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You’ll notice in our district’s vision — every student graduating from high school ready for college, career and community — we intentionally use the word and, not or. If our students are to become successful adults, we must prepare them for all three.

Along with our critical goals of raising academic achievement and graduation rates for all, we must get more students engaged in learning and guide our young people in their transition from adolescence into adulthood.

A high school experience that’s engaging and purposeful

two students taking each other's temperatures in classIn a Personalized Pathway, a student will progress through their core high school content courses, from ninth grade until graduation, in a smaller learning community, allowing them to develop strong, positive relationships with a close-knit group of students and staff who check in regularly and provide support to help students reach their goals.

Core content classes revolve around a theme – Health Services is the theme of our first Personalized Pathway, being offered at our high schools in the 2017-18 school year. Students in the pathway will have opportunities to explore academic subjects related to Health Services in and outside of school to deepen their learning and connect it to future possibilities.

Students will also have opportunities to take honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, as well as elective courses outside of their pathway. Students drive their decisions based on their own interest.

As unique communities, each of our four high schools offering Personalized Pathways are doing so within their own customized focus. You can learn more on their websites:

Helping students explore their interests and future possibilities

Through Personalized Pathways, our high schools are offering students more personalized opportunities to:

  • Study subjects they are passionate about
  • Explore options for schools and college majors
  • Make connections between what they learn in class and the real world
  • Practice their knowledge and skills both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Develop positive relationships with students and staff in the pathway’s close-knit learning community
  • Receive guidance from teachers and counselors
  • Connect with area colleges, universities, businesses and organizations
  • Tap into school supports – Advanced Learning, services for English Language Learners or students with disabilities, counseling and so on

We invite you to learn more by reading our Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.


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Recent News Stories About Pathways

Madison School District delays second Personalized Pathways implementation (The Cap Times, 3/7/17)

District says 518 Madison students have applied to be in first high school 'pathway' (WSJ, 1/19/17)

MMSD's new initiative provides personalized pathway to students (, 12/23/16)

Personalized Pathways: Making Sure Every Single Child Graduates Ready for College, Career and Community (Madison365, 12/19/16)

Questions About Madison Metropolitan School District's New Personalized Pathways Program (WPR, 12/5/16)

Madison Public School District Introduces New Personalized Pathways (WPR, 12/2/16)

Madison Schools Superintendent Confident About New Personalized Pathways Plan (WPR, 12/2/16)

With 'pathways' initiative, Madison looks to fundamentally change its high school experience (WSJ, 11/27/16)

MMSD receives national grant to help create personalized pathways program (WKOW, 4/29/16)