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Challenge Academy Virtual Information Session

Wisconsin Challenge Academy 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
  • Leadership
  • 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

To join the Zoom Information Session:

Meeting ID: 334 846 7843

Passcode: Academy


If you cannot attend, visit or contact MPS Extended Learning Opportunities at or 414-475-8238.

Families can also schedule a personal Zoom meeting with an admissions counselor. Contact Julee Katona at or call 608-269-8042


Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager

Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

About Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • Ninety percent of 2019-20 budget dollars go directly to classrooms;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86.2 million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to five of the state and nation's top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report.

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