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High School Enrollment Criteria

Five MPS high schools use admission criteria for accepting students. All applicants to these schools will receive a points score combing five criteria (e.g., report card, attendance, standardized test scores (English language arts and math), essay).    Acceptance to these five schools will be determined by student criteria scores. These schools do not have preset minimum scores; students will be admitted in the order of their scores until a school reaches capacity.

In addition, any school that receives more applicants than available seats will use these admission criteria for accepting students.

High Schools

High School Name
Rufus King IB High School
Golda Meir High School
Milwaukee High School of the Arts**
Ronald Wilson Reagan IB High School
Riverside University High School

** Students interested in attending Milwaukee High School of the Arts will need to choose an  arts major.

  • Music (Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Piano, Jazz Studies, Guitar)
  • Dance
  • Literary Arts
  • Theater & Film
  • Visual Art & Design / Pre-Engineering & Design

Criteria for High School Admissions

Students can earn a maximum of 12 points for their application to an MPS high school.

These criteria are used for admission at the five high schools listed above, and at any school that receives more applicants than available seats.

Below are the point values for admissions criteria.

Criteria

Point Values

Attendance from grade 7

3

97%–100%

3

93%–96%

2

90%–92%

1

Below 90%

0

Report Card from grade 7

5

80% - 100% advanced/proficient

3.8 GPA and above

93.1 - 100%

 5

60% – 79.9% advanced/proficient

3.5 – 3.79 GPA

85.1% – 93%

 4

40% – 59.9% advanced/proficient

3.0 – 3.49 GPA

83.1% – 85%

 3

20%–39.9% advanced/proficient

2.5 – 2.99 GPA

78.1% – 83%

2

0.1% – 19.9%  advanced/proficient

2.1 - 2.49 GPA

75.1% - 78%

1

 

0% advanced/proficient

0 - 2.0 GPA

75% and below

0

Standardized Test Scores in English Language Arts (ELA) from grade  7

Non-MPS students: Submit Wisconsin Forward Exam test scores from spring 2022 (MAP and Star also accepted)

 1

Advanced or Proficient on Wisconsin Forward Exam

1

Basic or Below Basic
 

0

Standardized Test Scores in Math from grade  7

Non-MPS students: Submit Wisconsin Forward Exam test scores from  spring 2022 (MAP and Star also accepted)

 1

 Advanced or Proficient on Wisconsin Forward Exam

1


Basic or Below Basic
 

0

On-Demand Writing Activity: Essays are computer-scored on a scale of 1 to 4.

MPS Students: Performed in class through grade 8 teacher

Non-MPS Students: Must register and complete essay

 2

 Essays scoring 3 or 4

 2

 

 

Essays scoring 2 or 1

1

Total Possible Points

 12

 

 

 

Additional Factors

  • Students applying to Milwaukee High School of the Arts must select an arts major, and will be invited to an audition after they are accepted at the school.
    • Music (Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Piano, Jazz Studies, Guitar)
    • Dance
    • Literary Arts
    • Theater & Film
    • Visual Art & Design / Pre-Engineering & Design
  • For students placed on a waiting list for admissions, applicants with siblings currently enrolled at the desired school will be given preference on the waiting list during random selection.

Additional Information about the Essay

  1. MPS students will complete the written essay through their grade 8 teacher between October 3 and October 28, 2022.
  2. Non-MPS students will complete the written essay on their own prior to October 30, 2022. An applicant will receive directions for completing the written essay within one week of submitting their application.
  3. The written essay will consist of a short reading selection along with a question about the selection. Students will need to respond to the question and support their answer by referring to the reading selection.
  4. Students will have up to two hours (120 minutes) to complete their response.
  5. Students may use paper to make notes or plan their essay.
  6. Students will have use of MyEditor for corrections for usage and mechanics (e.g., spelling, capitalization, punctuation).
  7. Scores will be immediately available to students upon completion and submission of their essay.
  8. There is no opportunity to redo this essay.
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