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Quality education is an important part of Wauwatosa’s identity as a first-class city. Busy parents can enlist the services of exceptional day care and early childhood learning centers. At the primary and secondary level, families may choose from a wide variety of award-winning public, charter and private schools.

A leader in public education, the Wauwatosa School District provides outstanding academic programming to approximately 7,400 K4-12 students. The district employs an exceptional, professional faculty and staff who provide an outstanding education throughout its nine traditional elementary schools, Wauwatosa Montessori elementary school, two middle schools and two high schools. These quality schools are complemented by the district’s first charter school, Wauwatosa STEM elementary, and Tosa School of the Trades, a charter school for 11th and 12th graders. The School of the Trades offers a mix of academic curricula with technical and employment-oriented classes.

Wauwatosa School District

The Wauwatosa School District is truly a cornerstone in the community. Focused on student learning, the district offers a rigorous curriculum at all levels. In 2010 and 2011, the district received national recognition for continued growth and student achievement in its Advanced Placement (AP) program. Today, the district offers 17 AP courses in its high schools.

The district continues to boost learning for all students through programming in special education, gifted and talented and opportunities for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). All students in grades 1-6 receive Spanish instruction. All schools have music and art classes, and a variety of electives are available in the middle and high schools. Enhancing the student experience beyond the classroom is just as important. Students take advantage of a wide range of extracurricular clubs and activities, including Lego Leagues, competitive sports, forensics and theater.

Education Foundation of Wauwatosa

The district also manages several schools within the Milwaukee County Medical Complex, including River Hills School, Plank Road School and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin School Program.

In 1990, the Education Foundation of Wauwatosa (EFW) was formed by a group of community and business leaders to strengthen and support the overall educational quality of the Wauwatosa School District. The organization provides funding to teachers and schools with creative and innovative ideas, and encourages new approaches to excellence in education. The EFW’s annual walk/run is a community-wide event with participants from every school in the district.

Further details regarding the schools and programming of the Wauwatosa School District are available at

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