Lake Shore Middle School – Mequon, WI

Award Year 2015

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Lake Shore Middle School

11036 North Range Line Road
Mequon, WI, 53092-4998

(262) 238-7613

Ms. Kate Dunning, Principal at time of Nomination

Mequon-Thiensville School District

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Provide meaningful instruction using responsive practices so all students make continuous progress academically, socially and developmentally to be contributing, informed members of a global society.

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 84%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 7%


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Class of 2017 - Taking a break from the rigor of 6th grade

Class of 2017 - Taking a break from the rigor of 6th grade


Lake Shore Middle School is one of two middle schools within the Mequon-Thiensville School District, a northern suburb of Milwaukee. Built in 1968, Lake Shore has a history of educational excellence grounded in the belief that the learning community must meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of all children.

The curriculum prepares students to transition successfully from middle school to high school and into an increasingly wide array of post secondary options. Students experience variety in their coursework, taking core subjects, related arts, music, and world language courses. Teachers use quality tools and learning strategies to ensure multiple pathways to post secondary education. Lake Shore leverages Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a college readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in and find success in four-year colleges and universities. AVID equips students with the intellectual skills and behaviors for academic success in rigorous coursework. It targets students in the academic middle who are often overlooked in the K-12 educational system, providing them with intensive, structured, and research-based teaching practices.

Lake Shore students historically perform at high levels. The majority of our students are proficient or advanced in reading and math. We received a rating of "Significantly Exceeds Expectations" on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction report card for the 2013-14 school year.
Lake Shore Middle School strives to give students the best middle school experience, helping them to find their niche, grow, learn, and make a difference in a changing global environment.