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Middle and High School Programs

City of Milwaukee residents may attend the elementary, middle, and high school morning academic programs free of charge (priority enrollment is for MPS students).

Students who live outside the city and attend public or private suburban high schools or MPS through open enrollment are classified as tuition students and therefore must pay tuition of $500.00 or have a tuition waiver on file with MPS in order to attend summer school. Call 414-475-8238 for more information.

Registration forms can be found on the Summer Academy page at

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  What programs are available for elementary school students?

Check out the engaging and enriching experiences available to elementary school students on the Elementary Programming page.

  What programs are available for middle school students?
  • Middle School Bridge is a program for traditional elementary school students transitioning to the middle school setting. Middle School Bridge is held at the incoming school site prior to the start of the school year. Programming will allow incoming students the opportunity to form a realistic expectation of what middle school will be like, build a sense of community, explore extracurricular activities, and learn how middle school is different from elementary school.
  • 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. The Grade 8 Promotional Program is held for four weeks. There are June and July sessions for this program.
  • Summer Academy programs at select locations offer programming in July for grades 6–8. Students will get a preview of the Common Core State Standards that they will see in the next school year.
  What programs are available for high school students?
  • High school credit recovery and acceleration options are available for students in grades 9–12 in core subject areas to boost GPA and ensure on-time graduation.
  • Online learning (Edgenuity): Students can complete online coursework begun during the school year with face-to-face teacher support to recover failed credits. Selected credit acceleration courses are available for incoming freshmen and students in grades 9–12.
  • GED Option #2 (GEDO #2): Selected students enrolled in the GEDO #2 program during the school year can complete remaining graduation requirements through preparation and successful completion of content exams and program portfolio requirements.
  • Competency-based program: Students currently  enrolled in the program during the school year are encouraged to attend summer sessions.
  • Service-learning course: Rising freshmen and high school students can complete their service-learning requirements.
  • 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 MPS Summer Academy.
  • Community Assessment and Training Program (CATP) and On-the-Job Training (OJT) are school-to-work transition programs that prepare students with special education needs for the transition from school to the adult world of work and community living. High school students have the opportunity to explore a variety of careers while learning appropriate work behaviors. Depending on the needs of the student, some are paired with employees of businesses, and others work together with an MPS special education teacher and a paraprofessional.
  • Freshman Bridge is a two-day program that takes place for incoming freshmen at their high school location. The purpose of the program is to prepare for high school academic rigor, develop positive relationships between students and staff, learn about high school from upperclassmen, and become familiar with the new school to build confidence prior to the start of high school.
  How do you enroll in Summer Academy sessions?

High school students must work with their school counselor to select courses. Registration takes place at all school locations and at MPS Central Services (5225 W. Vliet Street) in room 150.

For elementary and middle school programs, registration takes place in early spring. 

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