How to Become a Teacher in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction strives to promote excellence for all students. As an educator, you can do just that! The following information will help you become a teacher in Wisconsin.

Choose What You Want to Teach

The first step is to choose what you want to teach. There are a few different options including elementary school, middle school, high school, and special education. Before you become a teacher in Wisconsin, it is important to think about what type of students and subject(s) you would like to teach. If you are not sure yet, ask yourself if you have passion for a single subject. For example, if you are an expert in Math, you can become licensed to teach high school or middle math. However, if you prefer to teach multiple subjects, you can consider becoming a licensed elementary school teacher. The choice is yours.

Complete Your Education Requirements for Teaching in Wisconsin

Like other states, Wisconsin requires that licensed teachers possess a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and complete a educator preparation program from an approved institution.

Complete a Teacher Preparation Program

To become licensed to teach in Wisconsin, one must complete an approved educator preparation program.

Educator preparation programs in Wisconsin usually combine curricula and fieldwork. Curricula refers to the coursework that candidates will take including classes on pedagogy, subject-based teaching methods, classroom management, differentiated instruction, and more. Fieldwork includes classroom observations and student teaching.

As a student teacher, candidates will gain teaching experience in a host classroom under the supervision of a mentor teacher. Student teachers have the opportunity to plan and teach lessons, monitor classroom behavior, conduct and analyze assessments, as well as communicate with parents. Many times, candidates will be asked to put together a portfolio at the end of the student teaching experience.

If you do not have a Bachelor's Degree yet, you can complete the educator preparation requirement concurrently as you work towards a Bachelor's Degree through a joint program. However, if you do have a Bachelor's Degree, you can complete an alternative or post-baccalaureate educator preparation program.

You can complete an online or on campus teacher preparation program, as long as it is approved by the state of Wisconsin and accredited by CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).

Alternative Teacher Certification in Wisconsin

Alternative Route Pathway

An Alternative Route Pathway is available in Wisconsin for individuals who have decided to change careers, college graduates who later decide they want to become teachers, or licensed Wisconsin educators who want to obtain additional licensure in a Wisconsin shortage area. Interested candidates should identify a program that is approved by the state by looking through the Index of Approved Alternative Route Programs.

Teaching Certificate From Another State

Do you have an out-of-state teaching license? If you have completed an educator preparation program outside of Wisconsin and have completed the testing requirements of that state, you may be eligible for an initial Wisconsin teaching license. It is recommended that candidates apply for the Wisconsin license that most closely matches their out-of-state license. Since each state has its own licensing requirements, applicants for a Wisconsin educator license who completed a teacher preparation program out of state will not usually have fulfilled all the statutory requirements for a Wisconsin educator license. You may need to take a few extra classes or exams. If you are otherwise eligible for a Wisconsin license, you may be issued a license with stipulations.

Pass the Required Tests for Wisconsin

Basic Skills Test

The next step to obtaining an initial teaching license in Wisconsin is to pass the required examinations. In Wisconsin, teaching candidates must pass a Basic Skills Assessment. The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics is necessary for admission to a teacher preparation program in a Wisconsin college or university. Individuals enrolling in an alternative program must pass competency tests in communication skills as well.

Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

In addition, candidates applying for initial licensure as an elementary teacher (grades K-5, EC, EC-MC, MC-EA), a special education teacher, reading teacher, or reading specialist, must pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test with a score of 240 or higher.

Subject Tests

Teacher candidates must pass the applicable content area assessment for the desired area of licensure. In other words, the PRAXIS II test should be taken specific to the grade level and subject you wish to teach. This exam is used to assess an applicant's subject matter competency in their desired area of certification, as well as teaching pedagogy.

Apply for your Wisconsin Teaching License

Application Requirements

Once you have gone through all the preceding steps towards teacher certification, you should be ready to apply for an Educator License by submitting an application to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

In Wisconsin, educators can apply for an Initial License and Renewal License in teaching using the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system. The ELO system allows individuals to provide the necessary information, supporting materials, and payment needed to process their license applications.

The following are required:

  • Official transcripts documenting the completion of a Bachelor's Degree and the completion of a state-approved educator preparation program in the licensure area
  • Non-refundable application fee, paid by credit card if paying online through
  • Verification of phonics coursework for Licenses in early childhood education, elementary education, reading teacher, and reading specialist
  • Verification of local Indian tribes and environmental education
  • Payment of non-refundable certification processing fee
  • Passing score on the required examinations

Contact Information

Wisconsin Department of Instruction
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841

Find a Teaching Job in Wisconsin

The next step for becoming a teacher in Wisconsin is to find a school to work in! Keep in mind that it is a good idea to make connections with principals and administrators while student teaching or interning. Those connections could help you get your first job as a teacher in Wisconsin, where you will have the ability to promote excellence for all students.

Teachers are able to view a current list of job postings for teaching positions by selecting the proper geographical and teaching criteria through the Job Center of Wisconsin website. With federally recognized shortages, teachers may earn loan deferment or forgiveness if their teachable subjects align with state need.

Private schools in Wisconsin also have gaps to fill throughout the 955 private schools across the state. These schools have a ratio of 13:1 on average, which means that staffing needs to accommodate approximately 10,000 teachers in private schools alone.

Professional Associations for Teachers in Wisconsin

Once hired, teachers can elect to join the state's teachers union(s) which in Wisconsin include the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) or the smaller American Federation of Teachers - Wisconsin (AFT-W).

Retirement Benefits for Teachers

When public school teacher is ready to retire, he or she will be eligible to begin drawing their pension through the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) in the form of a monthly annuity amount.

Teacher Shortage in Wisconsin by Subjects or Discipline (2014-2015)

The following list of teacher shortage areas in Wisconsin has been obtained from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) list for the 2014-2015 school year

  • Family and Consumer Education (FACE)
  • Technology Education
  • Special Education
  • Cognitive Disabilities
  • Cross Categorical
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Early Childhood-Special Education
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • School Speech and Language Disabilities
  • Visual Disabilities
  • English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education
  • Foreign Languages
  • Library Media
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Reading
  • Sciences

Number of Public School Teachers By Grade

The table below lists the number of public school teachers in Wisconsin by grade level during the 2012-2013 school year.

Grade LevelNumber of Teachers
Pre-kindergarten & Preschool Teachers2,083
Kindergarten Teachers3,260
Elementary Teachers23,315
Middle & High School Teachers28,543
Ungraded Class Teachers350

Data obtained from the State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Data 2013

Number of Private School Teachers By Grade

There are more than 800 private schools with an estimated 8,600 private school teachers in Wisconsin. The table below details the number of teachers by grade level during the 2011-2012 school year.

Grade LevelNumber of Teachers
Elementary School Teachers5,786
Middle & High School Teachers1,218
Combined K-12 School Teachers1,561

Data obtained from the Private School Universe Survey (PSS) 2012

Continue Your Education and Professional Development

Experienced teachers gain many benefits from engaging in professional development opportunities with and by their colleagues. These ongoing and regular opportunities for learning translate to substantial gains in student academic achievement. It is simple, good teachers make good students! Ongoing professional development helps teachers improve their practice by educating them on how children learn, emerging technology in the classroom, new curriculum resources, assessment principles, and much more. The best professional development is ongoing, experiential, collaborative, and contains a self-reflective component.

Professional Development in Wisconsin

The state of Wisconsin's Department of Education uses a Professional Development Plan (PDP) model in order to provide a framework for professional development that is tailored to the individual teacher. The PDP is self-written and charts planned professional growth and evidence of the impact of that growth on student learning. Teachers who are seeking more direction regarding their PDP or resources to support it can contact their administrator for more information and resources.

Employment and Teacher Salary in Wisconsin

The state Department of Education in Wisconsin is currently experiencing shortages in languages, sciences, math, and special education. With over 56,000 teachers in public schools serving 871,105 students, Wisconsin is mounting an active recruitment campaign to increase teacher numbers. Starting teachers throughout the state can expect to earn $33,546 as a starting salary - which exceeds the mean salary across the state. Teachers seeking jobs are encouraged to apply to districts with high enrolment like Milwaukee Public Schools, Madison metropolitan School District, and Kenosha Unified School District.

Total Employed

26,280

Salary Range

$46,330 - $90,630

Elementary school teachers have a salary range between $46,330 to $90,630 a year in Wisconsin. There are around twenty six thousand employed elementary school teachers. Read about what it takes to become an elementary school teacher.

Elementary School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis8,420$72,680
Madison2,760$52,050
Green Bay1,230$53,450
Appleton1,150$56,980
Racine810$57,050
Eau Claire770$52,260
La Crosse630$50,580
Wausau580$61,950
Sheboygan580$52,920
Oshkosh, Neenah460$58,030

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Elementary School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2021)

Total Employed

1,220

Salary Range

$44,900 - $122,730

English teachers have a salary range between $44,900 to $122,730 a year in Wisconsin, with over 1,220 employed in the state. See details on how to become an english teacher.

English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis460$81,650
Madison120-
La Crosse60$51,140

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1123)

Total Employed

17,000

Salary Range

$42,910 - $77,770

As a high school teacher in Wisconsin you can expect to make between $42,910 - $77,770. There are around seventeen thousand employed high school teachers. Take the next step and learn to how to become a high school teacher.

High School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis3,830$59,010
Madison2,190$57,140
Green Bay1,040$51,110
Racine930$50,120
Appleton770$55,760
La Crosse480$54,040
Eau Claire440$53,320
Sheboygan440$62,120
Fond du Lac350$53,930
Wausau270$57,180

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for High School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2031)

Total Employed

440

Salary Range

$49,580 - $109,630

In Wisconsin, a history teacher's salary may range from $49,580 to $109,630. There are around 440 employed history teachers. Get more information about becoming a history teacher.

History Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis170$76,890
Madison70-

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for History Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1125)

Total Employed

2,500

Salary Range

$42,120 - $74,030

Kindergarten teachers in Wisconsin, can earn between $42,120 to $74,030 a year. There are around two thousand employed kindergarten teachers. Read about what it takes to become a kindergarten teacher.

Kindergarten Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis520$55,710
Green Bay360$52,530
Madison250$50,690
Appleton150$55,100
Racine60$51,260
La Crosse40$44,930
Wausau40$51,660
Sheboygan30$60,460
Fond du Lac-$66,800
Eau Claire-$48,190

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Kindergarten Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2012)

Total Employed

57,370

Salary Range

$42,120 - $144,690

As a math teacher in Wisconsin you can expect to make between $42,120 - $144,690. Wisconsin is home to about fifty thousand math teachers. See our guide on how to become a math teacher.

Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis350$89,680
Madison120-
La Crosse50$55,930

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1022)

Total Employed

5,710

Salary Range

$18,120 - $53,600

P.e. teachers have a salary range between $18,120 to $53,600 a year in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is home to about five thousand p.e. teachers. See our guide on how to become a p.e. teacher.

Coaches and Scouts
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis1,910$31,010
Madison700$38,020
Green Bay370$25,950
Appleton250$39,530
La Crosse250$25,680
Eau Claire190$25,280
Oshkosh, Neenah160$34,780
Fond du Lac150$27,780
Wausau130$21,670
Sheboygan90$24,750

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Coaches and Scouts (SOC Code: 27-2022)

Total Employed

6,270

Salary Range

$19,890 - $44,060

In Wisconsin, a preschool teacher's salary may range from $19,890 to $44,060, with over 6,270 employed in the state. See details on how to become a preschool teacher.

Preschool Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis2,200$25,260
Madison960$26,180
Janesville340$25,350
Racine190$29,250
Green Bay160$25,800
Oshkosh, Neenah130$19,980
La Crosse120$36,200
Eau Claire120$23,270
Fond du Lac120$23,450
Wausau60$26,850

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Preschool Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2011)

Total Employed

4,820

Salary Range

$33,430 - $123,600

As a school administrator in Wisconsin you can expect to make between $33,430 - $123,600. Wisconsin is home to about four thousand school administrators. Take the next step and learn to how to become a school administrator.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis180$65,770
Madison120$43,860
Eau Claire40$47,730
Green Bay40$42,540

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program (SOC Code: 11-9031)

Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis1,140$102,380
Madison480$90,280
Green Bay210$96,060
Janesville200$93,880
Racine190$84,300
Appleton140$92,790
La Crosse110$96,360
Wausau90$87,190
Oshkosh, Neenah80$85,880
Eau Claire80$87,540

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School (SOC Code: 11-9032)

Total Employed

3,640

Salary Range

$39,390 - $81,650

School counselors in Wisconsin, can earn between $39,390 to $81,650 a year, with over 3,640 employed in the state. See our guide on how to become a school counselor.

Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis1,050$60,930
Madison430$49,750
Green Bay220$57,460
Eau Claire140$45,170
La Crosse120$47,430
Racine120$41,880
Appleton100$66,230
Janesville100$51,940
Oshkosh, Neenah80$46,520
Fond du Lac80$52,770

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors (SOC Code: 21-1012)

Total Employed

2,780

Salary Range

$39,160 - $75,100

School librarians have a salary range between $39,160 to $75,100 a year in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is home to about two thousand school librarians. Read about what it takes to become a school librarian.

Librarians
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis630$55,110
Madison500$55,620
Green Bay130$59,110
Sheboygan90$36,580
La Crosse80$52,940
Janesville60$45,270
Fond du Lac60$55,750
Appleton60$56,010
Oshkosh, Neenah50$49,180
Racine50$56,360

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Librarians (SOC Code: 25-4021)

Total Employed

6,620

Salary Range

$40,550 - $75,810

In Wisconsin, a special education teacher's salary may range from $40,550 to $75,810. Wisconsin is home to about six thousand special education teachers. Interested in becoming a special education teacher?

Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis940$56,270
Madison280$46,820
Green Bay190$53,470
Appleton150$57,240
La Crosse100$45,850
Sheboygan80$54,210
Wausau50$69,800
Racine30$47,990
Janesville-$42,650
Eau Claire-$47,740

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School) (SOC Code: 25-2052)

Special Education Teachers (Middle School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis450$59,620
Green Bay190$54,910
Janesville80$56,640
Madison50$49,500
Appleton40$54,320
Racine-$49,320

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Middle School) (SOC Code: 25-2053)

Special Education Teachers (High School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis390$56,100
Madison210$51,830
Green Bay110$60,620
Sheboygan100$61,610
Appleton90$55,750
Eau Claire90$53,140
La Crosse90$52,140
Racine60$54,770

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (High School) (SOC Code: 25-2054)

Total Employed

14,630

Salary Range

$23,520 - $43,340

In Wisconsin, a substitute teacher's salary may range from $23,520 to $43,340. Wisconsin is home to about fourteen thousand substitute teachers. Read about what it takes to become a substitute teacher.

Substitute Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Madison2,730$30,780
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis2,560$30,400
Oshkosh, Neenah880$29,480
Janesville770$30,600
Racine510$34,950
Wausau420$24,390
Appleton380$34,910
Green Bay380$30,440
Fond du Lac200$29,900
Sheboygan60$23,980

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Substitute Teachers (SOC Code: 25-3098)

Total Employed

19,580

Salary Range

$22,450 - $36,670

In Wisconsin, a teaching assistant's salary may range from $22,450 to $36,670. There are around nineteen thousand employed teaching assistants. Interested in becoming a teaching assistant?

Teacher Assistants
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis6,010$30,050
Madison1,740$26,580
Green Bay1,010$29,960
Appleton800$22,900
Janesville640$24,150
La Crosse630$26,160
Eau Claire580$24,390
Wausau530$26,120
Sheboygan500$30,000
Racine490$28,840

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Teacher Assistants (SOC Code: 25-9041)

Top School Districts Supporting Teachers in Wisconsin

homepage_badge_topTeachers work hard every day and the more support they have the better they can succeed at inspiring our future. This is why Teacher.org has ranked school districts in Wisconsin that excel in supporting teachers inside and outside of the classroom. 137 school districts in Wisconsin were analyzed with the top 30 school districts being featured below. The school districts were scored on several factors which represent how well a school district supports their teachers.

For more information on school district rankings, see our methodology page: http://www.teacher.org/school-district-ranking-methodology.

Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 72.65
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 79.15
% Proficiency Score: 100

Located north of Milwaukee on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Mequon-Thiensville School District is home to over 3,500 students spanning preschool to grade 12. The district employs more than 200 classroom teachers throughout its 6 elementary, middle and secondary schools. With a classroom ratio of about 16:1, Mequon-Thiensville teachers strive for engaging their students every day. Learn more by visiting the Mequon-Thiensville School District website at mtsd.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 69.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 69.9
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 82.41
% Proficiency Score: 97.37

Part of Ozaukee County, Cedarburg School District was established in 1886 and is a public K - 12 district serving more than 3,000 students through the area. The district employs more than 150 classroom teachers throughout its 6 elementary, middle and high schools, which creates a ratio of about 17:1. Cedarburg students are challenged to achieve their goals and dreams. Learn more by visiting the Cedarburg School District website at cedarburg.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 67.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 81.82
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 100
% Proficiency Score: 64.23

Located northwest of Madison, Wisconsin, Baraboo School District is headquartered in the community of Baraboo, Sauk County. In addition to serving students in the town, the district also operates schools in nearby North Freedom. With 9 elementary, middle and high schools altogether, the district employs more than 200 classroom teachers to serve its over 3,000 students. Baraboo schools believe that education is an investment in the future of our community. Learn more by visiting the Baraboo School District website at baraboo.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 45.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 79.96
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 74.14
% Proficiency Score: 83.1

Serving the community of Grafton, Wisconsin, in Ozaukee County, the Grafton School District is an integral part of the community. The district serves more than 2,000 public school students from preschool to grade 12 throughout its 5 schools, and employs more than 100 classroom teachers to educate them at the elementary, middle and secondary school levels. With a classroom ratio of about 15:1, Grafton Schools are committed to changing every student every day. Learn more by visiting the Grafton School District website at grafton.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 58.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 77.73
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 70.4
% Proficiency Score: 88.39

Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, north of urban Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Shorewood School District is a PK - 12 school district that serves more than 2,000 students over its 5 schools. With more than 100 classroom teachers employed throughout the district, the classroom ratio is about 16 students per teacher. Shorewood Schools are committed to fostering a tradition of excellence. Learn more by visiting the Shorewood School District website at shorewood.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 61.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 77.84
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 65.02
% Proficiency Score: 92.99

Located in Brookfield, Wisconsin, part of Waukesha County, The Elmbrook School Districts serves K - 12 public school students in Elm Grove, Brookfield, and some of New Berlin. The district employs more than 450 classroom teachers to educate its almost 7,000 students across 11 elementary, middle and secondary schools. With a classroom ratio of about 15:1, Elmbrook teachers work collaboratively to educate and inspire every student. Learn more by visiting the Elmbrook School District website at elmbrookschools.org.

District Details
  • > 400 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 65.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 84.61
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 59.02
% Proficiency Score: 91.54

Located on the northern outskirts of Madison, Middleton-Cross Plains School District is an integral part of Dane County. The district operates 13 schools and employs more than 450 classroom teachers to educate the over 6,600 preschool to grade 12 students who are enrolled in the district. With a classroom ratio of about 14:1, the district's teachers are committed to educating all students by inspiring and challenging them. Learn more by visiting the Middleton-Cross Plains School District website at mcpasd.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 400 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 64.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 68.86
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 76.31
% Proficiency Score: 87.71

Located in Waukesha County, the Kettle Moraine School District operates 10 public schools throughout the area, and serves more than 4,100 students from grades preschool to 12. Employing more than 200 classroom teachers, Kettle Moraine Schools have a classroom ratio of about 17:1, ensuring that they offer 'learning without boundaries'. Learn more by visiting the Kettle Moraine School District website at kmsd.edu.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 61.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 83.63
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 68.42
% Proficiency Score: 80.47

Located within suburban Madison, Wisconsin, Dane County's Monona Grove School District employs more than 200 classroom teachers to educate the district's 3,100 public school students from preschool to grade 12. The district maintains a student-teacher ratio of about 14:1 across its 7 elementary, middle and high schools. Monona Grove's mission is to promote excellence for global opportunities. Learn more by visiting the Monona Grove School District website at mononagrove.org.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 56.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 91.72
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 66.21
% Proficiency Score: 72.94

Serving the communities of Arena, Lone Rock, Plain, and Spring Green, Wisconsin, the publically funded K - 12 River Valley School District is located in Sauk County. The district employs more than 100 classroom teachers to educate over 1,200 students, creating a student-teacher ratio of about 12:1. River Valley schools are committed to building engaging learning communities to help every student excel. Learn more by visiting the River Valley School District website at rvschools.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 25 Total Support Staff
  • 51.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 78.74
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 78.88
% Proficiency Score: 72.81

Located in Sheboygan County, Plymouth Joint School District operates 5 elementary, middle and high schools throughout the community of Plymouth, Wisconsin. The PK - 12 public school district enrols more than 2,200 students and employs more than 150 classroom teachers, creating a ratio of about 15:1. Plymouth staff members are committed to building strong, safe learning communities. Learn more by visiting the Plymouth School District website at plymouth.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 51.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 78.29
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 81.53
% Proficiency Score: 70.45

Located north and east of the Minneapolis urban area, Osceola School District forms an integral part of Polk County. With more than 1,700 students enrolled throughout the districts 5 elementary, middle and secondary schools, the district employs more than 100 classroom teachers to meet student need. Student ratio is about 15:1 which ensures that Osceola schools can offer a world class education with a small town feel. Learn more by visiting the Osceola School District website at osceola.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 49.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 86.26
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 64.3
% Proficiency Score: 79.54

Located south of Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County, Oregon Scholl District is a publically funded K - 12 district comprised of 7 elementary, middle and high schools. With more than 3,700 students enrolled throughout the district, Oregon Schools employ over 250 classroom teachers to educate them, creating a ratio of about 13:1. Staff and students are dedicated to actively building competence, character, culture and community. Learn more by visiting the Oregon School District website at oregonsd.org.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 55.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 79.02
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 64.8
% Proficiency Score: 83.24

Located on Milwaukee's western suburban fringe, Wauwatosa School District is a PK - 12 public school district with over 7,000 students enrolled throughout its 17 elementary, middle and high schools. The district employs more than 450 classroom teachers and over 300 other staff members, which creates a ratio of about 15:1. Wauwatosa schools are committed to remaining 'your educational community'. Learn more by visiting the Wauwatosa School District website at wauwatosa.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 400 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 58.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 85.16
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 67.11
% Proficiency Score: 74.26

Located in Dane County, Wisconsin, Sun Prairie Area School District lies to the northeast of Madison, Wisconsin. The public school district operates 13 schools that house more than 7,000 students from preschool to grade 12. With more than 500 classroom teachers employed by the district, student-teacher ratio is approximately 14:1. Sun Prairie schools are committed to building every student's future. Learn more by visiting the Sun Prairie Area School District website at spasd.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 500 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 52.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 83.22
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 49.94
% Proficiency Score: 92.99

In Dane County, Waunakee Community School District serves more than 3,900 students from preschool to grade 12 throughout its 7 elementary, middle and high schools. The district employs more than 250 classroom teachers, which creates a student-teacher ratio of about 14:1. Waunakee teachers and staff members are dedicated to being a leading academic district. Learn more by visiting the Waunakee Community School District website at waunakee.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 65.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 76.95
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 66.75
% Proficiency Score: 82.2

Located in Dane County, Wisconsin, Mount Horeb Area School District is a public PK - 12 school district comprised of 5 elementary, middle and secondary schools. With more than 150 teachers employed by the district, and more than 2,300 students enrolled, the student-teacher ratio is about 15:1. Mount Horeb teachers are committed to nurturing, educating and challenging all students. Learn more by visiting the Mount Horeb Area School District website at mhasd.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 57.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 93.63
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 73.28
% Proficiency Score: 58.18

Located in Madison, Wisconsin, the Madison Metropolitan School District operates 56 elementary, middle and secondary schools throughout the city. With more than 27,000 students enrolled from preschool to grade 12, the district employs more than 2,100 classroom teachers to meet demand, providing students with a ratio of 12:1. Madison schools are on a mission to close gaps that lead to differences in achievement. Learn more by visiting the Madison Metropolitan School District website at madison.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 1,000 FTE Teachers
  • 25,000-50,000 Students
  • > 1,000 Total Support Staff
  • 40.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 73.89
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 64.49
% Proficiency Score: 86.39

Located in Washington County, Wisconsin, the Germantown School District operates 6 public schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Employing almost 250 classroom teachers to educate almost 4,000 students from preschool to grade 12, Germantown schools have a student-teacher ratio of about 16:1. Germantown administrators, staff and students take pride in reaching excellence together. Learn more by visiting the Germantown School District website at germantown.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 60.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 79.48
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 77.12
% Proficiency Score: 68.07

Located southwest of Milwaukee, Burlington Area School District is a publicly funded district with over 3,000 students located in Racine County, Wisconsin. The district operates 7 elementary, middle and secondary schools throughout the area, and employs more than 200 classroom teachers, providing students with a learning ratio of about 15:1. Burlington teachers are committed to continuous improvement. Learn more by visiting the Burlington Area School District website at basd.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 47.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 79.97
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 71.5
% Proficiency Score: 73.06

Located north of Madison and south of Lake Wisconsin, Lodi School District is a publically funded PK - 12 district that operates 7 schools throughout the community. Employing more than 100 classroom teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels, Lodi School District enrols more than 1,600 students, creating a classroom ratio of about 15:1. The district is committed to creating a safe and respectful learning community. Learn more by visiting the Lodi School District website at lodi.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 51.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 77.71
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 82.63
% Proficiency Score: 63.96

Serving the communities of Jefferson and Sullivan in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, the Jefferson School District operates 5 elementary, middle and secondary schools throughout its public PK - 12 district. The district employs more than 120 classroom teachers to educate more than 1,900 students, creating a classroom ratio of about 15:1. Jefferson schools are committed to helping students soar to excellence. Learn more by visiting the Jefferson School District website at sdoj.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 45.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 74.75
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 54.94
% Proficiency Score: 94.33

Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, Whitefish Bay School District is an important part of Milwaukee County. The district employs more than 150 classroom teachers across its 4 public elementary, middle and high schools and enrols over 3,000 students from preschool to grade 12. With a classroom ratio of about 16:1, Whitefish Bay teachers ensure that their schools are an exceptional place for students to thrive. Learn more by visiting the Whitefish Bay School District website at wfbschools.com.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 65.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 79.7
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 60.48
% Proficiency Score: 83.63

Located in Racine County, Wisconsin, the Waterford Graded J1 School District is a pre-K - 8 public school district that employs over 100 classroom teachers to educate more than 1,500 students throughout its 4 schools. The district has a ratio of about 14:1 which helps Waterford teachers to empower each student with the attitude, knowledge and skills for success. Learn more by visiting the Waterford Graded J1 School District website at waterford.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 25 Total Support Staff
  • 58.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 67.68
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 88.87
% Proficiency Score: 67.14

Located in Portage County, Wisconsin, the Stevens Point Area Public School District operates 17 elementary, middle and high schools throughout the county. With more than 7,000 students enrolled throughout the district, Stevens Point schools employ more than 400 classroom teachers to meet student demand. With a student-teacher ratio of about 17:2, the district is focused on preparing each student for success. Learn more by visiting the Stevens Point Area Public School District website at pointschools.net.

District Details
  • > 400 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 47.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 79.66
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 68.54
% Proficiency Score: 74.92

Publically funded, PK - 12 Sauk Prairie School District is an integral part of Sauk County. The district employs more than 180 classroom teachers across its 7 schools in order to educate more than 2,700 students from Sauk City, Prairie Du Sac, and Merrimac. With a district ratio of about 15:1, Sauk Prairie School District focuses on academic engagement and community involvement. Learn more by visiting the Sauk Prairie School District website at saukpr.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 52.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 87.54
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 67.69
% Proficiency Score: 67.54

Located along Lake Onalaska in La Crosse County, Holmen School District operates 7 public elementary, middle and high schools throughout the district. Altogether, enrollment totals more than 3,800 students who are educated by more than 280 classroom teachers. With a district ratio of 13:1 from preschool to grade 12, Holmen staff members are educating every student to achieve global success. Learn more by visiting the Holmen School District website at holmen.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 47.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 72.42
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 77.86
% Proficiency Score: 71.88

Located in the city of Greenfield, Wisconsin, in the heart of Milwaukee County, Whitnall School District is academic home for more than 2,400 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. With more than 140 classroom teachers throughout the district's 5 elementary, middle and secondary schools, Whitnall schools are committed to helping students engage, prepare and achieve throughout their lives. Learn more by visiting the Whitnall School District website at whitnall.com.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 50.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 100
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 47.76
% Proficiency Score: 73.87

Located in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, Iowa County's Dodgeville School District serves public school students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 from the community of Dodgeville as well as neighboring Ridgeway. The district employs more than 100 teachers to educate its 1,200 students, creating a student-teacher ratio of about 12:1. Dodgeville Schools are committed to becoming a catalyst for excellence. Learn more by visiting the Dodgeville School District website at dsd.k12.wi.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 25 Total Support Staff
  • 51.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 81.66
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 72.57
% Proficiency Score: 67.27

Located in Green County, Wisconsin, Monroe School District is a publically funded PK - 12 school district comprised of 8 elementary, middle and high schools. With an enrollment of over 2,700, the school district employs more than 180 classroom teachers to educate students through all grades. With a classroom ratio of about 15:1, Monroe Schools are committed to empowering relationships between faculty, parents, students, and communities. Learn more by visiting the Monroe School District website at monroeschools-dac.ss5.sharpschool.com.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 47.0 Avg % Proficiency

Continued List of School Districts in Wisconsin

RankingSchool DistrictSchoolsTeachersOverall Score
#31 Northland Pines School District610873.82
#32 Evansville Community School District412573.22
#33 Hamilton School District727573.21
#34 Waupaca School District415773.16
#35 School District of River Falls819572.9
#36 Onalaska School District621772.74
#37 Verona Area School District1337972.65
#38 Mukwonago School District828672.63
#39 Franklin Public School District825972.12
#40 Manitowoc School District1334771.86
#41 Luxemburg-Casco School District413371.82
#42 Menomonee Falls School District727271.62
#43 Hudson School District836571.4
#44 West Salem School District312571.37
#45 Appleton Area School District4099071.31
#46 Portage Community School District1316471.27
#47 Greendale School District617371.14
#48 Fort Atkinson School District719471.05
#49 De Forest Area School District621370.91
#50 Wisconsin Rapids School District1434570.91
#51 Ellsworth Community School District510670.85
#52 Beaver Dam School District1024070.85
#53 Two Rivers School District412170.69
#54 Stoughton Area School District522270.32
#55 Ripon School District911170.32
#56 Pewaukee School District415970.2
#57 Adams-Friendship Area School District513170.04
#58 Pulaski Community School District726170.02
#59 Amery School District411069.84
#60 Watertown School District923369.79
#61 Superior School District931569.51
#62 Oshkosh Area School District2571469.45
#63 New Berlin School District629069.44
#64 Janesville School District2473069.43
#65 Hartford J1 School District312169.26
#66 Brown Deer School District311369.13
#67 Whitewater School District714568.92
#68 Neenah High School1438168.83
#69 Mauston School District611168.82
#70 De Pere School District626668.76
#71 Oconto Falls School District612968.74
#72 Somerset School District310468.69
#73 Sparta Area School District1119168.68
#74 Reedsburg School District816768.55
#75 Oconomowoc Area School DistricT831568.51
#76 Slinger School District517368.43
#77 Waukesha School District2784368.37
#78 Kimberly Area School District931268.33
#79 Sheboygan Falls School District312468.07
#80 Merrill Area School District919367.95
#81 Howard-Suamico School District936167.82
#82 Wautoma Area School District411667.79
#83 Milton School District720467.69
#84 Eau Claire Area School District2372167.63
#85 Muskego-Norway School District828667.47
#86 Sheboygan Area School District2868767.38
#87 Medford Area School District514067.31
#88 Port Washington-Saukville School District517367.17
#89 Wausau School District2159567.12
#90 Rice Lake Area School District1016867.07
#91 School District of La Crosse2150967.05
#92 Marshfield School District824066.69
#93 Marinette School District614866.44
#94 Shawano-Gresham School District517166.34
#95 Edgerton School District411766.3
#96 Elkhorn Area School District619466.21
#97 Hayward Community School District814566.17
#98 Kewaskum School District512766.05
#99 Berlin Area School District311565.57
#100 Richland School District510565.31
#101 Altoona School District410465
#102 Clintonville School District410464.95
#103 West Bend School District1440564.91
#104 Ashwaubenon School District520864.7
#105 New Richmond School District619164.6
#106 Tomah Area School District1121664.59
#107 West De Pere School District519864.48
#108 Ashland School District615764.37
#109 Black River Falls School District613464.34
#110 Mosinee School District313664.28
#111 Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District932064.07
#112 New London School District814464.05
#113 Hortonville School District823363.96
#114 Lake Geneva J1 School District415763.83
#115 Wisconsin Dells School District512563.6
#116 Mcfarland School District921363.47
#117 Freedom Area School District310362.84
#118 Cudahy School District718062.78
#119 Rhinelander School District816262.71
#120 Green Bay Area Public School District421,47662.65
#121 Waupun School District510762.54
#122 Kenosha Unified School District421,35261.89
#123 Fond du Lac High School1547361.8
#124 Menasha School District824261.54
#125 Menomonie Area School District820461.32
#126 Antigo School District916361.31
#127 Kaukauna Area School District722961.22
#128 Seymour Community School District415061.09
#129 D.C. Everest School District1137261.01
#130 Oak Creek-Franklin School District1037360.97
#131 Racine Unified School District351,41860.72
#132 Delavan-Darien School District516160.15
#133 Milwaukee Public Schools1724,08260.12
#134 South Milwaukee School District620459.6
#135 Greenfield School District620757.5
#136 The School District of West Allis-West Milwaukee1863557.42
#137 School District of Beloit1848556.47

Data obtained from the Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey