Study: Waterford Ranks 6th

A recent ranking of public school districts in Wisconsin found that Waterford’s public schools ranked 6th best in the state. Waterford’s great schools have long been a source of pride in the community, but those in nearby communities may not be aware of just how great they are.

The timing of the article couldn’t be better for young families in nearby communities who are looking for a better place to live and better schools for their kids to attend for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

Fortunately, the Waterford Graded School District (WGSD), a separate K-8 district that is the main feeder district of the Waterford Union High School, has several newer school buildings and currently has room for more than 150 additional students.

With a commute of about 30-35 minutes, WGSD is likely too far to attract open enrollment students from the cities of Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha. This is because open enrollment families are required to provide their own transportation for morning drop off and afternoon pick up.  As a result, most open enrollment students are from the smaller towns immediately adjacent to Waterford.

However, purchasing a home and relocating to the Waterford community is what many families from the cities have been doing for decades. Parents that work in the cities are pleased to discover their work commute of 30-35 minutes is practically non-stop and stress free.

Despite its past successes, the Waterford Graded School District has many positive changes currently underway. For example, next year WGSD is offering district wide four-year-old kindergarten (4K) for the first time. WGSD also recently hired a new Superintendent, Mr. Ed Brzinski, who will begin on July 1, 2015.

About the Niche Rankings Study:  This particular study method appears to use a simple weighting of the schools that serve the Waterford area. Those schools would be Waterford Union High School (View the DPI Report Card), Waterford Graded School District (View the DPI Report Card), and four other small K-8 school districts that feed into Waterford Union High School (Dover, Washington-Caldwell, North Cape, and Drought).

Posted by Matt Kranich on 5/27/2015
WGSD Parent and WGSD School Board Member

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