Instrumentality charter contract

Since 2001, the Milwaukee Public School board has authorized instrumentality chartered schools that it knows will be run by teacher cooperatives. Much of the autonomy for the teacher cooperatives is arranged via the charter contract between the school board and the school. Before the end of collective bargaining in Wisconsin in 2011, teachers in these cooperatives remained employees of the district and members of the union. Schools also had a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the district and union local that provided waivers from aspects of the collective bargaining agreement. However, with the end of collective bargaining in the state, these MOUs are no longer necessary.

Schools with this arrangement

Koshkonong Trails School

Koshkonong Trails provides students with an opportunity for outdoor learning experiences grounded in a sense of place; active collaboration with peers, teachers, and community members; and serving the Cambridge community and beyond. The mission of Koshkonong Trails is to create students who are lifelong learners and who have direction and passion for their future, to develop academic success for all …

Anthony Acres School

Anthony Acres is a public charter school through the School District of Mondovi on a 34 acre wooded property on Hwy 37. Our school provides a place-based education through a project based learning structure to 6th through 12th graders. Students at Anthony Acres School enjoy a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) based curriculum with a focus on education outdoors. …

Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School

The BBHCS Provides Students: A low teacher to student ratio: 1:15 Student-driven curriculum A flexible timeframe for study Hands-on learning experiences Individualized project learning Student created PLP’s* A technology rich environment Personal space BBHCS Students: Become life-long learners Are effective communicators Are problem solvers Are active in the community Manage time and resources effectively Attain a well rounded education Have …

La Crosse Polytechnic School

At the La Crosse Polytechnic project-based learning seldom resembles a traditional classroom. Instead of formal, subject-oriented classes, individuals and groups of students choose, plan, research, and complete academic study and hands-on projects that result in a community-building presentation. Learning experiences take place outside the confines of the school building in the community whenever possible. This learning includes community experts and …

Northern Lakes Regional Academy

Northern Lakes Regional Academy is a STEAM charter high school located in Rice Lake, Wisconsin servicing students in and around Barron County. STEAM refers to Science, Tinkering, Engineering, Aesthetics, and Math. At our facility at 33 Ann Street we have created a MakerSpace where students will have access to tools and skill development facilitating their ability to tinker and create. …

Class ACT

At Class ACT, we explore our community and northern Wisconsin through innovative learning experiences. We like to say our “classroom” has no walls. Class ACT is a full-time school, where students study all academic subjects through student-led and teacher-led projects and other learning experiences. With guidance from an advisor and school counselor, students design their personal learning plans (PLP). Besides …

Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School for the 21st Century

The Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School for the 21st Century (MG21) strives to provide their students with the skills they will need as they walk their path in life. Ultimately, MG21 challenges its students to ask and answer the question: How do I want to live my life? In so doing, the teacher team hopes they will learn to …

Professional Learning Institute (PLI)

Learning is a life-long process. Students evaluate which kinds of learning work most effectively for them.

Alliance School Milwaukee

The Alliance School was the first school in the nation started with the mission of addressing bullying and helping others to do the same. Founded in 2005, Alliance continues to be a place where it’s “okay to be black, white, gay, straight, Christian, Buddhist, gothic, or just plain unique.” It’s a place where the staff work hard every day to …

John Greenleaf Whittier Elementary School

Whittier educators use a variety of instructional strategies to teach their students. Our computer technology is kept updated to reflect current trends within society. In addition, each classroom has full access to the Internet as well as other computer programs. Students are able to access information through their very own computer accounts. Our school provides a very sound academic program …

Individualized Developmental Educational Approaches to Learning (I.D.E.A.L.) Charter School

Rooted in individually guided education. Technology rich classroom, active learning and exploration.

Tailoring Academics to Guide Our Students (TAGOS Leadership Academy)

The TAGOS Leadership Academy (Tailoring Academics to Guide Our Students) provides students opportunities to learn and grow in a project-based, supportive, and safe environment where individuality and community are instilled for lifelong success.

Academia de Lenguaje y Bellas Artes (ALBA)

The ALBA curriculum integrates fine arts and creative writing with emphasis on the Latino contribution and cultural arts. Bilingual school, with Spanish taught first (beginning literacy). In second grade, formal English instruction begins.

Marshall Montessori High School – an IB World School (MMIB)

Montessori learning design that meets the needs and tendencies of adolescents from ages 12-18 utilizing the prepared environments of “staging areas” which allow the adolescent to experience an increasing level of self sufficiency in a small community of peers.

Advanced Language and Academic Studies (ALAS)

ALAS is a four-year bilingual high school with an emphasis on developing academic-level proficiency in both English and Spanish. Focus on social justice with the philosophy of working together to change the community in which we live.


Project-based learning, with a focus on architecture and urban development

WORK Institute (Where Opportunities Require Knowledge)

WORK Institute works to prepare students for career and/or college bound success by combining academics with career curriculum. Students engage in project-based and community service activities within one of three career paths to prepare for senior year employability.