In 1984, the Milwaukee School Board of Governance created Milwaukee High School of the Arts
as a city-wide school that would provide artistic and academic training to the students of the
Milwaukee metro area. Over the years, MHSA has grown from an initial class of 120 students to a
current student body of nearly 1000 students. Our artistic offerings now include Creative Writing,
Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Art. MHSA looks forward to providing another generation of
students with outstanding artistic and academic opportunities.
What makes MHSA unique
MHSA provides two hours of dedicated arts instruction daily combined with a rigorous academic
curriculum. We are a creative, challenging, and nurturing cultural community. MHSA provides a
distinguished foundation for higher education. A unique characteristic of the student body is found in
how they embrace differences and appreciate the worth of every person. Acceptance and tolerance
are hallmarks of students pursuing and concentrating on their artistic and academic dreams. We
support the belief that our common interests are more powerful than the differences between us.
To provide an educational experience which enables all students to nurture their academic and
artistic talents to the fullest. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills,
communicate effectively and become proficient in the use of modern technology. The MHSA staff,
in collaboration with parents and community, will create an educational atmosphere fostering
excellence and achievement. The school’s curriculum, based on respect for people of all cultural
backgrounds, prepares students to be responsible citizens of a democratic society.
Intellectual Growth through Creative Expression
Mandatory audition notice
Every child must pass an audition in order to attend MHSA.