Whitefish Bay ACT Scores are Highest in the Milwaukee Area

Superintendent Gavigan: Whitefish Bay High School has exceeded the 25.0 mark longer than any other public school district in southeastern Wisconsin.

(Editor's note: Kohler High School's average ACT score of 27.6 is the highest in the state, but only 26 of 29 students took the test. We originally reported Whitefish Bay's score was the highest in the state because Kohler's test scores were not available on the Department of Public Instruction website.)

Once again, Whitefish Bay's average ACT score is higher than any other public school in the Milwaukee area.

The 2012 graduates at scored an average ACT score of 25.9, with 82.9 percent of students participating in the testing, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Public Instruction.

Kohler High School technically has the highest ACT scores in the state, with an average of 27.6 – but only 26 of 29 students took the test.

Other front-runners in the state include Brookfield East (25.8); Middleton (25.5); Cedarburg (25.2) and Homestead (25.2). The statewide average this year was 22.0.

Last year, Whitefish Bay students averaged an , which is the highest in school history and the second highest in Wisconsin's public school history.

Although the numbers were not quite as high as last year, Superintendent Mary Gavigan said she is still very pleased with the results.

Whitefish Bay's average ACT scores have consistently exceeded the 25.0 mark for 14 years, longer than any other public school district in southeastern Wisconsin, she said.

"Those results speak very well of our student accomplishments, our teaching staff, our parents and our entire school community," she said. "They reflect strong curriculum, strong parent support and a strong school community working together within a culture of high expectations."

"These outstanding ACT results reflect a culmination of an excellent K-12 education provided by Whitefish Bay schools," Gavigan added.

Here is a detailed look at ACT test score data from Whitefish Bay High School over the last five years:

Grad Year Students Tested English Reading Math Science Composite


175 26.1 25.9 26.0 24.7 25.9


191 27.0 26.4 26.7 25.9 26.6 2010 214 26.2 25.7 25.9 24.6 25.7 2009 192 26.6 26.0 26.5 25.0 26.1 2008 215 25.5 25.6 25.6 24.6



This is how Whitefish Bay compares to other high schools in the North Shore area:

School Average score Whitefish Bay 25.9 Homestead 25.2 Shorewood 24.4 Nicolet 24.9 Brown Deer 20.0 Wisconsin 22.0
dills August 23, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Take out the chapter 220 kids and what will happen. ? Most of you think special needs kids take the ACT, but you have no idea. Why not ask Mary Gavigan , who believes in communication in the district, what the scores are by category. Ask your school board to provide this info
aaaaaa August 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I know kids with issues who took the ACT and went on to college.....
Lu August 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Makes you feel a bit better about scratching that big property tax check twice a year. Hats off to the WFB schols for providing an excellent education. I would also submit that another reason for the high scores in WFB is due to family and community support. Solve this for the Milwaukee school district and results will turn around dramatically.
Bob McBride August 23, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Still gonna have a problem with that property tax check, but yes, congrats to the kids, teachers and parents in the WFB school system.
Desiree Erickson August 23, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Good point Mr. Matson. We all should take personal responsibility for gathering the facts necessary to make informed decisions and remarks.


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