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The AGR program allows a participating school to meet the obligations of its five-year contract (2017–21) by implementing one of three strategies, or a combination of these strategies, in every K–grade 3 classroom: one-to-one tutoring, instructional coaching, and class size.
Advanced Academic Programs is home to three areas: Advanced Placement, gifted and talented, and International Baccalaureate.
Through Advanced Placement's college-level courses and exams, high school students can earn college credit and advanced placement and stand out in the admissions process.
MPS is teaming up with Arts @ Large, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and SHARP Literacy to offer dance, theater, music, and visual arts adventures for every student this summer.
Milwaukee Public Schools offers a variety of alternative education programs for students.
We will have high expectations, develop cultural competence (with a focus on language acquisition based on context), and connect student learning to their lived experiences. We will maintain an intentional and consistent focus on the cultural identities and linguistic needs of our students in reading, writing, and math. We promote the use of differentiated formative and summative assessments to inform instruction. We ask that staff members continually work together to understand their learners (i.e., community-building activities, review IEPs, ELL levels).
Assistive technology provides students with disabilities access and communication for successful learning.
MPS audiology services are provided by two citywide audiologists who oversee the districtwide audiology program. In addition, the audiologists perform comprehensive hearing assessments for any MPS student referred due to failed hearing screenings in school. Hearing screenings are available for all MPS students. If you have concerns about your child’s hearing, please contact the speech-language pathologist at your child’s school.
Most schools serving elementary grades in the Milwaukee Public Schools family include before- or after-school programming (or both) that provides academic enrichment for students outside of regular school hours.
At MPS, a bilingual dual language education means that students will learn literacy and academic content in English and Spanish. The Bilingual Dual Language Program (one-way and two-way) in Milwaukee Public Schools prepares students to become literate in English and Spanish through the use of the Teaching for Biliteracy pedagogical framework (Beeman & Urow, 2013), which promotes and facilitates the development of two languages. One-way programs serve one language group: English learners with a Spanish-speaking background. Two-way programs serve at least two language groups with a balanced population of students: 50% native English speakers, 50% English learners with a Spanish-speaking background.
Career and Technical Education develops and supports career-themed curriculum, work-based learning, and community partnerships to prepare students for college and careers in high-demand, high-skill industries.
Milwaukee Public Schools College and Career Centers are a free resource for students in grades 6–12 and beyond.
Our goal is to prepare all students to succeed in college and careers. We offer numerous college and career readiness programs aimed at preparing students for that success.
Students who participate in thoughtfully designed community service experiences are more likely to do well in school, graduate, vote, and become responsible citizens.
MPS provides a competency-based option for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements for GEDO #2. This approach is personalized, offering high school students an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency through a path that is specific to individual student needs.
The MPS Comprehensive Literacy Plan educates all students to proficiency and beyond in order to prepare them for success in higher education, careers, and responsible citizenship.
Milwaukee Public Schools is taking the lead on a comprehensive approach to integrating the mathematics Common Core State Standards with science standards. As a plan of action to improve pre-K to grade 12 student learning and achievement in mathematics and science, the MPS Comprehensive Mathematics and Science Plan (CMSP) is designed to equip every student with the levels of rigor and relevance needed for success in college and career readiness.
The Office of Contracted School Services (CSS) supports the development, successful implementation and ongoing accountability of charter schools, partnership schools and other contracted education programs within MPS.
The Edgenuity program uses an online curriculum that aligns to MPS expectations regarding curriculum and rigor.
Culinary jobs are not just first jobs – they can help lead students on a career path to success, especially if young people have the right training in high school. That’s where culinary arts programs in MPS give high school students a unique head start.
MPS supports student learning throughout all academic areas, from preschool through high school, and collaboratively works with regions and schools to enhance learning experiences for all students.
Early childhood education is critical to students' future academic success. We offer Head Start and state-licensed early childhood centers in addition to kindergarten programming that begins at age 4 in most schools, with some offering kindergarten at age 3. Many early childhood classrooms feature small classrooms thanks to AGR funding.
Elementary students can jump-start their summer and improve critical reading and math skills by enrolling in Summer Academy.
English as a second language (ESL) services are offered throughout the district as both a component of the Bilingual (Spanish/English) Program as well as to other language-minority students who attend ESL stand-alone schools. For both programs, classes are taught by certified ESL teachers at various schools in MPS at the K-12 level.
Extended learning adventures and camps give students K5-grade 12 the opportunity to pursue new interests, discover their passion, and engage in hands-on experiences.
MPS offers a variety of extended learning opportunities (ELO) that provide more time for academics and enrichment beyond the conventional school day (for example, extended day, out-of-school breaks, weekends, and summer).
MPS is committed to building community through the arts by being a resource for fine arts pedagogy, cultivating a climate where creativity flourishes, engaging the community with the arts, honoring culture, and making the arts accessible to all.
MPS offers programming specific to First Nations students at schools in which there are large concentrations of First Nations students with the goal of ensuring that the students meet the same rigorous standards as all students. Services include native language revitalization classes and academic advisors.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction authorizes Milwaukee Public Schools and other districts to operate school-based GED Option #2 (GEDO #2) programs. Certain requirements need to be met for enrollment.
The MPS Gifted and Talented Development Program comprises a continuum of services for students needing acceleration and/or enrichment embedded in the RtI framework.
The Head Start program is based on the belief that children learn best through a combination of support services. This preschool program provides parental, educational, medical, nutritional, psychological, and social support to help children consistently succeed.
The concepts and skills learned in health education become the cornerstone for developing healthy habits that students will use every day for the rest of their lives. Physical education is an integral aspect of an individual’s total educational experience.
The MPS Home and Hospital Instruction Program services are available for any child residing in a hospital or another setting that is being considered a “child’s home” located in Milwaukee. Home and Hospital Instruction Program services are designed for Milwaukee residents enrolled in MPS public schools. Students confined to a hospital in the city may also be served if the parent/guardian enrolls the student in an MPS public school.
MPS offers services to homeless families through school-based and centrally-based programs. Homeless children have many rights and are eligible for many services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
The Instructional Technology Department provides leadership, instruction, and guidance to the Milwaukee Public Schools community in using technology efficiently and effectively to achieve district goals. Instructional technology refers to the technologies implemented by educators to maximize student learning in the classroom. In order for students to use technology for learning and to graduate digitally literate, teachers must have the knowledge and skills to integrate technology in the classroom. Teachers must also be able to utilize technology in ways that require students to use it for higher-level tasks, such as sorting information, conducting research, communicating through reading and writing, and creating real-world products.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program sponsored by the International Baccalaureate is used in IB World Schools around the globe.
Newcomer programs are specifically designed for recent immigrant students with limited English-language proficiency. The programs provide intensive instruction in a special academic environment.
Milwaukee Public Schools internships allow high school students to work for employers for a limited period of time to learn about a particular industry or occupation. An internship is designed as an exchange in which the student agrees to complete work that will benefit the employer and, in return, has opportunities to learn new skills, expand their knowledge of a particular field, and explore career options.
Milwaukee Public Schools has long been known for its award-winning language immersion specialty schools, which offer full immersion in French, German, and Spanish and partial immersion in Italian. In a language immersion school, students learn core subjects in the target language.
Staff members at the Lau Compliance Center enroll children who speak any home language other than English, screen students for ESL services, and provide Spanish eligibility testing for the bilingual (Spanish-English) one-way and two-way programs.
Learning Journeys are educational field trips for all MPS students. The goal of each Learning Journey is to put content-based instruction into practice that enables students to develop skills not only for academics but also for career exploration.
The library media services office provides leadership in developing pre-K through grade 12 school library media programs to support student achievement.
School library programs ensure that students and teachers have access to media collections that include a variety of print, non-print, reference and electronic resources.
The vision of the Milwaukee Public Schools literacy department is to educate all students to proficiency and beyond in order to prepare them for success in higher education, careers, and responsible citizenship.
The Emerging Scholars Program is an alternative education option that allows students to accelerate on credits, graduate from high school, and take coursework as preparation for certain technical careers. Instruction takes place at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC).
The Milwaukee Public Schools mathematics department develops a deep understanding and appreciation for meaningful K–12 mathematics through engaging, appropriate, high-level teaching.
Learn about the opportunities for middle and high school students to meet expected graduation dates.
Student-athletes learn a great deal from participating in interscholastic athletics. Lessons in sportsmanship, teamwork, competition, and how to win and lose gracefully are all integral parts of team goals. Athletic competition adds to school spirit and helps students, participants and community members take pride in their school.
Milwaukee Direct Admit is a streamlined application that connects your MPS transcript directly to the schools of your choice and takes the stress out of applying to college.
The Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Virtual Program (MVP) was developed in Fall 2021 to give families education options in addition to in-person learning.
Milwaukee Public Schools offers the nation’s largest collection of public Montessori schools. A Montessori education is developed to foster lifelong learners and self-sufficient problem solvers.
Our mission is to provide high-quality music education to all students through classroom and community instructional and performance opportunities. Our goal is to strengthen school reform efforts, boost academic achievement, and increase student engagement in Milwaukee Public Schools.
School nursing and health services at Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) advance the well-being, academic success, lifelong achievement, and health of students.
Students learn best when they have structured and consistent movement breaks throughout the day. Movement helps the brain reorganize and helps the body reenergize. This is important at home, too – getting enough exercise throughout the day promotes a healthy mind and body.
A personalized learning environment enables students to choose their own learning path based on their individualized learner profile, which is reflective of their current academic performance and their unique gifts, skills, passions and attributes. Students are empowered to monitor and assess their own progress based on standards and use the various technological tools to engage in purposeful learning.
Research supports that a PBIS system, implemented with fidelity, effectively reduces classroom disruptions and student suspensions through a school-wide, systematic, tiered-intervention approach, which leads to increased student achievement. School-wide PBIS provides an operational framework for achieving these outcomes.
PPYP services are available to school-age parents (young fathers and mothers) to improve the educational, wellness, and social/emotional outcomes for school-age parents and their children. The goals of the program are to increase attendance and graduation rates, increase teen enrollment in higher education, increase parent knowledge of effective parenting practices, increase knowledge about and practices in healthy relationships, and enhance coordination of school and community services.
Programming for K5 to grade 12 students includes project-based learning, hands-on experiential learning, credit recovery, and credit acceleration options.
PLTW is a nationally established program focused on preparing the future technical and engineering workforce.
School psychologists help students at all grade levels to succeed academically, behaviorally, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with school staff, parents, community agencies, and other professionals to help create healthy and supportive learning environments. School psychologists also help to strengthen the home/school/community connection for all students.
Response to Intervention (RtI) is an organizational framework that guides implementation of a multi-level system of support to achieve academic and behavioral success for all. RtI is implemented at all MPS schools around literacy and mathematics for academics and PBIS for behavior using the MPS RtI Process.
The Milwaukee Public Schools recognizes that comprehensive school counseling programs are essential to each student’s academic achievement, personal and social development, and career success. College and career readiness is a major aspect of the experience at our schools. School counselors serve as a school leader, student advocate, and team collaborator to remove systemic barriers to student success.
School social workers provide an ecological approach to promoting student success. They assist children and families by examining factors in the home, school, and/or community that impact a student’s education success and work toward reducing barriers to learning.
The School-to-Work Transition Program is composed of separate but related programs devoted to the development of federally mandated employment readiness for our students with special needs: Community Assessment and Training Program (CATP), On-the-Job Training (OJT), On-the-Job Experience (OJE), the Employment Training Program (ETP), and Project SEARCH.
The Milwaukee Public Schools science department aligns its science curriculum to the vision of "A Framework for K–12 Science Education." This framework provides a balanced, comprehensive, and research-based science education for all students focused on the life, physical, and earth/space sciences integrating engineering and Common Core State Standards in math and literacy.
Socially and emotionally secure children are also school-ready children! Learn about ways to provide support to address social-emotional learning and ways to support cultural and linguistic needs.
The Summer Academy program is an innovative approach to extending the learning opportunities for Milwaukee students. The program has been developed to build on this foundation while preparing students for the next grade level's standards.
Summer Adventures offer students hands-on opportunities to explore our community. These FREE field trips focus on Wisconsin's heritage, the natural environment, and exploration in science.
In 2011, Milwaukee Public Schools was awarded a seven-year, $14.87 million federal GEAR UP grant to promote college awareness and readiness at selected schools. Local matching funds brought the total grant opportunity to nearly $30 million. The project supports students from the high school classes of 2017 and 2018. For the upcoming school year, we will support 9th and 10th grade students at eight participating high schools.
Milwaukee Public Schools is proud to be part of Turnaround Arts! Turnaround Arts is the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. It empowers high-needs schools with innovative arts, dance, theater and music programs, arts integration across subject areas, arts resources, musical instruments, and high-profile artist mentors as a proven strategy to help address broader school challenges and close the achievement gap.
The Wisconsin Challenge Academy is an opportunity for students ages 16 years 9 months to 18 years to attend a six-month residency at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Students accepted for the program work on soft skills and high school equivalency diploma test preparation.
Thinking about a career but not sure if it’s right for you? Try a youth apprenticeship!
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