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  • The Madison Metropolitan School District serves over 27,000 students in 48 schools, including 32 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, four comprehensive high schools and one alternative high school.  The district also has district-wide four-year-old kindergarten and alternative programs at the secondary level (6-12). 
  • More Madison students score at Advanced levels on state reading and math tests than the state average.
  • Madison students pass Advanced Placement exams at a rate more than 14% above the state average, allowing them to earn college credit for high school coursework.
  • The MMSD has more than five times the National Merit Scholar Semifinalists than a district its size would have on average.  This year, Madison has 43 Semifinalists when a district Madison’s size would typically have no more than seven.
  • MMSD students outperform other students on the ACT college entrance exam. ACT scores are 9% higher than the state average and 14% higher than the national average.
  • Aside from English, there are 76 languages spoken by over 5,000 students as their primary language at home.
  • The MMSD actively pursues competitive grant funds and private charitable gifts.  During the two most recent school years, the district was awarded $5.3 million in competitive grants.
  • By using energy-efficient technology when making necessary upgrades, the school district saves almost $500,000 annually – allowing more funding for the classroom.
  • The district has an Aaa credit rating from Moody's Investor Services.  The Aaa rating – the highest possible credit level - places the district among a very small percentage of Wisconsin school districts in financial strength.
  • In a 2012 Parenting Magazine listing of 100 Best Places to Raise a Family, Madison ranked #8 based on factors that parents consider vitally important – including the quality of schools.
  • According to a 2009 study in Children’s Health, the Madison area is #2 in the nation to raise children.  Criteria included current student/teacher ratios and amount spent per student on public education.


Updated September 2013