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Rufus King International School is a public school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It has 1,720 students in grades 6-12. According to state standards, 27% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 223 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

1801 West Olive St
Milwaukee WI 53209
(414) 267-0700

Academics Read more about this school's academics

4.1 from 223 reviews
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    • Recent Alumnus
    • N/A
    Resources & Facilities: Rufus King is very flexible with the following topics. With the building being built over 100 years ago, the school condition itself is not in tiptop shape. Yet, they are very up to day with technology and certain learning essentials. Guidance counselors are great with making sure students are either furthering their education or on the path to success, but when it comes to college prep resources as far as scholarship they gear more toward students with outstanding academics and don't provide as much support to students who aren't academically savvy,
    • Recent Alumnus
    • 3
    Food: Rufus King is okay with food options for luck simply because they usually serve healthly meals, yet, they're not too tasty.
    • High School Sophomore
    • 4
    Resources & Facilities: The school is a little disorganized, but over all it is a great school. Facilities could use a bit of touching up, the computers are not the worst but they aren' t the best, a good amount of the bathroom doors are broken, and the locker rooms are kind of terrible. Involvement is a completely different story though, the teachers and counselors are always willing to help. There are many opportunities for parental involvement. College prep is an A+, especially with all the college fairs, visits, IB classes, and college programs.
    • High School Sophomore
    • N/A
    Food: I always bring my own lunch. I have never had a lunch from the cafeteria. The lunches at my passed schools (same district, Milwaukee Public Schools) were terrible though.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Teachers: The teachers at King are amazing. They know what they are talking about and they make sure we the students are prepared for any and all tests that we have to take. They teachers really do care about the success of us students.

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1.00 Milwaukee College Preparatory School 2 mi. 927
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1.66 Riverside High School 3 mi. 1,601
2.00 Milwaukee High School of the Arts 3 mi. 897
1.66 Milwaukee Academy of Science 4 mi. 1,057
1.66 Bradley Technology High School 5 mi. 1,228
1.66 Northwest Secondary School 4 mi. 1,019
1.00 Longfellow Elementary School 5 mi. 895
1.66 South Division High School 6 mi. 1,206

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Male 41%
Female 58%

Overall Student Diversity

Rufus King International School United States Whitefish Bay High School Milwaukee College Preparatory School Nicolet High School Riverside High School Milwaukee High School of the Arts Milwaukee Academy of Science Bradley Technology High School Northwest Secondary School Longfellow Elementary School South Division High School
African American 66.3% 15.2% 11.2% 100% 20.8% 70.1% 64.3% 100% 82.5% 95.9% 15.5% 36.7%
White 19.4% 51.6% 82.7% 0% 65.6% 9.3% 18.4% 0% 5.2% 3.1% 7.2% 5.1%
Asian 8.2% 4.7% 4.1% 0% 4.2% 7.2% 2.0% 0% 1.0% 1.0% 0% 11.2%
Hispanic 6.1% 24.5% 2.0% 0% 6.2% 13.4% 15.3% 0% 11.3% 0% 76.3% 46.9%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1.0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 2.6% 0% 0% 3.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 6 11.9%
Grade 9 23.3%
Grade 10 21.3%
Grade 11 22.7%
Grade 12 20.8%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Polls

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 18 responses

  • 94% Yes
  • 6% Not sure.
  • 0% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 8 responses

  • 38% The students
  • 25% The diversity of religion and ethnic groups
  • 12% Variety of sports
  • 6% The IB program
  • 6% The teachers
  • 6% SOME teachers
  • 6% The EXPERIENCE of the IB program

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 7 responses

  • 23% Horrible lunch
  • 15% There is nothing bad about this school
  • 15% Sometimes there are issues with safety
  • 15% Old bathrooms
  • 15% Scans
  • 8% No cooking class
  • 8% Old building/structure

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 9 responses

  • 78% Were an International Baccelaureate school.
  • 22% Diversity

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 7 responses

  • 57% Overachievers
  • 29% Wide range of student effort
  • 14% Friendliness

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 9 responses

  • 67% Be open minded
  • 22% You're going to procrastinate so much.
  • 11% Expect the Unexpected