Hamilton High

Summary:

Hamilton High is a public high school located in Sussex, Wisconsin, serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 1,562 students. The school is part of the Hamilton School District, which is ranked 24th out of 424 districts in Wisconsin and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Hamilton High consistently ranks among the top 20 high schools in Wisconsin, with a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school's students perform exceptionally well on standardized tests, with significantly higher proficiency rates compared to the state averages in subjects like Social Studies, English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, 75.37% of 10th-grade students at Hamilton High were proficient or better in Social Studies, compared to the state average of 47.19%. Additionally, Hamilton High has maintained an impressive 4-year graduation rate, ranging from 95.9% to 98.4% over the past 5 years, significantly higher than the state average. The school's dropout rate is also exceptionally low, ranging from 0.0% to 0.2% during the same period.

While Hamilton High stands out for its academic excellence, it has a relatively homogeneous student population, with a majority (75.61%) of students identifying as White. This is in contrast to nearby schools like West High and Menomonee Falls High, which have higher percentages of African American and Hispanic students. Additionally, Hamilton High serves a more affluent community, with a lower percentage of students (13.83%) receiving free or reduced-price lunch compared to schools like Waukesha East Alternative School and Waukesha Transition Academy.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 W220N6151 Town Line Rd
       Sussex, WI  53089


(262) 246-6471

District: Hamilton School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
20th of 415 Wisconsin High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,067 Help


Feeder schools for Hamilton High:

Elementary:    Lannon Elementary
    Maple Avenue Elementary
    Marcy Elementary
    Woodside Elementary
Middle:    Templeton Middle

Student/teacher ratio:  17.5 Help
Number of students:  1,562

Racial breakdown:

White:
75.6%
Hispanic:
8.1%
Asian:
7.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  13.8% Help


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Compare Details Hamilton High ranks better than 95.2% of high schools in Wisconsin. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 93.58. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Hamilton High freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (75.6%), Hispanic (8.1%), Asian (7.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 13.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Hamilton High is 17.5. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Hamilton High is $13,067.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Hamilton High:

SchoolDigger ranks Hamilton High 20th of 415 Wisconsin public high schools. (See Hamilton High in the ranking list.)

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Hamilton School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Hamilton School District 24th of 424 Wisconsin school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Hamilton High

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Rank History for all students at Hamilton High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 74.56 55th 275 80.0%
2005 78.44 42nd 287 85.4%
2006 80.75 23rd 292 92.1%
2007 79.64 31st 281 89.0%
2008 83.52 12th 437 97.3%
2009 80.84 37th 438 91.6%
2010 80.88 30th 450 93.3%
2011 80.93 25th 445 94.4%
2012 82.33 20th 452 95.6%
2013 86.61 15th 457 96.7%
2014 79.94 46th 462 90.0%
2015 78.24 43rd 466 90.8%
2016 92.33 21st 408 94.9%
2017 91.05 19th 410 95.4%
2018 92.96 18th 410 95.6%
2019 91.92 21st 400 94.8%
2021 93.13 20th 390 94.9%
2022 94.38 12th 391 96.9%
2023 93.58 20th 415 95.2%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Hamilton High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.54 17th 35 51.4%
2021 96.47 1st 37 97.3%
2023 51.23 27th 56 51.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Hamilton High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.33 24th 255 90.6%
2019 75.64 35th 251 86.1%
2021 62.51 62nd 226 72.6%
2022 67.07 45th 250 82.0%
2023 42.86 163rd 271 39.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Hamilton High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 89.62 22nd 355 93.8%
2019 94.17 11th 343 96.8%
2021 94.60 7th 332 97.9%
2022 95.68 6th 343 98.3%
2023 92.66 15th 329 95.4%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Hamilton High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 45.51 17th 32 46.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Hamilton High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.22 17th 373 95.4%
2019 84.12 41st 354 88.4%
2021 85.40 32nd 334 90.4%
2022 88.02 25th 347 92.8%
2023 91.61 19th 359 94.7%
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Rank History for Asian students at Hamilton High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.84 16th 51 68.6%
2019 42.55 24th 44 45.5%
2021 88.14 4th 44 90.9%
2022 81.73 9th 48 81.3%
2023 84.26 11th 50 78.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Hamilton High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 97.67 1st 12 91.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Hamilton High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 80.84 8th 76 89.5%
2019 61.03 28th 86 67.4%
2021 53.94 32nd 68 52.9%
2022 65.71 24th 86 72.1%
2023 74.76 20th 97 79.4%
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Rank History for White students at Hamilton High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 90.84 22nd 261 91.6%
2019 91.41 21st 266 92.1%
2021 88.03 24th 266 91.0%
2022 92.96 15th 269 94.4%
2023 93.37 15th 271 94.5%
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Data source: test scores: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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by a student
Thursday, April 22, 2010

Open Quote Having been a student at Hamilton for two years now, I find this school to be very good education-wise, but the way that people treat you (the way that STUDENTS treat you) is horrible. I remember coming home crying day after day because of what some people said to me. But overall, it is a pretty good school, but the kids need to watch their mouths. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Hamilton High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 900 3 7 4 6 n/a n/a 0 920
1989 814 n/a 4 3 6 n/a n/a 0 827
1990 773 0 3 3 3 n/a n/a 0 782
1991 752 19 8 8 4 n/a n/a 0 791
1992 748 26 10 6 2 n/a n/a 0 792
1993 810 31 11 6 4 n/a n/a 0 862
1994 852 32 13 11 3 n/a n/a 0 911
1995 958 29 8 16 7 n/a n/a 0 1018
1996 958 29 8 16 7 n/a n/a 0 1018
1997 1020 26 11 13 7 n/a n/a 0 1077
1998 1078 29 7 7 7 n/a n/a 0 1128
1999 1066 30 18 14 9 n/a n/a 0 1137
2000 1047 28 29 14 11 n/a n/a 0 1129
2001 1080 25 40 21 14 n/a n/a 0 1180
2002 1048 34 38 13 12 n/a n/a 0 1145
2003 1048 34 38 13 12 n/a n/a 0 1145
2004 1071 32 43 17 9 n/a n/a 0 1172
2005 1099 29 44 16 10 n/a n/a 0 1198
2006 1121 34 54 20 8 n/a n/a 0 1237
2007 1148 40 57 23 11 n/a n/a 0 1279
2008 1113 50 64 27 8 n/a n/a 0 1262
2009 1126 52 69 29 6 n/a n/a 0 1282
2010 1182 50 67 43 6 n/a n/a 0 1348
2011 1213 43 68 46 8 0 11 0 1389
2012 1233 46 61 45 7 2 18 0 1412
2013 1228 51 56 43 5 1 21 0 1405
2014 1195 54 66 44 6 4 23 0 1392
2015 1219 54 80 47 5 4 25 0 1434
2016 1287 47 72 54 6 2 29 0 1497
2017 1251 38 77 68 5 2 34 0 1475
2018 1235 48 81 79 4 1 44 0 1492
2019 1225 33 84 71 3 0 42 0 1458
2020 1191 41 97 76 3 0 40 0 1448
2021 1183 48 106 88 3 2 54 0 1484
2022 1200 46 116 101 2 3 64 0 1532
2023 1181 49 122 127 3 4 76 0 1562

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Hamilton High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 920 59.9 15.3 2.9
1989 827 58.9 14.0 2.4
1990 782 53.8 14.5 1.9
1991 791 56.0 14.1 3.4
1992 792 51.3 15.4 5.3
1993 862 56.5 15.3 4.2
1994 911 56.8 16.0 3.1
1995 1018 66.5 15.3 3.1
1996 1018 66.5 15.3 3.1
1997 1077 67.2 16.0 3.3
1998 1128 68.4 16.5 3.7
1999 1137 68.8 16.5 6.2
2000 1129 69.2 16.3 6.2
2001 1180 70.6 16.7 5.8
2002 1145 68.7 16.7 6.6
2003 1145 68.7 16.7 6.6
2004 1172 69.3 16.9 7.4
2005 1198 68.7 17.4 n/a
2006 1237 68.5 18.1 n/a
2007 1279 70.2 18.2 6.8
2008 1262 73.1 17.3 8.2
2009 1282 74.6 17.2 8.3
2010 1348 78.2 17.2 9.5
2011 1389 78.0 17.8 11.7
2012 1412 77.5 18.2 12.8
2013 1405 77.3 18.1 11.4
2014 1392 76.7 18.1 13.9
2015 1434 n/a n/a 11.6
2016 1497 80.0 18.7 13.6
2017 1475 83.2 17.7 11.3
2018 1492 80.6 18.5 10.1
2019 1458 82.4 17.6 11.2
2020 1448 83.6 17.3 12.7
2021 1484 87.2 17.0 15.6
2022 1532 87.4 17.5 13.2
2023 1562 89.1 17.5 13.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Hamilton High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 920 59.9 15.3 2.9
1989 827 58.9 14.0 2.4
1990 782 53.8 14.5 1.9
1991 791 56.0 14.1 3.4
1992 792 51.3 15.4 5.3
1993 862 56.5 15.3 4.2
1994 911 56.8 16.0 3.1
1995 1018 66.5 15.3 3.1
1996 1018 66.5 15.3 3.1
1997 1077 67.2 16.0 3.3
1998 1128 68.4 16.5 3.7
1999 1137 68.8 16.5 6.2
2000 1129 69.2 16.3 6.2
2001 1180 70.6 16.7 5.8
2002 1145 68.7 16.7 6.6
2003 1145 68.7 16.7 6.6
2004 1172 69.3 16.9 7.4
2005 1198 68.7 17.4 n/a
2006 1237 68.5 18.1 n/a
2007 1279 70.2 18.2 6.8
2008 1262 73.1 17.3 8.2
2009 1282 74.6 17.2 8.3
2010 1348 78.2 17.2 9.5
2011 1389 78.0 17.8 11.7
2012 1412 77.5 18.2 12.8
2013 1405 77.3 18.1 11.4
2014 1392 76.7 18.1 13.9
2015 1434 n/a n/a 11.6
2016 1497 80.0 18.7 13.6
2017 1475 83.2 17.7 11.3
2018 1492 80.6 18.5 10.1
2019 1458 82.4 17.6 11.2
2020 1448 83.6 17.3 12.7
2021 1484 87.2 17.0 15.6
2022 1532 87.4 17.5 13.2
2023 1562 89.1 17.5 13.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Hamilton High

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $300 (2.6%) $11,288 (97.4%) $11,588
2020 $296 (2.4%) $11,864 (97.6%) $12,159
2021 $352 (2.7%) $12,715 (97.3%) $13,067

Data source: Wisconsin Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Hamilton High

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 21st of 400 High schoolsRanks 20th of 415 High schools
 0.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade Social Studies (Hamilton High)65.775.4
 9.7%
   10th Grade Social Studies (Hamilton School District)65.775.4
 9.7%
   10th Grade Social Studies (Wisconsin)45.947.2
 1.3%
10th Grade English Language Arts (Hamilton High)60.964.5
 3.6%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Hamilton School District)60.964.5
 3.6%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)38.841.4
 2.6%
10th Grade Mathematics (Hamilton High)49.254.6
 5.3%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Hamilton School District)49.254.6
 5.3%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)30.829.4
 1.3%
10th Grade Science (Hamilton High)51.148
 3.1%
   10th Grade Science (Hamilton School District)51.148
 3.1%
   10th Grade Science (Wisconsin)32.731.7
 1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students14581562
 7.1%
African American3349
 48.5%
American Indian33
Asian84122
 45.2%
Hispanic71127
 78.9%
Pacific Islander04
White12251181
 3.6%
Two or More Races4276
 81%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients11.2%13.8%
 2.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Hamilton High

Students at Hamilton High are 76% White, 8% Hispanic, 8% Asian, 5% Two or more races, 3% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,562 students attended Hamilton High.

Hamilton High is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Lannon Elementary
Elementary : Maple Avenue Elementary
Elementary : Marcy Elementary
Elementary : Woodside Elementary
Middle : Templeton Middle

Yes! Hamilton High is one of the best high schools in the state. It ranks 20th of 415 Wisconsin high schools.


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