With college costs on many minds, 350+ to attend MPS AP workshop

MILWAUKEE — At a time when many have the cost of college on their mind, more than 350 Milwaukee Public Schools parents/guardians and students are set to attend a workshop focused on one way to help reduce college costs: Advanced Placement (AP).

The Proud to Be AP / GEAR UP event is aimed at students currently enrolled in or interested in enrolling in AP courses. Those in attendance will learn about the advantages of AP courses, how AP courses can help with college admissions and credit — and how to enroll in AP courses at Milwaukee Public Schools.

“We know MPS students achieve when given the opportunity, the support and the challenge they need and deserve. Advanced Placement courses allow students to experience college-level coursework while in high school and offers them the opportunity to reduce the time and cost required to complete a college degree. They are ‘proud to be AP’ and we are proud of them!” said Seth Sondag, advanced academic studies program coordinator for MPS.

Additional families are welcome to register on site! Saturday’s event runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Marquette University’s Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee 53233.

Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving 80,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. U.S. News and World Report named MPS’ Rufus King International School and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School the two best high schools in the state and among the 200 best in the country in 2012. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 17 points higher than the rate for 2000.