A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Address
7500 Milwaukee Ave
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Telephone
(414) 773-2000
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East High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
64%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1180
8 responses
Average ACT
28
90 responses
AP Enrollment
36%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
71%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
57%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • The home coming rally, it brings us together
    30%
  • The school theater productions
    20%
  • Basketball Games
    16%
  • Prom
    16%
  • Art fairs
    7%
  • Band Competitions
    5%
  • Playing in soccer games
    5%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,139
Free or Reduced Lunch
19%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
40.2%
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.24 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.24 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.24 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$11,778/ year
National
$12,239
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.24 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.24 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.24 responses
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I've loved my time at East thus far! I've made fantastic friends, as well as many fantastic memories. I've had an academic track that was well suited for me, and found many extracurriculars to participate in. I think it is the perfect example of a school that is what you make it, so whatever type of student you are (or your child is), that is something to consider. My only personal complaints would be these: 1) That the focus of a decent part of the student body is not a primarily academic one, and 2) That I was not driven or encouraged by counselors, teachers, etc, to my full potential throughout my first few years. The second one actually worked out to my advantage, because I was able to realize how I could make myself what I hoped to be by my own prerogative. There are other little things I would change, but all the same, I would pick East again every time!
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I definitely got a good education at Tosa East. The relatively large number of AP offerings allowed me to challenge myself in the classroom. By extension, I came into college last fall adequately prepared for undergraduate-level classes. The school also takes the arts very seriously. My experience in the orchestra at Tosa east helped develop my musical skills, which I am continuing in the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra. And my experience with the school's We The People team (which went to the national finals the last four years) really pushed my limits as a writer, public speaker, and as a researcher.

Probably the most unique thing about Tosa East is that there is an extracurricular activity for almost everyone. While many schools have a school newspaper, a forensics team, Amnesty International and a theatre program, I am fortunate to have been exposed to such things as many schools lack diverse extracurriculars.

If there was one thing I would change (as someone who is in no way an educator), it would be to challenge students to be creative in science and mathematics. I learned good stuff in my AP classes, but each class seemed like nothing more than a pit stop; I learned things and then I left. Why not have a student science fair? The school has a battle bots team and an environmental club, but I would love to see more things like that in order to foster genuine interest from the students.
The teachers at Tosa East demonstrated a genuine investment in their students. Each class seemed well-planned in terms of curriculum. Daily lesson plans provided a good blend of structured activities and in-class work time. And teachers never hesitated to get parents involved in the educational process, which kept me and many other people accountable for completing assignments.

The only knock I would place on the teachers at Tosa East is that there was a lot of staff turnover, particularly in the math and science departments. This is not so much the fault of the teachers themselves, but it did affect the quality of the classes negatively to have new and/or inexperienced teachers teaching the hardest classes in the school.

One of my friends at Tosa East had an AP Chemistry teacher who was in her first year at Tosa East. I took that class two years earlier, and my teacher was excellent; sadly, he left for another job. The class was not very well-run under the new "regime". Tests were too hard. An entire unit on the AP test was not covered in class, and the students were never told they needed to know it. Those are things which could've been tweaked had the teacher not left after one year.

Additionally, the school district is intent on reform when results are not 100% optimal. In my senior year, the grading system was overhauled; some teachers and students seemed confused by the change. The system made it so that a limited number of assignments can be graded, resulting in the devaluation of homework. Many students didn't do homework, since it no longer counts. I suspect this is due to pressure public education faces in the age of globalization, paradoxically combined with consistent K-12 budget cuts in Wisconsin.

Rants aside, I have taken one year of classes at UW-Madison, and I feel I was well-prepared. But I'm not sure if future graduating classes will be as prepared as I was, based on where things seem to be going.