Schools

The Monona Grove School District is located just outside of Madison, in south central Wisconsin. It serves students and families who reside in the communities of Monona and Cottage Grove, Wisconsin as well as families that choose and are accepted into the Monona Grove School District through the State of Wisconsin’s open enrollment process. Regular education is available for children beginning at four years old, in the district’s Together for Kids 4K program, and through grade 12 or high school graduation. Special education programs for students with identified disabilities are provided from age three through 21.

Monona Grove School District
5301 Monona Drive
Monona, WI  53716
(608) 221-7660

The Monona Grove School District is a public school district.  It has one primary school, grades 4K-5 in Monona;Two elementary schools (grade 4K-1 and grade 2-4) and one middle school grades 5-8 in Cottage Grove, and one high school, grades 9-12 in Monona.

Opportunities

With over 3,000 students in 2013-2014 school year the school district is proud of the opportunities it offers the community and students: From its music program, that offers strings as young as 4th grade, to its college and career preparation programming, students and families enjoy a rich and robust curriculum in a small city environment, yet close to one of our Nation’s major universities—the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Wisconsin State Capitol. As communities with rich heritages of supporting education, we are proud of the high quality educators, staff and leaders who serve the families of the Monona Grove School District.

Taylor Prairie Elementary School

900 North Parkview Street
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
Phone: (608) 839-8515

Principal – Connie Haessly
Grades 4K – 1

Taylor Prairie School is a primary elementary school with a focus on academic readiness and social/emotional learning. Early Childhood services are provided in the school and community settings. Together 4 Kids students have the opportunity to attend 4K at our elementary or community preschool settings. Our Kindergarten and First grade students attend full-day and are provided with a rich curriculum to enhance their overall development.

Winnequah Elementary School

800 Greenway Road
Monona, WI 53716
Phone: (608) 221-7677

Principal – Ann Schroeder
Grades 4K – 5

Winnequah School, located in the heart of Monona, is near  Winnequah Park, the Monona Community Center and the Monona Public Library and educates 500+ students in Grades 4K-5 including Early Childhood programs. There are three or four homerooms per grade with an average class size of 23. The school mascot is Hootie the Owl.

Cottage Grove Elementary School

470 N. Main Street
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
Phone: (608) 839-4576

Principal – Dennis Griffin
Grades 2-4

Cottage Grove School, home of Wolfie the Wolf and the Wolfpack, educates 400 plus students in the Cottage Grove Community in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. The Wolves are committed to student achievement and creating a community of learners. Cottage Grove School places a strong emphasis on the Wolves’ character development in their day to day lives to enrich the community. The Pawsome Wolves are motivated to do the right thing even when no one is watching.

Glacial Drumlin Middle School

801 Damascus Trail
Cottage Grove, WI  53527
Phone: (608) 839-8437

Principal – Renee Tennant
Grades 5-8

Glacial Drumlin School opened its doors in 2008. As the newest school in the district, it was built as a 21st century school with a focus on integrating instructional technology across the curriculum.  It also has a geothermal heating and cooling system, reinforcing the value of energy conservation.  The school was appropriately named for the “drumlin” or hill formed by the movement of glaciers, which is unique to our local geography. This middle school serves students in grades 5 through 8 with a total enrollment of 850 students in 2014. We proudly call ourselves the “Red Hawks,” named after the Red Tailed Hawk, a popular bird that inhabits the fields surrounding the school.

The instructional philosophy of Glacial Drumlin is based on the middle school concept. Teachers use a block schedule and work within teams to better serve students in smaller groups across core subjects.  Students balance their academic program with a healthy exposure to encore classes such as computers, world language, art, technology education, multi-media, physical education, and family and consumer economics.  Students also have opportunities to develop their musical talents with offerings in band, choir, orchestra and general music.

Monona Grove High School

4400 Monona Drive
Monona, WI 53716
Phone: (608) 221-7666

Principal – Dr. Paul Brost
Grades 9-12

Monona Grove High School is located in Monona, Wisconsin and serves students from the communities of both Monona and Cottage Grove.   Monona is surrounded by Madison and located on the eastern and southern shores of Lake Monona.   Cottage Grove is located minutes from Madison’s east side between Interstate 90 and 94. .  Both communities enjoy the benefits of a small town and the advantages of being near Madison.

MGHS was fortunate to complete a new building in 1999. The school serves a student population of about 950 students represented by various ethnicities:  85% Caucasian, 6% African American, 5% Hispanic, 3% Asian/Pacific Islander and 1% American Indian. Approximately 7% of our students are identified as having a disability and 17% are economically disadvantaged. Over 90% of our students earn a high school diploma and approximately 80% enroll in 2- or 4-year colleges.

MGHS has a staff of 75 teachers, 1 Associate Principal, 1 Dean of Students, 1 Activities Director, and 1 Principal.  Most class sizes range from 22 to 26 students. In 2013, 183 students completed 352 Advanced Placement exams with a 73% pass rate. Curriculum at MGHS includes two foreign languages, choir, band, orchestra, and pre-engineering courses. An alternating block schedule provides students the opportunity to enroll in up to 8 classes which meet every other day. Many students also participate in one or more of the 22 different athletic programs, show choir, drama, forensics, DECA, and many other co-curricular activities.  Monona Grove High School has a strong tradition of students challenging themselves in the classroom, on the athletic field, and on stage. As a result, students often associate themselves with multiple groups of peers helping to create an environment where differences are embraced.

The Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School for the 21st Century—MG21

MG21 serves students in grades 10-12 who are seeking an alternative to the traditional school setting. Its focus is on 21st century skills utilizing a combination of thematically integrated curriculum and student led project based learning.
MG21 is located at 5301 Monona Drive in Nichols School, (608) 316-1924. More information can be found on at www.mg21.org.

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