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Elementary Programming

Community artists from Arts @ LargeMilwaukee Repertory Theater, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and SHARP Literacy will be in all Summer Academy locations. Students will experience theater, dance, music, and visual arts while working with some of the top professionals in the city.

Summer academyThe MPS Summer Academy aims to provide an engaging and enriching experience for students in the summer months. Students will participate in a variety of field trips, arts-integrated activities, and exciting in-school programs.

Summer Academy has always been an innovative approach to extending the learning opportunities for students. Over the past few years, there has been a strategic focus on teaching explicit literacy skills by engaging students in hands-on science concepts. The Summer Academy program has been developed to build on this foundation while preparing students for the next grade level's standards. This rigorous approach emphasizes the idea of preparation for the upcoming grade level by organizing meaningful experiences during the Summer Academy. MPS academic programs are supported by afternoon Milwaukee Recreation childcare options, social activities, and healthy meals. Sessions are held in June and July at select locations.


  • A curriculum aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
  • Elementary programs: June and July sessions each last four weeks, Monday through Friday, with an emphasis on reading, writing, science, and math
  • Afternoon recreation activities: Child Care Camps (CCC), Community Learning Centers (CLC), Safe Places, Extended School YearSpecial Services Club Rec, and Summer Recreation Enrichment Camps (SREC) through Milwaukee Recreation (additional fees may apply)
  • Bilingual and English as a second language services at select sites in July
  • Extended School Year (ESY) is part of the MPS Summer Academy offerings for children with special education needs. ESY is a portion of a student’s individualized education plan (IEP), which is a mandated service under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Eligibility for ESY is determined by an IEP team. An IEP team determines eligibility for ESY services based on data-driven decisions regarding possible regression of skills following a period of non-attendance, the amount of time needed for recoupment of skills, recognition of emerging skills, and the severity of the student’s disability as well as other factors. For students not eligible for ESY services, staff and parents are encouraged to explore other options included in the MPS Summer Academy.
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