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MPS enrollment grows for the first time in a decade

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Enrollment in Milwaukee Public Schools grew between 2012-13 and 2013-14 — reversing a decline that lasted nearly a decade. The fall enrollment count submitted to the state this year was 78,502, up from 78,461 submitted at the same time last year.

The slight increase comes after the district lost 1,000 or more students each year for the last nine years.

Part of the district’s success in enrolling more students has come from expanding and replicating successful traditional schools and charter schools. An expansion the district says is thanks to strategic use of underutilized or unused facilities.

In addition to growing and replicating successful individual schools, other district successes have also helped attract families.

Those include:

  • More MPS schools are meeting or exceeding expectations and fewer MPS schools are rated as failing to meeting expectations on state report cards
  • MPS’ graduation rate has grown 14 percentage points between 2000 and 2012
  • More MPS students are taking Advanced Placement courses
  • More MPS students are going to college
  • MPS Class of 2013 scholarship total was about $24 million, up from about $18 million the year before
  • MPS is home to the two best high schools in southeast Wisconsin – Rufus King International School High School Campus and Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School – according to The Washington Post

1 Comment

  • John T

    This is extremely well timed, given the vote to sell Malcom X school is tonight.

    Fact remains that MPS schools are failing the kids of Milwaukee.

    Meeting expectations set out by MPS board themselves, Enrollment reflects a higher number of kids coming of school age and is a reflection of a larger trend of more children coming into the system, and how many high schools in SE Wisconsin are not MPS? Easy to win a race if you’re the only horse running.

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