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Partnership

We have a dedicated professional teaching and support staff, actively involved families and the wonderfully supportive communities of Fitchburg and Verona.

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Emphasis on Science and Math

Real-life, hands on learning where students develop the skills necessary to conduct meaningful research and solve complex problems.

Environmentally Integrated Curriculum

Our curricular topics are connected to unifying themes organized around an environmentally-based project.

Enrollment

New Century School is open to students in grades K - 5 who live in the Verona Area School District.

One of Wisconsin's Oldest Charter Schools Takes An Environmental Approach to Learning!

New Century School has been a tuition-free K-5 option in the Verona Area School District for more than 15 years. In 2010, New Century became Dane County's first "green" charter elementary school, with curriculum centered around study of the natural world.

Building on more than a decade of success, New Century teachers are developing a dynamic curriculum that fits the public school's key strengths (multi-age classes, team teaching and a student-centered approach to learning) while continuing its longtime emphasis on science.

Mission

The educational needs of New Century students are met in multi-age classrooms with instruction that uses environmental themes to tie together all academic subjects. Local examples of the natural world, such as the Upper Sugar River Watershed and Verona Area High School Forest, serve as a backdrop for core subjects (literacy, science, social studies, and math).

The curriculum aligns with standards set by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Verona Area School District. It also includes frequent and imaginative use of technology by both teachers and students.

We strive to help students become resourceful problem-solvers and critical thinkers. Teachers encourage students to pose thoughtful questions. Then, they help the children effectively seek answers to guide their learning. We believe that this questioning process makes learning more exciting, relevant and memorable. Environmental themes connect subjects, and nature provides an engaging context for scientific exploration and hands-on learning.

We believe that solving problems in our global world demands flexible and innovative thinking. So, we strive to prepare students to be self-motivated learners who approach new challenges with confidence and creativity.