Last week, I spied a copy of the new Great Schools school finder which rates all the area public, charter and private schools to help parents make informed choices.
The schools get a number rating, from 1 to 10, based on test scores, school climate and improvement. The rankings are also online.
Despite keeping an eye out, I haven’t yet found a copy of my own so that I can really sink my teeth into the ratings. But today, a reader and concerned Milwaukee parent contacted me to share a little number crunching achieved with the new school finder.
The results may surprise you.
His analysis showed that of the K-8 and K-5 schools earning a 5 or better on the overall rating:
- 32 were in MPS
- 9 were private schools
- 9 were chartered through MPS
- 6 were chartered through UWM or the City of Milwaukee
Three of those MPS schools scored 8 or above and one private school and one independent charter got 9s.
Among high schools scoring 4 or above:
- 5 were in MPS (all offering moderate to intensive special education services)
- 4 were private (three of the schools offer no special education services, the fourth offers basic services)
- 1 was an independent charter that offers only basic special ed services