Mini-Courses – Saturday Academy

The Mini-Courses Saturday Academy Program is an  academic program for middle school students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades that meets for six Saturdays. Saturday Academy aims to enhance academic skills and expose students to different career and college options. Each semester, students participate in a total of nine different classes that will reinforce skills in one or more of the following subject areas: math, reading, English, science, STEM, computers, foreign language, arts, and/or career-related classes. Curriculum reinforces basic skills and competencies through various hands-on activities in and out of the classroom, group projects, classroom instructions and/or presentations. Program is limited to 75 students each semester.

Fall 2023 Semester Program Dates: 9:00am-12:30pm

Registration for Fall has closed.  The program has reached full enrollment.  All additional registrations received will be placed on our waitlist.  

October 21 & 28, 2023

* Martial Arts, Service Learning & Spanish

November 11 & 18, 2023

*Illustration, Intro to Gaming & Tatiana’s Tiny Zoo

December 2 & 9, 2023

* Arts, Culinary Arts & Media and Film

Spring 2024 Semester Program Dates: 9:00am-12:30pm

Registration is not available at this time.  We invite you to contact Mini-Courses to be placed on our mailing list. 

January 20 & 27, 2024

February 10 & 17, 2024

March 2 & 9, 2024


There is no grade point average requirement to be eligible for Saturday Academy. Students must be in grades 6-8.

How to Register

Please complete the Online Application. If registration is closed for the current session, please email or call the Mini-Courses office at 414-229-6236.

Policies and Fees

The cost for Saturday Academy is $125.00 per semester.

DPI Precollege Scholarships are available for students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch. The DPI Precollege Scholarship is included in the Saturday Academy application. Students may receive a maximum of three DPI Precollege Scholarships per year.

DPI Scholarship PDF form is available below.

Mini-Courses can only accept payments of cash or check/money order (made payable to UW-Milwaukee Mini-Course Program) by mail.  Credit card/over the phone payments are not available.  If you prefer to make payment in person, please contact Mini-Courses Staff.

Mail payments to:
UWM Mini-Courses
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201


Saturday Academy


Q: What if I want Mini-Courses to write a letter of recommendation or participation for my child?
A: Download Letter of Recommendation Form


Tricia Maldonado
Pre College Services Manager

Quinn McLeese
Pre College Services Advisor

Contact Us

Telephone: 414-229-6236

Office Location

Mitchell Hall, Room 177
3203 N. Downer Ave.
Milwaukee WI, 53211

Mailing Address

Mini Courses
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee WI 53201-0413