Teaching and learning is why we exist as a public school district for students from age four and through high school graduation.
The primary years
The 4-year-old kindergarten program is centered on social emotional learning, early literacy and early numeracy, all precursors to future learning success. Four-year olds attend a half-day schedule, at settings either located in a district school building or at a partner sites throughout the communities of Monona and Cottage Grove.
Kindergarten through grade two is when students learn to read and the core concepts of mathematics. In reading students master phonics, decoding, and become fluent readers. In math, counting and basic number operations are foundational, and students begin to use their math to solve real-life problems, too.
Students transition from learning to read to reading to learn
Building on their primary experiences, grades 3-5 students engage in increasingly complex informational texts to develop critical thinking skills and solve increasingly complex math, to develop algebraic thinking. Starting in fourth grade, students have the opportunity study a string instrument. Of course, throughout the elementary years, students also study grade level science, and social studies. In addition, students participate in art, music, and physical education multiple times each week, and receive guidance instruction to help children with their social emotional growth.
Sixth grade, the year typically considered the start of middle school, once again expands opportunities for students. In addition to core curriculum, the middle school offers encore courses including technical education, world language, band, choir and orchestra, family and consumer education, physical education, and art. Middle school students begin academic and career planning to lead them into high school with clear goals for achieving their post high school education and career plan. Social emotional growth continues with the support of guidance. We utilize the restorative justice circle approach to provide students with opportunities to learn to work and solve problems together.
High School focused on achieving individual goals
Monona Grove High School is a four-year comprehensive high school focused on college-career readiness for all students. The district is proud of our students graduation rate, attending 4-year and 2-year colleges. The high school ‘s # advanced placement, duo-credit opportunities primarily, youth apprentice program, world languages.
Families as partners
Most importantly, all our schools and staff welcome parents, families and students into our schools. We reach into the community too, and build important connections for all people who are part of the Monona Grove School District. The district’s rich music program educates and entertains the community; athletics and clubs offer social and developmental opportunities for students; and partnerships for students to explore the world are all part of the comprehensive program offered by the Monona Grove School District.
Meeting all children’s needs
So that students become proficient at grade level and so that each child can grow, every child receives universal, core instruction that is differentiated to meet their needs. We do this through multi-level supports, including differentiation, interventions, enrichment and extension for advanced learners, and an accelerated math program at the middles school. Support for individualized learning cuts across all grade levels. We recognize children have varying needs, so they find support here ranging from gifted talented programming to special and specialized needs. Every student is important in our schools. Welcome to the Monona Grove School District, promoting excellence for global opportunities.