MPS announces first-in-region online enrollment

MILWAUKEE – Parents can now enroll their children in Milwaukee Public Schools online from home, a service believed to be the first of its kind in the region and among the first in the state.

“This is another great way for us to connect with our families and serve them,” Superintendent Gregory Thornton said.

It means that finding the right school for your child and registering can be as easy as a few clicks. Just click the ‘online registration’ button at www.milwaukee.k12.wi.us. Families who want to learn more about each school will find our catalog in English, Spanish and Hmong on the registration page.

As online enrollment moves forward, MPS also invites families to visit their neighborhood school, MPS charter school, specialty school or partnership school in person to talk one-on-one about our outstanding programs – programs posting gains in ACT scores, reading test scores and a growing attendance rate that now stands over 90%.

The district offers strong neighborhood schools and specialty programs focused on the arts, a college prep curriculum, the internationally-acclaimed IB program, health care, Montessori learning, technology and technical education.

Families can register in person at schools or at Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet Street, from now through January 27. Hours at Central Services are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesday hours at Central Services are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bilingual help with the registration process is available. The City of Milwaukee Health Department will offer immunizations on site January 11 and 26, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Parents have another opportunity to learn more about the schools at two “Great Schools” fairs: one for the South Side on Saturday, Jan. 14 at American Serb Hall, 5101 W. Oklahoma Avenue, and one for the North Side on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Shops of Grand Avenue at N. 3rd Street and W. Wisconsin Avenue. Both are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The current “three-choice” registration is for parents and guardians of children who will be new to the MPS family, who have moved within the district or who are currently at the top grade level in their school.

Parents select three choices for their child – and last year, the vast majority of those who registered by the end of the three-choice enrollment period were able to enroll their child in their first-choice school.

As long as parents enroll within the three-choice window ending January 27, they do not have to worry about being the first to register.