Thursday, October 8, 2020
For more than 20 years, Wisconsin Challenge Academy has been helping students develop character, gain life skills, and graduate. Traditional school doesn’t work for all students, and the Wisconsin Challenge Academy is designed for young people who have fallen behind in school and are at risk of not graduating. Challenge Academy uses military practices to help girls and boys gain the values, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed. Youth have the chance to get on track to earn their diploma!
Wisconsin Challenge Academy is operating successfully during the pandemic. Because of the closed campus, students are living and working together safely.
Wisconsin Challenge Academy is free! Students live, work, and learn for 5 ½ months at Fort McCoy in western Wisconsin. Most MPS recruits (95%) return to Milwaukee Public Schools to complete their credits and graduate. When they return, students are matched with a mentor for 12 months of ongoing support.
While at Wisconsin Challenge Academy, cadets focus on eight core areas:
- Academic excellence
- Physical fitness
- Health and hygiene
- Life-coping skills
- Responsible citizenship
- Service to community
- Job skills
Who is Eligible?
Males and females who are 16 years 9 months old (when program begins) but not yet 19 and are:
- One or more years behind in high school credits, expelled, or dropped out
- A citizen or legal resident of the United States and a Wisconsin resident
- Not currently on parole or probation (other than juvenile status offenses)
- Not charged or convicted of a felony
- Drug free (upon entry to the program)
- A willing participant
Wisconsin Challenge Academy sessions begin each January and July. Cadets graduate from the Academy in June and December. Students who complete Challenge Academy can return to MPS to earn their traditional high school diploma and participate in their graduation ceremony.
Attend our Virtual Information Session on October 15, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Join us through a Zoom session by registering at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/82e28c5b58ec436db427778f8e8ae8f3
To join the Zoom Information Session:
Meeting ID: 334 846 7843
If you cannot attend, visit www.challengeacademy.org or contact MPS Extended Learning Opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-475-8238.
Families can also schedule a personal Zoom meeting with an admissions counselor. Contact Julee Katona at email@example.com or call 608-269-8042