15 MPS schools honored by the state for ‘Beating the Odds’
Schools have higher rates of poverty than three-quarters of the schools in Wisconsin and have above-average reading and math achievement compared to similar schools
MILWAUKEE (September 4, 2014) – Fifteen schools in the Milwaukee Public Schools family have earned the honor of being named 2014-15 Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction announced Thursday.
The 15 MPS schools are being recognized for “Beating the Odds.” They have poverty rates that are higher than three-quarters of all schools in Wisconsin and have above-average achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to similar schools.
“Educating all children is critical to our mission,” MPS Acting Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said. “We understand the additional challenges children living in poverty may face. Our obligation is to prepare all children for college and careers regardless of their circumstances. We are proud of the accomplishments of these schools and our students.”
Dr. Driver congratulated winning principals and students at an event Thursday at Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School, one of the 11 schools that have won the honor for multiple years in a row. MPS’ 15 winning schools are:
- Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School, 10 years
- Academy of Accelerated Learning, 6 years
- Rufus King International High School, 5 years
- Academia de Lenguaje y Bellas Artes (ALBA), 3 years
- Louisa May Alcott School, 3 yearsClement Avenue School, 3 years
- Greenfield Bilingual School, 3 yearsHumboldt Park School, 3 years
- Lowell Elementary School, 3 years
- Luther Burbank School, 2 years
- Walt Whitman School, 2 years
- Honey Creek Continuous Progress Charter School
- Milwaukee French Immersion School
- Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts
- Wedgewood Park International School
About Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:
- More MPS students are meeting reading standards
- The MPS Class of 2014 earned $31 million in scholarships, up $7 million; and
- MPS is home to 4 of the state’s top 15 high schools according to U.S. News and World Report
Learn more about MPS by visiting http://mpsmke.com/news.
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