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Georgia O'Keeffe Middle School
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O'Keeffe Middle School serves a diverse school community. O'Keeffe's staff is committed to offering a high quality curriculum with a wide variety of opportunities for student participation both during and after school. The school seeks to provide a welcoming, safe, and orderly environment. The school is an active community member and partner, joining with other groups and organizations that assist students in their transition from childhood to adulthood.
The school is located on the near east side, nestled alongside the Yahara River and a short walk from Lake Monona.
There are six academic sections at each grade level averaging 25 students. Total school population is 445 students.
Neighborhood Bus Service
Many area middle and high school students use Metro to get to and from school. To avoid over crowding of buses, Madison Metro provides Supplemental School Day Service. Routes providing Supplemental Service are numbered in the 90's.
Students are in classes from 7:45 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. daily.
Hot Lunch Program and After School Activities
Students have the option of an a la carte lunch or they can bring their own lunch. Breakfast is served to any student requesting it. The Madison newspapers list weekly lunch menus.
Over 85% of O'Keeffe eighth graders were in the proficient or advanced categories in the reading and math sections of the standardized tests taken recently by Wisconsin students. In 2004 and 2005, O'Keeffe was recognized as a "Wisconsin Promise School" for academic success by the Wisconisn Department of Public Instruction.
O'Keeffe was named an outstanding middle school in 2007 by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. O'Keeffe met Adequate Yearly Progress as designated by the No Child Left Behind Act and the Wisconsin DPI in all subgroups
Honors Courses and Core Academic Subjects
One-third of O'Keeffe eighth graders are enrolled in algebra classes. All of our students take foreign language in 7th and 8th grades.
An exemplary computer/technology program exists at O'Keeffe Middle School which integrates technology in all curricular areas.
Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program
The goal of Talented and Gifted (TAG) programming is to make certain K-12 students consistently have learning opportunities that are challenging, systematic and continuous based on learning profile, readiness and student interest.
Student learning experiences include a broad range of opportunities that pushes a student to their next level of challenge and allows them to develop their talents. TAG programming may occur in the classroom, or in other settings. TAG programming is determined by ongoing evaluation and assessment of individual student needs. Each school has TAG resource support for ongoing consultation.
The Unified Arts program is comprehensively planned with physical education, art, foreign language (Spanish) and music (choir, band, orchestra, and general music) required or elected, depending upon the grade level of the student.
A full range of special education and English Language Learner options/services are available.
Safety Is Always A Priority
Our school staff and students are committed to maintaining a safe, orderly, and harassment-free school environment. O'Keeffe students and staff use the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support framework to reach and reinforce a positive, respectful school culture.
Peaceful Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution
Conflict resolution skills are taught to students who practice these skills with adult assistance as needed. The progressive discipline system used in the school provides consequences, but allows students the chance to make amends.
We have extensive after school clubs and activities (30-40) that exist throughout the school year. Our very active Student Council plans school dances, runs the school store, and many school/community activities. Our Student Ambassador program is integral to welcoming new students and fostering a respectful school environment.
Our Parent-Teacher Group meets monthly and works closely with staff to provide enhanced learning/cultural opportunities for students.
Our school works closely with the neighborhood Goodman Community Center in providing wholesome activities for our students after school and on weekends.
Many of our teachers participate in the UW-Madison' and Edgewood College's student teacher placement program and take university classes.
You Are Always Welcome At O'Keeffe Middle School!
We look forward to meeting you and your child.
We encourage you to talk with parents of our students to learn more about our school. Please see the Principal/Parent information on this web site for current names and phone numbers.
"All of the students are challenged academically at O'Keeffe. We wouldn't have it any other way."
-- O'Keeffe Parent
"The teachers are extremely helpful and always available to discuss your child's needs and progress."
-- O'Keeffe Parent
"There's such a sense of community here."
-- O'Keeffe Parent