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Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA) offers students the chance to select an arts-focused major (creative writing, dance, theater, music, or visual art) and receive a block of instruction per day focused on that major. Students commit to one area of the arts for all four of their years. In addition to its focus on the arts, MHSA also provides an academically challenging educational program that includes Advanced Placement coursework and Project Lead the Way engineering and design courses. MHSA celebrates student diversity and has a growing ESL population. MHSA engages all students in Pre-AP coursework during freshman and sophomore year.

This is a high school with entrance requirements and entry is granted through the early admissions process, which includes an audition. Contact the school or visit our high school early admissions page for more information about that process.


Academic/Social Clubs & Extracurricular Activities

  • Clubs ( Art Club, Debate Club, Forensics, National Honor Society, Poetry Club, Robotics Club )

Advanced Academic Studies

  • Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics & Interscholastic Sports

  • Baseball (B)
  • Basketball (B/G)
  • Cross Country (B/G)
  • Football
  • Golf (B)
  • Soccer (B/G)
  • Softball (G)
  • Swimming (B/G)
  • Tennis (B/G)
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball (B/G)
  • Wrestling (B)

College & Career Programs


Community Partners

  • Alverno College
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Danceworks
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Comprehensive Academic Programs

  • World Language Classes ( Spanish )

Fine Arts

  • Creative Writing ( Short Story, Poetry, Literature, Journalism, Spoken Word, Screenwriting )
  • Dance ( Classical, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Pre-Ap Contemporary Dance )
  • Music ( Band, Guitar, Jazz, Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Workshop, Piano, Choir, Vocal Jazz, Opera Workshop )
  • Theater ( Acting, Directing, Theater Production, Pre-AP Intro to Theater, Cinematography, Editing )
  • Visual Art ( Design, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Video Production, Image Technology, Pre-AP Art Design, AP Art Studio )

Mentoring & Interventions

  • Homework Help

Parent & Family Resources

  • Parent Resource Center

Map & Directions

School Administration

PrincipalLarry FarrisRegional SuperintendentDr. Jennifer SmithSchool Board MemberVacantSchool Board District District # D4School Board Member At-LargeMissy Zombor

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Grades9 - 12School Hours08:00 AM - 03:25 PMSchool TypeRegular Education RegionHigh SchoolTransportationProvided citywide (walk zone excluded) View Transportation Map

Contact Information

PrincipalLarry Farris2300 W HIGHLAND AVMILWAUKEE WI 53233Phone (414)934-7000TTY(888)
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