The New School for Community Service is celebrating it’s 22nd year as an innovative citywide alternative high school serving 170 11th & 12th grade students. The New School draws its student body from all areas of the city and suburbs. Our student body is a wonderfully mixed group of young people for whom traditional classroom-based models of schooling are no longer effective. The New School is governed by a community advisory board made up of teachers, parents, and community representatives.
The New School is the only school in the district offering community-based learning internships as the core of the program. Over the last two decades we have built a powerful network of private businesses, community-based organizations, governmental units, and schools that serve as learning resource sites for our students. Internship sites offer learning placements in art, business, computer education, language arts, science, social studies and technical education. Credits earned in learning placements count toward a student’s graduation requirements. The New school also offers a menu of in-house classes taught by our staff, computer-based course offerings through E2020, and college credit through the Wisconsin Youth Options program. Our school is accredited through the North Central Association.
The New School program offers small class sizes, individualized learning plans, comprehensive support services, and a non-traditional environment to assist our students to achieve success in high school and prepare for the rigors of post-secondary education. Our program emphasizes self-direction, responsibility, educational innovation and community service as values.
Our ongoing goals include:
• strengthening our learning internship network, with an emphasis on additional experiences in science and technology areas
• adding course offerings such as Physics to our in-house class menu
• improving our service to special needs students with an emphasis on academic support in the inclusive classroom
• develop a leadership-training program for our students which emphasize student-led service learning activities.
• improving retention and graduation rates.
• utilizing our new parent coordinator to increase parent involvement as we tell our story to the public and advertise our successes.
We continue to direct significant resources, including Title 1 funds, to strengthening our ability to assist our students to successfully complete MPS graduation requirements including Proficiency exams and additional credits in math and science. We also plan to expand extra-curricular opportunities for our young people by utilizing community resources and programs to help further educate our students. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary as an innovative high school, we remain committed to our original vision of providing a non-traditional, child-centered, high quality educational experience for Milwaukee’s youth.