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 2022 Semester Program Dates: 9:00am-12:30pm

Registration is closed for the Fall Session as the program has reached enrollment capacity.  All registrations accepted after 9/28/22 will be placed on a waitlist.  

October 15 & 22, 2022

Law, Health & Wellness and Cooking

November 5 & 12, 2022

Sign Language, Social Work and STEM

December 3 & 10, 2022

 Engineering, Paleontology and Marketing

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

Registration is closed for the Spring Session as the program has reached enrollment capacity.  All registrations accepted after 1/5/23 will be placed on a waitlist. 

UWM TRIO & Pre-College Programs’ Planning for the Future middle school program is still accepting registrations.  We invite you to visit the Planning for the Future website at:

January 21 & 28, 2023

Architecture, First Aid/CPR, and Leadership, Networking & Gratitude

February 11 & 18, 2023

Community-Based Learning, Leadership and Research, Intro to STEM and Yoga, Meditate & Mingle

March 4 & 11, 2023

High School Transition, Personal Finance, and Natural Sciences


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 $120.00 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 only. Credit card/over the phone payments are not available.

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 Advising Specialist

Contact Us

Telephone: 414-229-6236
Fax: 414-229-3490

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