Award Year: 2015

Onalaska High School

700 Hilltopper Place
Onalaska, WI, 54650-3379

(608) 783-4561

Mr. Jared Schaffner, Principal at time of Nomination

School District of Onalaska

School Website


The Onalaska High School mission is to ensure high levels of learning for all.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 86%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Onalaska High School students create a positive school culture

Onalaska High School students create a positive school culture

Onalaska High Schoolís vision of "Take it to 25" reflects the school districtís goal of each graduating class earning an average ACT Composite score of 25. This reflects the belief that this level of learning will ensure all doors are open to students when they leave Onalaska High School: acceptance into four-year universities, community colleges/technical schools, the military or for career opportunities. Additionally, this also guarantees students have the reading, math, and problem-solving skills necessary to be successful in all of these areas.

To realize the high schoolís vision, staff members have worked collaboratively in a Professional Learning Community model for the past eight years, using data from multiple sources to inform practice, maintaining a student privilege system and holding high expectations across all aspects of student life. This has resulted in an increased number of students taking Advanced Placement courses and exams, a focus on discipline literacy and identifying additional areas to provide enrichment opportunities for students such as robotics and critical thinking. The school has a robust fine arts program, strong Career and Technical Education programs, and outstanding participation in co-curricular activities. Staff have worked to develop a variety of interventions to increase student learning.

The stakeholders of the School District of Onalaska (staff, students, families and community members) work together to assure students have the academic, behavioral, and life skills necessary to pursue their goals after graduation.