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.