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Will Offer Two Learning Options for Children this Fall: In-Person and Virtual Instruction


Dear Greater Madison Community,
Staying safe and healthy is the number one priority for One City Schools. This summer, our entire staff from preschool to elementary: from assistants to administration, have worked tirelessly to incorporate feedback from parents, the health community, volunteers and supporters, and other stakeholders into a plan to provide the best quality education for our children and families while remaining safe. 
We are excited to share with you our 2020-21 Safe Schools Reopening Plan: A plan that prioritizes health and safety while retaining our incredibly important vision of ensuring young children are succeeding in their personal and educational lives, whether via an in-person or guided remote learning environment. Pleas click here or on the document below to review and download a copy of the plan, or click on the photo above.
We will offer an in-person and virtual learning option for children in our preschool and elementary school. Our elementary school will serve children in grades 4K – 2nd grade and our preschool will enroll children children who are two and three-years-old. Our preschool will also enroll four-year-olds whose 4th birthday falls after our September 1st cut-off for our public school 4K program.
Please take a few moments to review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Marilyn Ruffin, our Registrar and Vice President of Family and Community Initiatives at or (608) 268-8004.
Have a wonderful weekend. Onward.
Kaleem Caire
Founder and CEO
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Now Enrolling for the 2020-21 School Year

We are currently enrolling children in our tuition-free public charter school, One City Expeditionary Elementary School, for the 2020-21 school year that begins September 1, 2020. We are enrolling students in 4-year old (4K) kindergarten, 5-year old (5K) kindergarten, and 1st and 2nd grades. We will continue to add a minimum of one grade-level each year until we reach sixth grade. To learn more, please  <<Click Here>>.
Enrollment going forward will be considered on a first-come first serve basis, until we have filled all of the seats in each grade level in our school. If you are interested in enrolling your child in our elementary school for the 2020-21 school year, please email Ms. Marilyn Ruffin, our registrar and Director of Family and Community Initiatives at You can also reach Ms. Ruffin by phone at (608) 444-1667.
If you are interested in our tuition-based, independent Preschool that serves children ages 1 to 3, please note that there is no enrollment deadline. We enroll children in this school year-round, provided seats are available in the classroom that serves your child’s age group. Again, please contact Ms. Marilyn Ruffin, if you would like to enroll your child in our preschool, or have questions. 

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Access to clean, drinkable water and healthy food. Climate change. Energy Alternatives. Urban and rural poverty. Economic and population health disparities. Innovations in STEM and Social Enterprise. Global and local leadership and political conflicts. World peace. 

Children who can read, love to learn and can work effectively with others will be best prepared to address these issues, lead happy lives and raise happy and healthy families as adults. 

One City Schools is dedicated to cultivating healthy, happy, thoughtful, and resourceful children who have the capacity and commitment to empower others and change the world, their families and communities for the better. With this in mind, our mission is to seed a new model of public education that ensures young children are on track to succeed in a college or career preparatory program from birth through high school graduation. 

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