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Many MPS schools to follow Early Start calendar this fall

Early start for high schoolMilwaukee Public Schools is excited to launch a new schedule for the 2017-18 school year designed to help our students succeed. All high schools, middle schools and some elementary schools will follow an Early Start Calendar, with school beginning on August 14. A complete list of schools following the Early Start Calendar can be found at

The Early Start Calendar serves several important purposes. It allows more days of instruction prior to AP testing to give students greater knowledge before taking exams. The early start also moves the end of the first semester into December, allowing students to start the second semester immediately after the winter break. By allowing school to end earlier in May, MPS will be able to implement the June Term, or J-Term, that will allow students to recover credits and stay on track toward graduation.

Parents are asked to ensure that all students are in school on the first day and every day. If your child attends an Early Start school but will not be in school on August 14, please tell the school now. Failure to notify the school that your child will not be present on August 14 may result in your child losing his or her assignment in the school.

Download the 2017-18 Early Start Calendar.

Students attending elementary schools following the Traditional Calendar will start school on September 5, 2017. Download the 2017-18 Traditional Calendar.

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  • More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
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