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"Surely the end of all education is service to others." Cesar E. Chavez


art history student reading handmade book to childgirls reading art history textsReading a book to a child is service.

Studying art history is learning.

When high school art history students

  • write stories about their favorite artist,
  • instructor teaching book-bindingillustrate their stories in the style of that artist,
  • hand-bind their stories into books,
  • read their books to young art students, and
  • donate their books to the elementary school's art library,

that's service-learning.

Service-learning links classroom knowledge and skills with the care and concern students naturally have for their world. Students use what they are learning in class to address real-life community problems and needs.

Through investigation, planning, reflection, and youth-led action, students join with community partners to solve problems and make things better in their schools, their neighborhoods, and around the world.

In the process they master valuable 21st-century skills and global competencies.

Many MPS high schools offer courses that incorporate service-learning. Participating in a course that involves service-learning is one way high school students can meet the graduation requirement for online learning, service-learning, or community service.

MPS Service-Learning Experiences

  • AdvancedBand - Connecting the Generations through Music-Milwaukee High School of the Arts
  • Art Foundations - Safe Drinking Water Posters - Community High School
  • Art History - Hallway of Art History - Milwaukee High School of the Arts
  • Art Student Reading Handmade Book to Child
  • Art Studio Workshop - Illustrating Scientific Concepts - Milwaukee High School of the Arts & Marquette University
  • Art Studio Workshop - Serving at Empty Bowls - Milwaukee High School of the Arts
  • Arts Matter - Teaching Technology to Older Adults - MPS Summer School
  • Biology - Rain Barrel Presentation - Bay View High School
  • Citizenship - Creating Raised Bed Gardens - Bradley Tech High School
  • Citizenship - Strength in Unity Art Installation - MPS Summer School
  • Computer Apps in Art - Compost Crusader Truck Art - Bay View High School
  • Design - Decorating a Home for Birds - Milwaukee High School of the Arts Lancaster Elementary
  • Design - Hank Aaron Trail Sculpture - Milwaukee High School of the Arts
  • Design - Sidewalk Mandalas - Milwaukee High School of the Arts
  • Digital Electronics - Recycled Electronics - Bay View High School
  • EPIC Gardening in the Atrium - Community High School
  • Fiber Arts - Refugee Awareness - South Division High School
  • Fiber Arts - Sewing Weighted Lap Covers - MPS Summer School
  • Fiber Arts - Weighted Lap Covers - MPS Summer School
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  • Geometry  -Quilting Geometry - Bay View High School & Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts
  • Health - Anti-bullying Posters  - Milwaukee Marshall
  • Health - Organ Donation Awareness - Hamilton High School
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  • Jazz Improv - Entertaining Veterans - Milwaukee High School of the Arts
  • Sculpture - Creating Benches for the Park - MPS Summer School
  • US History - Benches for Community Space - Bay View High School
  • World Geography - Anti - Human Trafficking Mural - Bradley Tech High School
  • Writing Lab & Home Repair - Little Free Library - Milwaukee School of Languages

Learn More

Bringing Learning to Life (video)

Discover how service-learning is helping students across America to perform better in school while improving their communities through service.

Design for Change USA

Learn how to use the design-thinking framework — Feel, Imagine, Do, Share — to engage your students in making a world of change.

National Youth Leadership Council 

Explore high-quality service-learning resources for educators and students.

Quick Links

Service-Learning Proposal Form (for MPS high school teachers)

Service-Learning Documentation Form (for MPS high school teachers)


Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator:

Cathleen Montemurri
Phone: 414-475-8256


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Graduation Requirements

Learn more about the high school graduation requirements, which are new for students starting with the graduating class of 2015 in Milwaukee Public Schools. There is an overall minimum of 22 units required to graduate.

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