Where learning is engaging, Everyone has a voice, and all voices are heard, And the most important step is the next one...

An independent, tuition-free, open-enrollment public secondary charter school
Opening in August of 2020
Serving learners age 12 – 20
Dane County, Wisconsin

Pursuing authorization by UW Office of Educational Opportunity
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Funded in part by a grant from WI DPI

Learn more about Milestone Democratic School:

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Milestone is designed for two possibilities:ย Schoolย  can be something that inspires and engages students — if they have a say in how it happens. And people can be empowered to co-create the world they want — if they learn some democratic skills to do make that world together.

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A DesignTeam made up of youth and adults have been designing Milestone together since the Summer of 2018. Parents, grandparents, educators, and community stakeholders sit on our Governance Board to oversee this work, and help guide Milestone toward its vision.

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Milestone is a place where learning is engaging, where everyone has a voice and all voices are heard, and where the most important step is the next one.ย Design your own learning plans with an advisor, develop your own projects, and spend part of every week in a community internship.

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Milestone is open to any student in the state who wants to attend. Our pop-up school location for 2020-22 is located in North Fitchburg, easily accessible from US-14 and the Beltline. In 2022 Milestone will become a core tenant of the new COPA performing arts and education center.

Milestone has worked with like-minded organizations across the midwest and nationally

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