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There are a variety of ways that an MMSD high school student may choose to complete high school. Please contact your high school counselor or support staff for assistance in developing a plan for graduation and post-secondary education. Access to these programs is through referral from school staff. Each program may have different entrance requirements or enrollment timelines that your school counselor can assist you to navigate.

GATEWAY TO COLLEGE

Location: Truax Campus 1701 Wright Street (Madison College, 3rd Floor)

Website: https://madisoncollege.edu/gateway-to-college

Overview: Gateway to College serves students between the ages of 16 and 21 who have left high school, or are struggling to finish school. This program allows students to earn their high school diploma while receiving credits toward a post-secondary credential. To learn more about applying, visit the Gatewayto College page at Madison Area Technical College.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Ages 16-23 (must be at least a Junior)

  • Behind in credits but at least 50% complete for grade level

  • May have dropped out of high school or stopped attending

  • May need a different environment and additional support to complete high school

Enrollment Timeframe: Referrals should be completed 4-6 weeks prior to the start of each semester

Application Process: MMSD staff member completes a referral. Students are invited to attend an orientation and must complete an application (including essays) and an interview after attending the orientation.

Completion: MMSD High School Diploma and Madison College Credits

GEDOII

Location: Virtual temporarily

Overview: GEDOII is a high school graduation option. Credit recovery will be offered but is not the sole option. This program is geared toward supporting students with an alternative pathway to graduation. Students will have four synchronous days a week (M-Th) with the fifth day (F) dedicated towards experiential, work-based, or service learning. Students will need to satisfy DPI’s 15- hour requirement (10 hours of content and 5 hours of service/ work skill learning).

Eligibility Criteria:

  • *17 years of age

  • Senior

  • At least one year behind their 9th grade class

  • At or above 9th grade reading level

*Juniors who are 16 can participate in the program but cannot take the exam until they are 17 years old.

Enrollment Timeframe: Deadline December 11, 2021

Application Process: MMSD staff member completes a referral. Students and guardians must attend an information session virtually and sign a program contract.

Completion: High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED)

OMEGA SCHOOL HSED

Location: 835 W. Badger Rd

Website: http://omegaschool.org/

Overview: Omega School began as an alternative for young people who were not succeeding in a traditional high school setting. Today we serve students of all ages who want to complete their high school education. It is our hope that the homey environment, the low student-to-teacher ratio, the individualized instruction,and the committed professional staff provide a place where students can learn and complete their GED/HSED. We are here to help our students succeed. Supports available in Spanish also.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Government issued ID (does not have to be from US)

  • Students must be in their 4th year of high school (their grad cohort should not have graduated)

  • Two or more years behind in credit attainment

  • Minimum 9th grade reading level

  • Student must turn 18 before taking the the last test

Enrollment Timeframe: Referrals are accepted at any time. Students may be put on a waitlist depending on available seats.

Application Process: MMSD staff member completes a referral. Students may go on a waitlist until a seat opens. Once up on the waitlist, a student has two weeks to respond and set up a Reading Assessment (TABE Test).

Completion: High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED)

MADISON COLLEGE HSED

Location: 2125 Commercial Ave.

Website: https://madisoncollege.edu/ged-hsed-information

Overview: MMSD permits eligible students to participate in HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma) preparation programs at Madison College. The HSED is a state-issued education alternative to a traditional high school diploma, which consists of passing the GED test (available in Spanish and English), has earned 0.5 credits in health, has passed an approved course or has passed a test in health; has earned 3.0 credits in social studies, has passed an approved course in citizenship or has passed an approved test in Civics; has attained employability skills; and has completed instruction in career awareness. This Madison College program offers personalized supports to help students complete their HSED.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Government-issued ID (does not have to be from the US)

  • Students must be in their 4th year of high school (their grad cohort should not have graduated)

  • Two or more years behind in credit attainment

  • Minimum 9th grade reading level

  • Must turn 18 or be within three weeks of their class graduating before last test can be taken (state rule)

Enrollment Timeframe: Referrals are accepted at any time. Students may be put on a waitlist depending on available seats.

Application Process: MMSD staff member completes a referral. Students may go on a waitlist until a seat opens. Once up on the waitlist, a student has two weeks to respond and set up a Reading Assessment (TABE Test).

Completion: High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED)

NIGHT SCHOOL

Location: East High School (2222 Washington Avenue) and West High School (30 Ash St)

Overview: Night School is available to students enrolled in Madison Metropolitan School District high school. The Night School option is only available to high school juniors and seniors, if referred by a school counselor. Students will need at least 11 earned credits before speaking with their school counselor. Classes begin at each academic quarter and operate Monday through Thursday evenings.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • MMSD 11th and 12th grade students or students in their 5th or 6th years of high school

  • Must have earned at least 11 credits toward graduation

Enrollment Timeframe: Rolling enrollment

Application Process: School Counselors will complete a referral. Students are invited to attend an orientation before starting classes.

Completion: MMSD High School Diploma

OPERATION FRESH START LEGACY

Location: 2670 Milwaukee Street

Website: https://operationfreshstart.org/program/legacy/

Operation Fresh Start Students

Overview: OFS Legacy offers a unique hands-on route to an MMSD High School Diploma. Small groups offer support in academics, college and career preparation. Students participate in construction crews building or renovating homes learning vital construction skills or conservation crews to maintain natural areas around Dane County, including building and maintaining trails, removing invasive species and planting native plants. Participating students receive a paid internship.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Ages 16-24

  • Must at least be in their 4th year of high school

  • Due to limitations of federal grants, OFS Legacy participants must be lawful permanent residents with a right to work in the United States, and must present 3 forms of ID before enrollment: a government issued ID (usually a state ID or DL), original Social Security Card, and a birth certificate.

Enrollment Timeframe: Rolling enrollment depending on available seats

Application Process: MMSD staff member completes a referral. Student is invited to complete an application and are required to complete three interviews.

Completion: MMSD High School Diploma

SAPAR

Location: 1501 Jenifer Street

Website: https://innovation.madison.k12.wi.us/sapar

Overview: SAPAR provides a safe, trusting environment for pregnant and parenting students by offering smaller class sizes and individualized learning in a strong cohesive community. We emphasize healthy mother and child development through positive relationships while providing opportunities for empowerment and responsibility. This transitional program allows pregnant and parenting students of any age to learn prenatal care, childbirth and parenting skills while continuing their core curriculum in a non threatening environment. Daycare is located onsite and available for students through an application process. Student enrollment at SAPAR is a maximum of 2 semesters.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Pregnant and/or parenting middle and high school students.

  • Students looking for instruction in parenting, child development.

Enrollment Timeframe: Students may be referred prior to each semester.

Application Process: MMSD staff member completes a referral. Students are invited to a tour and complete an interview.

Completion: MMSD High School Diploma