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Rufus King International School is a public school in Milwaukee, WI. It has 1,720 students in grades 6-12. Students score below average on state standardized tests. There have been 185 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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High School Senior

On Overall Experience: I love that Rufus King is very diverse. I like learning about new cultures and people. It's interesting to me. The diversity at King is what makes the school unique. If I could start over, I would still choose Rufus King, due to the diversity, friends, and teachers (who were like mentors to me). It is only the experience of the IB program that throws students off guard. The program is college level, and students aren't often up to par with that kind of level yet. The classes are intense and hard. The level of intensity is unexpected. As an incoming freshman, you are bound to struggle and often times teachers don't prepare you for that. They do help you if you need help after school, and I wish more students would take advantage of that. That's what I would do over again, just receiving more help to get better grades.

High School Senior

On Administration & Policies: The principal is very involved in her school. Many students however are scared of her, because of her strict nature, however, she is a very nice and caring person that most students don't see. The principal is strict on bullying and fighting in school, staff are strict on the dress codes, and teachers are strict on attendance.

High School Senior

On Extracurriculars: There is a vast number of extracurricular activities after school, and many students often participate in more than one activity. Just to name a few, we offer clubs like Black Student Union, an organization that promotes the unity and success of African American students at King to Key Club, a volunteer-based organization that volunteers at various events to help the community. King also has a Women's Club, Jew Crew, National Honor Society, German/Spanish Honor Society, and the list just continues on. Most students are very committed to their club, yet some students don't have time, due to grades, jobs, or family problems.

High School Senior

On Resources & Facilities: The condition of the school building is in good condition. Technology at school is at readily use. The library after school is always open, as well as the computer lab. Some of the guidance counselors at King often aren't there for academic involvement, nor for college prep resources. You have to rely on yourself to get things done, because sometimes they do things very late, for example sending in transcripts to colleges. However, they do provide college visits and financial aid meetings for students. There are no tutoring programs at King. If you are struggling in a subject, you simply meet with your teacher after school for tutoring.

High School Senior

On Sports & Fitness: At Rufus King, there are a variety of sports that many students like to participate in. Often times, many students try out for more than one sport! Students are very dedicated and motivated in their sport. They perform as a team. You get to know and meet new people that you become close with. Through this closeness you form a family at King. Basketball and Football at King are our dominated fan based sports. Most of the students attend these games, and we repeatedly show our school spirit. We are a school for showing support for our players and are proud of our team. As for fitness opportunities, you are required to take 3 semesters of gym at King. After school, the gym is open during certain days. You can exercise in the weight room, or play basketball in the gym.


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Rufus King International School is a public school in Milwaukee, WI. It has 1,720 students in grades 6-12. Students score below average on state standardized tests. There have been 185 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

🔖 About the Academics See more in Academics ...

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Test Performance

Rufus King International School performed better than 22% of other schools on Wisconsin math and reading standardized tests.

Average standardized
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Based on 24 students surveyed
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🏦 Where Students Go See more in Educational Outcomes ...

Student Polls

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 6 responses

  • 38% The students
  • 15% The diversity of religion and ethnic groups
  • 15% Variety of sports
  • 8% SOME teachers
  • 8% The EXPERIENCE of the IB program
  • 8% The IB program
  • 8% The teachers

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 6 responses

  • 67% Overachievers
  • 17% Wide range of student effort
  • 17% Friendliness

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 17 responses

  • 100% Yes
  • 0% Not sure.
  • 0% No

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Be open minded
  • 20% Expect the Unexpected

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 6 responses

  • 83% Were an International Baccelaureate school.
  • 17% Diversity

About the Students More in Student Culture & Diversity ...

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Racial Diversity

African American
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