View the in-depth presentation on school start times

Over the summer, the Madison school board will make a decision on whether to change school start times starting in the 2019-2020 school year, after a full year of planning. View this presentation to learn more about the proposed plan.

You can submit your feedback or ask questions about the plan on our website.

West High School student selected as 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar

Congratulations to Madison West High School Senior Charles Hua, who has been selected as a 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar!

Charles is one of 161 students from across the country to be chosen for this honor, considered one of the nation’s most prestigious for high school students. He and his fellow scholars will be recognized at a ceremony at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in June.

We are fortunate to have Charles’ voice in the room for discussions around our Strategic Framework!

Read more about Charles in this article from the Capital Times.

Personalized Pathways: A year in review

As the school year comes to an end, our first year of Personalized Pathways is also coming to a close. Hear from our students, staff and anchor partners about their experiences so far this year.

We’re gearing up for next year’s incoming group. Each of the four high schools have been holding orientation events for their incoming Pathways students, giving them the chance to meet their fellow students as well as teachers and other key school staff members. See pictures from the first two of these events (link to come).

Do you have a student in middle school who is starting to think about their high school experience? Learn more about Personalized Pathways at

Madison students excel at NAACP ACT-SO awards

Congratulations to our students who placed in the local NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) awards last month! ACT-SO is a yearlong program aimed at encouraging high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. It features competitions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), humanities, business, as well as performing, visual, and culinary arts.

  • Akil Cooper
  • Monica Mack
  • Amadou Kromah
  • Jhanae Harris
  • Makahya Drake
  • Danielle Crim

Akil, Amadou, Jhanae and Danielle each won Gold medals in their categories. They will now head to the national competition in San Antonio, Texas in July.

Overture Center celebrates La Follette High School student

Overture Center for the Arts held a celebration over the weekend for La Follette senior Amadou Kromah. Amadou has been working as a freelance photographer at Overture Center since 2016. He’s photographed many events and performances at the venue, including Patti LaBelle, Frostiball, Kids in the Rotunda and more. The celebration featured a display of Amadou’s work, a live auction and community leaders. Congratulations on your success, Amadou!

Madison high school students participate in Summit Credit Union’s Project Teen Money

Congratulations to our high school students who participated in Project Teen Money, a challenge put on by Summit Credit Union. Project Teen Money was created to help young adults achieve financial success. Six students from La Follette, Memorial and East high schools were selected to compete. Bridget, a junior at La Follette,  won the $2500 scholarship. The runners up each received a $500 scholarship. You can read their stories on the website.

See you at the Puma Pounce and Bounce

We hope you can make it to the 2nd annual Puma Pounce and Bounce on Saturday, May 26. The Puma Pounce and Bounce is a family friendly event held at Winnequah Park in Monona. It  features a 5K run and two kids races. Come for the races and stay for a community celebration with food, music, a raffle and kids activities. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit Nuestro Mundo Inc (NMI). You can register online for the races.

Don’t forget about the Hmong Spelling Bee and the Spanish Spelling Bee on May 18!

We hope you can come cheer our students on as they participate in the Hmong and Spanish spelling bees in the McDaniels Auditorium at the Doyle Administration Building (545 W. Dayton St.) The competitions take place this Friday, May 18th at the following times:

  • Hmong Spelling Bee - 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Spanish Spelling Bee - 6:00 p.m.