Nearly 22,000 high schools were reviewed in the US News and World Report. 113 high schools from Wisconsin made the list of the top schools in the nation.
Within the state, Wausau West High School and Marshfield High were among the best in the state.
Wausau West ranks #16, based on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination or WKCE.
Talking with Dr. Kathleen Williams, Superintendent of the Wausau School District, you get a sense of pride that she had focusing on educating our children.
She points out that the teachers and parents are the critical component is supporting and encouraging them to achieve higher leaning.
Even though the report focuses on academic achievement, their efforts allow kids to express creativity, and exceed what’s expected.
Dr. Williams admitted, “It’s a great honor for the Wausau School District, especially Wausau West. I believe it’s a cumulative effort from the children that have come to our school system, and the support they’ve received through elementary school all the way through to our secondary schools.”
Dr. Williams says their high school has it challenges, but so does any high school. However, their staff from Kindergarten and up makes sure the children know what’s expected of them and most importantly how to get there.
There’s one more critical component, and that’s called the MOD system. This system takes ordinary subjects and goes a bit deeper, beyond the learning basics. The focus is on critical thinking helping the students to push past their weaknesses.
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