Milwaukee Public Schools starts new school year

MILWAUKEE – Thursday, September 1 marks “Day One” for the majority of Milwaukee Public Schools’ 75,000-plus students in 158 schools across the city. MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver and members of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors will be joined by Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Evers and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to mark Day One for traditional calendar schools.

Sherman Multicultural Arts School hosted the district’s Day One celebration. Sherman is one of the four schools selected to participate in Turnaround Arts, the signature program of the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities. MPS is the only district in the state selected to receive Turnaround Arts intensive arts education resources and integration as a strategy to close the achievement gap.

“We are on a mission to ensure equity, access and opportunity for all of our students,” Dr. Driver said. “Partnerships like Turnaround Arts help us improve student achievement and provide greater access to arts programming.”

MPS’ areas of focus for the 2016-17 school year include:

  • Algebra readiness: Working with students in grade school to help prepare them to be successful in algebra
  • Literacy across all subjects: Strengthening incorporation of reading and writing into subjects such as science and social studies to boost literacy
  • World languages: Increasing the number of world language course offerings, including American Sign Language, to prepare students for more rigorous graduation requirements
  • Rethinking high schools to better serve students: Expanding Advanced Placement course offerings through the use of Telepresence at eight high schools, adding Pulaski High School as an International Baccalaureate candidate school, implementing a Freshman Bridge program to help ninth graders successfully transition to high school, expanding workforce development initiatives such as the agriculture program at Vincent High School and culinary arts with the ProStart program at four high schools, implementation of Universal Drivers’ Education
  • Continuing to implement the Regional Development Plan to create more enrollment opportunities in high-performing schools: Opening the new addition at Fernwood Montessori School, adding a second campus for Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School, making Victory School a full Italian immersion school, moving King Middle Years to a larger, newly renovated building, and the addition of a second campus for Hmong American Peace Academy