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artsNEW this year! Community artists from Arts@Large, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Learning will be in all Summer Academy locations. Students will experience theater, dance, music and visual arts while working with some of the top professionals in the city.

Summer academyThe 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 Milwaukee Recreation childcare options, social activities, and healthy meals.

  • Summer adventureA curriculum aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
  • Elementary programs: five weeks, Mondays–Fridays, with emphasis on reading, writing, and math
  • Afternoon recreation activities: Child Care Camps (CCC), Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC), Community Learning Centers (CLC), Safe Places, Extended School YearSpecial Services Club Rec, and Summer Recreation Enrichment Camps (SREC) through Milwaukee Recreation (additional fees may apply)
  • Bilingual and English as a second language services at select sites
  • Extended School Year (ESY) is part of MPS’ Summer Academy offerings for children with special education needs. ESY is a portion of a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP), which is a mandated service under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Eligibility for ESY is determined by an IEP Team. An IEP Team determines eligibility for ESY services based on data-driven decisions regarding possible regression of skills following a period of non-attendance, the amount of time needed for recoupment of skills, recognition of emerging skills, and the severity of the student’s disability as well as other factors. For students not eligible for ESY services, staff and parents are encouraged to explore other options included in the MPS Summer Academy.
  • Smart Smiles: A community service program sponsored by Columbia St. Mary’s that provides preventive oral health services to students at select locations
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