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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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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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Adventures

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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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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Know About J-Term

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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Our SAFE and FREE summer programming for K5–grade 12 includes the following:

  • Download a list of J-Term sites here 
  • Mondays through Fridays, June 4–June 29, 2018
    • Elementary/middle school sites: 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    • Grade 8 Promotional Program: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • High school sites: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Community artists from Arts @ Large, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music will be in J-Term locations. Students will experience theater, dance, music, and visual arts while working with some of the top professionals in the city.
  • Field trips and special programs
  • Adventures in reading, science, social studies, math, and the arts
  • Child Care Camps and Community Learning Centers for before- and after-program care (fees may apply); visit MilwaukeeRecreation.net for more information.
How do students register?

Elementary: Students can register at any MPS elementary school, at Central Services (room 150, Extended Learning Opportunities), at the Department of Student Services, or at any J-Term site.

Grades 9-12 high school credit recovery and acceleration: Students should register with their school counselor or with the Extended Learning Opportunities staff, room 150, MPS Central Services.

Grade 8 Promotional Program: Principals must recommend  MPS students for the Grade 8 Promotional Program. Each student's current school must submit the required retention documentation and complete the registrations. This program is for MPS students only!

Extended School Year (ESY): Students with special education needs should be enrolled only if the individualized education program (IEP) team decides that the student needs summer placement to maintain skills gained during the year or if he or she was not able to be involved in job training due to scheduling conflicts during the school year.

Community Assessment Training Program (CATP) and On-the-Job Training (OJT): A student with special education needs should be enrolled only if the IEP team decides that the student needs summer placement to maintain skills gained during the year or if he or she was not able to be involved in job training due to scheduling conflicts during the school year.

When do students register?

Registration begins at schools in early March and continues until the first day of the program. Seats are limited. Although registrations will be accepted until the start of programs, students will be accepted only in courses and/or sites where space is available.

High school: Late walk-in registration days will be held in room 150, Central Services, Extended Learning Opportunities.

Who should attend J-Term?

Elementary: All K5–grade 8 students on the early start calendar are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Grades 912 high school credit recovery and acceleration: Students may enroll in the credit recovery program if they have previously failed a course required for graduation. Credit acceleration opportunities are available for students who want or need to take a course for the first time.

Grade 8 Promotional Program: This promotional program is designed for MPS grade 8 students who have missed proficiency in one or two content areas. Students must be recommended by their MPS school and submit all required documentation.

ESY: Students with special needs should be enrolled only if their IEP mandates extended school year services.

CATPOJT: Students with special needs should be enrolled only if the IEP team decides that the student needs summer placement to maintain skills gained during the year or if he or she was not able to be involved in job training due to scheduling conflicts during the school year.

What is the student day?

Elementary: Students participate in an academic program for four hours daily Mondays–Fridays.

Grades 9–12 high school credit recovery or acceleration: Students attend Mondays–Fridays for four hours daily. Students can enroll in two credit recovery classes to possibly recoup a total of 1.0 unit of credit. Each class is two hours in length. Students can also enroll in a credit acceleration course for a total of 0.5 credit. Each acceleration class is four hours in length.

Grade 8 Promotional Program: Students participate in an academic program for four hours daily Mondays–Fridays.

ESY: Students attend four hours daily Mondays–Fridays.

CATPOJT: Students attend the Central Services food service site or any other job sites for four hours daily Mondays–Fridays.

Where is J-Term?

Due to Facilities and Maintenance energy-efficient upgrades at many sites this summer, not all sites are open for programming during summer. Students may enroll in the following locations during J-Term.  

Elementary: Obama SCTE and Starms Discovery will have K5–grade 8, and Audubon Technology and Communication will have grades 6–8.  

Grades 912 high school credit recovery and acceleration: James Madison Academic Campus , Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Obama SCTE (online only; must meet requirements), Riverside University High School, South Division High School, and Transition High School

Grade 8 Promotional Program: Milwaukee High School of the Arts

Elementary ESY: Obama SCTE

High school ESY: Obama SCTE and South Division High School

CATPOJT: MPS Central Services food service program and other various community locations

What is the cost of attending J-Term?

There is no cost for any students living in the City of Milwaukee. Costs may be incurred by ESY students who move at the end of the school year to a new school district. Additionally, the afternoon wraparound and recreation programs may require a program fee. Parents are encouraged to contact Milwaukee Recreation at 414-475-8180 for more information.

Transportation?

At the elementary level, parent drop-off and pick-up is needed. 

J-Term students enrolled in the Grade 8 Promotional or high school programs will receive a county MCTS M-Card if they live beyond the two-mile walk zone of their selected site. Parents and guardians must provide transportation to the site on the student's first day of attendance.

Most students enrolled in the ESY program will be provided with door-to-door transportation. This includes a morning pick-up and a mid-day departure from the school location.

Most CATP–OJT students in the food service program are expected to provide their own transportation to and from their job site. City bus tickets may be provided to those students until they receive their first paycheck. Some CATP–OJT students may receive transportation to and from their job site if they are receiving vocational assessment. Detailed transportation information will be provided once students are placed.

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