Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Free backpacks for the first 250 families to enroll at January 30 event for families looking for a new school for fall or the future
MILWAUKEE – Parents and students looking for a new neighborhood, specialty or charter school for the fall or in the coming years are invited to meet school principals – and get their enrollment application in early – at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Annual All-School Enrollment Fair.
Free backpacks will be provided to the first 250 families to enroll their student at the event, which is set for Saturday, January 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at MPS’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts, 2300 W. Highland Avenue, Milwaukee 53233.
The fair will allow families to fill out a Three-Choice Enrollment application before the applications open online. The Three-Choice application allows a family to select up to three schools in which they are interested for their child. Child care will be available at the fair.
“Meeting a school leader in person and learning about the strong academic, extracurricular and athletic programs each school offers is one of the best ways to find the school that’s right for your child,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said. “We invite families who are making their school decisions for the fall – or in future years – to join us.”
Families who cannot attend the fair can still enroll starting Monday, February 1. Families can enroll online at mpsmke.com/EnrollMPS, at any MPS school or at MPS Central Services. Families can learn more about any school by searching by name, location or program at mpsmke.com/findaschool.
Applying at the fair or during the Three-Choice period gives families their best opportunity to attend their first-choice school. All applications received at the fair and during the Three-Choice Period (February 1-19, 2016) are treated equally and a random selection process will take place if there are more interested families than seats in a given school or grade level. Families receive an enrollment preference if a sibling is enrolled in the school or if it is their neighborhood school.
Enrollment applications received after February 19 are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
This year’s fair comes as MPS continues to expand access to strong programs. Expansions for the upcoming school year include:
- MPS is building an addition for Fernwood Montessori School, allowing the high-performing K-8 school in the Bay View area to accommodate the large number of early childhood students the school has enrolled in recent years as those students advance by grade level. The school has grown in recent years from about 550 students to more than 700.
- Rufus King International Middle School is moving to a new location at 2760 N. 1st Street, Milwaukee 53212, providing the grade 6-8 International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme room to grow and continue to prepare students for the rigorous IB Diploma Programme available at three MPS high schools (King, MacDowell Montessori and Reagan).
- Milwaukee Excellence Charter School, a new MPS charter school, will begin serving students in grade 6 in the fall, tentatively at the former McNair School site, 4950 N. 24th Street, Milwaukee 53209.
- Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School is expanding to a second campus, 3575 S. 88th Street, Milwaukee 53228, to serve more students. This fall, the new campus will serve all of the school’s students in grades K4 and K5 with students in grades 1-5 attending school at the current MSIS campus, 2765 S. 55th Street, Milwaukee 53219. By 2017-18, the 88th Street campus will serve all 1st-grade students as well with the current campus serving grades 2-5.
- Morse Middle School for the Gifted and Talented is moving to its own home at 6700 N. 80th Street, Milwaukee 53223, allowing both it and John Marshall High School for the Gifted and Talented (Morse Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented 9-12), 4141 N. 64th Street, Milwaukee 53216, to grow their programs.
- Pulaski High School is planning to add International Baccalaureate programming and increase bilingual programming as it begins a new partnership with Carmen High School of Science and Technology – South Campus. The partnership provides for the two schools working together to improve student achievement, school climate and teaching and administrative practices as each school brings 200 new freshmen into the Pulaski campus this fall.
- Victory School is expanding its Italian immersion program to include full immersion beginning with 4-year-old kindergarten (K4) this fall. The full immersion program will offer transportation to students citywide, excluding those living within the school’s walk zone.
MPS continues to advance its eight strategic objectives to improve student outcomes focused on student achievement, effective and efficient operations and family and community engagement. The district continues to build on success including its seven high schools rated among the best in the state and nation by U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post and its 82 schools recognized for reinforcing positive student behaviors and helping all students learn.
Photo: Last year's All-School Enrollment Fair