All three of my kids went to MHSA, and they had a great time at a diverse school. It prepared them for success at UW-Madison. They and their friends are such wonderful, interesting, talented young adults. Some students travel the world, some are becoming nurses and teachers and realtors and computer techies. Most MHSA students don't make a living at through the arts, but some do! It was ne Ed the idea that they would ALL become great artists, dancers, actors, writers, etc (though some are). That was never the point. The discipline and focus they learned by doing arts shaped them into productive, creative people. I can't imagine a place with more interesting teachers or students.
I am a current student of MHSA (class of 2017) and I LOVE it! Even though it has its days and drama like every high school,it really shows how dedicated they are to the arts and the regular academic part is equal to the arts academics. Its a great skool.
My daughter is in the class of 2015 at MHSA. The orchestra and music training has been unparalleled. I believe with her MHSA and MYSO (milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra) experiences have given her a very broad and diverse musical experience that her peers that are homeschooled to practice 4-5 hours a day will not have. The academics in 2011-2014 while she has attended have gotten better over the years as she is able to move into the AP classes. I fully expect her to have most of her freshman year college credits already completed when she enters college. The diversity of MHSA and the family atmosphere in the arts majors is a benefit I would not pass up on and am grateful she has had this experience is our increasingly segregated city.
I was a student at this school (class of 1992) and I do not feel that the education which I received was comprehensive enough to prepare for me for continued education opportunities. Though the art programs were very good, in hindsight I am disappointed that the academics seemed to be a secondary priority. I later withdrew from the school and took up my junior year at Riverside High School where I was placed in AP classes, (Advanced placement) where I caught up with my college-bound peers and excelled for the remainder of my high school career. I did go on as an adult to travel and took acting work as an extra in several movies including Interview with the Vampire, The Pelican Brief, Heaven's Prisoners, Candyman II. While I enjoyed this time in life, these odd jobs did not pay the bills and I continued my education in my 30's. Overall, I would have to say that if one is truly interested in the arts, visual or performing, and they intend to make a career out of their talent, then Milwaukee High School of the Arts is the place for you. If the academics are what you are going for, I would not suggest this school.
MHSA is the best school you could possibly send your child to if they have skills in any of the art areas. I'm a current student, a junior, and my experience there has been fantastic! The students don't judge as much, because we are all so unique, and people just don't really care. The teachers are also great. They are really fun and we can joke around with them, but they also know when to be serious. There's so much more to tell, but the experience is better lived than told, so come to MHSA and you will be so happy!
MHSA works because: It is a medium-sized arts school, in operation for 22 years, serving 950 kids from inside and outside the city of Milwaukee. It utilizes an effective conservatory model of arts-based education and students receive 2 hours of instruction every day in one of five majors: Visual Arts, Music-instrunental and vocal- creative writing, Dance and Theater, in addition to their pre-collegiate academic classes. The talented staff are experienced, and dedicated to the MHSA mission. There are advanced placement and honors classes. 60% of the staff have advanced degrees. The student body is peaceful, accepting of individual differences and supportive of each other's goals. MHSA has collaborative relationships with professional artists from within the community that enrich the art experience. It has a successful athletics program. MHSA has a proud history of nurturing the whole child: heart and intellect. That is the MHSA advantage. (One daughter graduated in 94. 2 daughters are attending now.)
MHSA gives Academically Advanced student with strong intrests in the arts an oppurtunity to spend several hours a day studing the arts.The kids here are so mature and the academics in my opinion are even better than Rufus king. The art classes are awesome. MHSA has an outstanding envirment, This school has a Diverse-cultural Arts City look and the auditoriam looks just like a Professinal downtown Theatre.