Arts@Large engages 7,000–10,000 students in K–12 in more than 20 MPS schools in project-based partnerships that inspire learning. Nationally recognized, Arts@ Large uses the arts to cultivate vibrant, inclusive and innovative school communities where students excel and grow. Cornerstone initiatives include civil rights, eco-literacy, peacemaking and CREATE.
- Be the Change/My Brother’s Keeper
Be the Change is designed to improve outcomes among targeted students in the areas of academics, life skills and leadership, all of which are essential for postsecondary success. Be the Change provides African-American male students with targeted supports for improving their literacy and/or math skills, while learning life and applied leadership skills in an environment that is culturally tailored to meet their complex needs.
Community Partners: The White House, Center for Youth Engagement, City of Milwaukee, Council of the Great City Schools, Milwaukee Bucks, Universal Companies
- Before and After-School Programs
(Child Care Camps, Community Learning Centers, Cooperative Tutoring, Safe Places)
Before and After-School Programs offer a safe haven for youth in grades K5–12 at over 100 locations during non-school hours. Before- and after-school programs provide assistance including homework help and tutoring, art, music and other enrichment opportunities, technology education, sports and fi tness activities, and programs that develop leadership and social skills.
- Biennial Music Festival
One of Milwaukee Public Schools’ premier events, the Biennial Music Festival takes place every other year. Thousands of students across the district perform in a number of musical ensembles over a wide range of grade levels.
- Camps for Kids
This program offers a unique opportunity for youth ages 8-15 to attend an overnight residential summer camp in Wisconsin. Students are nominated by their teachers.
- Club Rec
- The program provides full-day and halfday
wraparound services for special needs
students and their siblings in partnership
with the Extended School Year program.
Activities include art, special events, physical
education, games, cooking and field trips.
- Discovery World
Through our partnership with Discovery World, educators engage students in activities and programs with a scale model of the Great Lakes. Students also examine the process of water and the impact it has on our lives.
- Drumline Competition
It’s the battle of the bands, drumline style. Middle and high school drumlines compete with one another for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and bragging rights.
- Elementary and Middle School Sports Leagues
League play is offered to students in basketball, flag football, soccer, volleyball, softball and track. Teams are formed at the school level.
- Enrichment Camps
This collaborative program is offered at various locations. Students participate in a variety of activities that connect students to their community and the world around them through hands-on experiences.
- Extended School Year
These efforts provide special education and related services to students
beyond the usual school year. Families and school staff work together to
identify eligible students.
- High School Credit Recovery
This program provides students the opportunity to earn a half credit in a course the students have previously failed. Online and face-to-face instruction help students succeed.
- Interscholastic Academics
Interscholastic Academics offers programs including chess, debate and forensics. These programs help students achieve greater communication, competency, reading comprehension and other skills that support academic success.
- Interscholastic Athletics
The MPS Interscholastic Athletics program contributes to the athletic and academic development of each student athlete while promoting sportsmanship, leadership and school unity. More than 5,000 athletes compete in one or more of 12 sports offered annually.
- Kohl's Wild Theater
The Zoological Society of Milwaukee and Kohl’s Cares partner to bring conservation-themed theater performances using drama, songs and puppetry to MPS schools.
- Learning Journeys
Learning Journeys are beyond-the-classroom learning opportunities that connect curriculum to the community and open the lens of possibilities for students.
- Milwaukee County Zoo
Programs range from early childhood to 6th grade and educate students about the importance of wildlife and the environment.
- Milwaukee Public Museum
Milwaukee Public Museum is an important educational partner with MPS. A variety of programs are offered, including a Learning Journey for 3rd grade students that extends students’ knowledge of the solar system and the history of the Earth.
- Milwaukee Recreation Classes
Milwaukee Recreation's mission is to enrich and strengthen the community by promoting healthy lifestyles, personal development and fun through memorable recreational and educational experiences for people of all ages and abilities. Visit MilwaukeeRecreation.net for a complete listing of programs.
- Partnership for the Arts and Humanities
The MPS Partnership for the Arts and Humanities supports after-school and summer arts and humanities-related opportunities for about 40,000 children, youth and families. The program works to increase access to arts and/or humanities-related experiences for all City of Milwaukee children, youth and families.
- Saturday Music Lessons
Milwaukee Recreation and the MPS Music Department offer instrumental and vocal lessons for children at various sites around the district on Saturdays.
- Schlitz Audubon Center
Students take advantage of programs that help them learn about Lake Michigan and explore life cycles, animal adaptations, food webs, rocks and minerals, the water cycle and habitats.
- School-Based Adaptive Athletics/Special Olympics
The MPS Adaptive Athletics program provides school-based training and
competition for individuals with disabilities ages 8–21. At the end of their
training, students are offered the opportunity to compete against other
MPS students at large-scale competitive events.
- School Music Performances
Schools across the district present a variety of musical performances, including band, choir, orchestra, jazz band, drumline, marching band and musicals.
- STARBASE Wisconsin
With STARBASE Wisconsin, students use mathematics, science and technology in a variety of hands-on experiments designed to stimulate interest in science and engineering.
- Summer Academy Adventures
These programs offer hands-on experiences for students enrolled in Summer Academy. Summer Academy Adventures focus on Wisconsin’s unique heritage, natural environment, archeology, paleontology, environmental science and science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.
- Summer School
Milwaukee Public Schools provides a variety of enrichment and intensive academic programs to help struggling students in elementary school through high school.
- Traveling Music Teacher Lessons
Non-school-based instructors provide music lessons to small groups
of students during the school day on a variety of instruments to provide
musical opportunities for more students.
Tutoring – both during the school day and after school – provides additional support for students who need extra help in reading and mathematics.
- Wehr Nature Center
At the Wehr Nature Center, students explore ecosystems, watersheds and invasive species while using microscopes, magnifying glasses, thermometers, and other science tools to make observations, classify animals and plants.