreation Department at 414-604-4900.
Together, West Allis and West Milwaukee also comprise a higher learning community, with the presence of several institutions in town. Many graduating seniors enroll in Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), which has a campus in West Allis. Here, students take advantage of associate’s degree and four-year college transfer degree programs, along with various certificate, diploma and apprentice programs. Busy adults and working professionals are also offered plenty of options for returning to school through MATC, as well as through the satellite campuses of Marian University’s Milwaukee Center in West Allis, Lakeland College’s Milwaukee Campus in West Allis and Upper Iowa University Center, which is positioned just one mile north of West Allis.
The area recently welcomed another addition to its higher learning community. Concordia University Wisconsin chose to combine its Milwaukee South and Hales Corner Centers into one campus, located at the new Miller Park Way Center in West Milwaukee. The local site offers several adult education degree programs, along with a Medical Assistant Program.