University School of Milwaukee provides an exceptional PK–12 independent school education in a supportive, inclusive community built on the foundation of our Common Trust. By igniting a passion for learning, leadership, and service, the school prepares each student—as an individual—for success in higher education and a life of purpose. USM embraces a tradition of superior academic achievement through a commitment to expertise and innovation in our school.
The Common Trust
The basic philosophy of community behavior at University School of Milwaukee is the Common Trust, which is expressed in the following pledge:
"We, the members of the University School of Milwaukee community, accept the Common Trust. We agree to relate to one another and the school with respect, trust, honesty, fairness, and kindness."
Every school year, the specific Common Trust tenet that is being celebrated that year is introduced at USM's Opening Day ceremony, highlighted by short speeches by Upper School Prefects about the tenet. The Common Trust tenet for the 2021–22 school year is honesty. This theme is incorporated into learning and activities for students in all grades, from prekindergarten through 12th grade, throughout the school year. The Common Trust is at the core of USM's Guiding Principles.
University School of Milwaukee enters into a Parent-School Partnership with all school parents. This partnership is based on the belief that USM faculty and administration must work together with parents in all aspects of school life for the benefit of each child. Collectively, the school's Mission Statement and Guiding Principles, along with the Common Trust, form the foundation for the principles of good practice that are included in this partnership.
The Parent-School Partnership document, instituted during the 2013–14 school year and shared with all school parents during the enrollment process each year, includes both USM's expectations of parents, as well as those things that parents should expect from USM. It covers:
- Environment for Lifelong Learning
- Right to Privacy
- Financial Responsibility
- Participation in Community Life
In partnership, USM and parents can ensure the most positive experience for every student and help strengthen our community of lifelong learners for the benefit of all.