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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 enriched courses at the middle school, Advanced Placement courses, additional Gifted and Talented services, Project Lead the Way pre- engineering curriculum, more instrumental music opportunities and numerous core academic programs. The district is bearing the fruit of those seeds now as achievement and learning are on the rise.

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.

The number of Advanced Placement course offerings increased from four in 1999-2000 to 12 today. AP course enrollment increased from 67 to 231 in that same time. The number of sections more than doubled from just two years ago.

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.

While achievement increased, Hamilton experienced a notable decrease in its dropout rate and increase in its graduation rate. Hamilton’s graduation rate was 96.4 percent and its dropout rate was .32 percent in 2008.

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. Those surveys reveal a high level of satisfaction among residents regarding the district’s performance.

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 WI 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 WI, Menomonee Falls, Lannon and Butler, as well as the town of Lisbon and the city of Pewaukee.

Editorial provided by the Hamilton School District.

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