Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Creativity. Resiliace. Dicipline. Artistry. Dedication. Passion.
Our students enroll in two arts classes per semester making MHSA the only high school in Wisconsin to offer a core arts education in conjunction with college prep academics. Students are engaged daily with highly skilled and qualified arts faculty, and are offered unique and numerous opportunities to work with professionals – performers, actors, teachers, artists, musicians – through master classes, coaching, and performance. We pride ourself on our dedicated student body; the hallways are filled with artists painting murals, string quartets practicing, or dancers mastering new routines.
In their chosen major, MHSA Students explore the world by creating every day. They develop skills in collaboration, determination and dedication – to their work, their classmates, their journey. While some of our students have received prior instruction in their chosen art area, many arrive to MHSA with little to no training.
All students thrive in our supportive community – we all belong here.
The Art Areas
Creative Writing Short Story, Poetry, Study of Literature, Journalism
Dance Classical, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Pre-Ap Contemporary Dance
Music Band, Percussion Ensemble, Drumline, Guitar, Jazz, Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Workshop, Piano, Choir, Vocal Jazz, Opera Workshop, Pre-AP and AP Music Theory
Theater Acting, Directing, Theater Production, Pre-AP Introduction to Theater
Visual Art Design, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Video Production, Image Technology, Pre-AP Art Design, AP Art Studio
MHSA also provides an academically challenging educational program that includes Advanced Placement and honors courses. MHSA offers more than 15 AP courses for both high school and college credit. MHSA is one of only five MPS schools designated as an AP Capstone school. AP Capstone provides students with the opportunity to build the independent research, collaborative teamwork and communications skills valued by colleges and employers.
A unique characteristic of the student body is how we embrace differences and the worth of every person. Acceptance and tolerance are hallmarks of our students pursuing their dreams. We support the belief that our common interests are more powerful than the differences between us.
“Intellectual growth through creative expression.”