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Advanced Placement

Through Advanced Placement's college-level courses and exams, high school students can earn college credit and advanced placement and stand out in the admissions process.

Bilingual Multicultural Education

MPS offers Spanish/English bilingual education, bilingual education for students of Asian descent, and two-way bilingual education. Students learn subjects in both English and their first language, helping the child to maintain his or her first language while learning English. Two-way bilingual instruction offers the English speaker an opportunity to learn Spanish. Both languages are used in the classroom.

Community Service

Students who participate in thoughtfully designed community service experiences are more likely to do well in school, graduate, vote, and become responsible citizens.

Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education is critical to students' future academic success. We offer Head Start and state-licensed early childhood centers in addition to kindergarten programming that begins at age 4 in most schools, with some offering kindergarten at age 3. Many early childhood classrooms feature small classrooms thanks to SAGE funding. A number of MPS schools include HighScope early childhood programming.

Fine Arts

MPS is committed to building community through the arts by being a resource for fine arts pedagogy, cultivating a climate where creativity flourishes, engaging the community with the arts, honoring culture, and making the arts accessible to all.

Gifted & Talented

The Milwaukee Public Schools Gifted and Talented Development Program comprises a continuum of services for students needing acceleration and/or enrichment embedded in the Response to Intervention (RtI) framework. State law requires that the district provide systematic and continuous instructional activities and learning experiences appropriate to the developmental needs of students from kindergarten through grade 12 who are identified as gifted or talented in one or more categories.

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program sponsored by the International Baccalaureate is used in IB World Schools around the globe. Schools complete a lengthy application and authorization process to become authorized to offer one of the four standardized IB programs.

Library Media Services

The Division of Library Media Services provides leadership in developing pre-K through grade 12 school library media programs to support student achievement. School library programs ensure that students and teachers have access to media collections that include a variety of print, non-print, reference and electronic resources.


The vision of the Milwaukee Public Schools Literacy Department is to educate all students to proficiency and beyond in order to prepare them for success in higher education, careers, and responsible citizenship.


Milwaukee Public Schools mathematics department develops a deep understanding and appreciation for meaningful K-12 mathematics through engaging, appropriate, high-level teaching.


Milwaukee Public Schools offers the nation’s largest collection of public Montessori schools. A Montessori education is developed to foster lifelong learners and self-sufficient problem solvers.


Our mission is to provide high-quality music education to all students through classroom and community instructional and performance opportunities. Our goal is to strengthen school reform efforts, boost academic achievement, and increase student engagement in Milwaukee Public Schools.


The Milwaukee Public Schools' Science Department aligns its science curriculum to the vision of "A Framework for K-12 Science Education." This framework provides a balanced, comprehensive, and research-based science education for all students focused on the life, physical, and earth/space sciences integrating engineering and Common Core State Standards in math and literacy.


Service-learning is a way to teach and learn that connects classroom studies with the care and concern students naturally have for their world.

Social Studies

Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.


STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning that removes the traditional barriers separating the four disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Student Wellness and Prevention

The Wellness and Prevention Office includes the MPS health and PE departments, MPS ropes and challenge course, Safe and Drug-Free Schools, and other grant-funded programs. Our mission is to support the physical, social, emotional, and academic development of all students. Our goal is to develop confident, self-reliant, and self-directed individuals who are capable of reaching their full potential as productive members of society.

Visual Art

MPS is committed to building community through the arts by being a resource for fine arts pedagogy, cultivating a climate where creativity flourishes, engaging the community with the arts, honoring culture, and making the arts accessible to all.

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