USM at a Glance

University School of Milwaukee is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school that educates students in prekindergarten (age 3) through grade 12.
Our School
Founded: 1963 (opened for 1964-65 school year)
Campus acreage: 120
School colors: blue and gold

Our Students
1,107 total students (2020-21 opening day enrollment)
        Preschool and Lower School (prekindergarten through grade 4): 370
        Middle School (grades 5 through 8): 326
        Upper School (grades 9 through 12): 411

Where they live:   
Milwaukee County: 52%    
Ozaukee County: 42%
Waukesha County: 3% 
Washington County: 2%     
Other: 1%

School Leadership
Steve Hancock, Head of School
Gregg Bach, Assistant Head of School
Michael Tauscher, Head of Preschool and Lower School
Elaine Griffin, Head of Middle School
Stuart Cushman, Head of Upper School

Our Faculty

Full-time faculty members: 115
Part-time faculty members: 11
Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
Faculty with a Master’s Degree or higher: 71% 
Average teaching experience: 19.4 years 
Gender balance: 70% female, 30% male

Advanced Placement (AP) courses Offered in 2019–20: 19
Two-year school-wide AP test pass rate: 86% 
Foreign languages offered: French, Spanish, Latin (Upper School only), Mandarin Chinese (Upper School only)
National Merit Finalists in past 10 years: 86
National Intel ISEF Science Fair award winners in past 10 years: 16

Class of 2020
Average ACT score: 28.4 (36-point scale, superscore)
Average SAT score: 1342 (1600-point scale)
National Merit Finalists: 5
Cum Laude Society inductees: 21
College matriculation: 95% (3% attending junior hockey, 2% gap year)

Nickname: Wildcats
Middle School athletic programs: 13
Upper School athletic programs: 24
Number of state championships in past 10 years: 36
More than 85% of Upper School students play at least one sport.
USM has a no-cut athletic policy.
Community Service
Students in all grade levels participate in community service.
Upper School students must complete 30 hours of service work before graduation.
Visual and Performing Arts
Participation in the arts begins in prekindergarten and continues through grade 12.
Arts facilities: four art studios; ceramics studio; dance studio; rooms for band, orchestra, world drumming, and chorus; 493-seat theatre. Six drama productions (plays, musicals, and one-act performances) each year: three Middle School and three Upper School.
Number of Scholastic Art & Writing Gold and Silver Key Awards in past 10 years: 98
Finances and Financial Aid
School Endowment: more than $80 million (as of July 2020)
Financial aid is available for families who qualify.
Total financial aid awarded for 2020-21 school year: $3.6 million
Students receiving need-based aid (2020-21): 23%
More than 5,600 alumni in nearly all 50 states and more than 30 countries.

Accreditations and Memberships
USM is fully accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

The Common Trust

The Common Trust, the basic philosophy of community behavior at University School, is expressed in this pledge: "We, the members of the University School community, accept the Common Trust:  We agree to relate to one another and the School with respect, trust, honesty, fairness, and kindness."
Prekindergarten (age 3) - Grade 12 • Independent • Coeducational
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2100 W. Fairy Chasm Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53217 • 414.352.6000