One City Schools
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About One City Schools

One City is a Madison, Wisconsin-based nonprofit operator of high-quality educational opportunities for children. Our mission is to seed a new model of public education that effectively prepares young children for success in school and life from preschool through high school graduation. Our short-term vision is of a Greater Madison where all children – 
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One City Founder and CEO Introduces our $26 million Campaign

Why our Parents and Community Support Us

An Innovative School: An Example of What One City Did for Virtual Learning

One City Longer School Day Academies

On December 18, 2018, our kindergarteners at One City Schools performed for their parents and families, demonstrating what they are learning in our co-curricular academies that are a part of our extended day learning program. Our aim is two-fold: (1) to redefine public education by (in-part) offering important life-expanding and enriching learning opportunities "within the school day" that many parents cannot afford on their own, and (2) to expose our children to a range of opportunities that inform their interests, cultivate their passions, give context and meaning to their learning, and develop a deep understanding and competence in the diverse family and community culture they are growing up in. And look at that parent and family invovlement. More than 70% of our parents are routinely engaged in their children's education at our schools.

One City Teachers on 15-Day Teacher Residency in China

One City CEO Kaleem Caire filmed this video in the Shuangyi Village in Anji County, China after he and four of One City's teachers visited the Shuangyi Kindergarten to observe and tour on November 9, 2018. In this video, One City assistant teacher Molly Wilmsen and lead teacher Lisa Cutting discuss what they have learned in just their second day of a two-week teacher professional learning residency in Anji County kindergartens (that serve children ages 3 to 6). Both Lisa and Molly are part of the first cohort of One City Teachers that is studying AnjiPlay during a two-week teacher professional learning residency in Anji China. All One City teachers will venture to Anji China during the 2018-19 school year to train in this model of child-centered play in Anji kindergarten classrooms, with Anji teachers, children, families and school leaders. For more information on One City Schools, visit For more information on AnjiPlay, visit

One City Schools Teacher Training w/Dr. Chike Akua and L. Kobie Da Whiz

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