University School of Milwaukee's Summer Institute for Academic Advancement offers students focused opportunities to pursue the equivalent of semester- and year-long classes during the summer. Courses are designed for students seeking an in-depth, quality experience facilitated by USM faculty and other highly qualified instructors. 

For USM students, grades earned during the summer are included on their USM transcript. Students from other schools will receive a USM transcript with the course name and grade that may be submitted with their college applications. Those interested in receiving high school credit for their summer studies need to obtain approval from their high school prior to enrolling. If additional information is needed, please contact the Summer Programs office for assistance, 414.540.3350.


List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Course Cancellation

    In the event a course is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, students will be notified by May 1. A full refund will be issued.
  • Attendance

    Students must approach their summer studies as they would during the school year and arrive to class on time. If a student is tardy or absent from a class, the following policies apply:
    • Tardiness - Students arriving five minutes after their class begins will be marked tardy. If a student receives two tardies, he or she will receive an absence.
    • Absences - As one day of summer study is the equivalent of almost one week during the school year, students must attend every class. Students are allowed one excused absence in the event of an emergency. Additional absences may result in an incomplete and no refund will be issued.
    Students may not be excused from class to attend sports practices, routine doctor's appointments, social engagements, or other commitments. It is the student's responsibility to attend each class.
  • Student Behavior

    The following code of conduct will apply to students enrolled in summer courses: We, the members of the University School community, accept the Common Trust: We agree to relate to one another and the School with respect, trust, honesty, fairness, and kindness. USM expects appropriate student behavior. If a student behaves in an inappropriate manner or engages in academic misconduct, he or she will be removed from the program, receive an incomplete, and no refund will be issued.
  • Payment and Refunds

    For the six-week course, 50% of the tuition is due at the time of registration. The remainder of the tuition is due by May 1. For three-week courses, 100% of the tuition is due at the time of registration. (Note: The early discount deadline is May 1.) After May 1, no refunds will be issued if a student withdraws from the course. Online registration will begin in February 2020.
  • Homework and Assessments

    Students must consult their course’s syllabus to know when homework is due and when assessments will take place. In addition to their studies in the classroom, students can expect to study two to four hours outside of the classroom each day.

    If a student needs to complete make-up work as a result of an excused absence, due dates for all assignments and assessments will remain the same. A student must bring in his or her completed work for both the day of his or her absence and the day of his or her return.
  • Evaluations (Grades and Comments)

    All students will receive written comments and grades. Students in the six-week course will receive a progress report midway through the course and a final grade and comment in mid-August. Students in the three-week courses will receive a final grade and comment in mid-August.
  • Supplies and Books

    Students need to bring notetaking materials. For some courses, students will be asked to pick-up their book(s) and first assignment the week before the course begins. Information regarding pick-ups will be emailed in May. The tuition covers the cost of books, art supplies, and lab supplies.
  • Technology

    Except for those taking Geometry, students need to bring a laptop or tablet to class each day unless the instructor indicates differently. Geometry students will be asked to bring their computers occasionally.

    The Academic Technology office at USM recommends students’ computers meet these requirements: 

    Recommended Hardware Specifications
    Operating System 
    OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) 
    Windows 7 (64-bit) 
    Intel Only 
    1.6 GHz Processor 
    4 GB 
    4 GB 
    320 GB 
    320 GB 
    Screen Resolution 
    Wireless Networking 
    Dual Radio Airport Adapter (2.4+5.0 GHz) 
    802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi adapter that is WPA2/AES capable 
    USB 2.0, VGA out (including adapter if needed) 
    USB 2.0, VGA out (including adapter if needed) 

    Highly Recommended Features and Accessories
    • A built in optical drive (CD/DVD), or access to an external drive
    • A battery that can run the computer for a minimum of 3 hours
    • A current hardware warranty
    • Anti-Malware software installed, such as Norton Antivirus, ESET, etc.
    • A laptop case

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