by Lauren Werfel and Jessica Beshel
After months of preparation, a school-wide renovation, and a newly-hired staff, Milwaukee Math and Science Academy opened its doors on August 24. This past Wednesday the official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on the school’s front steps, celebrating not only the opening of Wisconsin’s first Concept School, but also the anticipated success of the school in its first year. Among the guests were Senator Spencer Coggs, Alderwoman Milele Coggs, Mr. Sedat Duman, the CEO of Concept Schools, and Dr. James White, the Executive Director of Harambee Development Corporation.
The ceremony included an address from Senator Spencer Coggs, who expressed his support for the newly-established school, as well as a short speech by Mr. Sedat Duman, who presented the crowd with a brief history of the birth and success of Concept Schools. After these addresses, MMSA’s four distinguished guests along with the school’s Director, Alper Akyurek concluded the ceremony by meeting at the school’s front doors and each cutting a piece of the bright, red ribbon which extended from door to door. Mr. Akyurek then led guests on a school-wide tour, ending with an address and question and answer session from Senator Coggs and Alderwoman Coggs to the third, fourth, and fifth graders of the school in the gymnasium.
With the outstanding track record of Concept Schools, the community is excited to have a wonderful, and free, college prep academy in the area. Concept Schools have now grown to manage 27 charter schools in seven different states: Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. All schools implement the same model, which is college prep focusing on math, science, and technology in an environment with high standards and expectations from all students, not just the ones with strong academic backgrounds. All of the schools reside in an urban setting, and all schools have a 100% college acceptance rate. In Concept Schools, populations of students who come from economically disadvantaged families vary from 60% to 99%, while 80% of their graduates are first college generations in their families.*
For more information about Milwaukee Math and Science Academy and upcoming events, please visit http://www.mmsacademy.org/.