MPS’ Schools of Recognition include two that have won for eight straight years
Fourteen MPS schools are being honored by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for moving low-income students forward, including two MPS schools that have won the distinction for eight straight years. DPI selects schools that have high numbers or high percentages of students living in poverty – and results in reading and mathematics that are above average for schools with similar size, grade and poverty characteristics. The schools will be honored at the state Capitol on October 2 and win a $1,000 award. Milwaukee Public Schools’ 14 honored schools include neighborhood schools, charter schools and specialty schools. They are: Academy of Accelerated Learning (4 years in a row), Academia de Lenguaje y Bellas Artes – ALBA, Alcott, Clement Avenue, Garland (8 years in a row), Greenfield Bilingual, Hawley Environmental, Hmong American Peace Academy, Humboldt Park, IDEAL (6 years in a row), Lowell, Manitoba, Milwaukee Spanish Immersion (8 years in a row) and Rufus King International School (3 years in a row). “These awards demonstrate that poverty is not an impediment to success. Moving low-income students forward academically is critical to the success of MPS and it is critical to the success of this community,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said. “I want to thank the staff, students and families from these 14 schools for their dedication.” Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving 80,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. U.S. News and World Report named MPS’ Rufus King International School and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School the two best high schools in the state and among the 200 best in the country in 2012. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 17 points higher than the rate for 2000 and growing math standardized test scores representing 10-point growth in the last six years.