Curriculum & Programs

Banner Prep utilizes "quarters" instead of "semesters", and what that means is that within the same length school year we have 4 shorter "semesters" (called quarters) instead of the standard 2 semesters. This allows students to gain school credits at a faster rate than in a traditional setting, because the credits for each class are condensed into the smaller "quarter" time frame, helping students catch up on credits if they find themselves behind on them. Students at Banner are able to earn credits at twice the rate of a traditional high school.

Banner offers a variety of courses to meet students academic requirements. From science, math, english, and history, to things like career choices, law & justice, and social-emotional learning classes, Banner has a lot to offer your academic career. We're also very excited to be one of the first schools offering a new class specifically on Black History.

Banner has both a school social worker and a psychologist on site, both of whom are here to support students and their families and who would love to connect with you.

For student enjoyment we also have a chess club, a basketball court, and a recording studio where students can earn time to create their own tracks.


Curriculum Detailed


All aspects of the curriculum focus on a continuum of “learning to learn and learning to achieve”. Using the Wisconsin Instructional Standards and the current Milwaukee Public Schools’ curriculum as its framework for instruction, Banner Prep incorporates:


  • Differentiated instruction – research-based instructional strategies incorporated into learning activities that focus on: identifying and addressing learning gaps; building on student strengths; encouraging students to become actively involved in and responsible for their learning opportunities

  • Research-based Literacy Initiative – daily instruction to strengthen reading, vocabulary, speaking, and writing skills

  • Assessment Data Analysis – student, teacher, and MPS generated data to inform the development and monitoring of learning plans

  • Project-based, multi-sensory learning – cooperative/peer group and individual learning activities

  • A Community Classroom (learning without walls) – seminars and field experiences that demonstrate the reality of community and lifelong learning