We currently operate three schools: One City Preschool (OCP), One City Elementary School (OCES) and One City Preparatory Academy (OCPA).

ONE CITY Preschool

One City Preschool (OCP) is not a Day Care. We are a Preschool serving children ages 2 through 4k. We focus on your child’s learning and development that leads to success in grade school and beyond, from the minute your child enrolls in our school.

ONE CITY Elementary School

One City Elementary School (OCES) will maintain its commitment to build foundational skills and introduced project-based expeditionary learning program for our children in our Kindergarten to 5th grade.

Grades 6-12

ONE CITY Preparatory Academy

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One City Preparatory Academy (OCPA) is a unique 6th-12th grade school that combines the features of an EL Education Network School and an Early College and Career Model.

Our Teachers

Our teachers complete daily lesson plans and classroom plans, complete daily observations on your child that you receive at the end of each day and ensure that our classrooms always provide a stimulating and beneficial learning environment.

Our Teachers

Our teachers complete daily lesson plans and classroom plans, complete daily observations on your child that you receive at the end of each day and ensure that our classrooms always provide a stimulating and beneficial learning environment.

Our Teachers

Our teachers complete daily lesson plans and classroom plans, complete daily observations on your child that you receive at the end of each day and ensure that our classrooms always provide a stimulating and beneficial learning environment.

Our Teachers

Our teachers complete daily lesson plans and classroom plans, complete daily observations on your child that you receive at the end of each day and ensure that our classrooms always provide a stimulating and beneficial learning environment.

Our Teachers

Our teachers complete daily lesson plans and classroom plans, complete daily observations on your child that you receive at the end of each day and ensure that our classrooms always provide a stimulating and beneficial learning environment.

Our Approach

OCPA - Grades 10-12

Immerse students in college or career pathways, building competency and introducing opportunities to lead and deliver within career pathway.

OCPA - Grades 8-9

Increase depth of learning, including job shadowing and internship experiences.

OCPA - Grades 6-7

Begin exploration of careers and extend project-based learning.

OCES - Grades 4K-5

Build foundational skills and introduced project-based expeditionary learning.

OC Preschool - Age 2-4

Child-directed learning through play and reflection.

Our Teachers

Alexander Appleton
Mr
Alexander Appleton
Elementary Assistant Teacher
Amira Caire
Ms
Amira Caire
Elementary Associate Teacher
Anna Mei Baker
Ms
Anna Mei Baker
Assistant Teacher - Preschool
Azuree Nichols
Ms
Azuree Nichols
Elementary Lead Teacher
Christopher Bester
Mr
Christopher Bester
Elementary Assistant Teacher
Ciera Carey
Ms
Ciera Carey
Elementary Lead Teacher
Elizabeth McBride
Ms
Elizabeth McBride
Preschool Assistant Teacher
Jabari Caire
Mr
Jabari Caire
Elementary Assistant Teacher
Jackie Thompson
Ms
Jackie Thompson
Elementary Lead Teacher
Jazmin Diaz
Ms
Jazmin Diaz
Elementary Assistant Teacher
Kearra Baker-Caldwell
Ms
Kearra Baker-Caldwell
Preschool Assistant Teacher
Khalil Parsons
Mr
Khalil Parsons
Elementary Assistant Teacher
Kirsty Blattner
Ms
Kirsty Blattner
Elementary Lead Teacher
Kristen Bonano
Ms
Kristen Bonano
Elementary Assistant Teacher
Kyra Swenson
Ms
Kyra Swenson
Preschool Lead Teacher
Lauren Flynn
Ms
Lauren Flynn
Preschool Lead Teacher
Laurie Peterson
Ms
Laurie Peterson
Director of Teaching and Learning-Elementary
Lisa Cutting
Ms
Lisa Cutting
Preschool Lead Teacher
Lucas Dronzek
Mr
Lucas Dronzek
Preschool Lead Teacher
Lyndsey Standage
Ms
Lyndsey Standage
Elementary Lead Teacher
Malcom Calbert
Mr
Malcom Calbert
Elementary Associate Teacher
Marisa Garvey
Ms
Marisa Garvey
Elementary Lead Teacher
Michelle Bibb
Ms
Michelle Bibb
Preschool Associate Teacher
Ninah Thao
Ms
Ninah Thao
Preschool Assistant Teacher
Richard Henderson
Mr
Richard Henderson
Elementary Assistant Teacher
Sekani Caire
Mr
Sekani Caire
Preschool Associate Teacher
Sophia Diers
Ms
Sophia Diers
Elementary Lead Teacher
Sydney Toburen
Ms
Sydney Toburen
Elementary Assistant Teacher
Tara Korotka
Ms
Tara Korotka
Elementary Assistant Teacher
Tiffany Ortego
Ms
Tiffany Ortego
Preschool Lead Teacher

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you open to all students?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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 kanderson@onecityschools.org.

Do you provide transportation?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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As a public school in the state of Wisconsin, our teachers are required to be certified.

What standards do you use?
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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?
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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?
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Our first graduating class will be in July of 2025!

What is your technology policy?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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

Friday

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+

Monday

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?
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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?
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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
level.

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?
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Scholars will mix depending on their course selections.

How will the arts be incorporated?
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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.

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