MPS to Provide Support, Resources for Innovative BEAM Programs
The Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM) is moving its school charter authorization from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) to Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). BEAM will become a MPS non-instrumentality charter school effective with the 2011-12 school year.
BEAM is a tuition free public charter school and Milwaukee’s first business and economics school, located in the heart of Milwaukee’s Metcalfe Park neighborhood.
“BEAM continues to grow under its strategic plan and looks forward to working with MPS in support of our growth,” said BEAM Board President Linda Robinson-Prodoehl, a business and financial operations consultant. “With BEAM Principal Willie Jude at the helm, our students continue to make academic progress under BEAM’s comprehensive business and economics educational programs. We’re closing our achievement gap as measured by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments.”
The pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade (K-8) charter school first opened its doors in 2001 under the authorization of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
“Partnering with MPS will provide BEAM with a unique educational environment that will allow our learning community to expand its reach into the lives of our students, parents and guardians by assisting in their academic and financial growth” said Principal Willie Jude.
Robinson-Prodoehl pointed out that BEAM was able to grow and progress during its initial years, largely due to the support of UWM’s Office of Charter Schools.
Robert Kattman, Director, of UWM Office of Charter Schools said, “I believe that BEAM will continue to become an even stronger, more effective charter school.”
BEAM is the first K-8 school in Milwaukee that specializes in teaching its students and parents how to become financially successful. The school features an innovative business and economics curriculum, including a part-time business and economics curriculum coordinator, and reinforced learning through a series of after-school programs for students and families through partnerships with Asset Builders of America, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Northwestern Mutual Foundation, PNC Bank and the Milwaukee Bucks. In the nine years since its inception, the school has grown to enroll approximately 600 students on its two campuses.
BEAM is a tuition free public charter school and a Wisconsin non-profit, non-stock corporation. The BEAM Board of Directors employs Edison Learning, Inc., a private, for-profit corporation to manage the day-to-day operations. BEAM is headquartered at 3814 W. North Avenue with a second location at 4610 West State Street.