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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 at least two class hours 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 AP courses. Students may select from over 15 AP courses for both high school and college credit.

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
  • Art ( Ceramics / Clay Design, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts Focus )
  • Music ( Band, Chorus, Drum Line, Guitar, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Percussion, Piano, Symphony, Trumpets, Violin/Strings )
  • Performing Arts ( African Dance, African Drum, Dance, Music, Performing Arts, Theater )

Mentoring & Interventions

  • Homework Help

Parent & Family Resources

  • Parent Resource Center

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School Administration

PrincipalLarry FarrisRegional SuperintendentDr. Jennifer SmithSchool Board MemberAisha Carr School Board District District # D4School Board Member At-LargeBob Peterson

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Grades9 - 12School Hours08:05 AM - 03:20 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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