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College & Career Readiness

The Department of College and Career Readiness works to overcome the barriers that students face. Students need "whole child" support to become aware of the pathways to their careers of interest, they must be academically ready to follow those pathways, and they must be prepared with the life skills needed to navigate their chosen pathway. The Department of College and Career Readiness coordinates available resources, including community organizations and postsecondary institutions, to support MPS faculty, families, and students in fostering a college‐going culture. This department includes college and career planning, career and technical education, extended learning opportunities, and school counseling and academic planning.

 

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Adventures in the Arts

MPS is teaming up with Arts @ Large, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and SHARP Literacy to offer dance, theater, music, and visual arts adventures for every student this summer.

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Middle and High School Programs

Learn about the opportunities for middle and high school students to meet expected graduation dates.

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Alternative Education Programs

Milwaukee Public Schools offers a variety of alternative education programs for students.

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MPS College & Career Centers

Milwaukee Public Schools College and Career Centers are a free resource for students grades 6-12 and beyond.

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Programming

Programming for K5-grade 12 students includes project-based learning, hands-on experiential learning, credit recovery, and credit acceleration options.

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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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Project Lead the Way

PLTW is a nationally established program focused on preparing the future technical and engineering workforce. PLTW offers curriculums for elementary school (PLTW Launch), middle school (PLTW Gateway), and high school (PLTW Engineering, PLTW Biomedical Science, and PLTW Computer Science). Through PLTW, MPS students have the opportunity to explore STEM education – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – through a fully developed curriculum intended to stimulate interest in various fields of technology.

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Competency-based Program

MPS provides a competency-based option for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements for GEDO #2. This approach is personalized, offering high school students an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency through a path that is specific to individual student needs.

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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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Credit Recovery

The Edgenuity program uses an online curriculum that aligns to MPS expectations regarding curriculum and rigor.

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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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Culinary Arts

Culinary jobs are not just first jobs; they can help lead students on a career path to success, especially if young people have the right training in high school. That’s where culinary arts programs in MPS give high school students a unique head start. We’re part of a national program called ProStart. It’s a two-year program for high school students that features real-world culinary arts and food service opportunities, and it helps students learn skills that can last a lifetime. Whether students dream of being world-class chefs or managing restaurants, ProStart helps students get a great start.

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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 level's 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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Elementary Programming

Elementary students can jump-start their summer and improve critical reading and math skills by enrolling in Summer Academy.

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Summer Adventures

Summer Adventures offer students hands-on opportunities to explore our community. These FREE field trips focus on Wisconsin's heritage, the natural environment, and exploration in science.

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Enrichment Camps

Enrichment camps give students K5-grade 12 the opportunity to pursue new interests, discover their passion, and engage in hands-on experiences.

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TEAM GEAR UP

In 2011, Milwaukee Public Schools was awarded a seven-year, $14.87 million federal GEAR UP grant to promote college awareness and readiness at selected schools. Local matching funds 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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Extended Learning Opportunities

MPS offers a variety of extended learning opportunities (ELO) that provide more time for academics and enrichment beyond the conventional school day (e.g., extended day, out-of-school breaks, weekends, and summer).

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Wisconsin Challenge Academy

The Wisconsin Challenge Academy is an opportunity for students ages 16 years 9 months to 18 years to attend a six-month residency at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Students accepted for the program work on soft skills and high school equivalency diploma test preparation.

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General Educational Development Program (GEDO #2)

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction authorizes Milwaukee Public Schools and other districts to operate school-based GED Option #2 (GEDO #2) programs. Certain requirements need to be met for enrollment.

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Contacts

Phone: 414-475-8611
Email: hilljr@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Director of College & Career Readiness:
Dr. John Hill
Office of Academics 

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Graduation Requirements

Learn more about the high school graduation requirements, which are new for students starting with the graduating class of 2015 in Milwaukee Public Schools. There is an overall minimum of 22 units required to graduate.

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