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School Types

School Types

Milwaukee Public Schools offers a wide array of choices. We invite you to learn more about the types as you look for a school that best fits your family!

  • Neighborhood schools accept children from the neighborhood surrounding the school before enrolling children from other areas. Neighborhood schools accept students who live outside the neighborhood but within the school’s region, if seats are available. We recommend your neighborhood school, also known as an attendance-area school, as your first choice.
  • Neighborhood Specialty schools offer special programs or areas of study, such as the arts or math/science programming. These schools enroll students first from the neighborhood, then from the entire city if seats are available.
  • Citywide Specialty schools offer special programs or areas of study, such as the arts, International Baccalaureate, gifted and talented, Montessori or language immersion programming. (These schools accept children from across the city and outside the city through open enrollment/Chapter 220.) Some Citywide Specialty schools offer preferences for students living within the school’s neighborhood/attendance area. Inquire at individual schools for more information.
  • Comprehensive middle schools and comprehensive high schools offer a wide variety of academic and extracurricular programming to serve their diverse student populations. These schools have attendance areas, but also accept students who live outside those areas and are interested in the offerings each school presents.
  • Charter schools operate more independently than other schools within the MPS family. Some charter schools utilize their own enrollment process. At mpsmke.com/EnrollMPS, families can see which schools use MPS online enrollment and which schools enroll students at the school only.
  • Alternative schools offer a path to success for students who struggle in a traditional school setting.
  • Partnership schools offer educational options for students identified as being at-risk of dropping out or those who are experiencing difficulty in a traditional school setting.
  • Contracted Agency schools are operated by community partners to provide Head Start, kindergarten and limited elementary services.
  • MPS Head Start is offered at a variety of MPS schools and other sites throughout the city. Children must be three or four years old on or before September 1 of a given school year to qualify.
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