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Madison Metropolitan School District


MMSD actively collaborates with Madison's community to meet common goals and accomplish together what one organization cannot do alone.

We leverage local, regional and national resources and support teams to develop and implement high-quality, research-based, innovative strategies that prepare all students for college, career and community.

We achieve this through:

  • School-Community Partnerships – Community organizations provide a wealth of assets to our schools through partnerships aligned with the district’s Strategic Framework.

  • Volunteer Programs – Community members support our students by filling a diverse array of roles across the district including but not limited to academic tutoring.

Partnerships between MMSD and the community are essential to students’ success. When MMSD and community partners align and coordinate efforts we create a seamless web of supports, improve outcomes for students and generate new opportunities that strengthen family, school and community. Through partnerships, we work together to ensure that schools thrive and students are prepared for college, career and community.

Partnering With Us

Madison Metropolitan School District welcomes community groups to actively collaborate in mutually beneficial programs that meet common goals and accomplish together what one organization cannot do alone. MMSD collaborates with community organizations and nonprofits, post-secondary institutions, businesses, charitable foundations, health agencies, arts organizations and social service agencies.

The Partnership Program Proposal process for establishing either a partnership program or service agreement is required in order to address the very basic public questions about initiatives that are not led by MMSD staff: "Who are these people and what are they doing in our schools?" or, "Who is this person and what are they doing with my child?"

MMSD considers a Partnership Program as a two-way street. A Partnership Program is multi-faceted and requires input, evaluation and attention from the partner, schools, and central office. Formal Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that requires the partner organization and District to meet, develop mutually agreed upon goals and metrics, monitor, and report on progress; adjust or end partnership when necessary.The process for establishing a partnership involves five steps. Depending upon the nature of the proposed partnership, Board review and approval of the partnership and its Memorandum of Agreement may be required.

Get Started!

Step 1: Submit Partnership Inquiry Form

Step 2: Receive Approval to Develop Partnership

Step 3: Develop Agreement and Receive Approval to Implement

Step 4: Implement Partnership Program

Step 5: Monitor and Strengthen Partnership

All students graduate from high school prepared for college, career and community

Submit your Partnership Inquiry Form

The Department of Strategic Partnerships & Innovation will then review your application. Inquiry Forms are reviewed on a monthly basis. You will be contacted by staff at the end of the month that you submitted the form regarding next steps.

Tools and Resources

School-Community Partnership Policy
The Board believes that families and the community are vital partners and, therefore, supports and invites opportunities to create and cultivate school-community partnerships.

Partnerships Rubric
All partnerships receive a designation as low, medium, or high-intensity. Our Partnerships Rubric is the tool used to determine intensity level. Depending on a partnership’s intensity level, it moves through a specific approval process.

Self-Assessment Tool
We encourage all partnerships to engage in reflection to drive continuous improvement. Our self-assessment tool can be used by partnership teams to discuss strengths and areas for growth.

Partnerships Policy Summary
A Summary of the Board of Education Partnerships Policy.

Partnerships Report Template