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State honors 15 MPS schools for 'Beating the Odds'

Schools are Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Schools of Recognition

MILWAUKEE -- Fifteen MPS schools are being honored by the state for "Beating the Odds" -- seeing strong results in reading and mathematics while educating higher numbers of students from low-income families.

Milwaukee Public Schools' 15 honorees were announced Wednesday as Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Title I Schools of Recognition. They include one school that has earned the honor for 11 straight years, another that has been recognized for seven consecutive years and another for the sixth year in a row.

"Beating the Odds" schools have higher-than-average reading and mathematics scores when compared to similar schools around Wisconsin.

"These 15 schools continue to be examples and reminders that all students can achieve," MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said. "Congratulations to the students, families, educators and support staff who work hard every day to help students succeed. We continue to take meaningful steps across the district connected to our eight Strategic Objectives so that more of our students and schools reach this level of success."

The MPS honorees are:
- Academia de Lenguaje y Bellas Artes (ALBA)
- Academy of Accelerated Learning, 7th straight year
- Alcott School
- Burbank School
- Clement Avenue School
- Greenfield Bilingual School
- Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA)
- Honey Creek Continuous Progress School
- Humboldt Park School
- Rufus King International High School, 6th straight year
- Lowell Elementary School
- Milwaukee College Preparatory School - 38th Street Campus
- Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School, 11th straight year
- Wedgewood Park International School
- Whitman School

Photo: Students at MPS' Wedgewood Park International School, one of the 15 recognized for "Beating the Odds"



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Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

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