Education

Door County has five public school districts with a graduation rate over 95% and four private/parochial schools. Enrollments and selected data are listed below:

School Enrollment (2013-14) Graduation Rate (2005-06) ACT Scores (2012-13) Instructor/
Pupil Ratio (2005-06)
Gibraltar (Pre-K-12) 572 96.6% 24.07 6.4
Sevastopol (Pre-K-12) 551 98.4% 26.1 7.9
Southern Door(Pre-K-12) 1,126 98.1% 22.48 7.3
Sturgeon Bay (Pre-K-12) 1,229 93% 23.52 6.7
Washington Island (K-12) 58 90.9% N/A 4.6
St. John Bosco Catholic (Pre K-8) 159 N/A N/A N/A
St. Peter’s Lutheran (Pre-K-8) 116 N/A N/A N/A
Zion Lutheran (K-8) 26 N/A N/A N/A
Peninsula Christian School (5-12) 10 N/A N/A N/A
Home School 109 N/A N/A N/A

In 2005-06, Wisconsin’s average ACT score (22.26 out of a possible 36) was 10th highest among the states.  All but one of the Door County school districts exceeded the state average for the same time period.

Since the mid-1990s, Wisconsin students in 4th, 8th, and 10th grades have been tested each year using Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exams (WKCE).  The exams consist of five sections:  reading, language arts, math, science and social studies. Scores reported in the Academic Performance Table indicate the total percentage of students that scored either proficient or advanced on each test.  Grades and school districts are combined for reporting in this table.  Data is from the 2007-08 school year. Door County students exceed the state average in all five subjects tested.

Door County Wisconsin
Reading 91.6% 81.9%
Language Arts 81.7% 69.5%
Math 86.8% 74.7%
Science 88.0% 74.0%
Social Studies 87.4% 82.5%

Sevastopol and Southern Door high schools both made Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report magazine’s 2014 Best High Schools lists. Both also appeared on Newsweek’s list for Beating the Odds 2014 — Top Schools for Low-income Students. Southern Door High School ranked 264th nationally on the top high schools list and 167th on the “beating the odds” list. Sevastopol High School ranked 428th nationally on the top high schools list and 227th for beating the odds.

Sevastopol High School earned a silver from U.S. News and was ranked 32 in the state for high schools. Southern Door received the national rank of bronze by the publication. No state or numerical national ranking was given.

Gibraltar Schools received recognition from Newsweek and US News & World Report magazines for being among the Top 100 High Schools in the nation for 2010. Gibraltar Middle School was also named “Exemplary” by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators.

Additionally, State Schools Superintendent Tony Evers praised Sevastopol Middle School for being among 153 schools in the state that received Wisconsin School of Recognition honors for the 2010-11 school year.

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