Well, we’ve hit Labor Day which means the end of summer for most and back-to-school for students!
If you’re new to the area, or thinking about relocating here, we thought now would be the perfect time to give you a brief rundown on Milwaukee-area schools and colleges/universities because if there’s one thing Wisconsin residents take pride in, it’s their schools!
The state offers a wide range of educational opportunities, both public and private, and Wisconsin schools have consistently been ranked among the best in the country. In Milwaukee County, school districts are “unified,” which means they include elementary, middle and high schools. In suburban counties, however, it is not uncommon to have separate school districts for elementary and high schools. In these situations, several elementary school districts will feed into a single high school district. For more information on the public schools servicing the area, including charter schools (public schools that are granted greater freedom in their operation so that they can develop innovative programs and curricula that could improve education as a whole), please click here to view a summary on our website. In addition, the state Department of Public Instruction publishes report cards for all public elementary, middle and high schools in the state. The report cards are organized by school district and can be viewed here.
Milwaukee also has many high quality private & parochial schools. The area is home to several non-sectarian, college-preparatory schools, including three that offer classes from kindergarten through 12th grade. For example, University School of Milwaukee, an independent college-preparatory day school that can trace its roots back to 1851, offers prekindergarten (age 3) through grade 12.
Another unique school is St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, a private, all-male college preparatory and leadership development school that has graduated heads of state, key business leaders, professional athletes and accomplished artists since its founding in 1884.
In addition, in the five-county metropolitan area, we have over 250 Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Jewish and Baptist elementary and high schools. Catholic Memorial is one example. Located in Waukesha, the school offers a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare students for college and other career choices.
If you’ve made the decision to home-school your child, you will need to complete a form and submit it to the state Department of Public Instruction. For complete information on home schooling requirements, plus various resources, please click here. In addition, there are two home-based schooling associations that can provide assistance: Wisconsin Parents Association and the Wisconsin Christian Home Educators Association.
When it comes to colleges and universities, Milwaukee also has several, with the largest being the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Marquette University.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has more than 30,000 students in 150 different undergraduate and graduate degree programs and Marquette University offers more than 10,000 students a wide array of academic choices and more than 60 majors through its nationally-recognized colleges and schools. In addition, more than 2,600 students attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering, a private college with strong ties to the business community.
Wisconsin’s vocational education program was the first of its kind when it was established in 1908; today, there are more than 30,000 students in degree and certificate programs combined between Milwaukee Area Technical College in Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties, Waukesha County Technical College in Waukesha County, the Moraine Park Technical College in Washington County and Gateway Technical College in Racine County. These schools have developed apprenticeship programs and customized training for businesses.
As you can see, the Milwaukee area is home to wide array of education options and it’s important to do your homework before choosing the best option for you/your family. As always, we are here to help. A complete listing of school information and data is available in the current edition of Discover Milwaukee. Click here to order your free copy!