Thursday, January 18, 2018
Now is the time for Milwaukee families to choose a kindergarten or Head Start program to start their 3-, 4- or 5-year olds on the path to success.
Families can now schedule school visits to see MPS' many outstanding kindergarten and Head Start programs in action. Many options are available for children entering 3-year-old, 4-year-old, and 5-year-old kindergarten.
Kindergarten enrollment will remain open until March 4. Enrolling prior to this deadline improves the chances of children being placed in their first-choice school. Families who choose their school preferences prior to the opening of enrollment are well prepared to complete the enrollment application.
MPS offers a number of popular programs and features in kindergarten.
All MPS schools are enjoying expanded arts programming during the 2017-18 school year. With the help of many local arts partners, the arts are infusing history, science, social studies, and math, while also offering students music, theater, dance and visual arts depending on each school's program.
MPS language programs are structured to help students master English plus a second language or maintain a native language while learning English. MPS schools can explain programs and help parents determine the best fit for their student's needs.
Montessori programs are offered in several MPS schools, and seats fill quickly. In fact, MPS has the largest number of public Montessori schools in the United States. The Montessori method focuses on individualized learning, problem solving and student independence.
MPS neighborhood schools give priority for admission to children living in the area surrounding the school. A neighborhood school is the best choice for many families since neighborhood schools are convenient for transportation, carpools, school events and nearness to classmates. Children from other neighborhoods are admitted as space permits.
To prepare children for first grade and beyond, the use of technology is expanding in Head Start and kindergarten. Technology varies by school and includes the use of SMART Boards, Chromebooks, online learning, and more to develop confident learners.
Disclaimer: Wisconsin law requires that all children attend 5-year-old kindergarten before entering first grade.