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Challenge Academy Virtual Information Sessions Fall 2021

Challenge Academy helps students graduateFor more than 20 years, Wisconsin Challenge Academy has been helping young women and men develop character, gain life skills, and graduate. Traditional school doesn’t work for all students, and the Wisconsin Challenge Academy is designed for young people who have fallen behind in school and are at risk of not graduating. Challenge Academy uses proven practices to help students gain the values, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed. Youth have the chance to get on track to earn their diploma!

Wisconsin Challenge Academy is operating successfully during the pandemic. Because of the closed campus, students are living and working together safely.

Wisconsin Challenge Academy is free! Students live, work, and learn for 5 ½ months at Fort McCoy in western Wisconsin. Most MPS recruits (95%) return to Milwaukee Public Schools to complete their credits and graduate. When they return, students are matched with a mentor for 12 months of ongoing support.

While at Wisconsin Challenge Academy, cadets focus on eight core areas:

  • Academic excellence
  • Physical fitness
  • Leadership
  • Health and hygiene
  • Life-coping skills
  • Responsible citizenship
  • Service to community
  • Job skills

Does Challenge Academy work? Will I succeed?

Cadet Altiece Perry is currently taking part in Challenge Academy. He applied because he realized that his grades would not get him accepted into college. He also wanted to graduate from high school on time and achieve his goals. Perry revealed that the program is tough at first but the support from instructors, team leaders, and staff gave him the confidence to keep going. “Working through the hard times and challenges has really been worth it. This is like a full-out restart,” he shared. “I’m doing better with schoolwork, I have more confidence, and I’m on track for college.” After graduating from Challenge Academy in December, Perry will attend James Madison Academic Campus and graduate with his diploma in spring.

Who is Eligible?

Males and females who are at least 16 years 9 months old (when program begins) but not yet 19 and are:

  • One or more years behind in high school credits, expelled, or dropped out
  • A citizen or legal resident of the United States and a Wisconsin resident
  • Not currently on parole or probation (other than juvenile status offenses)
  • Not charged or convicted of a felony
  • Drug free (upon entry to the program)
  • A willing participant

Wisconsin Challenge Academy sessions begin each January and July. Cadets graduate from the Academy in June and December. Students who complete Challenge Academy can return to MPS to earn their traditional high school diploma and participate in their graduation ceremony.

Attend a virtual information session!

Register using the links below. A Zoom link will then be sent to your email address.
Three Sessions—Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m.:
Join us for a Zoom session by registering at

If you cannot attend, visit or contact MPS Extended Learning Opportunities at or 414-475-8238.

Families can also schedule a personal Zoom meeting with an admissions counselor. Contact Julee Katona at or call 608-269-8042.


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