- What is Summer Academy?
Summer Academy is a SAFE and FREE program for City of Milwaukee residents. Download this flyer for more information about Summer Academy locations, dates, and times.
- How does a student register for Summer Academy programming?
Elementary: Enrollment for a K5-grade 8 Summer Academy program is available through the online parent portal (see above for link). Parents can also access the portal at any MPS elementary school, at Central Services (room 150, Extended Learning Opportunities), at the Department of Student Services, or at any Summer Academy site. New and returning families without a parent portal will be directed to create an account (or see link above).
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!
Be the Change: This program is designed for high school students looking to boost core academic and social development skills prior to the start of the new school year. Priority will be given to incoming 9th grade students and returning Be the Change students. The program design allows previous participants to engage in college and career readiness, credit recovery, and community service activities throughout their years of high school.
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 summer program. Seats are limited. Although registrations will be accepted until the start of summer academic 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 go to Summer Academy programming?
Elementary: All students are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Grades 9-12 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.
Be the Change: This program is designed for incoming grade 9 students and returning cohort members looking to boost core academic and social development skills prior to the start of the new school year. Priority will be given to students attending select schools and returning Be the Change students.
ESY: Students with special needs should be enrolled only if their IEP mandates extended school year services.
CATP–OJT: 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 will have a literacy block and math block 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.
Be the Change: Students have an academic and social program for four hours daily Mondays–Fridays.
ESY: Students attend four hours daily Mondays–Fridays.
CATP–OJT: Students attend the Central Services food service site or any other job sites for four hours daily Mondays–Fridays.
- Where is it?
Elementary: Four super sites and fourteen neighborhood sites (Please download flyer above for specific site locations.)
Grades 9-12 high school credit recovery and acceleration: Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Barack Obama SCTE (online only; must meet requirements), and South Division High School
Grade 8 Promotional Program: All Summer Academy elementary/middle school locations
Be the Change: Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Elementary ESY: Gaenslen, Grant, Obama SCTE
High school ESY: Obama SCTE and South Division High School
CATP–OJT: MPS Central Services food service program and other various community locations
There is no cost for any Summer Academy program for 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 is provided only to students enrolled at super site locations within the transportation zone.
Summer Academy students enrolled in the Grade 8 Promotional, Be the Change, or high school programs will receive a county MCTS M-Card if they live beyond the two-mile walk zone of their selected summer site. Parents and guardians must provide transportation to the Summer Academy 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.
- Are students with special needs eligible for Summer Academy?
All students with special needs are welcome in the regular Summer Academy programs. Some students with special needs may be eligible for the ESY program if it is mandated in the student's IEP. Parents should contact their school's special education supervisor for their child's special education program.