School profile


Principal Rebecca Newcomer

Associate Principals Chris Laurishke, Mark Otto, Michael Gosz


Student Services phone: (262) 246-6476

Student Services fax: (262) 246-1888

Main school phone (262) 246-6471

Guidance counselors:

  • Helen Geracie
  • Kristin Hasbrook
  • David Johnson
  • Tricia Rigg

Hamilton School District community

Located west of Milwaukee in Northern Waukesha County, the Hamilton School District covers about 35 square miles and has about 23,000 residents.

The district serves six municipalities and has an enrollment of approximately 4,200 students in one learning center, elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is 1,488.

There are three municipal public libraries, three golf courses, municipal parks, bike and snowmobile trails and a county park with swimming, camping and ski trails located throughout the district. Carroll University, UW College at Waukesha and Waukesha County Technical College are within 10 miles of the district. The proximity to Milwaukee offers residents cultural and sporting activities including professional theater, ballet, symphony, baseball, basketball and football.

Hamilton High School

Hamilton High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school enrolling 1,488 students in grades 9–12. The school opened in 1962 to freshman and sophomores and each consecutive year, a class was added until the first senior class graduated in the spring of 1965. Hamilton High School is accredited by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and holds membership in the College Board and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Student demographics

The student body is

  • 83.2% white
  • 5.6% Asian
  • 5.6% Hispanic
  • 4.9% African
  • 2.6% two or more races
  • 3.2% American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 0.3%
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

Graduation requirements

A total of 28 credits in grade nine through twelve are required for graduation. These units include:

  • 4 credits Communication Arts
  • 3 credits Social Studies
  • 3 credits Mathematics
  • 3 credits Science
  • 1.5 credits Fitness Education
  • .5 credits Health
  • 13 elective credits


Using a block schedule, classes meet for 83 minutes with one shortened hour allotted to an advisement and resource hour that replaces study halls and the old home room concept. By nearly doubling the class period, students finish a yearlong course in one semester. Most courses are offered for one semester for one credit. AP courses generally are yearlong for two credits.

Test data

  • ACT Composite: 22.8
  • SAT: not available – sample size less than 10
  • Advanced Placement Tests
    • Number of Exams 658
    • Score of 3 or higher 92%

Advanced Placement courses offered*:

  • Studio Art
  • 3-D Art
  • Computer Science
  • Language and Composition
  • Literature and Composition
  • Calculus, Statistics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science (fall semester only, 1 credit)
  • Physics
  • Macroeconomics (spring semester only, 1 credit)
  • U.S. History
  • Government
  • European History

*Course offerings are dependent on enrollment; some courses may not be offered every year. All courses are yearlong based on a four-block schedule.

Honors courses

Honors courses are offered in

  • Communication Arts 9
  • European Literature
  • 20th Century History
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

Honors courses require specified standardized test scores and strong academic records.

Challenge Index

AP pass rates and percentage of students taking the exams affect the school’s Challenge Index, a ratio that represents the availability of advanced coursework in the school’s curriculum. Because increasing numbers of students are taking AP exams, the school’s Challenge Index score has increased over the past years and grew to 1.63 in 2018-19.

Transcripted credit

Students are able to take classes in business, mathematics, applied engineering and technology, social studies and family and consumer education for which they can earn transcripted credits through Waukesha County Technical College.

Class of 2020 post graduate plans

  • Four-year college 76%
  • Two-year college/technical school 11%
  • Working, military, other 13%

Grades and class rank

Grade point averages are based upon a four point scale; plus or minus grades are awarded with an A being the highest grade.

AP Classes are weighted and follow the 5.0 AP grading scale. All other subjects are given equal weight.

Class rank is computed by using official semester grades beginning with the ninth grade.

Grade point average (GPA) calculation

Beginning with grade nine, all subjects, whether passed or failed, are included in the computation. AP classes are weighted by one point. Grades are recorded on the transcript and GPA is computed in January and May.

Grade point distribution

Class of 2020 (as of June 2020)

  • 4.0 or higher - 65
  • 3.99-3.0 - 167
  • 2.99-2.0 - 66
  • 1.99-1.0 - 29
  • .99-0 - 1

Average GPA - 3.251