To provide “Extraordinary Learning for All”, Madison offers a diverse range of Signature Programs, empowering families to select an educational experience that best fits their child.

Madison No. 1 Middle School – Visual & Performing Arts

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Madison No. 1 is a Visual and Performing Arts School. In addition to the typical electives (Physical Education, Band, Music, Art, Technology, and Spanish) Madison No. 1 offers Theatre, Dance, and Choir. Students participate in these additional electives based on their current ability level rather than their grade level. Multi-grade Advanced classes allow No. 1 to offer Advanced and Performance classes such as Wind Symphony, Performance Dance, Advanced Acting, Crew (backstage theatre), and specialized art classes.

No. 1 teachers communicate with local High Schools to ensure that Advanced classes align to high school curriculum. This prepares students for accelerated elective options when they attend High School.

For more information about Madison No. 1 School, please visit the Madison No. 1 website.

Madison No. 1 Middle School – Spanish Fluency

The Spanish Fluency program is the continuation of our Spanish offering for our 5th through 8th grade students, and by 8th grade, students will be confident, culturally experienced individuals with Spanish fluency.

Students feeding into Madison No. 1 from Madison Heights will be offered Spanish Social Studies and a Spanish Fluency class, along with their core classes of Math, Science, and English Language Arts and their choice of an additional Visual Performing Arts electives.

There will be an opportunity to test into the Spanish Fluency program for students who did not attend Madison Heights but have an intermediate Spanish proficiency.

For more information about Madison No. 1 School, please visit the Madison No. 1 website.

Madison Simis Elementary – International Baccalaureate®

The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Inquiry learning helps students learn while building on what they already know. The instruction is student centered with a hands-on approach. Students create meaning through understanding. Our aim is to develop lifelong learners through the process of inquiry.

For more information about the IB program at Madison Simis, see the Simis IB brochure or visit their website. More information about the International Baccalaureate® Programme is available at ibo.org.

Madison Rose Lane Elementary – Visual & Performing Fine Arts

Madison Rose Lane Elementary offers the Visual & Performing Fine Arts Signature Program at the elementary level. In this program, students have the opportunity to explore different arts electives including dance and choir. The foundation that is built will allow students the opportunity to take more advanced arts electives in middle school at Madison No. 1.

Madison Park Middle School – STEM

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM schools provide a focus on these subject areas, with the intention of providing students with the key skills they will need to be successful in the global workplace of the 21st century. According to the National Science Foundation, “In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” At Madison Park, we’ve embraced the importance of STEM learning and developed a program to prepare students for future success.

For more information about the STEM program at Madison Park, see the Park STEM brochure or visit their website.

Madison Meadows Middle School – International Baccalaureate®

The IB Middle Years Program (MYP) focuses on the development of students’ intellectual, social, emotional, and physical well-being. It enables students to understand and manage the complexities of our world. It provides students with the skills and attitudes they need to be better prepared for their future. The MYP provides the framework needed to encourage students to become creative, critical, and refl ective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects with the real world. This experience prepares students for life in the 21st
century by helping them develop communication, intercultural understanding, and global engagement skill sets.

For more information about the IB program at Madison Meadows, see the Meadows IB brochure or visit their website. More information about the International Baccalaureate® Programme is available at ibo.org.

Madison Heights Elementary – Spanish Immersion

The 50/50 Spanish Immersion model means that half of the academic content is learned in Spanish. At Heights, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts are learned in Spanish. Reading, Writing, and Math are learned in English. Our Immersion program uses a team approach where the teachers in a team will consist of one teacher for Reading, Math and Writing and one Spanish Immersion teacher for Social Studies, Science and Language Arts. During the day the team will switch for instruction. Also, students will start one morning receiving English instruction and the next morning receiving Spanish instruction and continue to alternate each morning.

For more information about the Spanish Immersion program at Madison Heights, see the Heights Spanish Immersion brochure or visit their website.

Madison Traditional Academy (Pre-K – 8) – Traditional School

Madison Traditional Academy (MTA) develops a solid foundation of fundamental and higher-level thinking skills through a structured curriculum that is consistent within each grade level and sequential throughout the grades.

At MTA, curriculum is taught using direct instruction techniques, whole class instruction, and approved teaching methods. The phonics based Spalding Method is the basis of the MTA Language Arts curriculum. Saxon Math is the basis for the mathematics curriculum, and the Core Knowledge Sequence is utilized and taught in all grades.  In addition, Character Counts! is utilized for our character education. For more information about Madison Traditional Academy, please visit the MTA website.

REACH – Highly Gifted Program

The Madison Elementary School District offers a program for highly gifted students, REACH (Rigorous, Enriched, Accelerated Curriculum). The REACH Center is a school within a school; Grades 1-4 are located at Madison Heights and Grades 5-8 are located on the Madison No. 1 campus.

This program provides highly gifted students in grades 1-8 the opportunity to function at an academic level that is commensurate with their abilities, while having the opportunity to interact socially with students who have similar interests and academic needs.

REACH students generally work two grade levels ahead in all Madison No. 1 subject areas, and explore in greater depth subjects that are socially and emotionally appropriate.  Students develop a differentiated educational plan in an area of interest that is researched and reported on in both oral and written presentations from first grade on.

Qualifications: To qualify for the REACH program, students must score in the 99/98/97 percentile on all three areas on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT); 139 or higher on the WISC IV; or 142 or higher on the Stanford Binet.

Please visit the REACH webpage for more information.