Dottke High School

A Deeper Learning Community
Welcome to the James E. Dottke Project-Based Learning High School website!  Since 1983, we have been intentionally different in how we do school and are now proud to deliver a student-driven, project-based learning education that serves up to 250 students of all backgrounds and abilities in grades 9-12.  At Dottke, we move beyond rigorous content delivery by expecting our students to then apply what they’ve learned in meaningful, authentic ways that have a positive impact on themselves, their school, their community or the world.  
 
Dottke students learn by doing.
 
Using our district’s Strategic Plan and the Deeper Learning Competencies, Dottke created our Independent PBL Model that all students and staff follow during the learning process.  Students culminate their learning experience by going public with their work.  At Dottke, our Learning That Works is shown in ways that are equitable and allow students to experience a sense of belonging so they feel confident to live life on their own terms.  
 
A Dottke graduate leaves ready to take on the world.
 
***Dottke High School is a public school that is part of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.  Students must be enrolled in the WAWMSD in order to be eligible to attend our school.
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THANK YOU Recon Relocation Furniture for your VERY generous donation of 50 rolling office chairs!!!

Now, our students will have comfy chairs in their personal work stations as they build & create amazing project deliverables! 🥳
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About Dottke High School

Dottke High School is a deeper learning community. Students at Dottke must meet the same requirements for graduation as the district’s other high schools, but our student’s core course work is infused with the deeper learning competencies. A Dottke graduate has learned how to communicate effectively, be self directed in their learning, and has developed an academic mindset. 

Respect

Teaching respect to all students for all students

Responsibility

Preparing students for the demands of post high school life

Community

Working together as one community and family

Partner with Dottke

Connecting students with the community

At Dottke, we pride ourselves in providing students with authentic experiences within our local community. We are continuously looking for partners in the West Allis/West Milwaukee area.

Dottke High School

Historically misunderstood

Dottke has always served non-traditional students in non-traditional ways.  This has led to misguided community perceptions of our school.  Once viewed as a school for the “bad kids,” Dottke has proven over time to be a rather unique, innovative, inclusive and special place that graduates and their families rave about.  

Check out this video to hear about what students, staff and parents think about their Dottke experience.

 

 

At Dottke High School

Dottke High School is a deeper learning community. Students at Dottke have the same requirements for graduation, but a student’s core course work is infused with the deeper learning competencies. A Dottke graduate has learned how to communicate effectively, be self directed in their learning, and has developed an academic mindset. 

What makes us special

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Deeper Learning scholars enrolled

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Dottke family

What We are Up To

New Stories From Us

Testimonials

What our teachers and students are saying
  • Since coming to Dottke my life has changed drastically. I get a ton of one on one help from my teachers and I never feel like I am just a number here. Dottke is like a second home to me and my teachers are like family.

    Jazmine
    Senior
  • The students at Dottke are amazing. Every day I am blown away by what they are accomplishing. They are creating awesome things and it is a blast to be working with them.

    Ms. Bitters
    Teacher
  • I like going here because it is peaceful. The class sizes are smaller and it makes it easier to focus. There always positive vibes here and everyone is always welcoming. The teachers are understanding and really helpful.

    Brent
    Senior

Interested in becoming a Phoenix?

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021/22 school year. To be considered for a seat at Dottke, fill out the application found here.

Still thinking about your options for school next year? You can sign up for a tour (virtual or in person) or request more information by submitting the form found here.