Hamilton High School Profile

Located west of Milwaukee in Northern Waukesha County, the Hamilton School District covers nearly 35 square miles and has about 25,000 residents.  The district serves six municipalities and has an enrollment of approximately 4,920 students in one learning center, four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school and one high school.  Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year is 1,540.

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.

Graduation requirements

A total of 28 credits in grade 9 through 12 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 


Hamilton High School utilizes a block schedule with four periods and two semesters.  Each class is 83 minutes.  The school also has an advisement/homeroom each day for 35 minutes. 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 vary from one semester for one credit  to yearlong for two credits.

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 distribution
Class of 2021 (as of June 2021)

4.0 or higher69
3.99 – 3.0158
2.99 – 2.083
1.99 – 1.033

Test data for Class of 2021

ACT Composite: 22.9
(SAT: not available – sample size less than ten)

Advanced Placement tests

Number of exams   614
Score of 3 or higher   88%

Advanced Placement courses offered*:

  • AP studio art
  • AP biology
  • AP calculus
  • AP chemistry
  • AP computer science
  • AP environmental science
  • AP government (comparative & U.S.)
  • AP human geography
  • AP language
  • AP literature
  • AP microeconomics
  • AP macroeconomics
  • AP music theory
  • AP physics
  • AP psychology
  • AP statistics
  • AP US history

*Course offerings are dependent on enrollment; some courses may not be offered every year.  AP courses vary from semester to yearlong based on a four block schedule.

Honors courses are offered in biology, chemistry, communication arts 9, European literature and physics.  Honors courses require strong academic records and student interest.

Class of 2021

Graduation plans

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

Hamilton Grading Scale

A  95-1004.005.00
A- 93-943.674.67
B  86-903.004.00
B- 84-852.673.67
C  76-812.003.00
C- 74-751.672.67
D  66-701.002.00
D- 63-650.671.67
F  0-620.000.00

At a glance

Student enrollment: 1,540
Total employees: 150
Certified staff: 107
School counselors: 4
Library/media specialist: 1
Reading specialist: 1
Mascot: Chargers
School colors: Red and white
Grading system: Students receive grades of A, B, C, D and F, with a plus or minus that can be added as an option. An A is the highest grade.
All Advanced Placement courses operate under a weighted grade system (i.e., 5 pts for an A).