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Registration for Summer Academy 2021 Coming Soon! 

Summer adventuresA world of adventure starts here!


Learn more about our SAFE and FREE summer programming for K5–grade 12 city of Milwaukee residents! See the blue dropdown section below for session locations, dates, and times. Registration is opening soon. Due to COVID-19, Summer Academy programming will align with the Milwaukee Public Schools Roadmap to Readiness Plan. Program offerings are subject to change based on the instruction format (virtual or face-to-face).

High school program highlights:

  • Offerings include credit recovery and acceleration.
  • Career exploration programs allow middle/high schools to showcase a specialized program.
  • The Virtual Summer Program is offered for qualifying students in grades 11 and 12 who are working or attending pre-college programs during the day.
  • The Skills Boost Program assists students in grades 9 and 10 who meet at-risk criteria and are credit-deficient with GEDO #2 and competency-based learning programs.
  • Extended School Year (ESY) services are offered for qualifying students during the summer as mandated in their individualized education programs (IEPs).
  • The School-to-Work Transition Program prepares students with special education needs for the transition from school to the world of employment.
  • Summer internships are offered.
  • M•CARDS are provided.
  • Breakfast and lunch are provided.

Elementary and middle school program highlights:

  • K5–grade 6 students will experience a six-week exploration camp featuring arts, music, social studies, STEM, literacy, mathematics, and exposure to a world language.
  • Career exploration programs are offered for middle school students.
  • Students can participate in Explore Your Future camps to increase academic skill and investigate careers.
  • Extended School Year (ESY) services are offered for qualifying students during the summer as mandated in their individualized education programs (IEPs).
  • The Grade 8 Promotional Program is for recommended MPS students who require academic intervention to enable transition to high school. Students must meet criteria for this program and be recommended by the school administrator. Please contact your child's school about participation in this program. 
  • Bilingual and English as a second language (ESL) programs and services are offered at selected sites.
  • Breakfast and lunch are provided.
  • Child Care Camps, Community Learning Centers, and Safe Places are available for before- and after-program care (fees may apply); visit MilwaukeeRecreation.net for more information.

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  Where and when is Summer Academy?

Due to COVID-19, Summer Academy programming will align with the Milwaukee Public Schools Roadmap to Readiness Plan. Program offerings are subject to change based on the instruction format (virtual or face-to-face).

Site Address  Dates  Grades/Offerings  Times 
South Division 1515 W. Lapham Blvd., Milwaukee, 53204  

June 7–July 2, 2021

July 6–29, 2021

Early Start Schools

6–12, 6–12 ESY 

8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 
Washington  2525 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee, 53210 

June 7–July 2, 2021

July 6–29, 2021

Early Start Schools

6–12 

8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Bethune  1535 N. 35th St., Milwaukee, 53208  June 22–July 29, 2021 (no student attendance July 5) Traditional Start and Early Start K–8, ESL  8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Congress  5225 W. Lincoln Creek Dr., Milwaukee, 53218  June 22–July 29, 2021 (no student attendance July 5) Traditional Start and Early Start K–8, ESY  8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Cooper  5143 S. 21st St., Milwaukee, 53221  June 22–July 29, 2021 (no student attendance July 5) Traditional Start and Early Start K–8  8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Fernwood Montessori  3239 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Milwaukee, 53207  June 22–July 29, 2021 (no student attendance July 5) Montessori Traditional Start and Early Start K–8 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Fifty-Third Street 3618 N. 53rd St., Milwaukee, 53216 June 22–July 29, 2021 (no student attendance July 5) Traditional Start and Early Start K–8  8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Gaenslen  1250 E. Burleigh St., Milwaukee, 53212  June 22–July 29, 2021 (no student attendance July 5) Traditional Start and Early Start K–8, ESY  8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Greenfield  1711 S. 35th St., Milwaukee, 53215  June 22–July 29, 2021 (no student attendance July 5) Traditional Start and Early Start K–8, ESY, Bilingual 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Jackson  2121 W. Hadley St., Milwaukee, 53206  June 22–July 29, 2021 (no student attendance July 5) Traditional Start and Early Start K–8 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language (MACL)  2430 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, 53233  June 22–July 29, 2021 (no student attendance July 5)

Traditional Start and Early Start K–8, ESY, ESL 

 

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
River Trail  12021 W. Florist Ave., Milwaukee, 53225  June 22–July 29, 2021 (no student attendance July 5) Traditional Start and Early Start K–8 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Rogers  2430 W. Rogers St., Milwaukee, 53204  June 22–July 29, 2021 (no student attendance July 5) Traditional Start and Early Start K–8, ESY, Bilingual 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Vieau  823 S. 4th St., Milwaukee, 53204  June 22–July 29, 2021 (no student attendance July 5) Traditional Start and Early Start K–8, Bilingual 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 

 

  How does a student register for Summer Academy programming?

Elementary: Registration links are coming soon on the Summer Academy page. 

Grades 9–12 high school credit recovery and acceleration: Registration links are coming soon on the Summer Academy page. High school students not currently enrolled in MPS  must have their school counselor email a current copy of their transcript and a letter of course requests — on school letterhead — to elo@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Grade 8 Promotional Program: Principals must recommend  MPS students for the Grade 8 Promotional Program. Each student's current school must submit the required retention documentation. This program is for MPS students only.

Extended School Year (ESY): Students with special education needs should be enrolled only if the individualized education program (IEP) team decides that the student needs summer placement to maintain skills gained during the year.

Community Assessment Training Program (CATP) and On-the-Job Training (OJT): Students with special education needs should be enrolled only if the IEP team decides that the student needs summer placement to maintain skills gained during the year or if the student was not able to be involved in job training due to scheduling conflicts during the school year.

  Is there a deadline for registration?

Registration will close approximately two weeks before the start of each session. The registration deadlines are the following: 

  • June high school session: May 14, 2021
     
  • July high school session: June 18, 2021 
     
  • Elementary session: June 7, 2021 
  When do students register?

Registration begins in early February. Seats are limited. Registration deadlines are approximately two weeks before the start of the program. 

  Who should go to Summer Academy programming?

Elementary: All city of Milwaukee residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Grades 9–12 high school credit recovery and acceleration: Students may enroll in the credit recovery program if they have previously failed a course required for graduation. Selected credit acceleration opportunities are available for students who want or need to take a course for the first time.

Grade 8 Promotional Program: This promotional program is designed for MPS grade 8 students who have missed proficiency in one or two content areas. Students must be recommended by their MPS school and submit all required documentation.

ESY: Students with special needs are enrolled if their IEP mandates extended school year services.

CATP/OJT: Students with special needs should be enrolled only if the IEP team decides that the student needs summer placement to maintain skills gained during the year or if the student was not able to be involved in job training due to scheduling conflicts during the school year.

  What is the student day?

Elementary: Students will engage in academic activities daily Mondays–Fridays for four hours. 

Grades 9–12 high school credit recovery or acceleration: Students attend Mondays–Fridays for four hours. 

Grade 8 Promotional Program: Students attend Mondays–Fridays for four hours.

Elementary ESY: Students attend Mondays–Fridays for four hours. 

High school ESY: Students attend Mondays–Fridays for four hours. 

CATP/OJT: Students attend district and community work sites for four hours daily Mondays–Fridays.

  Is there a graduation ceremony for high school seniors during summer?

Summer Academy holds a graduation ceremony for any qualifying seniors. Diplomas are awarded by the student's home school. Students must maintain a home school enrollment separate from Summer Academy. Credits earned are provided to the home school to be added to the student transcript. Home schools verify that all requirements are met and issue diplomas.

  Cost?

There is no cost for any Summer Academy program for students living in the city of Milwaukee. Non-city of Milwaukee residents must pay tuition costs of $500.00 at the time of registration. Costs may be incurred by ESY students who move at the end of the school year to a new school district. Additionally, the afternoon wraparound and recreation programs through Milwaukee Recreation may require a program fee. Parents are encouraged to contact Milwaukee Recreation at 414-475-8180 for more information regarding afternoon programming.

  Transportation?

Grade 8 Promotional Program or high school Summer Academy students enrolled in the programs will receive a county M•CARD. Parents/guardians must provide transportation to the Summer Academy site on the student's first day of attendance.

Most students enrolled in the ESY program will be provided with door-to-door transportation. This includes a morning pickup and a midday departure from the school location.

Most CATP/OJT students in the food service program are expected to provide their own transportation to and from their job site. City bus tickets may be provided to those students until they receive their first paycheck. Some CATP/OJT students may receive transportation to and from their job site if they are receiving vocational assessment. Detailed transportation information will be provided once students are placed.

  Are students with special needs eligible for Summer Academy?

All students with special needs are welcome in the regular Summer Academy programs. Some students with special needs may be eligible for the ESY program if it is mandated in the student's IEP. Parents should contact their school's special education supervisor for their child's special education program.

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