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Whole Child Supports

Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is proud to offer a variety of wraparound services, beyond our academic programs, that help students and families achieve academic and personal success. These offerings deliver exactly what the word wraparound suggests; they provide important help beyond the classroom and include social, emotional, health, enrichment and other critical services.

Families will find a variety of programs in this section that address academic concerns from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Click on the programs below to learn more about the whole child supports wraparound services Milwaukee Public Schools offers.

8th Grade Promotional

Students are provided with an intensive academic program designed to enable students to successfully complete 8th grade requirements and transition to high school.

Alternative Education Programs

The district offers a variety of alternative education programs for students who are either below grade level or who struggle in traditional academic settings. Look for more information about the GEDO2 program and Competency-Based Alternative Programs on this page.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Inc.

Boys and Girls Club LogoThis partnership provides educational and recreational enrichment opportunities for MPS students through their MPS-affiliated Community Learning Centers and their Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Inc. sites throughout the city. The clubs also provide specialty programs for MPS students, including the Teen Prevention Program and MarVan Scholars.

City Year

City Year LogoCity Year corps members work full-time in schools, delivering individual, small group, and school-wide assistance and academic support to at-risk students in 3rd – 9th grade. City Year works in collaboration with school staff and the community to help improve student attendance, behavior and academic success.

Competency-Based Alternative Programs

This program provides a high school diploma option for students who struggle in traditional school environments.

Coordinated School Health Teams

The Coordinated School Health Team works to improve students’ health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities and schools working together. A coordinated approach recognizes that healthy students make better students and better students make healthy communities.

Credit Attainment

Different from Credit Recovery, this allows students to earn a half credit in a course the student has not taken before. Both online and face-to-face instruction are used.

Credit Recovery

This program provides students who have previously failed with an opportunity to earn a half credit in a course using both online and face-to-face instruction.

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood EducationMilwaukee Public Schools provides high-quality early education in three-year-old kindergarten through 3rd grade. MPS Early Childhood Education programming serves more than 32,000 students annually, including children with disabilities, those who are homeless or in foster care, or those who have limited English proficiency.

Enrichment Camps

This collaborative programming is offered at various sites and connects students to their community and the world around them through hands-on experiences.

Foro Latino

This community event supports the unique needs of Spanish-speaking families with special education students by providing information, workshops and resources.


The GEDO2 program merges high school credits with GED exams to provide seniors at a 9th grade reading level an opportunity to earn a high school diploma.

Homeless Education Program

Milwaukee Public School homeless families and children are offered supportive services under the McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Services are accessed through school-based homeless contacts or with the liaisons in the Homeless Education Program.

Latino Expo
This community event is a one-stop venue complete with information, services and products that address the many needs of family and community, especially in the Spanish-speaking community.
Milwaukee Succeeds

Milwaukee Succeeds LogoThe partnership with Milwaukee Succeeds helps coordinate a variety of programs to improve achievement, including instructional coaching, tutoring, parent engagement workshops and hands-on learning opportunities with the help of community partners.

Response to Intervention (RtI)

This offers a way of teaching that makes sure all students receive a high-quality education by providing additional academic supports or challenges as needed. The Response to Intervention (RtI) systematic framework uses data to ensure all students receive what they need to learn.

Ropes & Challenges

The MPS Ropes & Challenges education course is designed to help individuals and groups develop or enhance social skills such as teamwork, listening, cooperating, effective communication and problem solving.

Summer School

Milwaukee Public Schools provides a variety of summer enrichment and intensive academic programs to help struggling students from elementary school through high school. 


Tutoring provides additional learning opportunities for students at targeted schools who need assistance in the areas of reading and mathematics.

Urban Ecology Center

Urban Ecology Center LogoThe Urban Ecology Center partners with a number of MPS schools and helps students have a meaningful experience that incorporates science, nature and ecology in an outdoor setting.

Violence-Free Zone

This youth mentoring program addresses behaviors that result in truancy, suspension and other circumstances, including low student performance. Violence-Free Zone youth advisors work with students and school staff to promote a positive school climate. The Milwaukee Violence-Free Zone is a collaborative effort of the Milwaukee Christian Center, the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, The Running Rebels Community Organization and Milwaukee Public Schools. The purpose of the project is to improve the overall safety and learning atmosphere within schools.


John R. Hill, Ph.D.
Director of College and Career Readiness

Please note

Not all programs are available at all schools. Some programs operate during the school year and others only during summer months. For further information on program availability at your child’s school, please contact the school directly.

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