MMSD full day 4K pilot program
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Thank you to the Madison community for passing the operations referendum in November 2020 that allows MMSD to offer a full-day 4K pilot program, limited to Leopold, Mendota, and Sandburg Elementary schools (for families that live in these school attendance area boundaries only) for the 2021-22 school year. These particular schools were selected for the pilot as Leopold and Mendota are community schools (schools that offer a range of services in addition to educational services) and Sandburg offers bilingual programming for native Spanish speaking families. The pilot is a trial to determine the effectiveness of full-day 4K compared to half-day 4K programming and inform future planning.

Space in the full-day classroom(s) is limited; a lottery will be conducted if interest in attendance exceeds the authorized student enrollment. Students enrolled will be expected to attend four full days per week, Tuesday through Friday.

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Benefits of Full-Day 4K Programming

Impacts students’ educational trajectory as well as beyond their K-12 education

Increases literacy and numeracy skills

Enhances social emotional awareness and motor skills

 

General Information

Four full days per week, Tuesday through Friday

Same hours as K-5

Breakfast and lunch provided

Frequently Asked Questions are below

Site Details

Leopold Elementary School

  • 2 full-day classes with instruction in English
  • 1 full-day class with instruction in Spanish
  • 18-20 students
  • Same daily hours as K-5
  • Breakfast and lunch provided

Mendota Elementary School

  • 2 full-day classes with instruction in English
  • 18-20 students
  • Same daily hours as K-5
  • Breakfast and lunch provided

Sandburg Elementary School

  • 1 full-day class with instruction in Spanish
  • 18-20 students
  • Same daily hours as K-5
  • Breakfast and lunch provided
  • **2 half-day classrooms with instruction in English

Sample Daily Schedule

Beginning of the Day: Arrival/Breakfast

Whole Group/Morning Meeting

Purposeful Play/Discovery

Outdoor Learning

Restroom/Handwashing

Lunch

Quiet Time (Rest/Quiet Activity)

Story Time

Outdoor Learning

Purposeful Play/Discovery

End of the Day: Whole Group/Departure

 

Enrollment

Enroll online by visiting MMSD Online Enrollment. Online enrollment will be available beginning February 22, 2021. For support with enrollment, contact your school’s office phone listed below, emailing enrollment@madison.k12.wi.us, or by calling the MMSD Enrollment Department at (608) 663-4957, beginning March 1, 2021. Space is limited and a lottery will be conducted if interest in attendance at the 4K school exceeds the authorized student enrollment.

School Office Phone:

Leopold - (608) 204-4240

Mendota - (608) 204-7840

Sandburg - (608) 204-7940

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The full-day 4K pilot begins during the 2021-22 school year at Leopold, Mendota and Sandburg elementary schools (details about each site are above). Students attend 4 days per week (Tuesday through Friday), during the same school hours as other grade levels. Students will learn through a play-based model that provides the opportunity for skill building and development (language, vocabulary, early literacy, math, social skills).

    The funding for the pilot is from the operations referendum passed in November 2020. Schools were selected for the pilot as Leopold and Mendota are community schools (schools that offer a range of services in addition to educational services) and Sandburg offers bilingual programming for native Spanish speaking families. The pilot is a trial to determine the effectiveness of full-day 4K compared to half-day 4K programming and inform future planning.

  • Beginning of the Day: Arrival/Breakfast

    Whole Group/Morning Meeting

    Purposeful Play/Discovery

    Outdoor Learning

    Restroom/Handwashing

    Lunch

    Quiet Time (Rest/Quiet Activity)

    Story Time

    Outdoor Learning

    Purposeful Play/Discovery

    End of the Day: Whole Group/Departure

    Families who choose the full-day 4K program must attend the full-day Tuesday - Friday.

  • Yes. Families will be able to choose a half-day 4K program if they do not want to attend the full-day 4K program. Transportation will be provided to a neighboring school.

  • Creative Curriculum and Gold Assessment. It is the same curriculum and assessment as the half-day program.

  • Students living in Leopold, Mendota or Sandburg (Bilingual class only) attendance areas can attend the full-day 4K pilot program. The program is offered to students who are 4 years old on or before September 1. Space is limited and a lottery will be conducted if interest in attendance at the 4K school exceeds the authorized student enrollment.

  • Students attend during the same school hours as other grade levels, for the full day. Half-day students attend 3 hours and 13 minutes in the AM or PM.

  • Yes, breakfast and lunch will be provided. 4K students eat in the classroom (utilizing appropriate sized furniture).

  • Enroll online by visiting our MMSD Online Enrollment website. Online enrollment begins February 22, 2021 for the 2021-22 school year. On March 1, 2021, support with enrollment from MMSD schools and Enrollment Department begins, via Zoom. Contact your school’s office (listed above), email enrollment@madison.k12.wi.us, or call the MMSD Enrollment Department at (608) 663-4957.

  • Yes. Families can enroll students who have IEPs through the enrollment process listed above. Families work with the IEP team members to determine appropriate placement.

  • Yes. Students for whom English is their second language can attend the full-day pilot program. See site details listed above for bilingual programming.