Madison High School is an outstanding comprehensive high school of 796 students that has been praised by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for providing "a rich, broad and diverse educational program" for its students. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs and abilities of all students with a variety of courses being offered. Each of the past three years has seen innovation in existing courses and the addition of new courses. Madison High School offers five world languages in addition to a full array of academic courses in English, history, science, and mathematics. Sixteen (16) Advanced Placement courses and many honors courses are available.
The district is committed to providing a rigorous and challenging curriculum while supporting students with different learning needs and styles. Typically, 90% of our graduates attend college. Over 50% of our students who attend 4 year colleges are matriculating at schools that are categorized as very, highly, or most competitive. Madison High School enjoys an excellent reputation with colleges and universities who recognize the strong preparation provided by our dedicated faculty. The guidance staff is diligent in making and maintaining relationships with college admissions officers. Over 70% of our staff members hold advanced degrees. The High School, this year, was placed on the College Boards Honor Roll due to its AP scores and participation rate.
In addition to a rich academic environment, Madison High School provides its students with opportunities for growth in the important areas of character and service. Dozens of clubs and 22 interscholastic sports are available for students to learn leadership, teamwork, discipline, and commitment. We are proud of our Peer Group Connections Program (formerly know as the Personal Development Program), a freshman orientation and guidance program led by upperclassmen that has served students since 1971. Our music program is rich in both curricular and extracurricular opportunities. Among the offerings in music are an orchestra, concert band, chorus, jazz band, guitar ensemble, music theatre, and an award-winning marching band. Beginning with the class of 2011, all students will be required to participate in our newly adopted service-learning program. Students will fulfill this annual requirement by engaging in service related projects at all Madison schools, as well as in the surrounding community. Emphasis will be placed on using the skills and concepts learned in the classroom to meet emergent community needs.
Madison High School enjoys strong community support. It is not unusual for parents of our students to have graduated from Madison High School. They have a strong connection with the school and a respect for its tradition of academic excellence and strong sense of community. We are very fortunate to have many parents with special talents (often in the corporate world) that they enthusiastically share with the school. Madison High School also enjoys the benefits of our sending-receiving relationship with Harding Township, a nearby K-8 school district. Students from Harding and Madison become a cohesive class in their four years together.
Newly renovated areas of the school include a state-of-the-art library/media center, expanded music and art facilities, an auxiliary gymnasium, as well as new and renovated science classrooms. The construction project was completed in August 2008 and the new facilities have had a significant impact on the quality of the educational experiences we offer our students.