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Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is the largest school district in Wisconsin. As of the 2015–16 school year, MPS served 75,568 students in 154 schools and had 9,636 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff positions.[2] The Milwaukee Public Schools system is the one of the largest in the United States by enrollment.[citation needed] A publicly elected school board, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, provides direction and oversight, with a superintendent heading the organization's administration.

Milwaukee Public Schools
5225 West Vliet Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
District information
TypePublic School District
SuperintendentKeith Posley
Budget$1.1 billion (2016–2017)[1]
Students and staff
Students75,568 (2015–16)
Staff9,636 (2015–16)
Other information

Milwaukee Public Schools' offerings include neighborhood schools, specialty schools and charter schools serving students as young as age 3 up through grade 12.


Specialty programs in MPS include arts schools such as Milwaukee High School of the Arts; career and technical education schools such as Lynde & Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School; gifted and talented schools such as Golda Meir School; International Baccalaureate and college prep high schools such as Rufus King International School - High School Campus, Riverside University High School and Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School; language immersion schools including French, German and Spanish immersion elementary schools and Milwaukee School of Languages for middle- and high-school students; and a large number of Montessori schools.

The district owns WYMS-FM (88.9), which airs an eclectic selection of music and is programmed by a local non-profit group via an LMA.


While overall reading and math proficiency rates are below the state average and below those of some other large city districts, the district did see some growth in scores in both subjects and both grades tested on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress[3] and on the 2012–13 state standardized tests, MPS students, on the whole, outperformed Milwaukee students receiving publicly funded vouchers to attend private schools.[4]

School District officials note declining funding as a catalyst to problems in the district.[5] However, local journalists have cited school officials as lacking in motivation to improve the system.[6][7]

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in its 2011−12 School District Performance Report lists Milwaukee's Regular Diploma Graduation Rate at 66.2%.

In 2012, Rufus King International School – High School Campus was ranked the 130th best public high school in the nation,[8] making it the top performing school in the state of Wisconsin. Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School was ranked second in Wisconsin, while Milwaukee School of Languages was ranked seventh.

Charter schoolsEdit

In 1990, Milwaukee became the first community in the United States to adopt a school voucher program. The program enables students to receive public funding to study at parochial and other private schools free of cost. The 2006−07 school year marked the first time that more than $100 million was paid in vouchers, as 26% of Milwaukee students receive public funding to attend schools outside the MPS system.[9] If the voucher program alone were considered a school district, it would mark the sixth-largest district in Wisconsin.[citation needed]

Under Wisconsin state law, the Milwaukee school board is one of several entities that can authorize charter schools in the city. Other authorities that can authorize charter schools are the Milwaukee City Council, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Area Technical College Board.[10] The first charter school in Milwaukee was the Highland Community School, a Montessori elementary school authorized by Milwaukee Public Schools in 1996.[11]


K–8 schoolsEdit

  • Auer Avenue Elementary School
  • Luther Burbank Elementary School
  • A.E. Burdick School
  • Dr. Benjamin Carson Academy of Science
  • George Washington Carver Academy of Mathematics and Science
  • Cass Street School
  • James Fenimore Cooper Elementary School
  • Craig Montessori School
  • Eighty-First Street Elementary School
  • Fernwood Montessori School
  • Frederick J. Gaenslen School
  • Hamlin Garland School
  • U.S. Grant Elementary School
  • Grantosa Drive Elementary School
  • Greenfield Elementary School
  • Hartford Avenue University School
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School
  • Hopkins Lloyd Community School
  • Humboldt Park School
  • Keefe Avenue Elementary School
  • Martin Luther King Jr. School
  • Robert M. La Follette Elementary School
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Elementary School
  • Manitoba Elementary School
  • Maryland Avenue Montessori School
  • Golda Meir School (formerly Fourth Street School)
  • Ralph H. Metcalfe School
  • Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language
  • Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts
  • Milwaukee Sign Language School
  • Alexander Mitchell Integrated Arts Elementary School
  • Rogers Street Academy
  • Sherman Multicultural Arts Elementary School
  • Albert Story School
  • Henry David Thoreau Elementary School
  • Trowbridge Street Elementary School
  • Victory School
  • Vieau School
  • Westside Academy I & II
  • Thurston Woods Campus Elementary School

Elementary schoolsEdit

  • Academy of Accelerated Learning
  • Academia de Lenguaje y Bellas Artes (ALBA)
  • Alcott School
  • Allen-Field School
  • Barton School
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Academy
  • Brown Street Academy
  • Browning School
  • Bruce School
  • Bryant School
  • Clarke Street Elementary School
  • Clemens School
  • Clement Ave. School
  • Congress School
  • Curtin School
  • Doerfler School
  • Elm Creative Arts School
  • Emerson School
  • Engleburg School
  • Fifty-third St. School
  • Forest Home Ave. School
  • Franklin School
  • La Escuela Fratney
  • German Immersion School
  • Goodrich School
  • Hampton School
  • Hawley Environmental School
  • Hawthorne School
  • Hayes School
  • Hi-Mount Blvd. School
  • Honey Creek School
  • Kagel School
  • Kilbourn School
  • Kluge School
  • Lincoln Ave. School
  • Lancaster Elementary School
  • Lowell School
  • Maple Tree School
  • Marvin Pratt Elementary School
  • Milwaukee French Immersion School
  • Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School
  • Morgandale School
  • Neeskara School
  • Ninety-Fifth St. School
  • Parkview Elementary School
  • Pierce Elementary School
  • James Whitcomb Riley Elementary School
  • River Trail Elementary School
  • Siefert Elementary School
  • Frances Starms Discovery Learning Center
  • Starms Early Childhood Center
  • Gilbert Stuart Elementary School
  • Walt Whitman Elementary School
  • Clement J. Zablocki Elementary School

Middle schoolsEdit

Middle and high (6–12) schoolsEdit

K–12 schoolsEdit

High schoolsEdit


  1. ^ Milwaukee Public Schools. Financial Planning and Budget Services: 2016-17 Superintendent's Proposed Budget.
  2. ^ Milwaukee Public Schools. Superintendent’s 2016-17 Proposed Budget.
  3. ^ "MPS shows slight gain in scores on national exam". Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Wisconsin voucher students lag in latest state test". Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  5. ^ Borsuk, Alan (March 28, 2006). "Low-income student funding is decreased by state". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on December 3, 2007. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
  6. ^ "New reading results put MPS near bottom among urban districts". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  7. ^ McIlheran, Patrick. "MPS Rathole No. 674" (June 3, 2010). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2017-09-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Vouchers to Pass $100 Million Mark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 21, 2006". Retrieved 2006-11-21.
  10. ^ Layla Merrifield. "Charter Schools". Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau Informational Paper 30, January 2011.
  11. ^ About Charter Schools, Highland Community School website, accessed February 7, 2011
  12. ^ "Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education". Milwaukee Public Schools. Retrieved 9 March 2015.

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