Milwaukee Public Schools
Press Release

MPS high schools take state’s top 2 spots on Washington Post best list

6 MPS schools in total make Post's list of schools that challenge students to achieve through college-level exams

By - Apr 20th, 2015 12:36 pm

MILWAUKEE (April 20, 2015) – MPS high schools took Wisconsin’s top two spots on this year’s Washington Post list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” – those that are best in the nation at challenging their students to achieve through college-level exams.

Six MPS schools in total made the national list, which was released Monday. The MPS schools and their state rankings are:

#1: Carmen High School of Science and Technology – South Campus
#2: Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School
#6: Rufus King International High School
#20: Milwaukee School of Languages
#29: Riverside University High School
#35: Milwaukee High School of the Arts

The Post creates the list by dividing the number of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests a school administers by the number of graduating seniors. MPS has increased Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate offerings in recent years, including offering more AP classes in high schools across the district and developing IB opportunities.

“In recent years, Milwaukee Public Schools has taken significant steps to improve outcomes so more students are prepared for college and career success. Challenging students to take more rigorous coursework is an important part of that work,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said. “I’m proud to say that six of our high schools are earning notice on a national stage for their efforts. Making sure more students have access to curriculum that challenges and engages them is a critical part of the work we are doing now to rethink high schools and to redesign our curriculum.”

Press Releases by Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools move some schools to early start calendar in 2017

Secondary, IB and year round schools move to August start date

Milwaukee Public Schools

MPS Board Committee accepts early start calendar for high schools, middle schools and year-round schools

Committee asks administration to pursue further research and dialog regarding elementary school calendars

Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools releases results of water quality testing

The sampling began in June 2016 and two independent, state-certified firms conducted the analysis.

Milwaukee Public Schools

Over 3,200 Milwaukee Public Schools’ students participate in one-day volunteer project

Milwaukee Public School students at 28 schools will all participate in a large scale volunteer project with United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools’ students get free books; chance to meet children’s author Sundee Frazier

My Very Own Library, Scholastic Book Fairs and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County team-up to support literacy effort at 14 MPS schools

Milwaukee Public Schools

Nearly one third of MPS schools move up a category on the latest State Report Card

Fifty-five MPS schools Meet, Exceed or Significantly Exceed Expectations on the latest State Report Card

See More Releases

One thought on “MPS high schools take state’s top 2 spots on Washington Post best list”

  1. Hoorah for MPS! Maybe the Wisconsin governor and legislature will get off their kick of reducing the number of kids attending our public schools by encouraging them to attend private schools. I am sick and tired of my tax money going toward paying for private schools. Our country was made the greatest country in the world by the public schools and now, Republicans are trying to destroy the Public School system and replace the system with “for profit” schools. It’s time we replaced all those who voted to expand Charter Schools and in the process reducing the number of kids attending public schools. Oh well, maybe our electorate will get smart some day soon and realize what our politicians are doing to us. Statistics show that those charter schools, etc., are not substantially improving grades, if at all. They’re certainly not worth our extra tax dollars supporting them.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *