In the Manitowoc Public School District, we believe that learning should give students the tools to make their dreams come true. Our focus on “high quality” instruction starts with the basics but is far more than a checklist of skills. We want students to develop a depth of understanding that will serve them now and equip them for a future that will surely amaze and challenge them.

MPSD students will:

  • Construct their own knowledge by thoughtfully manipulating information and ideas
  • Focus on principles and concepts of enduring value
  • Develop and show their understanding through many forms of elaborated communication
  • Cement their learning through activities and tasks that have meaning in the real world


Every child is an individual and learns in different ways. Children of the same age and in the same grade may have different levels of achievement. That’s why MPSD teachers use a wide variety of teaching methods. It is our responsibility to:

  • Value the individuality of each student
  • Analyze the unique needs of each student
  • Differentiate instruction — teach with student variance in mind
  • Scaffold instruction to meet the student at the right level while using an appropriate delivery model
  • Provide early and ongoing assessment and intervention to meet the needs of struggling students
  • Communicate regularly with parents and students
  • Encourage all students to reach their full potential


The Manitowoc Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, creed, religion, marital or parental status, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability in access or admission to programs, services, or activities, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of its operations. 

The Manitowoc Public School District provides access to all courses, including Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or disability. CTE programs include, but are not limited to, career exploration activities or courses, job shadowing, work experience, youth apprenticeships, business/community partnerships, and GED02 programming. 

The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities and programs. 

The Manitowoc Public School District does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.

This notice is provided as required by: 

  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (1964)
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) 
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments (1972)
  • Title II of the ADA (1990)

Questions concerning this policy should be directed to

Mark Holzman • Superintendent
Manitowoc Public School District
2902 Lindbergh Drive • P.O. Box 1657
Manitowoc, WI 54221-1657


The MPSD will provide rigorous learning for all students within a safe and orderly environment. We will educate pupils in the basics and help them develop as self-reliant citizens. Our students will:

  • Read with comprehension
  • Communicate in speaking and writing using standard English
  • Use number skills
  • Solve problems
  • Use computers and other technologies
  • Gather, evaluate, and use information
  • Apply learning to different situations
  • Work with people of diverse backgrounds and opinions
  • Live as responsible citizens



The district operates under a Board of Education, which consists of seven citizens elected at large by voters of the district. The Board members are responsible for administrative supervision of all public schools in the district.

Superintendent Mark Holzman was appointed to head the district in July 2015. Previously, he was the assistant superintendent of student and instructional services in the Sheboygan Area School District.   Central office-based directors include a director of elementary and secondary education, and directors for human resources, buildings and grounds, business services, and pupil services.


MPSD, a unified school district established in 1910, includes the entire City of Manitowoc and some of the bordering rural area - a total of 93 square miles. The district has the 28th largest enrollment among the 426 public school districts in the state.

  • The second-Friday-in-January enrollment count on Friday, January 8, 2016 was 5,195. 
  • The MPSD has the following ethnic enrollment in 2015-16: 0.47% American Indian, 9.5% Asian, 2.83% Black, 11.84% Hispanic, 70.73% White, .08% Pacific Islander, 4.55% Two or More.
  • In 2015-2016, 41.7% of students qualified for free or reduced meals.

The MPSD has one comprehensive high school, an alternative high school (operating as a charter school), two junior high schools, six grade 1-6 elementary schools, and an early childhood center that serves all MPSD kindergartners, preschoolers and Head Start youngsters. 

The district employs around 895 people — approximately 390 teachers, 20 administrators, 140 paraprofessionals, 40 secretaries, 50 custodians/maintenance, 30 support staff, and 225 subs and coaches.