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  PantherPath: 5th Grade to Future Grad  
The PantherPath: 5th Grade to Future Grad program for 5th grade classrooms in Milwaukee Public Schools introduces higher education as an attainable goal through curriculum, student mentorship, and a UWM campus visit. Based on research showing the critical role middle schools play in college preparedness and graduation rates, the program begins with a six-week curriculum in their regular classroom that focuses on basic college concepts. Students explore options, benefits, and financial and academic preparation. During this time, mentors from UWM School of Education visit monthly to share experiences of college and serve as role models for the students. The program culminates in a campus visit simulating a day in the life of a college freshman: attending orientation, participating in classroom activities, eating lunch, and touring the campus. The goal of the program is to spark interest and curiosity in the minds of young low-income students and their families about college and help prepare them for a path to higher education.
  In the 2009-2010 school year we served:
  • 1072 students in
  • 41 classrooms at
  • 23 Milwaukee Public Schools
  Summary of data for PantherPath


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