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Select Criteria Schools

The district has five Select Criteria high schools.

Five high schools in the Milwaukee Public Schools family are Select Criteria high schools. Families can apply to the schools during Early Admissions. The five schools are:​

Rufus King International High School
Golda Meir School
Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School
Riverside University High School

  • Students applying to all MPS Select Criteria high schools must complete a on demand written essay during a one-hour test session. All students in MPS schools (including most charter schools such as Milwaukee College Preparatory and Highland) will complete this test session in their 8th grade classrooms with their own teachers. All students not currently enrolled in a MPS school, or enrolled at Carmen Northwest-Middle School, Carmen South Middle School, Hmong American Peace Academy, and Milwaukee Excellence Charter, must register for an on-demand test session (see a list of sessions below). Students must register in advance for a specific testing date, time, and location. Testing sessions are available at 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. on the first three Saturdays in October. Please click this link to complete the form to register for an on-demand test session.
  • Non-MPS students registering for an on-demand test session who would like to request extended time related to a disability, medical/mental health issues, or English language proficiency, must do so in the online pre-registration form and provide documentation when checking in for the assessment.
  • Students who were not in an MPS school in seventh grade will need to provide additional information (see the bottom of this page).
  • Students applying to Golda Meir School must also submit two (2) teacher letters of recommendation to the school as part of their application. 
  • Students applying to Milwaukee High School of the Arts must also audition as part of their application process. (Audition dates are available on the Early Admissions calendar.)

 

What criteria are used?

Milwaukee Public Schools evaluates the following criteria for admission to Select Criteria schools:

On-demand Essay Test

Students enrolled in MPS schools will take the on-demand essay test in their eighth grade classrooms the week of October 1-5, 2018. Students enrolled in non-MPS schools must pre-register for an on-demand essay test session (link coming soon).

  • Writing score: 0-4 points, scored electronically 

7th-grade report card

(Advanced scores are weighted more heavily)

  • 4 points: 100% Advanced or Proficient OR 3.7+ GPA OR 93%+ overall grade
  • 3 points: 90%-99.9% Advanced or Proficient OR 3.5-3.69 GPA OR 90%-92.9% overall grade
  • 2 points: 80%-89.9% Advanced or Proficient OR 3.25-3.49 GPA OR 87%-89.9% overall grade
  • 1 point: 70%-79.9% Advanced or Proficient OR 3.0-3.24 GPA OR 80%-86.9% overall grade
  • 0 points: 69.9% and below Advanced or Proficient OR 2.9 and below GPA OR 79.9% and below overall grade

 

7th-grade attendance

  • 3 points: 97%-100%
  • 2 points: 93%-96%
  • 1 point: 90%-92%
  • 0 points: Below 90%

Reading/English Language Arts

(Wisconsin Forward Exam percentile rank or, if not available, other percentile rank from a standardized test)

  • 2 points: 95th to 99th percentile
  • 1 point: 75th to 94th percentile
  • 0 points: 74th percentile and below 

Mathematics

(Wisconsin Forward Exam percentile rank or, if not available, other percentile rank from a standardized test)

  • 2 points: 95th to 99th percentile
  • 1 point: 75th to 94th percentile
  • 0 points: 74th percentile and below 

Additional factors

(Two-point maximum from these factors)

  • King/Reagan: 1 point for successful completion of an IB middle school program (MYP)
  • Milwaukee High School of the Arts: 1 point for audition
  • Meir: 1 point for letters of recommendation
  • Riverside: 1 point for students living in the school’s attendance area
  • All schools: 1 point for sibling preference during random selection process

 

For students who were not in MPS at 7th grade

  • Students who were not in an MPS school in 7th grade who wish to apply to a Select Criteria high school will need to provide the following information before October 28, 2018 at any help session, testing session or at MPS Central Services, Room 133, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:
    • Student’s 7th grade standardized test results (WI Forward Exam percentile rank, if not available, other percentile rank from a standardized test)
    • Student’s final 7th-grade report card
    • Student’s 7th-grade attendance data (number of days absent and number of days in the school year)

 

Early Admissions Enrollment

Middle/High School Enrollment begins Sept. 29, 2018 and runs through November 3, 2018.

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