Madison online learning program to add grades 4 and 5, temporarily drop 11th and 12th | Local Education

The Madison School District is expanding its new online learning program to include fourth- and fifth-graders while temporarily pausing it for 11th- and 12th-graders next year.

The Madison Promise Academy, which the district piloted this school year with students in grades 6-12, will temporarily halt services for the two oldest grades next year in an effort to accommodate younger learners, district spokesperson Tim LeMonds said.

The district’s goal is to ramp up enrollment to include 11th-graders in the program at the start of the 2023-24 school year, and to include students in grade 12 the following year, TJ McCray, the district’s director of instructional technology, said during a Madison School Board meeting Monday.

McCray plans to incorporate advanced learning opportunities as well for students in the online program in the 2022-23 school year.

All students, including current online students, who are interested in the program are encouraged to apply before May 27 for the upcoming school year. The district will limit capacity to 350 students for the program, with 200 slots available for students in grades 4 and 5 and 150 slots available for students in grades 6-10. McCray plans to increase student capacity each year.

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