Ensuring a diverse student body in all grades is an intentional effort at University School of Milwaukee. Diversity comes in many forms—including race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, ability, gender, and age—and the inclusion of students of all backgrounds is critical to student success, as well as our success as a school.
As learners, students often glean as much from each other as they do from their teachers and mentors, with those diverse perspectives and life experiences contributing greatly to the educational experience. As leaders, they are already putting into practice the skills needed to work with and lead people from many different backgrounds who each bring their own unique ideas and perspectives to the conversation. As citizens, they are learning the traits and characteristics necessary to empathize with and respect others while engaging in their local and global communities.
Student Body Diversity
Prospective families and others are often surprised to learn that USM is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse schools in the state of Wisconsin:
- More than 30 percent of our students are students of color, which is up from 21 percent just several years ago as a direct results of intentional recruitment efforts.
- The school offers five full, renewable scholarships which, as of the 2017-18 school year, support the enrollment of 26 students, including 22 students of color.
- USM also offers merit scholarships, and in 2017-18, 15 of those 43 scholarships (35%) support students of color.
- More than $2.5 million in scholarship money has been awarded to students of color in the last five years.
Students come to USM from a wide variety of ZIP codes in the greater Milwaukee area, and they bring unique experiences and perspectives that are critically important to the overall student experience. In 2017-18, there are students from 51 different ZIP codes attending the school.
USM owns and operates its own buses, which transport students from as far north as Sheboygan County, as far south as South Milwaukee, and as far west as Waukesha and Washington Counties—along with students from Milwaukee and Ozaukee Counties. Overall, 52% of students using USM transportation are students of color, and the total number of students utilizing this service has increased 44% in the past six years.