We recently completed our second survey on the possibility of changing middle school start times. This latest survey asked families and staff to give input on a proposed 9:15 a.m. to 4:17 p.m. middle school schedule. 

We conducted our first survey on middle school start times last fall. That survey found that 63% of parents, 62% of students and 45% of staff believe a later middle school start time would make morning routines easier. 15% of parents, 13% of students and 26% of staff believe it would have no impact. 

Additionally, among those who indicated a later start time would be more challenging, 48% of staff cited transportation problems as the reason, while 55% of parents cited conflicts with their work schedules. Read the report from the first Middle School Start Time Survey.

View current MMSD middle school start times.



Next Steps


Our Middle School Cross Functional Team is currently analyzing responses from the second survey and preparing a report for the Board of Education. The board will review and discuss the report and decide on next steps in the fall. Please note - no formal decision has been made. Middle school start times will remain the same for the 2017-18 school year.



Research on School Start Times


Several research studies encourage later start times for middle or high schools. 

Middle school students at desk





If you have questions about middle school start times, contact mmsdnews@madison.k12.wi.us.