Are you open to all students?

We are a free public school open to all students in Grades 6-12 in the state of Wisconsin. We are an independently authorized charter school, which means we are not part of nor associated with a school district.

What is a charter school?

A charter school is a free, public school that is created under a contract between an authorizer and an operator. Charter schools are given the autonomy and flexibility to be creative and innovative in return for higher expectations and more accountability. At One City, our mission is to seed a new model of public education. We take our mission seriously and innovate in ways we hope larger districts can imitate once our data proves our methods to be successful.

Do you provide meals?

We have a head chef and multiple sous chefs who provide healthy, prepared-from-scratch breakfast,
snack, and lunch on a daily basis to our scholars. We strongly believe in the importance of physical,
mental, and emotional health and well-being.

Do you provide special education services?

We have a full special education department, including speech and language services. For specific
questions related to your scholar, please reach out to our Director of Special Education, Kimberly
Anderson, at

Do you provide transportation?

No. We are a commuter school located on a Madison bus line. Families must arrange transportation
to and from school for their scholar(s).

What are the school hours?

We run a longer school day and longer school year in order to provide as many opportunities as
possible for our scholars. Our school day runs from 8:15 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. (or longer depending on
whether your high school scholar is involved in athletics). Our school year runs from September 1,
2022 through July 28, 2023 with standard school year breaks such as Thanksgiving, winter break,
spring break, and national holidays that typically align with the MMSD School Calendar There is a
1-week intercession in June as well as August vacation for scholars.

What are your homework policies?

Every child is unique in their individual pacing and course selections. With a longer school day, we
aim to build in time for individual, small group, and large group work. However, we will have highschool scholars taking college level courses and they may need to do some work outside of school
hours depending on the course and their involvement in other activities.

Are your classes integrated or taught separately?

In middle school, we offer four fully-integrated 8-week expeditions and 3 1-week stand-alone
workshops. In high school, we offer a combination of integrated and stand-alone courses as well as
workshops, job shadows, apprenticeships, and internships.

Are your teachers certified?

As a public school in the state of Wisconsin, our teachers are required to be certified.

What standards do you use?

Our standards are based on Common Core standards as well as standards provided through various
subject-specific organizations such as Next Generation Science Standards. The Expeditionary
Learning curriculum is an ELA-based curriculum which uses the Common Core ELA standards.

How many scholars will you serve?

Middle school (Grades 6-8) will serve 72 scholars per grade with a maximum of 24 scholars per
classroom. High School (Grades 9-12) will serve 96 scholars per grade with approximately 24
scholars per class (number may vary slightly depending on course choices). In 2022-23, we will serve
scholars in grades 6, 9, and 10.

When will you have your first graduating class?

Our first graduating class will be in July of 2025!

What is your technology policy?

In brief, we encourage safe and informed usage of technology to aid in teaching and learning. We
understand many scholars have cell phones. We do not permit cell phones to be used during the
school day except with explicit permission. We will provide computers for scholar use during the
school day.

What are your expectations of families?

A collaborative and respectful partnership between families and One City is critical to the success of
our scholars. We expect our families to be engaged in their scholars’ education, to get them to and
from school on time, to ensure they are getting necessary sleep and nutrition, and to communicate
with us on a regular basis. We greatly appreciate and need parent volunteers on a regular basis. We
offer parent education and networking opportunities through FAST (Families and Schools Together)
and Leader in Me throughout the school year.

Will the WIAA have approved your school for sports for the fall season?

We are in the process of applying to the WIAA and have every reason to believe we will be approved
for the fall season. Specific sports will be determined depending on scholar interest.

Will scholars have lockers?

Yes, scholars will have lockers where they will be expected to place their winter gear (jackets, boots,
gloves, hats) each day.

What does a daily schedule look like?

Middle School

Monday - Thursday

Arrive: 8:15
Clubs/Sports/Activities: 8:15-9:30
Breakfast/Morning Crew: 9:30-10
Morning Expedition: 10-12:30
Lunch or Math: 12:30-1:15
Lunch or Math: 1:15-2:00
Afternoon Expedition: 2:00-4:30
Afternoon Crew/Dismissal: 4:30-4:45


Arrive: 8:15
Breakfast: 8:15-8:45
Clubs/Sports/Activities: 8:45-10:15
Leader in Me/ Math/ Technology: 10:15-12:15
Lunch/Recess: 12:15-1:15
WIN: 1:15-2:15
Leader in Me/ Math/ Technology: 2:15-4:15

High School

Tuesday - Friday

Arrive: 8:15
Breakfast/Morning Crew: 8:15-8:45
Math/Office Hours/Study Hall/Interventions: 8:45-9:45
Morning Seminar(s): 9:45-11:45
Math/Office Hours/StudyHall/Interventions: 11:45-12:45
Lunch: 12:45-1:30
Afternoon Seminar(s): 1:30-3:30
Clubs/Sports/Activities/Internships: 3:30-4:45+


Zero Hour: 8:15-9
Breakfast: 9-9:30
Academies: 9:30-11
Break: 11-11:15
Reconstruction/ Project Lead the Way/ Leader in Me/
Online Courses/ Projects: 11:15-1
Lunch: 1-2
Reconstruction/ Project Lead the Way/ Leader in Me/
Online Courses/ Projects: 2-3:15
Sports/Clubs/Activities: 3-15-4:45+

Will scholars be able to work a job to help support their family?

Our high school scholars will absolutely be able to work a job–in fact, we encourage them to do so
and look forward to partnering with their employer to ensure the scholar is meeting expectations both
at work and at school.

What level(s) of math will be offered for high school freshmen?

Every scholar will have both a stand-alone math course as well as opportunities for math application
built into their multidisciplinary seminars. Each scholar will be working at their own individual math

Will the students rotate for the whole day with the same group / class of 24 or mix between classes as they go to different classes?

Scholars will mix depending on their course selections.

How will the arts be incorporated?

We will infuse arts into our interdisciplinary units, our workshops, and our club and activity offerings.
Specific offerings (e.g., Jazz Band, Show Choir, etc.) will be determined by scholar interest.


PowerSchool Enrollment Forms Tutorial

Check out our Zoom Recording to learn how to fill out forms in Powerschool.
What is PowerSchool Enrollment?

PowerSchool Enrollment is the One City Schools new online enrollment system for charter school (grades 4k to 4th grade).


PowerSchool Enrollment will replace our annual paper registration packets, saving you valuable time.


PowerSchool Enrollment is a secure process that allows One City Schools district to verify all student information for your child prior to the start of the new school year. The system will also allow you to electronically sign the annual permission forms for One City Schools policies.

Why is One City Schools making this change now?

For families, PowerSchool Enrollment eliminates the need to fill out and return paper packets to your school. For schools, it minimizes data entry for staff and increases accuracy in our records.


When it’s time to fill out the online form, you will receive an email from us that you are now able to create an account through the PowerSchool Portal. 


For Returning Students:  Verify your student’s information making any necessary changes and additions.  After you have completed all required questions and agreements, you are ready to submit.


For new Students: you will need to complete all forms in the portal associated to each of your children. 


You will have the option to upload your documents through the portal.


If you have any question, issues, don’t have internet access, computer, or don’t know how to upload documents (proof of residency, immunization, doctor’s health report) Please contact our VP of Family and community initiatives at 608.268.8004 or at and she will be able to arrange for you to use a device at our school - One City Schools (fisher street)


Once you have finished entering your information, click “Submit.” This will send all of the information you’ve entered to the PowerSchool system. If you cannot click on this button, you will need to make sure that you have answered all the required questions.


If you have more than one child, you’ll need to provide information that is specific to each child. We recommend that you complete and submit one form and then start another – this will allow you to share selected family information, which saves you time.


Don’t hesitate to call One City Schools if you have a question about a specific item.

How to create your PowerSchool account?

PowerSchool is the Student Information System that One City Schools District uses to manage grades, attendance, demographics, schedules, etc.

The PowerSchool Parent Portal is a feature of the PowerSchool Student Information System that provides parents/guardians real-time access to various information about your student.

You should receive an email for each student you have registered in One City Schools (excluding Preschool 2 years old and 3 years old). With an access ID and password to complete your account setup.


Click the following link to enter the parent portal:


Step 1: Click “Create New Account”on the sign in page

Step 2: Creating the Account

Step 4: When you have created your PARENT PowerSchool account, click ENTER.

Step 5: When your account is successfully created you will receive an email to activate your account and you will be able to use the username and password you entered in the previous step to login to the parent portal.

What can you find in your Parent / Student PowerSchool portal?

PowerSchool Parent Portal gives parents access to real-time information about your child’s attendance and grades.

PowerSchool Parent Portal Navigation Menu
PowerSchool Parent Portal Navigation Menu

Grades will be available starting next year.

Grade History option on PowerSchool Parent Portal Menu
Attendance History option on PowerSchool Parent Portal Menu

Displays information about a student's attendance record for the current term.

Email Notification option on PowerSchool Parent Portal Menu

Provides you with the ability to manage your parent account email preferences.

Teacher Comments option on PowerSchool Parent Portal Menu

Displays any comment that a teacher has entered regarding a student, such as a student's achievement or behavior.

Forms option on PowerSchool Parent Portal Menu

Complete enrollment forms.

School Bulletin option on PowerSchool Parent Portal Menu

Serves as your school's message board.

Class Registration option on PowerSchool Parent Portal Menu

Students and their parents can manage their course requests.

My Schedule option on PowerSchool Parent Portal Menu

Displays the student's schedule for the selected term.

School Information option on PowerSchool Parent Portal Menu
Account Preferences option on PowerSchool Parent Portal Menu

Change the e-mail address, username or password associated with your Parent account.