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 322 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: My experience at Rufus King have been wonderful because of all the opportunities you have to be apart of a club or team. What I think makes King unique is that all the students can come together as a family despite the problems they may have with one another.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Teachers: Most teachers at Rufus King are wonderful and really care about our learning and goals in life.
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Health & Safety: We have fights between students all the time at lunch one time I was sitting less than a few feet away from these two guys and one squirted water at the other and so he got up and punched the guy so hard in the face his glasses fell off and he dropped to the floor the teacher guy just stood there and waited for him to get up and fight back and he did but he lost horribly. Besides that the safety is alright beside fights and those two school shooting threats my schools pretty safe, we even took down the metal detectors and daily scans because the school thought we wouldn't need them
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: Lots of stuff to do lots of sports to play lots of different support groups and groups for specific cultures, teachers generally help out. I'm only really into softball but that's just me its a great way to make friends and be apart of somthing
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Teachers: The teachers generally care about the students and try to help them succeed in class but not all do. Lots of the teachers let the students do whatever and if they fail its on the students. Some teachers care about the students a lot and even though there not the best teachers the kids love them. The teachers who try really hard but have anger issues and a bad group of kids are the worst next to the teacher who likes being mean to kids and is only a good teacher when they want to be. Anyway the teachers are generally ok.

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4.00 Whitefish Bay High School 2 mi. 981
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2.00 Riverside High School 3 mi. 1,597
2.00 Milwaukee High School of the Arts 3 mi. 948
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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 40 responses

  • 85% Yes
  • 8% Not sure.
  • 8% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 31 responses

  • 20% The diversity of religion and ethnic groups
  • 15% The IB program
  • 13% The EXPERIENCE of the IB program
  • 12% The students
  • 12% The acceptance of individual thinking
  • 12% Variety of sports
  • 8% SOME teachers
  • 7% The teachers
  • 1% The environment
  • 1% People don't care what you do

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 32 responses

  • 72% Were an International Baccelaureate school.
  • 28% Diversity

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 31 responses

  • 52% Diverse; full of people from many backgrounds
  • 26% Overachievers
  • 16% 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 32 responses

  • 16% I love everything about this school.
  • 75% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 9% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.