There are many reasons as to why Milwaukee Math and Science Academy is an effective learning community and a great place for students, parents, and educators. Below are the 10 reasons to attend Milwaukee Math and Science Academy:
1- Small and Safe School
The size of our school, small by design, allows us to personalize education, build sustainable relationships with parents, and focus on each student individually.
We strategically build a strong sense of community where each member is valued. Our students develop a sense of belonging and pride in Milwaukee Math and Science Academy. The quality of our school also provides a physically and emotionally safe environment for our students.
2- College Preparatory for All
Beginning from very early grades we prepare all of our students for college by creating a learning environment of high expectations and standards. All of our students are exposed to a rigorous curriculum through which our students gain the skills and knowledge to be successful in high school, college, and beyond.
3- Focus on Math, Science, and Technology
All while maintaining a vigorous curriculum in subjects like language arts, physical education and social studies, MMSA provides an extra emphasis on math, science, and technology to prepare our students to be competitive in the global world.
4- Higher Standards and Expectations
Both academic and behavioral standards and expectations are high at MMSA. Our graduation requirements, discipline, promotion policies, and homework policies all reflect this. However, we also provide a comprehensive support system to ensure success for all. This includes, but is not limited to: before and after school tutoring, peer tutoring, Saturday schools, summer/winter programs, and pull out programs. Our students thrive in such environment where expectations are high, but a comprehensive support system is available to them at the same time.
5- Knowledgeable and Skilled Staff
We hire staff members who have incredible content knowledge, dedicated, hard working, and willing to go beyond their call of duty to help our students succeed. Our teachers are skilled to build strong and sustainable relationships with our students and parents and leverage such relationships for academic achievement.
6- Online Access to Classroom Records
We give our parents and students online access to classroom records. Our parents are able to see current grades, assignments, homework, missing work, attendance, tardiness, and discipline records online by using their passwords given to them by the school on the Internet. We make our computer labs available to our parents and students if they do not have access to the Internet otherwise.
7- Data driven Instruction
We assess learning of our students on an ongoing basis, every six to nine weeks, to determine how much they learn. Our teachers then analyze the assessment results to develop specific strategies to ensure that all students attain mastery level on what they learn. Our teachers use the assessment data to guide their instruction as well as to place students in the appropriate academic support program. Our parents have online access to such assessment data too in order to see their child’s progress throughout the school year.
8- Increased Student Engagement
Although we are a small school by design, we provide many opportunities beyond academics to our students to keep them engaged in school. Our students have after school clubs, special interest groups, sports programs, and school wide events that they can participate in based on their interests. We also provide engagement opportunities that students may not have otherwise such as local, national, and international trips, cultural exchange programs and, summer and winter camps. Such innovative and attractive opportunities improve our students’ attitudes towards school and makes our school an environment that everyone looks forward to coming to.
9- Increased Parent-School Relations
Strong and sustainable relationships with our parents is a major component of our school design. We organize programs that are specifically designed for parents such as Honor Roll Parent Dinners, Parent University, parent picnics and more. We have an active Parent Teacher Organization that works with the school administration to improve our school. Our school has frequent parent teacher conferences, four times a year. Our parents are able to participate in local, national, and international trips that we organize as well. We also visit our parents in their homes to share our vision for the school and to show our commitment to their children’s education.
10- Community Partnership
To create further opportunities for our students, we partner with local universities, community based organizations, and other local businesses. Such partnerships allow our students to improve skills necessary to be successful in such a competitive global world.