State of Wisconsin honors MPS’ Whittier School for academic growth

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Public Schools’ Whittier School is among just 65 schools across the state honored by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as a Wisconsin Reward School.

Reward Schools are schools that have both strong academic results and a student body that includes low-income students.

Whittier, which “exceeds expectations” in the tough new state report cards and exceeds state standardized test score averages, is being honored for its academic growth.

“I am very proud of Whittier School,” school leader Peggy Mystrow said. “Our vision statement is, ‘your path to college starts here,’ and the teachers, parents and staff work very hard to ensure that all students succeed.”

The K4-5 school, located on the city’s south side just northwest of General Mitchell International Airport, is an MPS-operated charter school with a neighborhood attendance area.

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Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving more than 78,000 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.