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
    C+
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Address
300 Richard St
Verona, WI 53593
Telephone
(608) 845-4400
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Verona Area High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
64%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1310
19 responses
Average ACT
28
146 responses
AP Enrollment
29%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.16 responses
Poll
56%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.16 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 46 responses
Report
  • Football games and homecoming week!
    33%
  • Multicultural Showcase
    17%
  • Band concerts
    11%
  • Day of Silence
    11%
  • Theater productions
    11%
  • Polar Plunge
    11%
  • Basketball games
    4%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,507
Free or Reduced Lunch
23%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.1%
55%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.33 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.33 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.33 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,722/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
51%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 responses
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Verona Area High School Reviews

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Administrative staff and the quality of that staff differ from school to school. Both the staff, principals included, were excellent at VAHS and BRMS (while David Jennings was there). Principals at the elementary level - well, that's a crapshoot! The current principal at Sugar Creek is a poor leader. Moral is low and the teachers and parents do not like Mr. Brunner. At Glacier Edge, you are either one of the principal's "pets" or you are just a teacher.

There should be a way for parents and teachers to evaluate their principals and those that consistently receive poor scores should be replaced.

While our son was a student in Verona, there were two morals issues that were particularly bothersome. The first was at Sugar Creek Elementary, when Heather Terrill (who was married) was having an open affair with a music artist in residence. A very good teacher paid the ultimate price - her job - for confidentially complaining about the principal, and although the principal left, she was replaced with someone who is totally incompetent.

The second morals issue was with the superintendent, Dean Gorrell. He too was married and having an affair.

Both of these administrators are in positions where they need to set high standards and instead, they were an embarrassment to the district. Marriages do fail, but married administrators having affairs should be grounds for firing!
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The teachers at VAHS, and throughout the district, that our son had were exceptional. There is not one that I would complain about.

My complaint would be about administrative staff, specifically Heather Terrill and Todd Brunner, at the Elementary level. Heather Terrill was an embarrassment to SCE and the district when she decided to have an affair with the artist in residence. Todd Brunner is totally incompetent and very much disliked by both his staff and parents.

In general, the only complaint I have regarding teachers is that they aren't left to do their jobs. With the current educational climate in Wisconsin, teachers work in fear for their jobs. Classroom size is extremely high at some of the schools (BRMS, specifically). Thirty-five kids in a 7th grade class is just too many kids, both from a teaching standpoint to a learning standpoint!
There's a great variety of clubs to choose from. Some of the choice include: art club, student voice union, student council, Spanish club, and so much more! These extracurricular activities are a fun way to express yourself as well as interact with various walks of life.