Our Story

The Milwaukee Academy of Science was established in the year 2000 at the beginning of the charter school movement in Milwaukee. The idea for our school came from a need in the community to address a significant gap in minority achievement in the health sciences.

At the time T. Michael Bolger (1939-2018), the President of the Medical College, discovered that less than 1% of the matriculates at MCW were minority students from Milwaukee. Working with presidents of local universities and community members, the board of directors opened a K-8 school on the site of the old Milwaukee Hospital at 20th and Kilbourn.

By 2007, MAS had expanded to Include grades K4-12 serving students across Milwaukee. To this day, MAS continues to carry out Mike Bolger’s vision for equity, learning and excellence In STEM education with an enrollment of over 1,300 students. Since Mike Bolger founded the school, thousands of children have been and will continue to be touched by his Influence, dedication and leadership. Mike Bolger was a living example of a servant leader. He believed all children deserve a quality education and he moved beyond his belief to actions that have enriched the lives of Milwaukee youth, both past and present. We, the MAS family and Milwaukee community, are eternally grateful to Mike Bolger for his visionary leadership. He left an incredible legacy in the Milwaukee Academy of Science and we are honored to carry out his vision and mission. 

Reiauna Taylor, MAS Alum & incoming MCW Student: Living legacy of T. Michael Bolger

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