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Lunch and Learn Series 

High school sophomores can participate in a virtual academic career plan (ACP) experience to learn more about different career clusters. Click here for more information on times and topics. 

summer academyMPS 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). These programs offer learning and development experiences that enhance and complement the school curriculum. ELO provides engaging opportunities for students to collaborate with highly qualified teachers and/or community partners so that they can advance core skills, discover new interests, and make real-world connections outside a traditional classroom.  

The programs focus on

  • enrichment,
  • hands-on learning,
  • academics,
  • social-emotional learning,
  • career development, and
  • health and wellness.


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Learn more about our programs

Summer Academy

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.

Enrichment Camps and Adventures

Enrichment camps and adventures give students K5-grade 12 the opportunity to pursue new interests, discover their passion, and engage in hands-on experiences.

Alternative Education Programs

Milwaukee Public Schools offers a variety of alternative education programs for students.

Freshman Bridge

Freshman Bridge

Freshman year is the most important year of your high school career. Understanding how to navigate your first year of high school will set you up for a successful sophomore year and graduation from high school.

Community Service

Students who participate in thoughtfully designed community service experiences are more likely to do well in school, graduate, vote, and become responsible citizens.

General Educational Development Program (GEDO #2)

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.

Competency-Based Program

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.


Service-learning is a way to teach and learn that connects classroom studies with the care and concern students naturally have for their world.

Credit Recovery

The Edgenuity program uses an online curriculum that aligns to MPS expectations regarding curriculum and rigor.

Wisconsin Challenge Academy

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.


Extended Learning Opportunities Manager II:
Natalie Anderson

Phone: 414-475-8238
Fax: 414-475-8316
Office Email:

MPS Central Services, Room 150

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