Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance

Frequently Asked Questions

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For Current Students and Families

How do I register for classes? When do I get my schedule? How to I change a legacy course?

Are arts courses such as Drawing for Life or Symphonic Band legacy courses or Perform courses?

What legacy electives am I allowed to take?

Who should I contact for questions about progress, course selection or credits?

I lost my myLC password - where can I get another one?

Where do I report attendance and absences?

Does KM Perform offer an honors diploma?

How do I obtain my official transcript?

Why don’t I get a report card?

I need a report for drivers insurance discounts, can I get a grade report for this?

Who do I see for academic or post-high school counseling?

If I have a friend who is interested in enrolling, could they shadow me for a day?

For Prospective Students and Families

What is KM Perform?

What is KM Perform’s learning model, how is KM Perform different from a legacy school?

What does the KM Perform curriculum include?

What awards and recognitions have KM Perform students won?

Does KM Perform offer an honors diploma?

Are there auditions to enter KM Perform?

If I would like to visit KM Perform, can I shadow?

How do I know if KM Perform is right for me?

Are there prerequisites for admission KM Perform?

When does KM Perform school meet? Where?

How many students will be involved in KM Perform?

What courses and electives will students complete within KM Perform?

Can I participate in sports if I am enrolled in KM Perform?

Is there any tuition required to be enrolled in KM Perform?

Is KM Perform open to students living outside of the Kettle Moraine School District?

Are letter grades assigned in KM Perform?

For Current Students and Families

How do I register for classes? When do I get my schedule? How to I change a legacy course?

KM Perform students register for classes through seminars, usually a week before they start. The only courses you register for in advance are arts courses and any legacy electives, typically done in February of the previous year. For all other courses, including arts courses, contact your mentor.  top

How do I check my progress?

Progress, credits and academic excellence for all KM Perform courses, including KM Perform arts courses are tracked in myLC.   top

Legacy courses including foreign language, AP Music Theory, AP Studio Art, and other electives are tracked in Standard Score.  You can get a Standard Score password from any legacy teacher. top

Progress is reported on the official transcript available on the Infinite Campus portal after the entire course is completed.

Are arts courses such as Drawing for Life or Symphonic Band legacy courses or KM Perform courses?

KM Perform art and music courses such as band classroom and art courses are considered Perform courses. Students will register for these through myLC and receive KM Perform credit but may be attending these classes with legacy HS students.  top

What legacy electives am I allowed to take?

Students who in their first year do not take non-KM Perform electives. Please view the school guide located at www.kmperform.com for detailed policies regarding legacy electives for other students.  top.  

Who should I contact for questions about progress, course selection or credits?

Your first stop should always be your learning coach or assigned mentor, listed on your myLC home page after logging in.  top

I lost my myLC password - where can I get another one?

Contact Mrs. Catania at cataniat@kmsd.edu , Mr. Anderson at andersoe@kmsd.edu or Mr. Erickson at ericksok@kmsd.edu  top

Where do I report attendance and absences?

Please use the Attendance Office phone number when calling in student absences at 262-968-6273 x4010. Specify that your student is in KM Perform.  Attendance messages left at any other number may not make it into the system.   top

Does KM Perform offer an honors diploma?

No. Students in KM Perform have a separate transcript and GPA from the legacy high school, combining GPA from all course work including any legacy electives. The top performing senior may be eligible for the state of Wisconsin Academic Excellence scholarship based on academic performance. KM Perform does not offer a separate honors diploma, however students with a cumulative GPA of 3.2, combining KM Perform grades and those from any other courses (including legacy high school or youth options courses when applicable) are eligible to wear the gold honors stole at graduation.   top

How do I obtain my official transcript? 

Official transcripts are generated through the high school campus counseling department and available on the Infinite Campus portal. Only credits which have been completed in full appear on the high school transcript. For questions about transcripts, contact the Counseling Office at (262) 968-6273 Ext: 4025   top

Why don’t I receive a report card?

KM Perform does not operate on a quarter/semester schedule, so there is no arbitrary end point for all courses such as a quarter or semester. Since KM Perform is competency based, the credit is complete when the student finishes the credit. In KM Perform, we use a software program called myLC, which provides real time access to student progress, listed by seminar, course, and learning target. When students complete full credit in a course, the credit and grade are sent to the guidance department for transcripting. The transcript looks like a typical high school transcript, with credit and grades for each course unit completed.   top

I need a report for drivers insurance discounts, can I get a grade report for this?

Yes. A request for such documentation can be made to director, Kevin Erickson, about a week before you need the report. We have a special template that prints out a traditional grade report for such purposes.   top

Who do I see for academic or post-high school counseling?

A student’s mentor is the first line of contact for information regarding overall progress in KM Perform. If a student or parent seeks general advising or college planning, they should make an appointment with their guidance counselor.  See the HS Counseling Center for more information or contact the Counseling Office for legacy course requests, college application information, or general counseling. (262) 968-6273 Ext: 4025   top

If I have a friend who is interested in enrolling, could they shadow me for a day?

KM Perform does not allow students to shadow, however they may participate in a tour from a KM Perform student and conference with KM Perform staff members. This hour visit is typically more than enough for students to get a sense of the school.   top

For Prospective Students and Families

What is KM Perform?

The Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance is a four year, college preparatory school with a focus on the arts. Students in “KM Perform” connect their personal, academic, and career goals with four focus areas: Art, Music, Theatre, and Creative Writing. Students in KM Perform have career goals ranging from music performance, to film animation, to electrical engineering. In fact, most students who attend KM Perform intend on majoring in a field other than the arts when they attend college.   top

What is KM Perform’s learning model, how is KM Perform different from a traditional school?

KM Perform’s primary learning model is an Interdisciplinary Learning Collaborative (ILC) using a competency-based credit framework. The ILC model allows teachers and students together to create projects and learning platforms that meet or exceed the learning targets, or competencies, predetermined by the teacher to meet state and national academic standards. Through seminars, workshops, independent work, group projects, or field study, students will work alongside teachers to combine artistic performance with academic content.  KM Perform awards credit in the ILC using a competency model, where students receive credit based on the work completed and according to a pace set by the each student’s goal profile.. By contrast, traditional high schools award credit based on seat time, or the number of minutes spent in the content, irrespective of the performance standard, and with all students working on the same skills at the same time, even if prerequisites haven’t all been met by everyone in the class.  top

What does the KM Perform curriculum include?

The KM Perform curriculum offers a diverse range of courses and seminars designed for the college-bound student, allowing students to make academic choices that fit their individual needs and interests. The curriculum is driven towards a rigorous arts-integrated humanities experience in addition to math and science specifically designed for each KM Perform student. All subjects vertically align toward college preparatory and AP courses in English, social studies, science, and mathematics. Several AP courses in literature and environmental science are designed specifically for the KM Perform student. KM Perform students graduate with competitive and college-ready Kettle Moraine School District transcripts as well as an impressive portfolio of academic and artistic projects. Because KM Perform uses a competency model for awarding credit, KM Perform students can exceed the learning targets and credit of a typical high school student.   top

Where do KM Perform students typically go to college?

Recent KM Perform graduates have included:

What awards and recognitions have KM Perform students won?

Does KM Perform offer an honors diploma?

No. Students in KM Perform have a separate transcript and GPA from the legacy high school, combining GPA from all course work including any legacy electives. The top performing senior may be eligible for the state of Wisconsin Academic Excellence scholarship based on academic performance.  KM Perform does not offer a separate honors diploma, however students with a cumulative GPA of 3.2, combining KM Perform grades and those from any other courses (including legacy high school or youth options courses when applicable) are eligible to wear the gold honors stole at graduation.   top

Are there auditions to enter KM Perform?

No. KM Perform is a school for arts and performance that welcomes students with diverse experiences. While there are no auditions for KM Perform, students should expect to be formally evaluated on their performance academically as well as artistically. Though this will most often be exciting and supported by the unique academic schedule of KM Perform, students should expect to be challenged both artistically and academically. If a student has any questions about their readiness to meet the academic or artistic standard of KM Perform, they are encouraged to meet with a KM Perform fine arts faculty member prior to applying.  top

If I would like to visit KM Perform, can I shadow?

KM Perform does not allow students to shadow, however they may participate in a tour from a KM Perform student and conference with KM Perform staff members. This hour visit is typically more than enough for students to get a sense of the school. Contact Connie Steinberger to set up an appointment:   (252) 968-6273 Ext: 4016, steinbergerc@kmsd.edu.   top

How do I know if KM Perform is right for me?

The biggest determiner of success for our students is their willingness study their focus area from a conservatory approach. By no means are all KM Perform students prodigies in their art, but there is a commitment to an academic approach to the art.   top

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Are there prerequisites for admission KM Perform?

No, but students should have an interest or ability in the arts suitable for the performance standard of the program to which they are applying. There are specific requirements for students entering their junior and senior year:

For incoming seniors: KM Perform may deny admittance for a student entering in their senior year who has not completed at least 75% of academic requirements including arts courses.  The foundation skills must be deemed complete by a Perform fine arts staff member, and at least one arts teacher must be able to mentor the student to complete the required portfolio.

For incoming juniors: KM Perform may deny admittance for a student entering in their junior year who has not completed at least 50% of academic requirements including arts courses.  At least one arts teacher must be able to mentor the student to complete the required foundation skills.    top

When does KM Perform school meet? Where?

KM Perform is a school located at 349 Oak Crest Drive in Wales, WI at the current Kettle Moraine High School campus. The school hours will vary depending upon the schedule of seminars and classes, but most classes do occur during a traditional high school day from 7:20-2:35.  Many students take advantage of a customized school day by taking seminars in the evenings, weekends, or summer.     top

How many students will be involved in KM Perform?

Approximately 150 students will attend KM Perform in the 2013-2014 school year.  The school is open to 175 students in the 2014-2015 school year.     top

What courses and electives will students complete within KM Perform?

Students in KM Perform are able to earn complete graduation requirements in English, social studies, math, science, fine arts, and business. A full list of courses is available in the school guide located at www.kmperform.com.     top

Can I participate in sports if I am enrolled in KM Perform?

Yes. KM Perform is a Kettle Moraine District school. All KMSD athletic and extra-curricular activities are open to KM Perform students.     top

Is there any tuition required to be enrolled in KM Perform?

No. KM Perform is a public school.     top

Is KM Perform open to students living outside of the Kettle Moraine School District?

Yes. Students who wish to attend but reside in a different home district must first apply to KMSD through the state open enrollment process. Information about this process can be found at the district website under Open Enrollment.    top

How will the transcript for a KM Perform student differ from that of another student?

KM Perform will provide transcripts that reflect credit and grades for classes similar to the transcripts in the other Kettle Moraine schools.     top

Are letter grades assigned in KM Perform?

Yes.     top