More MPS schools honored for moving low-income students forward

Total of 17 for MPS is up from 14 recognized by state Dept. of Public Instruction in 2012-13

MILWAUKEE – The state Department of Public Instruction is honoring more MPS schools as Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition this year for successfully educating students from low-income families.

Students at MPS' I.D.E.A.L. School, which has been honored as a Wisconsin School of Recognition for seven straight years

Students at MPS’ I.D.E.A.L. School, which has been honored as a Wisconsin School of Recognition for seven straight years

DPI named 17 MPS schools as Schools of Recognition this year, an increase from 14 the prior year. Of those 17, 12 are being recognized for at least the second year in a row.

“Educating students who come from low-income families is critical to our success as a school district and we are honored that a growing number of our schools are being recognized for doing that important work,” Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Thornton said. “Thank you to our students, families and staff for all their hard work and thank you to the DPI acknowledging their success.”

Among the 17 MPS schools, one school – MPS’ Milwaukee German Immersion School – won the honor as a “High-Progress School” for falling within the top 10% across the state for growth in reading and math and for having small achievement gaps or reducing achievement gaps among student groups.

The remaining 16 are being honored as “Beating the Odds Schools” for landing within the top 25% of high-poverty schools across the state and have higher-than-average reading and math achievement when compared to similar schools across the state.

The 17 winning MPS schools are:

High-Progress School
Milwaukee German Immersion School

Beating the Odds Schools
Academia de Lenguaje y Bellas Artes (ALBA) (2 years in a row)
Academy of Accelerated Learning (AAL) (5 years in a row)
Louisa May Alcott School (2 years in a row)
Luther Burbank School
Clement Avenue School (2 years in a row)
Dover School (now part of Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts)
Greenfield Bilingual School (2 years in a row)
Hawley Environmental School (2 years in a row)
Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA) (2 years in a row)
Humboldt Park School (2 years in a row)
I.D.E.A.L. School (7 years in a row)
International Peace Academy (now part of HAPA)
Lowell Elementary School (2 years in a row)
Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School (9 years in a row)
Rufus King International School (4 years in a row)
Walt Whitman Elementary School

About Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Public Schools, Wisconsin’s largest school district, is expanding college and career readiness efforts and continuing to implement innovative reforms that give every student the opportunity to succeed. MPS’ high-quality school options for 3-year-olds to high school seniors feature school climates in which positive behavior is reinforced; certified, highly-trained teachers; 21st-century learning technology for students; and curriculum aligned to the rigorous Common Core State Standards, which set a clear, high bar for the topics students must master at each grade level. MPS’ graduation rate is 14 points higher than the rate for the Class of 2000, its Class of 2013 earned $24 million in scholarships and the district is home to some of the state’s best high schools according to the Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report.