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Middle and High School Programs

City of Milwaukee residents may attend the elementary and high school morning academic programs free of charge. MPS elementary Summer Academy and high school credit recovery and/or acceleration programs are available to City of Milwaukee students (priority enrollment is for MPS students).

Students who live outside the city and attend public or private suburban high schools or MPS through open enrollment are classified as tuition students and therefore must pay tuition or have a tuition waiver on file with MPS in order to attend summer school. Call 414-475-8238 for more information.

What programs are available for middle school students?
  • Middle School Bridge is a program for rising 6th graders transitioning to middle school. Middle School Bridge is held at the incoming school site prior to the start of the school year. Programming will allow incoming 6th graders the opportunities to form a realistic expectation of what middle school will be like, build a sense of community, explore extracurricular activities, and learn how middle school is different from elementary school.
  • Grade 8 Promotional Program for recommended MPS students who require academic intervention to enable transition to high school. Students must met criteria for this program. Please contact your child's school about participation in this program.
  • Summer Academy programs at select locations offer sixth through eighth grade programming. Students will get a preview of the Common Core standards they will see in the next school year.
What programs are available for high schools students?
  • High school credit recovery and acceleration for 9th–12th grade students in core subject areas to boost GPA and ensure on-time graduation
  • Online blended learning (Edgenuity): Students can complete online coursework begun during the school year with face-to-face teacher support to recover failed credits. Credit acceleration courses are available in Spanish, science, social studies, math, health, and art for students in 9th–12th grade. Students must meet program qualifications to participate.
  • GED Option #2 (GEDO #2): Selected students enrolled in the GEDO #2 program during the school year can complete remaining graduation requirements through preparation and successful completion of content exams and program portfolio requirements.
  • Competency-based courses: Students currently enrolled in the program during the school year are encouraged to attend summer sessions to complete courses in English and mathematics. A referral by your coordinator is required to attend the summer session.
  • Community service and service-learning programs: Rising freshmen and high school students can complete their community service or service-learning requirements toward graduation.
  • 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.
  • Community Assessment and Training Program (CATP) and On the Job Training (OTJ) is the School to Work Transition Program prepares students with special education needs for the transition from school to the adult world of work and community living. High School students have the opportunity to explore a variety of careers while learning appropriate work behaviors. Depending on the needs of the student, some are paired with employees of businesses and others work together with an MPS special education teacher and paraprofessional.
  • Freshman Bridge is a two- or three-day program that takes place for incoming freshmen at their high school location. The purpose of the program is to prepare for high school academic rigor, develop positive relationships between students and staff, learn about high school from upperclassmen, and become familiar with the new school to build confidence prior to the start of high school.
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