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What Are Signature Programs?

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Madison School District offers a variety of Signature Programs which allows families to choose the type of education that is right for their child.

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Gifted Programs & REACH

Madison School District's Gifted Programs are designed to meet the unique educational needs of gifted students at every age. We offer three specialized programs that challenge and support Kindergarten through 8th grade students in reaching their full academic potential – the Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Models (SCGM) for K-4, Honors/Advanced for grades 5-8, and REACH/Profoundly Gifted for grades 1-8.

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gifted programs & reach

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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.

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Baccalaureate program

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Spanish Immersion

Students enrolled in the Madison Heights Elementary 50/50 Spanish Immersion program receive half of their academic content in Spanish, including science and social studies.

Madison provides a seamless transition to the Spanish Immersion program at Madison No. 1 Middle School, where middle school students participate in Spanish acquisition classes. Madison's Spanish Immersion students emerge as confident, culturally experienced, bilingual individuals who are prepared for academic success.

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spanish immersion program

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STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math

Through the STEAM program, students gain experiences in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics above and beyond what they gain in the regular classroom.

Hands-on activities are structured cooperatively to build up the innovating skills to keep children engaged. Professionals and engineers come from the community regularly to visit and help teach skills such as how to build wind-turbines. Other activities range from making catapults to learning how to code. 

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Traditional Academy

Madison Traditional Academy (MTA) is the only preschool-8th grade school in the Madison School District. MTA focuses on cultivating a solid foundation of fundamental and higher-level thinking skills through a structured and sequential curriculum.

Due to its traditional philosophy, it was created as a "school of choice" and has no neighborhood boundaries.

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traditional academy program

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Visual & Performing Arts

Madison's Visual & Performing Arts program offers K-8 grade students a rich and diverse arts education, with opportunities to explore a variety of electives, including art, dance, music, and theater.

Professional dance floors, dedicated theater spaces, and teachers certified in the arts provide students with the ideal environment to explore their artistic endeavors. 

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& performing arts program