History of Immersion Program in Milwaukee
Milwaukee is unique in that not only does it have urban public immersion education, but that students have the ability to learn in a second language from grade K4 all the way through graduation in grade 12! Successful public immersion schools have flourished in Milwaukee for over 30 years. Immersion education in Milwaukee Public Schools started in 1977 with the development of a German program at 68th Street School. The following year, Milwaukee French Immersion School (MFIS) was born and, in 1980 a Spanish program was also created.
Shortly thereafter, parents and staff worked together to produce a comprehensive program and in 1986, Milwaukee School of Languages (MSL) started the middle school immersion program for all three languages. In 1996 MSL grew to include a high school program, producing the first full immersion graduates in 2000!
MFIS and MSL are well recognized as two of the best performing schools in Milwaukee Public Schools as well as the state. In fact, MSL has been recognized by US News and World Report as a top school in the nation.