In many ways, COVID-19 reinvented education. Public schools across the nation discovered that some of their students flourished in a virtual environment. Toward the end 2020-2021 school year, when the Madison Metropolitan School District moved to in-person instruction, 28% of elementary and 40% of secondary students opted to remain virtual.
As such, the Madison Metropolitan School District has developed an option for secondary students (grades 6-12) to continue virtual instruction with the 2021-2022 school year. The virtual learning program is built on five key principles:
- Strong student engagement
- Teachers who excel at building strong relationships
- Quality training/professional development for teachers
- Student’s school of choice (voice & choice)
The program is called “Madison Promise.” It should be noted that this isn’t a continuation of pandemic online learning; the program will have dedicated staff teaching online and not concurrently. Madison Promise will have a dedicated staff that includes teachers and a program leader.
“The beauty of online learning is that it puts the learning in the hands of our students in ways we might not be able to do in a traditional classroom setting. Through online learning, we are able to engage students based on their needs and learning styles.”
-Dr. TJ McCray, Executive Director of Library and Technical Services
Middle school (6-8) courses
- Language Arts (6-8)
- Math (6-7)
- Algebra Readiness (Pre-Algebra)
- Science (6-8)
- Social Studies (6-8)
- Health and Physical Education (6-8)
- Art (6-8)
- Exploring Music
- Digital Art and Design
- Career Exploration
High school (9-12) courses
- English (9-12)
- Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Calculus, Algebra with Finance
- Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science
- U.S. & World History
- Economics, Law and Politics
- Physical Education 1, 2 & 3
- Spanish and French
- Digital Photography, Introduction to Drawing, Music Appreciation
- Medical Terminology
- Introduction to Social Media
- Introduction to Finance
- Computer Programming
The following essay questions will be used to determine placement into the virtual program. It is important that students answer each of the following three questions. Students may choose to write out their questions or upload videos answering each of the following questions; either format will require students to upload files from their Google Drive while filling out the application.
- Why would you like to attend the Promise Virtual Program? Please include how the virtual program would impact both your academic and personal areas of development.
- Success in virtual learning differs from student to student. Please take a moment to describe what you believe success will look like for you as a student and what plan(s) you will put in place to ensure that you achieve your definition of success.
- With virtual learning comes many challenges that students and families will have to overcome. Please identify challenges you believe you will need to overcome with virtual learning and how you will overcome these challenges.
- Optional: Some students have a story or personal experience on why virtual learning works for them as a student. Please take a moment to add any additional information that you feel would make an impact on your application for the virtual program.
- How is Madison Promise different from online learning last year?
- Can my students still participate in athletics and co-curricular activities if they are enrolled in Madison Promise?
- Will teachers have office hours or be available after class time?
- What are the start and end times?
- What electives will be offered?
- Do I sign up for the entire school year?
- What supports are available for students?
- Can my student still take band, orchestra or choir during the school day?
- My student has an IEP - how will you support them?