Rufus King International School in Milwaukee, WI - Niche

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Rufus King International School is a public school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It has 1,484 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 23% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 285 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: This school has a high focus on athletics and an even higher focus on academics. The teachers here will support your decisions and they understand that they arent your only class. One down is that they dont choose the best administrators all the time.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: In my four years at Rufus King I learned so much about other people because of the diversity! And it has helped throughout life as well.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: If I could, I would choose this school all over again. These four years have been the best four years of my life. I have learned how to open up and become confident in myself and who I am. I believe my favorite experience at King were the pep rallies and link crew freshman fun night. I was able to interact and spend time with the underclassmen and just have a generally stress free time. King is most definitely challenging and hard work, but I believe it has prepared me for the next level in my education and has taught me to ask for help and not to procrastinate. King has opportunities for every person to succeed, there are all kinds of extracurriculars and clubs for just about every person who goes there. I have never felt lonely or scared, everybody has a niche there and they know where they fit in. There is no pressure to be the cool kid or to be something that you aren't. It's all about doing what makes you happy and what will allow you to succeed. King is also an International Baccelaurate school as well, which pushes the students and myself to think outside of the box and think of implications that not only affect us but affects the world as well. If I could, I would pick Rufus King all over again.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: My overall experience at Rufus King High school was that it was great after freshman year. I would say that because my Freshman year I was in depression due to my brother being incarcerated and that took a great toll on my life socially and academically.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I enjoy the diversity and the many clubs there are that I can get involved in. There are many opportunities and my favorite experiences have to be during homecoming just because there is a lot of school pride and everyone participates.The diversity definitely is what makes the school unique and different from all others. There are not many cliques , one could have a friend of a totally different background. I would choose this school again because it is one of the very best in the city, it is rigorous and overall a fun and good environment and place to be.

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4.00 Whitefish Bay High School 2 mi. 981
1.66 Washington High School of Information Technology 3 mi. 826
2.00 Riverside High School 3 mi. 1,597
2.00 Milwaukee High School of the Arts 3 mi. 948
1.33 Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning 3 mi. 747

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


Female 57%
Male 42%

Student Diversity

Rufus King International School United States Milwaukee High School of the Arts Riverside High School Washington High School of Information Technology Whitefish Bay High School Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning
African American 62.0% 15.0% 64.0% 69.0% 92.0% 10.0% 77.0%
White 20.0% 51.0% 18.0% 6.0% 3.0% 75.0% 6.0%
Asian 10.0% 4.8% 1.0% 8.0% 3.0% 5.0% 8.0%
Hispanic 7.0% 25.0% 13.0% 14.0% 0% 4.0% 6.0%
Multiracial 0% 2.8% 0% 0% 0% 3.0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 30.9%
Grade 10 22.4%
Grade 11 24.5%
Grade 12 22.2%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 29 responses

  • 90% Yes
  • 7% Not sure.
  • 3% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 20% The diversity of religion and ethnic groups
  • 18% The students
  • 13% The EXPERIENCE of the IB program
  • 13% Variety of sports
  • 12% The acceptance of individual thinking
  • 10% The IB program
  • 8% The teachers
  • 5% SOME teachers

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 19 responses

  • 28% Horrible lunch
  • 14% Old building/structure
  • 14% Old bathrooms
  • 11% There is nothing bad about this school
  • 11% No cooking class
  • 8% Sometimes there are issues with safety
  • 8% Scans
  • 6% In the beginning of the school year it is very hot

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 21 responses

  • 76% Were an International Baccelaureate school.
  • 24% Diversity

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 45% Diverse; full of people from many backgrounds
  • 35% Overachievers
  • 15% Wide range of student effort
  • 5% Friendliness

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 25 responses

  • 44% Be open minded
  • 32% Do everything in your power to not procrastinate.
  • 20% You're going to procrastinate so much.
  • 4% Expect the Unexpected

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 19% I love everything about this school.
  • 76% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.