MPS’ Milwaukee French Immersion School celebrates 35 years of success Friday

Open house set for Friday, January 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the west-side school

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee French Immersion School, one of MPS’ highly-rated language immersion schools, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this week complete with a pep rally and culminating with an open house Friday.


“Milwaukee French Immersion School is one of the many MPS schools providing an opportunity you won’t find anywhere else in this community,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said. “I’m honored to be a part of celebrating 35 years of offering our families this strong school option.”

Students at Milwaukee French Immersion School (MFIS), which serves children from K4 through 5th grade, learn core subjects in the French language and are able to read, write and speak in both English and French. MFIS students’ language skills serve them well, preparing them for high school and postsecondary education – and expanding the number of career opportunities available to them.

The focus on French doesn’t detract from learning the English language. In fact, students at MFIS outperform both the MPS and Wisconsin averages in English reading proficiency, according to state test results.

Children need no prior French language experience to enter the school at K4, K5 or 1st grade and once they complete 5th grade, they have the option of continuing their immersion experience along with students from other MPS immersion schools at MPS’ Milwaukee School of Languages, which serves students in grades 6-12. Milwaukee School of Languages was named one of the best high schools in Wisconsin by U.S. News and World Report in 2012.

MFIS was created 35 years ago as part of MPS’ desegregation efforts, aimed at attracting students from across the city to strong specialty programs. That continues today: the school serves a high-performing racially and economically diverse student body.

The 35th-anniversary pep rally will take place Thursday and the MFIS open house is set for Friday, January 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the school, 2360 N. 52nd Street, Milwaukee 53210. Prospective families who attend will be able to meet current families, staff and leaders and even experience a language-immersion classroom experience for themselves.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for families to come and see our philosophy of ‘thinking globally and learning locally’ in action, “ school leader Gina Bianchi said.

Interested families who cannot attend the open house are invited to contact Ms. Bianchi at (414) 874-8405 and visit the school’s website – – for more information. Prospective families have their best chance of enrolling in their first-choice school during MPS’ Three-Choice Enrollment period, which runs from February 3-21. Learn more at


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