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Advanced Placement

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

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  • Advanced Academic Studies
Grade Level
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Alternative Programs

MPS offers a number of alternative options for students who struggle in traditional classroom settings. We offer alternative settings for students in the following categories: At-Risk of not graduating from high school, Behavioral Reassignment, and Intensive Day Treatment.

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  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Specialized Services

Art

MPS' Art department 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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Program Types
  • Arts & Music
Grade Level
  • ALL

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology provides students with disabilities access and communication for successful learning.

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Program Types
  • Specialized Services

Athletics

Student-athletes learn a great deal from participating in interscholastic athletics. Lessons in sportsmanship, teamwork, competition, and how to win and lose gracefully are all integral parts of team goals. Athletic competition adds to school spirit and helps students, participants and community members take pride in their school.

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Program Types
  • Before & After School

Audiology

MPS audiology services are provided by two city-wide audiologists who oversee the district-wide hearing conversation program. In addition, the audiologists perform comprehensive hearing assessments for any MPS student referred due to failed hearing screenings in school. Hearing screenings are available for all MPS students. If you have concerns with your child’s hearing, please contact the speech-language pathologist at your child’s school.

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  • Specialized Services

Autism

Milwaukee Public Schools is currently supporting students on the autism spectrum. MPS recognizes best practices in working with neurological differences and stresses providing support in social/communication, rigidity, sensory and other individual factors.

Program Types
  • Specialized Services

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Before & After School Care

Most schools serving elementary grades in the Milwaukee Public Schools family include before- or after-school programming (or both) that provides academic enrichment for students outside of regular school hours.

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Program Types
  • Before & After School

Bilingual & Multicultural Education

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

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Program Types
  • Bilingual & Multicultural
  • Curriculum & Instruction
Grade Level
  • ALL

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Career & Technical Education

Career and Technical Education develops and supports career-themed curriculum, work-based learning and community partnerships to prepare students for college and careers in high demand, high skill industries.

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Program Types
  • Advanced Academic Studies
  • College & Career

Child Find

Pursuant to federal and state law, MPS identifies, locates and evaluates all children with disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disability, who are in need of special education and related services, including children attending private schools, children who are not yet three years of age, highly mobile children such as migrant and homeless children and children who are suspected of being a student with a disability even though they are advancing from grade to grade.

Program Types
  • Specialized Services

College & Career Readiness

Our goal is to prepare all students to succeed in college and careers. We offer countless college & career readiness programs aimed at preparing students for that success.

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Program Types
  • Advanced Academic Studies
  • College & Career
Grade Level
  • ALL

Commitment Schools

We are committed to each and every student finding success. When we find that schools are in need of extra support, we as a community of schools and educators, work together to build a network where innovative practices can be implemented and student learning can thrive.

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Program Types
  • Innovation

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.

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  • Curriculum & Instruction

Comprehensive Literacy Plan

The MPS Comprehensive Literacy Plan educates all students to proficiency and beyond in order to prepare them for success in higher education, careers, and responsible citizenship.

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Comprehensive Math and Science Plan

Milwaukee Public Schools is taking the lead on a comprehensive approach to integrating the Mathematics Common Core State Standards with science standards. As a plan of action to improve PreK-12 student learning and achievement in Mathematics and Science, the MPS Comprehensive Mathematics and Science Plan (CMSP) is designed to equip every student with the levels of rigor and relevance needed for success in college and career readiness.

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Contracted School Services

The Office of Contracted School Services (CSS) supports the development, successful implementation and ongoing accountability of charter schools, partnership schools and other contracted education programs within MPS.

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Coordinated School Health

Coordinated school health can positively affect student academic achievement and empower students with the knowledge, skills and judgment essential to help them make healthy and responsible choices.

Program Types
  • Health & Wellness

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Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Services

In Milwaukee Public Schools, deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) services are provided to students with hearing impairments.

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Program Types
  • Specialized Services

Dual Immersion

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Program Types
  • Bilingual & Multicultural

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Early Care

MPS offers state-licensed early childhood programs that provide developmentally appropriate programming for two and three-year-old children.

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Program Types
  • Before & After School
  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Early Childhood

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.

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  • Before & After School
  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Early Childhood

English as a Second Language

English as a Second language (ESL) services are offered throughout the district as both a component of the Bilingual (Spanish/English) Program as well as to other language minority students that attend ESL stand-alone schools. For both programs, classes are taught by certified ESL teachers at various schools in MPS at the K-12 level.

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  • Bilingual & Multicultural

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First Nations Studies

MPS offers programming specific to American Indian students at schools in which there are large concentrations of American Indian students with the goal of ensuring the students meet the same rigorous standards as all students. Services include native language revitalization classes and academic advisors.

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Program Types
  • Bilingual & Multicultural
  • Curriculum & Instruction

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GE Schools Grant

The GE Schools Grant Supports Milwaukee Public Schools to implement the Common Core State Standards and help students in achieving educational best practices.

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  • Innovation

Gifted & Talented

The Milwaukee Public Schools Gifted & Talented Development program is comprised of 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.

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Program Types
  • Advanced Academic Studies

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Head Start

The Head Start program is based on the belief that children learn best through a combination of support services. This pre-school program provides parental, educational, medical, nutritional, psychological and social support to help children consistently succeed.

Program Types
  • Early Childhood
Grade Level
  • 3-year-old Kindergarten
  • 4-year-old Kindergarten

Health and Wellness

The concepts and skills learned in health education become the cornerstone for developing healthy habits that students will use every day for the rest of their lives. Physical education is an integral aspect of an individual’s total educational experience.

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  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Health & Wellness
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  • ALL

Health Education

The concepts and skills learned in health education become the cornerstone for developing healthy habits that students will use every day for the rest of their lives. Students will learn how to analyze influences, access accurate health information, use positive communication skills, make healthy decisions, set goals, practice healthy/safe behaviors, and advocate for their own health and those around them.

Program Types
  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Health & Wellness

Home & Hospital

The MPS Home and Hospital Instruction Program services are available for any child residing in a hospital or another setting considered being a “child’s home” located in Milwaukee. Home and Hospital Instruction services are designed for Milwaukee residents enrolled in MPS public schools. Students confined to a hospital in the city may also be served if the parent/guardian enrolls the student in a MPS public school.

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  • Specialized Services

Homeless Education Program

MPS offers services to homeless families through school-based and centrally-based programs. Homeless children have many rights and are eligible for many services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

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Innovation

The Office of Innovation researches, promotes, and fosters innovative educational programs and practices designed to accelerate student achievement and prepare students for college and career success

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  • Innovation

International Baccalaureate

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

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Program Types
  • Advanced Academic Studies
Grade Level
  • 4-year-old Kindergarten
  • 5-year-old Kindergarten
  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

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Language Immersion

Milwaukee Public Schools has long been known for its award winning language immersion specialty schools, which offer full immersion in French, German and Spanish and partial immersion in Mandarin Chinese and Italian. In a language immersion school, students learn core subjects in the target language.

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  • Bilingual & Multicultural
  • Curriculum & Instruction
Grade Level
  • ALL

Lau Compliance

Staff members at the Lau Compliance Office enroll children who speak any home language other than English and screens students for ESL services.

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  • Bilingual & Multicultural

Learning Journeys

Learning Journeys are highly-developed, beyond the classroom, learning experiences that connect standards-based classroom instruction for MPS students with real-world learning opportunities at Southeastern Wisconsin’s finest museums, cultural experiences and scientific venues. The district is developing a common set of field-based enrichment experiences, specific to each grade K-8 and aligned to grade-level standards and curricula in the core subjects.

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  • Curriculum & Instruction

Library Media Services

The Division of Library Media Services provides leadership in developing PreK-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.

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  • Curriculum & Instruction
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  • ALL

Literacy

The MPS Comprehensive Literacy Plan guarantees high quality literacy instruction and learning in every classroom, every day, for every student, including students with special education needs. MPS students LOVE to learn!

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  • Curriculum & Instruction
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  • ALL

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Mathematics

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

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  • Curriculum & Instruction
Grade Level
  • ALL

Montessori

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.

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  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Early Childhood
Grade Level
  • ALL

Music

The Music Office includes all curricular and extra-curricular activities in Milwaukee Public Schools. 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.

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  • Arts & Music
  • Curriculum & Instruction
Grade Level
  • ALL

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Newcomer Programs

Newcomer Programs are specifically designed for recent immigrant students with limited English language proficiency. They provide intensive instruction in a special academic environment.

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Program Types
  • Bilingual & Multicultural
  • Curriculum & Instruction
Grade Level
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8

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Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy

Students learn best when they have structured and consistent movement breaks throughout the day. Movement helps the brain reorganize and helps the body re-energize. This is important at home, too – getting enough exercise throughout the day promotes a healthy mind and body.

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  • Specialized Services

Online Learning

To help prepare Milwaukee Public Schools students for the shift toward online learning, district administration revised the high school graduation requirements.

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  • Curriculum & Instruction

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Personalized Learning

A personalized learning environment enables students to choose their own learning path based on their individualized learner profile, which is reflective of their current academic performance and their unique gifts, skills, passions and attributes. Students are empowered to monitor and assess their own progress based on standards and use the various technological tools to engage in purposeful learning.

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Program Types
  • Innovation

Physical Education

MPS uses the nationally recognized SPARK curriculum for grades K-8. This curriculum focuses on using a variety of activities to engage students and get them moving in and out of school. MPS physical education at the high school uses a variety of courses to help students learn what it means to be physically active for a lifetime.

Program Types
  • Health & Wellness

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Research supports that a PBIS system, implemented with fidelity, effectively reduces classroom disruptions and student suspensions through a school-wide, systematic, tiered-intervention approach, which leads to increased student achievement. School-wide PBIS provides an operational framework for achieving these outcomes.

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Program Types
  • College & Career
Grade Level
  • ALL

Pregnant & Parenting Youth

PPYP services are available to school-aged parents (young fathers and mothers) to improve the educational, wellness and social/emotional outcomes for school-aged parents and their children. The goals of the program are to increase attendance and graduation rates, increase teen enrollment in higher education, increase parent knowledge of effective parenting practices, increase knowledge and practices around healthy relationships and enhance coordination of school and community services.

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  • Specialized Services

Project Lead The Way

PLTW is a nationally established program focused on preparing the future technical and engineering workforce. PLTW offers a middle school “Gateway to Technology” curriculum and a five-course “Pathway to Engineering” high school curriculum. Through PLTW, MPS students have the opportunity to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education through a fully developed curriculum intended to stimulate interest in various fields of technology.

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Psychological Services

School psychologists help students at all grade levels succeed academically, behaviorally, socially and emotionally. They collaborate with school staff, parents, community agencies, and other professionals to help create healthy and supportive learning environments. School psychologists also help to strengthen the home/school/community connection for all students.

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  • Specialized Services

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Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention (RtI) is an organizational framework that guides implementation of a multi-level system of support to achieve academic and behavioral success for all. RtI is implemented at all MPS schools around literacy and mathematics for academics and PBIS for behavior using the MPS RtI Process.

Program Types
  • College & Career
Grade Level
  • ALL

Ropes and Challenges

The MPS Ropes & Challenges Education Curriculum is based on the experiential learning model and takes a sequential approach in activities designed to help individuals and groups develop/enhance positive social skills.

Program Types
  • Health & Wellness

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SAGE

SAGE is designed to promote academic achievement through lower class sizes in the primary grades of five year old kindergarten through grade three.

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Program Types
  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Early Childhood

School Counseling

The Milwaukee Public Schools recognizes that comprehensive school counseling programs are essential to each student’s academic achievement, personal and social development, and career success. College and career readiness is a major aspect of the experience at our schools. School counselors serve as a school leader, student advocate, and team collaborator to remove systemic barriers to student success.

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School Social Work

School social workers provide an ecological approach to promoting student success. They assist children and families by examining factors in the home, school and/or community that impact a student’s educational success and work toward reducing barriers to learning.

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  • Specialized Services

School To Work Transition Program

The School to Work Transition Program is comprised of three separate, but highly related programs devoted to the development of federally mandated employment readiness for our students with special needs: Community Assessment Training Program (CATP), On the Job Training/Education (OJT/E), and Employment Training Program (ETP).

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  • Specialized Services

Science

The Milwaukee Public School's science department aligns its science curriculum to the vision of A Framework for K-12 Science Education. This framework provides a balanced, comprehension, and research-based science education for all students focused on Life, Physical, and Earth Space sciences integrating engineering, Common Core State Standards-Math & Literacy.

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  • Curriculum & Instruction

Section 504

Section(§) 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act (amended in 2008) were written and passed by the U.S. Congress to prohibit discrimination against and to protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. In order to fulfill its obligations under §504 and the ADA, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors and the Milwaukee Public School District recognize a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability will knowingly be permitted in any of the programs and practices in the Milwaukee Public Schools.

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  • Specialized Services

Service Learning

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

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  • Curriculum & Instruction

Services Plans

Special education students who attend private schools may be eligible to receive some services within their school. A services plan describes the specific special education and/or related services the student will receive from the Milwaukee Public Schools. To the extent appropriate, the services plan includes IEP elements which vary depending on the services to be provided.

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  • Specialized Services

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.

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  • Curriculum & Instruction
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  • ALL

Special Education

Milwaukee Public Schools is dedicated to identifying, locating and evaluating student with suspected special education needs from the ages of 3-21. Eligible students with disabilities will be provided with a free and appropriate public education consistent with the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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  • Specialized Services

Special Education - Academics

In general, most students with disabilities are capable of learning the content, scope and sequence of the general education curriculum when the necessary modifications and adaptations in content and instructional strategies are made. The majority of students with disabilities are instructed along with their regular education peers using the Common Core State Standards. At times, the IEP team may determine that a student requires a replacement reading curriculum.

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  • Specialized Services

Special Education - Behavior

All Milwaukee Public Schools participate in a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support system. This is a school-wide systematic tiered-intervention approach to behaviors which helps effectively reduce classroom disruptions and student suspensions. Students whose behavior continues to interfere with their learning or that of others after intensive behavioral interventions may qualify for special education services to address their individual needs. Special education teachers work in conjunction with other school personnel to develop strategies and goals to address each student’s strengths and weaknesses in order to help the student make changes in their behavior.

Program Types
  • Specialized Services

Special Education - Early Childhood

Milwaukee Public Schools offers a variety of Early Childhood Special Education programs for children three to six years of age who have been identified with a disability.

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  • Specialized Services

Speech/Language Services

The Speech and Language Disabilities Program serves approximately 6,000 student in public, private and parochial schools within the corporate boundaries of the district. Spoken communication is the foundation for reading, writing and all human interaction. Speech-Language Pathologists emphasize the delivery of collaborative, curriculum-aligned services to all students to help them develop competency in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

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  • Specialized Services

STEM

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

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  • Curriculum & Instruction

Summer Academy

The MPS Summer Academy has always been an innovative approach to extending the learning opportunities for students. Over the past few years, there has been a strategic focus on teaching explicit literacy skills by engaging students in hands-on science concepts. The Summer Academy program has been developed to build on this foundation while preparing students for the next grade levels standards. This rigorous approach emphasizes the idea of preparation for the upcoming grade level by organizing meaningful experiences during the Summer Academy. MPS academic programs are supported by afternoon recreation classes, social activities, healthy meals, and even childcare options.

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Systems-Thinking

Systems Thinking utilizes habits, tools and concepts to develop an understanding of the interdependent structures of dynamic systems. When individuals have a better understanding of systems, they are better able to identify the leverage points that lead to desired outcomes.

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  • Innovation

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TEAM GEAR UP

In 2011, Milwaukee Public Schools was awarded a 7-year, $14.87 million federal GEAR UP grant to promote college awareness and readiness at selected schools. Local matching fund brought the total grant opportunity to nearly $30 million. The project supports students from the high school classes of 2017 and 2018. For the upcoming school year, we will support 9th and 10th grade students at eight participating high schools.

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Program Types
  • College & Career

TEAM UP

Milwaukee Public Schools TEAM UP College Access Center is a free resource for students grades 6-12 and beyond.

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Program Types
  • College & Career
Grade Level
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Tutoring for You

MPS is committed to improving student success by providing the support necessary to ensure that all students have ample opportunities to improve their academic achievement. Students will be invited to participate in MPS's Tutoring 4 U from select grades at district targeted schools. Tutoring will be available for students for (1) hour (2) two days per week for a total of 40 hours of tutoring support.

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Vision Services

Specialists in Milwaukee may work with any student who meets the Wisconsin Eligibility Criteria for visual impairment, including those who have additional disabilities and those who are deaf-blind.

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  • Specialized Services

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Wellness and Prevention Office

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.

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  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Health & Wellness

World Languages

In MPS, there are three types of elementary program models for world languages: foreign languages in the classroom, full immersion and partial immersion.

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  • Curriculum & Instruction
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