Chinese students

Claire Moseley

As Milwaukee area’s schools prepare to wrap up classes, students of all ages are thinking about their summer plans. 

But the end of the school year marks the end of a long period away from home for students at one institution. The Wisconsin International Academy itself isn’t a school – rather it’s the home away from home for dozens of high school age students from China, who are attending schools in the Milwaukee area.

The academy occupies a former motel along Bluemound Road in the western reaches of Wauwatosa.

Lindsey Dineen

Like many American teenagers, some Chinese high schoolers think they’re pretty independent – and don’t need parents around.

Courtesy of Jian Sun

A growing number of teenagers from China are living in the Milwaukee area, while they attend all four years of high school here.