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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

Students will participate in adventures to learn new things! Some adventures include visiting nature centers, a recycling center, local museums, and other places to experience a classroom outside the walls of the school. The adventures offer hands-on experiences that focus on the natural environment, social studies, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, J-Term, and summer).

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Service-Learning

With arts-related service-learning, rising freshmen and high school students can earn 0.5 credit in fine arts and complete a service-learning experience that meets a graduation requirement.

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GEDO #2, Competency-Based Curriculum, and Credit Recovery

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 (such as a ninth grade reading level) need to be met for enrollment. Students must be 17 years old and in their fourth year of high school or 18 and a full year behind their senior peers in credits to apply. Participation in the program is voluntary.

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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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J-Term

J-Term is a four-week noncompulsory educational and experiential program offering for MPS students in K5-grade 12 on the early start calendar. J-Term classes will allow students to complete course(s) for credit recovery or acceleration, participate in internships, build proficiency in key skill areas, and stay on track for graduation. Students taking J-Term classes have the benefits of small class sizes, more interaction with teachers, and the ability to complete a course or courses in a shorter time with fewer distractions. In condensed classes, students will be able to explore a variety of subjects, discover new interests, and test their creativity through classes held at various school campuses across the district.

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Summer Enrichment Camps

Summer 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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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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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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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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Things to Know about J-Term

J-Term is a four-week noncompulsory educational and experiential program offering for MPS elementary, middle, and high school students in K5-grade 12 on the early start calendar that is launching in June 2018.

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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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