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MPS is teaming up with Arts @ Large, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and SHARP Literacy to offer dance, theater, music, and visual arts adventures for every student this summer.

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Elementary students can jump-start their summer and improve critical reading and math skills by enrolling in Summer Academy.

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Summer Adventures offer students hands-on opportunities to explore our community. These FREE field trips focus on Wisconsin's heritage, the natural environment, and exploration in science.

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

  • Information about Summer Academy locations, dates, and times is coming in March 2019.
  • Sessions are held in June and July.
  • Community artists from Arts @ Large, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and SHARP Literacy will be in Summer Academy locations. Students will experience theater, dance, music, and visual arts while working with some of the top professionals in the city.
  • Summer Academy is offered 4 hours daily, Mondays through Fridays.
  • Child Care Camps and Community Learning Centers are available for before- and after-program care (fees may apply); visit MilwaukeeRecreation.net for more information.
  • Breakfast and lunch are provided.
  • Field trips and special programs are offered.
  • Adventures await in reading, math, science, social studies, and the arts.
  • Transportation is provided for some locations.
 
 
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  What are Summer Academies?

Summer Academies are SAFE and FREE programs for City of Milwaukee residents. Sessions are held in June and July. Locations, dates, and times are announced in the spring of each year.

  How does a student register for Summer Academy programming?

Elementary: Applications for K5-grade 8 Summer Academy programming are available at every elementary school site or with the Extended Learning Opportunities staff, room 150, MPS Central Services.

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.

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.

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 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. 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 it?

Elementary: Sites are announced in spring each year.

Grades 9-12 high school credit recovery and acceleration: Sites are announced in spring each year.

Grade 8 Promotional Program: Sites are announced in spring each year.

Elementary ESY: Sites are announced in spring each year.

High school ESY: Sites are announced in spring each year.

CATPOJT: Sites are announced in spring each year.

  Cost?

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?

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 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 midday 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.

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