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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, J-Term, 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

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

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.

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.

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.


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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