The Hamilton School District is recognized as one of the premier K-12 educational systems in Wisconsin. The district takes pride in offering the highest quality programs and services in a fiscally responsible manner. District taxpayers benefit from a significant return on their investment as Hamilton is one of the highest-achieving, yet lowest-spending districts in the southeastern Wisconsin.
An active learning environment, a rigorous, relevant curriculum and a highly qualified, caring staff are found in each school within the Hamilton School District. Four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and an early childhood center comprise the district. An honors program, Advanced Placement courses, gifted and talented services, Project Lead the Way pre-engineering curriculum, music and fine arts opportunities, optional half-day 4-year-old and full-day 5-year-old kindergarten program, world languages and rigorous core academic programs contribute to effective student learning and achievement.
Numerous accolades and accomplishments reflect the district’s commitment to serve the needs of students and taxpayers including:
- Hamilton High School students have achieved the highest level of performance on ACT and Advanced Placement (AP) exams in the school’s history.
- Hamilton was one of 367 school districts across the U.S. and Canada selected by the College Board to the AP Honor Roll. With a pass rate of 89.3 percent in 2009-10, Hamilton had the highest AP pass rate among all Waukesha County school districts. The number of students enrolled in AP courses and tests taken quadrupled while the pass rate went up.
- Hamilton had the second highest ranking for WKCE scores in reading and language arts among Waukesha County high schools.
- While achievement increased, Hamilton experienced a notable decrease in its dropout rate and increase in its graduation rate and percentage of graduating students who plan to attend a four-year university.
- The Hamilton School District received the Government of the Year Award from the Waukesha County Executive for leveraging resources to provide excellent services to citizen.
- Public Policy Forum, a Wisconsin government watch-dog organization, recognized the district several times in its Salute to Local Government awards program.
- The district received the prestigious “Leadership Through Communication” national award and was recognized for its implementing exemplary communication practices, empowering employees as ambassadors, using a variety of communication strategies to reach stakeholders and collaborating with agencies to benefit the community.
- Hamilton High School was awarded the “Spirit of Excellence” by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, Wisconsin Association of School Administrators and Wisconsin Association of School Councils.
- Templeton Middle School was named an Exemplary Middle School for the fifth consecutive year. No Wisconsin school has been named an exemplary middle school more times than Templeton.
- Hamilton and Templeton were recognized for robust science, technology, engineering and math instruction, and Templeton was cited as having the best technology education program in Wisconsin.
- State standardized test results show Hamilton’s elementary, middle and high schools consistently well above state averages in all content areas.
- In a recent community survey, 48% of respondents said they believe the Hamilton School District provides better quality services and programs than other area school districts.
Engagement among parents, community members and senior citizens is high. Thousands of individuals serve as volunteers each year. The district partners with others to respond to the needs of the community through its involvement in many business, service and civic organizations. The district is a founding partner in Spring Fest, the bi-annual event that celebrates the quality of life in northeastern Waukesha County.
By leveraging resources to operate a strong K-12 educational system that functions in a fiscally responsible manner, the communities of the district are enhanced. Strong schools result in higher property values and prepare young people to be competitive contributors to our community and our economy.
A strong correlation exists between community attractiveness and the quality of its educational system. Community growth is expected to be strong within the district, and the school district’s exceptional performance is cited 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 approximately 25,000 residents and serves more than 4,600 students. Six municipalities comprise the district — the villages of Sussex, Menomonee Falls, Lannon and Butler, the town of Lisbon and the city of Pewaukee. Schools are Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy and Woodside Elementary, Temple Middle, Hamilton High and Willow Springs Learning Center.