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Madison has a vision for all students – that they will not only graduate, but graduate with the skills and abilities to be successful in college, career and community.

We want our students to master academic content, build creativity, confidence and cultural competence, gain a strong sense of self and interpersonal skills and have a growth mindset to help them continually build the skills and abilities to be successful. This vision for Madison’s graduates was developed with input from more than 2500 staff, students and community members.

And it is through our students that this vision comes to life. Our graduates display the diversity of strengths, interests, skills and bright futures that exist for every child in MMSD. In each of our students, we see them for who they are and who they are becoming. You’ll see their stories highlighted as part of this report.

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Mastery of Content

Our graduates possess strong literacy and math abilities, applied across content areas and learned through meaningful work. They are able to integrate ideas and ways of thinking across areas, including science, civics, and the creative arts. They have access to language learning opportunities which prepare them for engagement in linguistically and culturally diverse communities. They demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills, including the ability to be smart consumers of information. Our graduates are technologically savvy with knowledge of up-to-date technology and how and when to use it effectively. They have learned responsibility and planning, including organization, time management, study skills, financial literacy, and goal-setting. They also possess postsecondary and career knowledge, which enable them to weigh options beyond high school. With in-depth, varied content knowledge, our graduates are ready for postsecondary education and opportunities across industries, disciplines, and careers.

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Interpersonal Skills

Our graduates listen and communicate effectively both orally and in writing in various contexts. They have strong positive relationships with peers and adults, demonstrating respect, teamwork, leadership, and the ability to resolve conflict. Our graduates interact with others in ways that promote creative collaboration and problem-solving.

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Our graduates are independent and motivated self-advocates, able to articulate what they need from those around them to be successful. They trust in their capacity to make choices, exercise control over their lives, and have ownership of their learning. Our graduates believe in their abilities and take action in pursuit of their goals.

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Cultural Competence

Our graduates interact adeptly in diverse settings. They build meaningful relationships with people from different backgrounds and participate in sensitive and productive conversations about identity in a way that deepens understanding. Our graduates value how the diverse assets of the people with whom they interact give them access to ideas, experiences, and perspectives to help them grow.

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Community Connection

Our graduates are prepared for civic engagement around contemporary issues, including equity and eco-consciousness. They have a strong connection to their families, local community, and environment but also identify as global citizens who know their actions have far-reaching impacts. Our graduates are active participants in their communities, recognizing that they are part of something bigger than themselves.

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Our graduates can self-regulate, monitoring and adapting their behaviors, emotions, and thoughts to the demands of a particular situation. They have strategies for coping with stressful situations and know when to ask for support. Our graduates know how to make choices that promote physical, mental, and emotional health and safety, helping them to be joyful and fulfilled.

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Our graduates are creative thinkers who approach challenges with an open mind. Their curiosity and comfort with ambiguity cultivates excitement in exploration, discovery, and a lifelong love of learning. Our graduates are imaginative and flexible, able to turn new and imaginative ideas into reality.

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Our graduates possess a strong sense of self, including an appreciation for their culture, language, and heritage. They know their strengths, areas for growth, and how they learn best, realized through grappling with challenging tasks and overcoming obstacles. Our graduates understand themselves and have insight into their character, abilities and limitations.

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Growth Mindset

Our graduates believe they can learn anything and that abilities are developed through dedication and hard work. They embrace challenges, take calculated risks, have high expectations, and possess resilience and grit to help them overcome setbacks and adapt. Our graduates understand that success is based on hard work and that skills are developed through the productive struggle of learning, both in success and in failure.

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