Registration begins as MPS sees gains in student achievement, attendance

MILWAUKEE – Parents and guardians can begin registering their children today (Monday, January 9) to join the more than 150 diverse schools in the Milwaukee Public Schools family – a system seeing gains in student achievement and attendance.

The district welcomes parents and guardians to visit their neighborhood school, a specialty school or MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet Street, to talk about the broad range of neighborhood, specialty, partnership and charter school options.

The process – “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.

Specialty schools include those focused on the arts, a college prep curriculum, the internationally-acclaimed IB program, health care, Montessori learning, technical education and technology. Bilingual help with the registration process is available.

Parents can also learn more about each MPS school and the registration process online in English (http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/portal/Selections_English_2012.pdf), Spanish (http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/portal/Selections_Spanish_2012.pdf) and Hmong (http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/portal/Selections_Hmong_2012.pdf).

This year’s registration comes as Milwaukee Public Schools has seen:

  • Higher ACT scores
  • Improvements in reading test scores
  • A growing attendance rate that now stands at over 90%
  • Fewer suspensions and more positive behavior support that have resulted in 31,000 additional hours spent learning
  • Students outperforming or, at minimum, matching the achievement of students in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP).

MPS has also implemented a strong district-wide literacy plan and a district-wide math-science plan bolstered by a five-year, $20.4-million grant from the GE Foundation. A $30-million GEAR-UP grant is helping MPS put students on the path to college.

“Three-choice” registration runs from January 9 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.

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

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.