Monday, February 16, 2015
Last week for MPS’ ‘Three-Choice Enrollment’ period, which ends Feb. 20, 2015
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Public Schools is encouraging families who are new to MPS or looking for a new school for the fall to enroll by Friday night to take advantage of the best opportunity for a seat at their first-choice school.
February 20 is the last day of MPS’ ‘Three-Choice Enrollment’ period, which allows families to choose three schools for the fall.
School options include strong neighborhood schools that prepare students to succeed in college and careers as well as specialty schools focused on Advanced Placement coursework, the arts, bilingual education, Career and Technical Education, Gifted and Talented education, rigorous International Baccalaureate college preparatory programming, language immersion and Montessori education.
All applications received during the Three-Choice period (and at the All-School Enrollment Fair) are treated equally and if there are more students applying at a given school than there are seats, a random selection determines enrollment. Families in the attendance area are given preference at neighborhood schools during Three-Choice. MPS will notify families of the results of their Three-Choice application in mid-March and more than 90% of families receive one of their three choices.
After Three-Choice ends at 11:59 p.m. February 20, applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and some schools may no longer have available seats.
Families can fill out a Three-Choice application online, at the MPS school of their choice, at MPS District Parent Resource Centers located at North Division and South Division high schools or at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet Street, Room 138, Milwaukee 53208.
Families still looking for the right school for their child can use the new ‘Find A School’ function on the district’s website to see schools near them, with the grade level they’re seeking and with the programs they want for their children. The site contains information about all the academic, extracurricular and athletic opportunities at each and every MPS school as well as information about transportation.
“We’ve seen more of our students meeting reading standards and our schools are committed to continuing to improve outcomes,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said. “Filling out your Three-Choice Enrollment application now gives families the opportunity to connect with a school that meets the needs of their children.”
This year's Three-Choice Enrollment period comes as more MPS students are meeting reading standards, its 2014 graduating class earned $31 million in scholarships and the district is committed to improve outcomes through a number of significant efforts:
- The district continues its work to create more high-performing schools and expand successful and popular programs. Examples include more seats at top-ranked Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School and the new high school at highly-rated Golda Meir School.
- MPS is transforming underperforming schools into high-performing schools through its Commitment Schools initiative. The district is implementing rigorous academic and behavioral interventions at Commitment Schools so students achieve greater college and career readiness.
- MPS GE Foundation Schools are models for the rigorous Common Core state Standards and collaborative learning that can be studied and replicated by other MPS schools.
- MPS is part of a unique 5-in-1 Collaborative to bring the energy of the district together with major partners Northwestern Mutual, City Year, Teach for America and Schools That Can Milwaukee to pursue academic excellence at Carver Academy with the goal of making the school a model of success.
- MPS is working closely with Milwaukee Succeeds on a pilot program focused on foundational reading skills for students at teacher coaching at Gwen T. Jackson and Clarke Street schools. Early findings show encouraging results and promising growth.
- MPS provides Parent Coordinators in each school to strengthen the bonds between schools and families because parents are students' first and most important teachers.
- All MPS schools now have School Support Teachers to drive improved instruction by supporting school-based professional development and working to identify and grow excellence in teaching.
- MPS is also recognized as a leader for its work to increase college and career readiness, including its two College Access Centers and a growing number of schools using rigorous Project Lead the Way curriculum. MPS has the largest urban PLTW program in the country.
- The district is committed to building its leadership pipeline to better prepare innovative, effective and energetic staff for leadership roles and to strengthen teacher and school leader performance through the Educator Effectiveness system of feedback, support and evaluation.