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 317 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Health & Safety: Over my four years at Rufus King High School, I have never felt completely safe. In my junior year, a lot of my peers received a text saying how the school was going to be 'shot up' and I felt as if even though it didn't happen, a lot of security measures weren't present to prevent this from happening. As far as bullying, bullying goes on in every school but at this school it's more of he said, she said drama that results in a physical altercation.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: The extracurricular opportunities at school are pretty good. There are so many things to do for every group. Ranging from dance team, to robotics, and even Latinos Unidos. There is a place for everyone at Rufus King High School, and every group has it's place where they can all come together so they won't feel alone. On a different level, sometimes certain clubs don't receive as much support as other groups. For example, there will be a lack of support for a wrestling match, but you will hear that a King vs. Riverside basketball game will sell out within one day.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: My experience at King as been an ok experience. It hasn't been the best and I feel like it could've been better. During my sophomore year, the grading system changed throughout our district which cause a lot of problems throughout my school. Homework was no longer incorporated in our grades. Only tests and quizes made up our grades. This was a really big problem for me because I am a horrible test taker, but I would always do my homework so my grades would balance out. On the other hand, this school is very diverse which makes it a very comfortable environment for everyone! Even though the grading system isn't the best, I would choose this school again because I've learned so much, not just with my teachers, but my peers especially with all the different types of people and their cultures.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Teachers: The teachers at Rufus King lacks high quality teaching.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Health & Safety: Although the school is standard with it's security measures, step could be taken to improve them such as arming security guards and improving the emergency codes.

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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%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 2.8% 0% 0% 0% 3.0% 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 39 responses

  • 87% Yes
  • 5% Not sure.
  • 8% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 29 responses

  • 20% The diversity of religion and ethnic groups
  • 15% The IB program
  • 13% The EXPERIENCE of the IB program
  • 13% The students
  • 13% Variety of sports
  • 12% The acceptance of individual thinking
  • 7% SOME teachers
  • 7% The teachers
  • 1% The environment

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

  • 27% Horrible lunch
  • 15% Old building/structure
  • 15% Old bathrooms
  • 10% There is nothing bad about this school
  • 10% No cooking class
  • 10% Scans
  • 7% In the beginning of the school year it is very hot
  • 7% Sometimes there are issues with safety

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 30 responses

  • 70% Were an International Baccelaureate school.
  • 30% Diversity

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 29 responses

  • 55% Diverse; full of people from many backgrounds
  • 24% Overachievers
  • 14% Wide range of student effort
  • 3% Relentless
  • 3% Friendliness

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 26 responses

  • 46% Be open minded
  • 31% Do everything in your power to not procrastinate.
  • 19% You're going to procrastinate so much.
  • 4% Expect the Unexpected

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 30 responses

  • 17% I love everything about this school.
  • 73% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 10% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.