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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-
Verona Area High School is a highly rated, public school located in Verona, WI. It has 1,507 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 48% of students are at least proficient in math and 55% in reading.
Address
300 Richard St
Verona, WI 53593
Telephone
(608) 845-4400
Website

Verona Area High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
48%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1300
25 responses
Average ACT
27
202 responses
AP Enrollment
29%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Cost of Living
    B
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$89,965
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,098
National
$949
Median Home Value
$273,200
National
$184,700

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
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  • Football games and homecoming week!
    33%
  • Multicultural Showcase
    17%
  • Band concerts
    11%
  • Day of Silence
    11%
  • Polar Plunge
    11%
  • Theater productions
    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
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,807
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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Everyone is incredibly willing to help you prosper. NOT just to learn, NOT just to graduate, NOT just to teach you to be a good person, but to have you leaving with knowledge about the world and about people that you can't get anywhere else. As a prospective student from four different high schools in my life, I can tell you there is no place like Verona. Congregational, serious, focused, and dedicated to success is an absolute value in this community, and it is frequently enforced. Students are taught to value themselves as humans, to appreciate the body and their health to benefit their work. Classes are rigorous, with curriculum exceeding most schools in the midwest and far exceeding the rest of the school districts in Madison Area. Through EXTENSIVE health classes, sports, and a competitive edge amongst students, their drive is felt throughout the halls. I will say, Verona, you left me incredibly impressed.
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The teachers at Verona Area High School are passionate about teaching and care deeply about their students. There was a wide-range of extracurriculars, though typically a low amount of funds for non-sport activities. I would have also enjoyed more options for AP classes.
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!