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Sign up now! Deadlines are near to register for MPS Summer Academy courses

MPS has summer classes for students in kindergarten through grade 12.Sign up now for Summer Academy at Milwaukee Public Schools! Deadlines to register are Wednesday, May 15, for Session I summer classes for high school students, and Friday, May 31, for Session II classes. 

Summer Academy classes are for students from K5 through grade 12. They take place in June and July at select schools around the city.  

In addition to classes in science, social studies, world languages, and more, students can take specialty courses that are designed to tap into their imagination and teach them new skills.   

Some of the fascinating specialty courses include:    

  • Introduction to Podcasting for grades 10-12 — Taught by an award-winning journalist and MPS teacher. It includes field trips to Radio Milwaukee. 

  • Horizon Strings — For students who want to begin learning to play string instruments. Musicians will build their skills and perform publicly at the end of the three-week session.  Group String Lessons for experienced players also is available. 

  • Computer Apps in Art — See how new technologies can be used for art, crafts, and design. 

  • Forensic Science — Learn how to solve crimes by analyzing clues through science. 

  • Bilingual Hispanic American Literature — Absorb the fiction, short stories, and poetry of Hispanic American writers and understand the history, politics, geography, and culture that produced the writers' voices. 

  • Beginning Band/Beginning Orchestra — Spend a week learning instrument basics and be ready for beginning band or orchestra at school in the fall! 

  • STEM GL!TCH — This coding class enables students to design their own escape room in a fictional world   

Children in 5-year-old kindergarten to grade 8 can take part in a five-week Summer Academy exploration camp. It’s held June 24 to July 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. weekdays (closed July 4 and 5).   

Through activities, special programs, and field trips, students learn arts, music, social studies, STEM, reading, mathematics, and a world language in these exploration camps. Services are available at some sites for Extended School Year (ESY, for children with special education needs), Montessori, bilingual, and English as a Second Language (ESL). Breakfast and lunch are provided, and childcare before and after programs is available through Milwaukee Recreation.    

Summer Academy helps students in grades 7 to 12 catch up or get ahead, by earning credits and accelerated learning. Dual enrollment courses are available so students can earn both high school and college credits. Summer Academy for this age group is open 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. weekdays. Offerings vary by site and session.    

Summer Academy Session I, for high school students, is June 13 to July 2 (no school June 19). Session II, for grades 7 to 12, is June 24 to July 25 (no school July 4 and 5). Breakfast and lunch are provided; Milwaukee County Transit System bus passes are provided starting on the first day of Summer Academy. 

Summer Academy is free for Milwaukee residents. Detailed information and online registration are available on the MPS Summer Academy web page.   

Questions? Contact Extended Learning Opportunities at   


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