College and Career Readiness

View a list of schools offering these programs.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Through Advanced Placement’s college-level courses and exams, high school students can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world. Learn more about Advanced Placement in MPS.

College for Every Student (CFES)

Schools identify up to 100 students as CFES scholars, who are supported through connections to colleges, peer and adult mentoring and service learning projects. A national partner on the TEAM GEAR UP grant, currently in the second of three years of providing in-kind services for the grant, with no contract for services. Interested in continuing at the current schools and expanding.

College Possible

Core program serves juniors and seniors after school w/test prep, application and financial aid assistance, and support toward college degree completion. Also provide in-school workshops to 9th and 10th graders. Part of a national non-profit organization. Locally seeking to add one to two additional schools annually.

Diversity Scholars

Uses to connect low-income, first-generation and minority students to colleges and universities. Mobilized through partnership w/Violence Free Zone (VFZ) agencies, VFZ staff serve as peer community organizers to generate student interest, train student leaders and assist students with completing Career Cruising and Diversity Scholars profiles.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate offers four programmes for students ages 3 to 19 to help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. There are currently over 3,400 schools in 143 countries authorized to offer the “programme.” Learn more about International Baccalaureate in MPS.

Lead to Succeed

Lead to Succeed is an industry-driven youth leadership development program in which college students mentor a team of HS students in a service learning project that addresses needs identified by local non-profits. Students develop leadership and problem-solving skills by designing and executing the projects.

My Life! My Plan!

One-time career awareness workshops, developed by Milwaukee Talent Dividend to help students plan their pathway to post-secondary education/training. Business professionals coach small groups of students, who use Career Cruising and identify next steps, incl. connecting w/ counselors and the College Access Centers.


GEAR UPServes a cohort of students in two grades (Classes of 2017 & 2018, currently in 7th and 8th grade) with tutoring, college and career awareness visits and workshops, leadership training and scholarships for pre-college programs and college tuition.

The Degree Project

Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation offers this $12,000 promise scholarship program to over 2,200 students in the Class of 2015 whose schools were randomly selected at the start of their HS careers. The students must graduate by August 2015 with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA and 90% attendance.

YMCA Sponsor-a-Scholar

Scholars in this highly successful pre-college program join in Gr. 9, becoming part of a supportive peer leadership group, receiving intensive academic support and monthly mentoring throughout HS. Scholars who complete the program and enroll in college receive $1,250 of support from SAS for 4 years of college.