State & National Recognition

Nathan Hale High School has once again been recognized in three national publications this school year for overall student academic performance and college readiness measured by such things as state assessment results, typically under-performing subgroup performance, graduation rate, and Advanced Placement exam and passage rate.

Newsweek - America's Top High Schools (4th year recognized)
Nathan Hale ranked #16 in the state and #486 nationally this year. (Up from #45 state and #1690 nationally last year) They used six indicators culled from school surveys to compare public high schools in the U.S., with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. Other criteria included: college-level courses and exam results, percentage of students with free or reduced lunch, as well as SAT and ACT scores - another mark of how well a school prepares students for college.

U.S. News - Best High School rankings (second year in a row)
Nathan Hale ranked #16 in the state and #1534 nationally this year.
This ranking is compiled on College and Career Readiness based upon student performance on state assessments, under-performing subgroup performance, and AP exam and passage rate. Of the 485 high schools state-wide and over 31,000 reviewed nationally, Nathan Hale earned a “silver” rating as a high school. There were only 2 schools recognized as “gold” ranking and an additional 31 with a “silver” ranking state-wide.

Washington Post - America’s Most Challenging High Schools (8th year in a row)
Nathan Hale ranked #28 in the state and #1715 nationally this year.
This ranking is compiled by a formula using the number of Advanced Placement tests given at a high school divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year called the Challenge Index. Only 9% of 22,000 US public high schools were recognized.

PBIS School of Merit
West Allis Hale High School was selected by the Wisconsin PBIS Network as a School of Merit for their work accomplished through the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The Wisconsin PBIS Network is a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) funded initiative. PBIS is a proactive approach that establishes safer and more effective schools and is currently being implemented in approximately 51 percent of Wisconsin schools. Nathan Hale High School was one of 195.