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WELCOME TO THE

Sun Prairie Experience

Access, Opportunities, LIKE NOWHERE ELSE

AND

Excellence


WE ARE

SUN PRAIRIE

Our Vision:

Our Mission:

To be recognized as a high performing

To inspire and prepare every child, every day, by providing relevant, engaging, and innovative learning experiences in and out of the classroom.

district of choice that reflects the cultures of our diverse community.


Welcome to The Sun Prairie Experience! DEAR SUN PRAIRIE COMMUNITY: On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to welcome you to The Sun Prairie Experience. We are so proud to be a part of a growing and diverse community. The Sun Prairie Area School District has proudly earned a place in the nation as one of the most innovative and progressive school districts, and the single factor that has led to this reputation is the quality of the staff who serve and love our children every day. Our staff lead some of the most innovative, engaging, and relevant programming anywhere. Though there are too many to name completely, a sampling of our programming includes our Mandarin Chinese and other world language programming, Advanced Placement Computer Science programming, Career and Technical Education offerings, personalization and co-teaching instructional strategies, and AVID programming, not to mention the strength of our literacy and math curricular offerings. There is so much to be proud of in our school district. Every one of our fourteen schools advances amazing opportunities for our students, and our talented and dedicated staff focus on each as an individual learner. Taken as collection of opportunities and innovative programming, we call this The Sun Prairie Experience. What exactly does this look like on a daily basis? This is a place that celebrates and values our diverse community, where we stand by our students with disabilities and their families, and where all children will be safe and loved. This is a place where students have access to opportunities like nowhere else. Students can grow not only academically and emotionally inside our schools and classrooms, but also socially outside the schoolhouse walls as a part of our comprehensive athletics, fine arts, and activities programming. This is The Sun Prairie Experience.

See you soon,

Dr. Brad Saron, Superintendent


ABOUT US We serve over 8,500 students in grades 4K–12. Our fourteen state-of-the-art schools include nine elementary schools, two middle schools (grades 6–7), one upper middle school (grades 8–9), one high school (grades 10– 12), and an alternative learning school. Our 4K program is held at partner childcare/preschool sites around Sun Prairie. We are proud to have over 1,300 staff members educating and supporting our students.

Sun Prairie is one of the fastest growing school districts in Wisconsin. The proximity of the Sun Prairie Area School District to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the state capital, and the interstate system has contributed to the growth of this community into a richly diverse and highly desirable destination to live and attend school. Our Board of Education proudly provides the vision to this school district through its governance framework.


WE ARE

INNOVATIVE

POINTS OF PRIDE OUR TEACHERS HAVE THE ABILITY TO ADAPT THEIR CLASSROOMS AND DELIVERY TO FIT EACH INDIVIDUAL STUDENT’S NEEDS TO MAXIMIZE LEARNING AND GROWTH THANKS TO OUR: • Fourteen State-of-the-Art Schools • Mobile Classrooms • Collaborative Learning Spaces • Cutting-Edge Technology Resources • Engaging and Flexible Learning Spaces

Awards of excellence for •H  omeroom, Radio Show •R  eferendum Materials •C  ommunity Newsletters


ADAPTING TO MEET EACH INDIVIDUAL STUDENT • P  ersonalized Learning—Student Voice, Choice, Agency, and Collaboration • Flexible Classroom Spaces • Makerspaces • O  ne-to-One Device Initiatives • R  obotics, Gaming, and Coding Clubs “Cardinal Heights E-House has been phenomenal for my daughter. It has allowed her to make her own choices and take ownership of her learning. Being a student in E-House has helped our daughter increase her self-confidence along with building her communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. We could not be more impressed with the teachers, curriculum, and the community the students and teachers have developed together.” —Parent


WE ARE

ENGAGING

Through our multitude of diverse programs, our students are able to explore their passions and develop new skills to carry with them beyond their time in school, all while building connections with their peers and faculty members. Academic and career planning is woven throughout our students’ educational experience to get them college and career ready. We also have one of the largest Summer School programs in the state that includes transportation and nutritional services.


SUN PRAIRIE STUDENTS ARE HIGHLY INVOLVED BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM. • O  ver 50% of our high school students are in one or more clubs. • O  ur 9th through 12th-grade students have the opportunity to participate in one or more of 68 sports teams. • W  e offer over 80 amazing clubs, including Archery Club, Aviation Club, Chinese Language Club, Drama, Environment Club, Gaming Club, Forensics, Indian Dance Club, Math League, Science Olympiad, and many more. • T  he average GPA of our athletes and club participants is 3.32. SUN PRAIRIE STAFF ARE THE BEST IN THE STATE, BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM. • 6  0% of our educators have a master’s degree or above. • 1 9 of our educators have their National Board Certification for Teachers. WE OFFER CLASSES THAT APPEAL TO THE WIDE RANGE OF INTERESTS OF OUR STUDENTS. • 2  7 Advanced Placement courses • 2  7 Arts and Music courses • 6  4 Career and Technical Education courses • 18 dual-credit options


WE ARE

RELEVANT OUR MISSION IS TO PREPARE OUR STUDENTS, INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM, WITH SKILLS THEY CAN CARRY WITH THEM BEYOND GRADUATION AND IN PREPARATION FOR THEIR FUTURE ENDEAVORS. WE OFFER: • W  orld Language Classes, Including Mandarin Chinese, German, French, and Spanish • Y  outh Apprenticeship Opportunities • Industry-Level Certification Programs • A  dvancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program • College and Career Fairs • D  ECA, FFA, FBLA, Skills USA, HOSA, and many more • R  eality Rocks • T  ravel Abroad "I have four kids with very different needs. Sun Prairie School District has been great at meeting those needs. From 4K to Advanced Learning programming in elementary school, to Advanced Placement, to Technical Education classes and more, each child has received a great, wellrounded education that’s been as individualized as they are." —Parent


“We attended the final Sun Prairie High School band concert and just when I think I cannot be any more impressed by this school district’s music program, they go one step higher. Tonight’s highlight was a piece featuring the principal oboist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra.” —Parent

Our district was recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants and voted Best Music Community in 2017 for our commitment to music education and our tradition of excellence. With over 50 performance ensembles and over 100 music events each year, we offer many opportunities for musicians to learn and grow through music.


WHAT WILL YOUR

STORY BE?

“ “

EMMA BRYANT I have been involved in the drama program since 6th grade and recently have become the stage

YUTZIL CONTRERAS Mr. Halvorson, the automotive teacher, had an impact on my learning. I was the only girl in his

manager. This has been

class, and he made it fun,

such a positive experience

relatable, and inclusive.

for me to work together

He taught me to be responsible for my own

with others to create an

learning, and I’ve also become better at time

amazing show!”

management.”

AKILAH WALLACE In my Sun Prairie Experience, I have helped lead a Social Justice Summit and an All School Read, started a dance

ISRAEL BELNAVIS I have had the opportunity to take four years of the Chinese language. The highlight of my high

team and a mentor program for elementary

school experience was

school students, and participated in the

traveling to China with my

Principal Advisory Council where minority

Chinese class.”

students work with the administration to make improvements at the high school. My teachers have taught me to respect myself, how to be a better business woman, and how to be the best that I can be.”

MELODY HER

JOSEPH GAMMON I have had many outstanding teachers that have taught me well in the classroom but also

My teachers have

have been good examples

impacted me by opening

of the type of person

my views of the world. My

I want to become. Coach Hall has been an

leadership experiences

enormous influence on the development of

have made a really big

my character. He reminds our team to place

impact on my worldview.”

personal integrity above performance and to ‘be people of character in the community,’ a phrase that I’ll never forget.”


SUN PRAIRIE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

AT A GLANCE

STUDENTS African American

Educating over

8,500 ST U D E N TS and counting

14

STUDENTS RIDE THE BUS DAILY

10% 9% 8%

SCHOOLS

1 COMMUNITY SCHOOL @ 3 SITES

2,500+

10%

62%

Asian, Pacific Islander Hispanic Two or more races Native American >1% White

630 Students

Participate in our 4K Program at 12 Partner Sites

1,895,340 SQUARE FEET OF FACILITIES

20,000 HOURS OF COMMUNITY USE OF FACILITIES

2,000+ STUDENTS participate in school choir, band, or orchestra 750 SCHOOL BREAKFASTS & 3,750 SCHOOL LUNCHES SERVED DAILY TO OUR STUDENTS

SUPPORTED BY

7

BOARD MEMBERS

Our boundaries extend across

10 MUNICIPALITIES & 79 SQUARE MILES

27

HIGH SCHOOL ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CLASSES


OUR

FACILITIES 9

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

2

MIDDLE SCHOOLS (GRADES 6–7)

1

UPPER MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 8–9)

1

HIGH SCHOOL (GRADES 10–12)

1

ALTERNATIVE LEARNING SCHOOL


OUR

AMAZING STAFF

THAT SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS

WE SUPPORT OUR STAFF WITH: • Mentor Teachers • Instructional Coaches • T  echnology Integrators and Coaches • Teacher Leadership

IN SUN PRAIRIE!

WE ARE SUPPORTED We thank our community partners for supporting student success! • Community Schools • City of Sun Prairie • B  usiness and Education Partnership • S  un Prairie Education Foundation • 4K Partner Sites • Boys and Girls Club • Rotary • Chamber of Commerce • Local businesses

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At the Sun Prairie Area School District, we stand by all of

STAY CONNECTED AND INFORMED

our students, staff, and families.

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all students, staff, families, and community members of

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all races, ethnicities, faiths, national origins, immigration statuses, political viewpoints, abilities, sexual orientations,

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and gender identities.

YouTube: Sun Prairie School District We stand by our students with disabilities and their families. We will continue to staunchly protect the rights of people of all abilities. All children will be safe and loved in our schools. Every Child, Every Day.

BECOME A PART OF OUR COMMUNITY We are proud to be a part of such an engaging community.

We invite you to visit our website regularly: sunprairieschools.org Stay in touch by calling us with any questions. We are here to help! • (608)-834-6500 Our District Office is located at: 501 S. Bird Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Come see how we build relationships with families, community members, and businesses that promote positive outcomes for students. #SUNPRAIRIESTRONG

No student may be unlawfully discriminated against or harassed because of the student’s sex (including gender identity, gender expression, and nonconformity to gender role stereotypes), color, religion, profession, or demonstration of belief or nonbelief, race, national origin (including limited English proficiency), ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, homelessness status, sexual orientation, age, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability. (SPASD Policy JB)

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