If there’s one thing Wisconsin residents take pride in, it’s their schools - and it's for good reason. The state excels in academic achievement and offers its residents a wide range of educational opportunities – both public and private. There are more than 250 Roman Catholic, Lutheran (Missouri and Wisconsin synods), Jewish and Baptist schools in the five-county region. Many have deep roots. Marquette University High School, for example, is more than 150 years old.
In addition, there are several non-sectarian, college-preparatory schools, including three that offer classes from kindergarten through 12th grade. University School of Milwaukee can trace its roots back to 1851, while University Lake School was founded in 1956. The two schools are not related, but both are devoted to providing high quality education. Brookfield Academy, founded in 1962, is an independent college preparatory day-school for students from pre-kindergarten through high school. The Prairie School, founded in 1965, is a co-ed independent day school located in Racine County that serves pre-kindergarten through high school students. St. John's Northwestern Military Academy is 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.
Southeastern Wisconsin also offers a wealth of higher education opportunities. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has more than 26,000 students in 190 different undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university’s business school accommodates approximately 4,200 students and is noted for its research in manufacturing, information systems, accounting, marketing, finance strategy and leadership, business development, and diversity issues. Marquette University offers more than 11,800 students a wide array of academic choices and more than 80 majors through its nationally recognized colleges and schools. More than 2,900 students attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering, a private college with strong ties to the business community.
The state's vocational education program was the first of its kind when it was established in 1908. In southeastern Wisconsin, it includes the 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. They have a combined enrollment of more than 50,000 students in two-year associate degree and certificate programs.