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Pathways Expo - Save the Date

Join us at the GuidEd Expo on December 5

Have you been hearing about Personalized Pathways and wondering what exactly it is and how your eighth grade student can benefit from it? Join us on December 5 at 6pm at the Alliant Energy Center for a GuidEd Expo in which you and your eighth grader can learn about and apply for a pathway and see how the high school learning experience may be different within that pathway. If you need transportation, contact your school's counselor. Watch this video to learn more about the Expo.

Apply for the Pathway (for the 2018-19 school year)

Applications continue to be accepted; processing will occur on the 1st and 15th of each month.

Accept/Decline Offered Pathways Seat

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.

Read about a day in the life of Personalized Pathways in this story.

A high school experience that’s engaging and purposeful

In 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:

East High School
LaFollette High Schoo
Memorial High School
West High School

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.

Download an informational brochure

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Recent News Stories About Pathways

Career 'Pathways' program allows students to ask questions of local professionals (WSJ, 10/22/18)

“Personalized Pathways” Program Offers Glimpse of Health Science Majors (Madison 365, 9/28/18)

Paid internship program allows local high school students to explore careers (NBC 15, 7/23/18)

UW-Madison partners with Madison high schools to promote college and career readiness (UW News, 6/12/18)

We are La Follette (The Cap Times, 2/28/18)

Strong showing for Madison School District's 2nd Pathways cohort for fall 2018 (WSJ, 1/18/18)

High school freshmen explore health science careers (NBC 15, 11/17/17)

Pathways is "One to Watch" (, 10/20/17)

Madison School District high schools getting ready for Pathways' start (WSJ, 8/17/17)

UW-Madison, Edgewood College on board for Madison School District's 'Pathways' project (WSJ, 5/2/17)

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)