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Adopt-a-School: Connecting Community to Classrooms

The Adopt-a-School program is a dynamic bridge between schools and the community. Partners are more than donors. They work closely with school leadership to identify strategic opportunities in support of the School Improvement Plan (SIP).

About Adopt-a-School

Partners build equity and create opportunity.

The Foundation works with Adopt-a-School partners to align their efforts and interests in support of School Improvement Plan goals in myriad ways – reading with students, volunteering in the classroom, donating school supplies/snacks/winter gear, providing field trip support, internship opportunities, and much more. We ask partners to commit to a minimum of a one-year engagement to help build mutually rewarding relationships among all involved.  

What Schools Get

Mentors, materials and motivation for students.

When you adopt a school, you provide new experiences and opportunities for kids. You can serve as a tutor or lunch buddy, guest speak on a topic, provide job shadowing and so much more. 

What Partners Get

Engage your employees. Build a better community.

As an Adopt-a-School partner, you will actively engage with and invest in the community where you live and work. You will share your time, attention, talents and experiences with students, staff and teachers, contributing to vibrant school communities.

“Giving time is really important. Teachers have a lot that they’re managing and the more space we can give them to do those things, the better supported our students will be.”

Joy Pfeiffer
Human Resources Specialist, WIDA at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research – Partner to Midvale Elementary Schools Since 2011

Success Stories

Partnerships In Action

East High School

Tipping the Scales Program Gives Students Access to Legal Profession

In 2020, Adopt-a-School partner, Alliant Energy, launched Tipping the Scales, a program connecting attorneys, judges, and other local leaders in the legal field with East High students to share their stories and professional experiences. Now entering its fourth year, participating students enjoy a five-field trip experience that exposes them to various professional legal environments, and opportunities to hear from many legal professionals of color.

Memorial High School

Personalized Pathways: Giving students real-world experience.

Unity Point Health-Meriter makes it easy for students at Memorial High School to put what they learn in the classroom into action, giving them opportunities to job shadow and learn from healthcare professionals.

Lake View Elementary, Sherman Middle, and East High Schools

Mock interviews mean business.

American Family Insurance, one of the largest employers in Dane County, has been an Adopt-a-School partner since 2014. At Sherman, they continue to give students one-of-a-kind developmental experiences.

La Follette High School

Opportunities take center stage.

Forward Theater Company’s Adopt-a-School partnership with La Follette High School is focused on supporting performing arts students.  Forward offers workshops for students on auditioning, provides professional mentors in stage management, lighting, and marketing, and has provided professional directors for several productions.  

Adopt Us: Our Schools Currently Seeking Partners

Black Hawk Middle

Chávez Elementary

Crestwood Elementary

Elvehjem Elementary

Emerson Elementary

Gompers Elementary

Henderson Elementary

Huegel Elementary

La Follette High

Lowell Elementary

Mendota Elementary

Muir Elementary

Nuestro Mundo Community School

O’Keeffe Middle

Olson Elementary

Orchard Ridge Elementary

Shabazz City High

Shorewood Hills Elementary

Southside Elementary

Spring Harbor Middle

Stephens Elementary

Toki Middle

Van Hise Elementary

West High

Whitehorse Middle

Who’s Helping Who

Current Adopt-a-School Partnerships

Anana Elementary
Attic Angel Association, Blackhawk Church, Exact Sciences, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, TruStage

Badger Rock Middle
Doxa Church, Fields Auto, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, TruStage

Capital High
Blackhawk Church Downtown, Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative

Crestwood Elementary
Asbury United Methodist Church

Cherokee Heights Middle
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Westminster Presbyterian Church

East High
Alliant Energy, American Family Insurance, J.H. Findorff & Son, Summit Credit Union

Emerson Elementary
Bethel Lutheran Church, Kiwanis Club of Downtown Madison

Franklin Elementary
M3 Insurance

Gillespie Middle
Madison Church, Madison West Middleton Rotary Club

Hamilton Middle

Hawthorne Elementary
DEMCO, First United Methodist Church

Kennedy Elementary
Crosspoint Church, Door Creek Church, Messiah Lutheran Church, St. Paul A. M. E. Church

La Follette High
6AM Marketing, Forward Theater, J.H. Findorff & Son, Summit Credit Union

Lake View Elementary
American Family Insurance, UW Health Northeast Family Medical Center

Lapham Elementary
Eastside Church, State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Leopold Elementary
Blackhawk Church – Fitchburg, Christ Church Madison, the Church at Christ Memorial, City on a Hill, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue

Lincoln Elementary
Doxa Church, HOPE worldwide, St. Mary’s Hospital/SSM Health

Lindbergh Elementary
Catholic Charities, TASC

Lowell Elementary
Trinity Lutheran Church

Marquette Elementary
State of Wisconsin Department of Administration Affirmative Action Advisory Committee

Memorial High
Capital City Theatre, J.H. Findorff & Son, Summit Credit Union, UnityPoint Health-Meriter, Yahara Software

Mendota Elementary
Christ Presbyterian Church, Door Creek Church, Seva Circle

Metro Schools
Madison Public Schools Foundation

Midvale Elementary
Kiwanis Club of West Madison, WIDA at UW Madison

Muir Elementary

Orchard Ridge Elementary
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Randall Elementary
Wisconsin Athletics

Sandburg Elementary
Door Creek Church, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, Wisconsin Association of School Administrators

Schenk Elementary
Seeds of Peace / Common Grace

Sennett Middle

Sherman Middle
American Family Insurance

Southside Elementary
Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, J.H. Findorff & Son

Spring Harbor Middle
Wisconsin Technical College System

Stephens Elementary
Covenant Presbyterian Church

Thoreau Elementary
American Printing Company, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, Matt Winzenried Real Estate Partners, Westminster Presbyterian Church

Transition Education Program
Alpha Delta Kappa/Delta Chapter, Alpha XI Delta Sorority

West High
Geneva Campus Church, J.H. Findorff & Son, Summit Credit Union

Whitehorse Middle
Optimist Club of Downtown Madison, WEA Member Benefits

Wright Middle
Strand Associates, Inc., Mt. Zion Baptist Church

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