Top 10 Best Madison Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 65 public schools serving 28,546 students in Madison, WI (there are 42 private schools, serving 6,331 private students). 82% of all K-12 students in Madison, WI are educated in public schools (compared to the WI state average of 86%).
The top ranked public schools in Madison, WI are Shorewood Hills Elementary School, Randall Elementary School and Van Hise Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Madison, WI public schools have an average math proficiency score of 35% (versus the Wisconsin public school average of 37%), and reading proficiency score of 42% (versus the 39% statewide average). Schools in Madison have an average ranking of 5/10, which is in the bottom 50% of Wisconsin public schools.
Minority enrollment is 56% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the Wisconsin public school average of 32% (majority Hispanic and Black).

Best Madison, WI Public Schools (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Shorewood Hills Elementary School
(Math: 75-79% | Reading: 75-79%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
1105 Shorewood Blvd
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 204-1200
Grades: PK-5
| 349 students
Rank: #22.
Randall Elementary School
(Math: 70% | Reading: 73%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
1802 Regent St
Madison, WI 53726
(608) 204-3300
Grades: 3-5
| 336 students
Rank: #33.
Van Hise Elementary School
(Math: 75-79% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
4747 Waukesha St
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 204-4800
Grades: K-5
| 407 students
Rank: #44.
Hamilton Middle School
(Math: 64% | Reading: 71%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
4801 Waukesha St
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 204-4620
Grades: 6-8
| 688 students
Rank: #55.
Lowell Elementary School
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
401 Maple Ave
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 204-6600
Grades: PK-5
| 353 students
Rank: #66.
West High School
(Math: 49% | Reading: 62%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
30 Ash St
Madison, WI 53726
(608) 204-4100
Grades: 9-12
| 2,175 students
Rank: #77.
Marquette Elementary School
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1501 Jenifer St
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 204-3220
Grades: 3-5
| 162 students
Rank: #8 - 98. - 9.
Forest Edge Elementary School
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
4848 Brassica Rd
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 835-4600
Grades: PK-6
| 426 students
Rank: #8 - 98. - 9.
Stoner Prairie Elementary School
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
5830 Devoro Rd
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 845-4200
Grades: K-5
| 363 students
Rank: #1010.
Crestwood Elementary School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
5930 Old Sauk Rd
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 204-1120
Grades: PK-5
| 268 students
Rank: #11 - 1311. - 13.
Milestone Democratic School
Charter School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2758 Dairy Dr
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 205-8110
Grades: 7-12
| 44 students
Rank: #11 - 1311. - 13.
Nuestro Mundo
Charter School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
902 Nichols Rd
Madison, WI 53716
(608) 204-1076
Grades: K-5
| 284 students
Rank: #11 - 1311. - 13.
Shabazz-city High School
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1601 N Sherman Ave
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 204-2440
Grades: 9-12
| 93 students
Rank: #1414.
Emerson Elementary School
(Math: 50-59% | Reading: 40-49%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
2421 E Johnson St
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 204-2000
Grades: PK-5
| 360 students
Rank: #1515.
Memorial High School
(Math: 43% | Reading: 54%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
201 S Gammon Rd
Madison, WI 53717
(608) 663-5990
Grades: 9-12
| 2,078 students
Rank: #1616.
Stephens Elementary School
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
120 S Rosa Rd
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 204-1900
Grades: PK-5
| 473 students
Rank: #1717.
Winnequah School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
800 Greenway Rd
Madison, WI 53716
(608) 221-7677
Grades: PK-5
| 578 students
Rank: #1818.
Innovative & Alternative High School
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50% )
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
1045 E Dayton St
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 204-4220
Grades: 9-12
| 123 students
Rank: #1919.
Metro School
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50% )
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
115 W Doty St, 7e
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 663-1634
Grades: 4-12
| 16 students
Rank: #2020.
O'keeffe Middle School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
510 S Thornton Ave
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 204-6820
Grades: 6-8
| 454 students
Rank: #2121.
Monona Grove High School
(Math: 36% | Reading: 49%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
4400 Monona Dr
Madison, WI 53716
(608) 221-7666
Grades: 9-12
| 1,091 students
Rank: #2222.
Huegel Elementary School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
2601 Prairie Rd
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 204-3100
Grades: PK-5
| 438 students
Rank: #2323.
Badger Rock Middle School
Charter School
(Math: 21-39% | Reading: 40-59%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
501 E Badger Rd
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 442-1335
Grades: 6-8
| 93 students
Rank: #24 - 2524. - 25.
Elvehjem Elementary School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
5106 Academy Dr
Madison, WI 53716
(608) 204-1400
Grades: PK-5
| 397 students
Rank: #24 - 2524. - 25.
Muir Elementary School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
6602 Inner Dr
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 663-8170
Grades: PK-5
| 434 students
Rank: #26 - 2826. - 28.
East High School
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
2222 E Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 204-1600
Grades: 9-12
| 1,722 students
Rank: #26 - 2826. - 28.
Spring Harbor Middle School
Magnet School
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1110 Spring Harbor Dr
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 204-1100
Grades: 6-8
| 246 students
Rank: #26 - 2826. - 28.
Thoreau Elementary School
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
3870 Nakoma Rd
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 204-6940
Grades: PK-5
| 410 students
Rank: #2929.
Cesar Chavez Elementary School
(Math: 33% | Reading: 41%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
3502 Maple Grove Dr
Madison, WI 53719
(608) 442-2000
Grades: PK-5
| 588 students
Rank: #3030.
Orchard Ridge Elementary School
(Math: 20-29% | Reading: 40-49%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
5602 Russett Rd
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 204-2320
Grades: PK-5
| 252 students
Rank: #3131.
Savanna Oaks Middle School
(Math: 31% | Reading: 41%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
5890 Lacy Rd
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 845-4010
Grades: 6-8
| 432 students
Rank: #3232.
Cherokee Heights Middle School
(Math: 30% | Reading: 38%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
4301 Cherokee Dr
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 204-1240
Grades: 6-8
| 620 students
Rank: #3333.
Dr Virginia Henderson Elementary School
(Math: 30-39% | Reading: 30-39%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1201 Tompkins Dr
Madison, WI 53716
(608) 204-2400
Grades: PK-5
| 478 students
Rank: #3434.
Isthmus Montessori Public
Charter School
(Math: 25-29% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1802 Pankratz St
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 661-8200
Grades: PK-11
| 203 students
Rank: #3535.
Toki Middle School
(Math: 29% | Reading: 36%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
5606 Russett Rd
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 204-4740
Grades: 6-8
| 575 students
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Madison, Wisconsin Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
15 S Brearly St
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 663-1907
Grades: 9-10
| 42 students
5208 Mckenna Rd
Madison, WI 53716
(608) 556-9682
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
Dane County Transition School (Closed 2005)
Alternative School
Charter School
2326 S Park St
Madison, WI 53713
(608) 834-8253
Grades: 9-12
| 9 students
545 W Dayton St
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 663-1907
Grades: 11-12
| 42 students
902 Nichols Rd
Madison, WI 53716
(608) 221-7670
Grades: PK-2
| 247 students
5104 Gordon Ave
Madison, WI 53716
(608) 223-1895
Grades: 10-12
| n/a students
1501 Jenifer St
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 204-4235
Grades: 7-12
| 11 students
545 West Dayton St
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 204-4235
Grades: 11-12
| 101 students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Madison, WI?
The top ranked public schools in Madison, WI include Shorewood Hills Elementary School, Randall Elementary School and Van Hise Elementary School.
How many public schools are located in Madison, WI?
65 public schools are located in Madison, WI.
What percentage of students in Madison, WI go to public school?
82% of all K-12 students in Madison, WI are educated in public schools (compared to the WI state average of 86%).
What is the racial composition of students in Madison, WI?
Madison, WI public schools minority enrollment is 56% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the Wisconsin public schools average of 32% (majority Hispanic and Black).

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