Reagan IB began in 2003 as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Small High School Initiative with only 127 students and six faculty members. Current enrollment reflects more than 1,250 students and sixty five faculty members. Student population has increased over time due to the school’s sterling reputation and growing demand for the challenging IB academic program. Originally housed in a facility with two other schools, Reagan IB now has the entire building complex located at 4965 S. 20thStreet.


Affiliation with the International Baccalaureate Organization’s (IBO) Diploma Program was achieved in 2006 and the Middle Years Program affiliation followed in 2009.  The IB Careers Certificate Program began in 2013. Reagan IB is the only high school in the City of Milwaukee that requires all students to participate fully in the IB program through all four years of school.


Reagan IB has received numerous awards since its inception, including:


                 School of Distinction, State of Wisconsin, 2013

Wisconsin School of Promise

State of Wisconsin, 2009


Wisconsin School of Merit

State of Wisconsin, 2012


America’s Best High School

US News & World Report, 2009 Bronze/2012 Gold


America’s Most Challenging High School

The Washington Post, 2012/2013


America’s Best 2,000 High Schools

Newsweek, 2013


Reagan IB is also a founding member of the Wisconsin Association of International Baccalaureate Schools (WAIBS), actively working to increase professional development, communication and advocacy for IB schools across the entire state.