One City Schools

One City Schools is a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization that provides high quality educational opportunities for young children. 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. Our vision is of a Greater Madison community where there are no persistent achievement and opportunity gaps, and where all children are prepared to contribute and succeed as adults. To this end, One City’s goal is to ensure young children are prepared to read, compute and succeed at grade level by the time they reach first grade. More importantly, we aim to partner with families and the broader community to cultivate children who become free, global and deep thinkers, curious learners, effective problem solvers, humanitarians, happy people and young people who care about the world around them. Currently, One City operates two schools: One City Preschool, an accredited 5-star preschool serving children ages 1 - 3 and One City Expeditionary Elementary School, a public charter elementary school that presently enrolls children in 4K through second grade, and will add additional grades annually through grade 6. One City Preschool is accredited by the City of Madison and was awarded 5 (of 5) stars through Wisconsin's YoungStar Child Care Rating System. Our Preschool was awarded Best of Madison in Child Care in 2018. One City Expeditionary Elementary School (OCEES) is a unique, two-generation public school, authorized by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, that provides a tuition-free education to children in grades 4K through Grade 2 in South Madison (Note: We will add a minimum of one grade per year until we reach grade 6) and works directly with families to ensure children are learning, inspired and making solid progress. We also have a longer school year (219 days vs 180 days in traditional public schools) and a longer school day (8:15am to 5pm daily), including 90-minute co-curricular learning academies in Sports, Fitness, STEM and Creative and Performing Arts. OCEES is also an EL Education Network School, offering the highly regarded Expeditionary Learning curriculum in kindergarten through second grade (and eventually through grade 6). Our 4K program is built exclusively around the AnjiPlay program from Anji, China. AnjiPlay will also serve as a supplement to children in Kindergarten and above as well. PARENT ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT Children aren't the only ones who enroll in One City, parents do, too. Through a robust network of partnerships, we offer informative, insightful and fun seminars, workshops, special events and other learning activities for parents and the entire family. We were the first school (preschool to high school) to re-introduce the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program to parents in Madison and offer this to our families both in-person and virtually with children enrolled in our preschool and elementary school. This internationally acclaimed, engaging, fun and award winning program builds strong bonds between parents and their children, One City families, and families and our school. WANT TO LEARN MORE OR DISCUSS ENROLLING YOUR CHILD Please call us at 608.268.8004 or email us at [email protected] to schedule a tour and discuss enrolling your child in our school. We look forward to talking with you. HOW YOU CAN HELP AND GET INVOLVED You can support One City Schools by making a financial donation to us at To volunteer, email Alice Erickson at [email protected] Thank you! We hope you choose One City for your children!


One City Schools is a Madison, Wisconsin-based nonprofit operator of high quality public and private independent schools serving children in preschool (ages 2-4) through elementary school (4K - grade 6).

Working Hours

Monday: 07:00 - 17:00

Tuesday: 07:00 - 17:30
Wednesday: 07:00 - 17:30
Thursday: 17:30 - 17:30
Friday: 07:00 - 17:30
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

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