The Milwaukee German Immersion School
Milwaukee German Immersion School (MGIS) is a 4-year old Kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school founded by Milwaukee Public Schools in 1977. It serves as a city-wide school to attract children from all parts of Milwaukee with its innovative total language immersion program. Download the most recent MGIS fact sheet.
MGIS provides English-speaking pupils the opportunity to learn German in a school where it is the primary language of instruction. Children receive reading instruction in English beginning in second grade. The school has been named a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
Children are accepted only in kindergarten and first grade. Contact the principal regarding applications for grades 2-5.
MGIS was chosen to be a partner school of the PASCH initiative. PASCH stands for the “Schools: Partners for the Future” initiative. It is a global network of some 1500 schools that place a high value on German.
Most recently, Siggi Piwek, MGIS Fourth Grade Teacher was awarded the 2016 Wisconsin Foreign Language Teacher of the Year. You can read about his personal statement on the value of learning language and culture here.
The Milwaukee School of Languages
Milwaukee School of Languages, named among the 10 best high schools in Wisconsin in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report, offers language immersion programs in German, French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. MPS elementary language immersion graduates enter the full immersion program in Grade 6. Students continue their second language studies until graduation. This unique program produces advanced levels of foreign language proficiency, translating into advanced standing in college. Art, music and physical education classes are offered at all grade levels as well as other elective classes. Advanced Placement courses are offered in 11 subjects.
MSL is a German PASCH partner school. The initiative, which is a German acronym for “Schools: Partners for the Future,” is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office in cooperation with a variety of educational and culture organizations to support students in key countries who are learning German as a second language.
Eighth grade German students take the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) level 3 German test and 9-12th graders takes the AATG level 4 German test. The Exam, which is administered to more than 20,000 U.S. high school students each year, provides individual diagnostic feedback and rewards students through an extensive prize program.
MSL also administers the Deutsche Sprachdiplom (DSD) exam series, an internationally recognized language fluency testing. This exam series is significant for students because, if they pass all portions, they receive a certificate from the German Government certifying their language abilities. It also allows them to take the next level exam, which helps gain access to German Universities if passed.