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Kindergarten Enrollment

Kindergarten students2020-2021 Kindergarten Enrollment will begin Saturday, February 1, 2020 and run through Sunday, March 1, 2020!

Now is the time for Milwaukee families to choose a kindergarten or Head Start program to start their 3-, 4- or 5-year olds on the path to success.

Whether you are preparing your first child for kindergarten or your youngest child for high school, MPS has a program to fit every student.

With more than 150 school options in MPS that serve more than 76,000 students, we know that you will have questions. Our website can help you find the many great opportunities that are available for our students and families.

For even more information, school Open House events provide opportunities to visit schools, meet staff and ask questions. For your individual needs, help is just a phone call away through the district office or at any of our schools.

We are ready to be your partner as your children advance through elementary school, middle school and high school. Welcome to the MPS family!

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School Enrollment Guide

Whether you are preparing your first child for kindergarten or your youngest child for high school, MPS has a program to fit every student. This School Enrollment Guide is your resource for locating schools and understanding all of the programs available. This interactive booklet also gives step-by-step instructions to help you complete your enrollment application and find resources to guide your decisions.


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Kindergarten pathwayMPS Kindergarten Pathway

Kindergarten for three-year-olds helps children get excited about school and learn classroom routines. Caring teachers guide learning through movement, art, music, play, and group activities. In four-year-old kindergarten, caring teachers help children have fun with skills like counting and recognizing letters. Classroom routines build good habits and children learn to recognize the feelings of others around them. Five-year-old kindergarten prepares children for first grade and beyond. Through positive work, play, and learning, caring teachers help students take on new challenges and respect others.

Kindergarten studentTo Complete Your Enrollment

You may complete your enrollment application online or in person.

  • Online – Visit the MPS district website and enroll online (use Parent Portal if you are a current MPS family; otherwise use this online application)
  • In Person – You may enroll at any MPS school. This does not improve your chances of getting your first-choice school. You may also visit the District Enrollment Center at MPS Central Services. The Enrollment Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Head Start Enrollment

Head Start helps ensure children are ready for school through half- and full-day programs for three-year-olds and full-day programs for four-year- olds. Head Start is federally funded and acceptance is based on income limits. Head Start enrolls all year.

Enrollment is also open for the MPS Head Start program that provides parental, educational, medical, nutritional, psychological and social support to help children consistently succeed.

Families must qualify for Head Start based on income and other variables. Find out more about the MPS Head Start program or visit the Head Start office at the Grant Gordon (formerly Lee) Learning Center, 921 W. Meinecke Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53206, or call (414) 252-0350.

Why MPS?

  • We welcome ALL children
  • We have quality teachers in safe, caring learning environments
  • Before- and after-school care is available at most schools
  • Transportation is available
  • All students receive free breakfast and lunch
  • Parent coordinators are located at every school to support families
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Enrollment Windows: 2021-2022 School Year

  • Kindergarten Enrollment: February 6 to March 21, 2021
  • Middle/High School Early Admissions: September 26 to November 1, 2020
  • All other grade levels that need enrollment for Fall 2021:
    February 6 to August 1, 2021
  • After the enrollment windows have closed, enrollment will reopen for fall:
    • Middle and High School:
      February 6 to August 1, 2021
    • Kindergarten:
      May 1 to August 1, 2021
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