"Madison Street Academy will lead the state in raising student performance. "
Madison Street Academy strives to provide a quality learning environment that ensures student success through the integration of the Arts and Academics.
School Profile and Demographics
Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts is a magnet school focused on integrating the arts and academics. We provide an enhanced fine arts program that includes two-and three dimensional art, chorus, instrumental strings, and dance. Spanish is also provided for all students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Our academic programs are in compliance with the Florida Sunshine State Standards. Our students are expected to maintain high levels of academic excellence and are assessed regularly with the Focus Calendar Assessments, teacher tests, unit tests, and standardized tests. We also provide remediation for those students who need extra support with their academic achievement. Our classroom teachers use FASTTMath, FCAT Explorer, Accelerated Reader, and other supplementary materials. In addition, students are enrolled in our Successmaker program based upon their FCAT scores in reading and mathematics.
The enrollment for the 2007-2009 school term is 461 students. Our demographics consist of 18% Black, 66% Caucasian, 6% Hispanic, 2% Indian, and 8% Other. Since we are a magnet school, students attend Madison Street Academy from all over Marion County. The criteria for acceptance are based on grades, standardized test scores and conduct. Class size is consistent with state guidelines with 18 students in grades kindergarten through third and 22 students in fourth and fifth grades*. All of the Madison Street Academy classroom teachers are designated highly qualified in accordance with state guidelines.
As positive role models we are responsible for demonstrating mutual respect, compassion, cooperation, and commitment to academic excellence. Each child's educational, social and emotional development is the mutual responsibility of the parents and the Madison Street staff. Parents must be actively involved and supportive of our school program. Our effectiveness and success rely upon open communication among home, school, and the community.
Madison Street became a magnet in 1985 in response to the desegregation decree issued by the U. S. Department of Justice to the Marion County School Board. The new magnet opened its doors as Madison Street School of Basics Plus, a fine arts magnet emphasizing communication through the arts and technology. The intent of the magnet school was to reduce busing for the neighborhood children while providing programs which would attract majority students from all around the county. In 2000, a new school was built and the Madison Street campus moved to the present site. In 2002, the principal, Dr. Lynn Herrick, changed the name of our school to Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. Her intent was to publicize the arts aspect of our curriculum. Our students are afforded the opportunity to participate in many extra after school programs involving art, music, dance and performance.
Madison Street Academy is also fortunate to have a partnership with Regions Bank. Regions Bank continues to be involved in our school monetarily. They play an active role in our School Advisory Council and provide volunteers and services for various programs and activities.
* Due to budget cuts, class sizes have increased. As budget issues improve, the class ratios will decrease.
Did You Know?
The Continuous Improvement Model (CIM) is being implemented school-wide. This model tracks student performance and helps close the achievement gap between sub groups of students. There is frequent monitoring of student progress aligned with the Sunshine State Standards.
Data from these assessments are used to make instructional decisions regarding skill grouping, remediation, acceleration, and the strategies to use in addressing individual student's needs.
Teachers are provided information and training on the CIM model each year. Frequent classroom observations and data review provide follow-up and the basis for further training. Training is addressed under each goal's professional development section within this Plan.
Madison Street Exit Policy
Students who are unable to be successful at Madison Street are withdrawn to their home-based school.
Steps taken in removing a child from Madison Street:
Students who have poor attendance will be asked to have an educational conference with the guidance counselor. If attendance does not improve the child will be placed on probation and if his or her attendance still does not improve within a 9 week period they will be asked to return to their assigned school.
Students who exhibit inappropriate behavior or who have poor academic performance will be placed on probation and will be given a student contract. If the child does not meet the conditions of the contract they will be required to return to their assigned school at the time the contract is violated. If the contract is violated close to the end of the school year the student may be allowed to complete the current school year but required to return to his or her assigned school for the following school year.
Students who receive a Level 3 or above discipline referral will be withdrawn to their home based school.
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School Colors and Mascot
Madison Street Academy's school colors are blue and gold.
Our mascot is an owl.