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summer academyMPS offers a variety of extended learning opportunities (ELO) that provide more time for academics and enrichment beyond the conventional school day (for example, extended day, out-of-school breaks, weekends, and summer). These programs offer learning and developmental experiences that enhance and complement the school curriculum. ELO provides engaging opportunities for students to collaborate with highly qualified teachers and/or community partners to advance core skills, discover new interests, and make real-world connections outside of a traditional classroom.  

The programs focus on

  • enrichment,
  • hands-on learning,
  • academics,
  • social-emotional learning,
  • career development,
  • health and wellness.


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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.

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.


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

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.

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.

Credit Recovery

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

Enrichment Camps

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

Freshman Bridge

Freshman Bridge

Freshman year is the most important year of your high school career. Understanding how to navigate your first year of high school will set you up for a successful sophomore year and graduation from high school.

Alternative Education Programs

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

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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