Milwaukee Public Schools has the greatest variety of high-performing programs in the city, from strong traditional neighborhood schools to arts, Career and Technical Education (CTE), International Baccalaureate, language immersion and Montessori specialty schools to charter schools. Enrollment for the fall is now open on a first-come, first-served basis. (Some schools may have filled during the Three-Choice Enrollment period, which ended February 21. If you participated in our Three-Choice Enrollment Process, enrollment letters for 2014-15 are on their way!) Immediate enrollment for the current school year is also available.
Enrollment is as easy as one, two, three!
One: Find the school or schools that are right for you and your child. You can use this site to find a school by name, by grade level, by location or by specialty/program. The advanced search allows you to find a school by grade and by program(s) at the same time. Families have preferred access to their neighborhood schools and to neighborhood specialty schools near their homes. See below to read more about why so many families choose MPS.
Two: Fill out a fall application at any MPS school, any MPS District Parent Resource Center (at North Division, South Division and Washington high schools) or online! You will be asked to select up to three high schools for your child and you can check transportation eligibility using the online application.
Three: After March 10-14, MPS will begin processing fall applications and families will receive a letter showing the school in which each child is enrolled.
Questions about enrollment? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (414) 475-8159.
Head Start enrollment
Enrollment is also open for the MPS Head Start program that provides parental, educational, medical, nutritional, psychological and social support to help children consistently succeed.
Families must qualify for Head Start based on income and other variables. Find out more about the MPS Head Start program or call the Head Start Office at (414) 777-7850.
Why choose MPS?
Our schools feature strong curriculum — tied to the rigorous Common Core State Standards — that prepares students to succeed in college and careers. MPS is home to the nation’s largest concentration of students participating in the Project Lead the Way, which uses hands-on learning opportunities to expose students to engineering, math, science and technology in middle and high school. MPS also boasts the nation’s largest number of public Montessori schools — many of which lead the district in test score averages.
We are proud of our robust offerings of high-performing specialty schools, with focuses ranging from the arts to bilingual education, Career and Technical Education (CTE), gifted and talented, language immersion, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement and college preparatory programs.
Milwaukee Public Schools has been and continues to be committed to working tirelessly to improve student achievement. More MPS schools are meeting or exceeding expectations on the state report card and MPS scores in math and reading have grown on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. MPS offers exclusive opportunities for students including Learning Journeys that connect curriculum and our students to community learning opportunities including Discovery World, the Milwaukee Public Museum and Junior Achievement Kohl’s Education Center. The district has made a significant investment in specialist-taught art, music and physical education, moves that have added more than 90 specialist teaching positions over the past two years. The district plans to increase that investment even further for 2014-15.
MPS’ recent aggressive reforms have included comprehensive plans to reinforce strong curriculum at schools across the district. The district is expanding its use of a strong model to identify and promote excellent teaching. The support of the GE Foundation has led to the development of schools that are being used as models for college and career readiness across the district. The Milwaukee Board of School Directors has made difficult, but necessary decisions to close underperforming and under-enrolled schools. At the same time, MPS has moved to expand and replicate schools that are succeeding academically and attracting families.
MPS has successfully implemented PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), which reinforces positive behavior and promotes a healthy school climate — and we have extensive safety protocols that continue to make our schools a safe place for students. An AlertNow system allows the district to communicate important messages and updates to every MPS family within 45 minutes.
We invite you to explore this site and learn about the many opportunities for you and your children at Milwaukee Public Schools!