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Welcome to Thoreau Elementary School!

Thoreau is a wonderfully diverse learning community that provides inclusive schooling for all. In fact, we have 22 different home languages spoken by students at Thoreau and diversity is one of the many strengths at Thoreau. We use this strength to teach students how their language differs and how it is the same as other students’ languages and to learn the cultures and beliefs of all our students. The Thoreau staff is energetic, child-centered and provides a safe, supportive learning environment for all students. We are committed to providing an excellent academic program within a culturally relevant curriculum.

In addition to three separate areas for recess, the school grounds hosts two Rain Gardens, a vegetable garden, butterfly garden, a variety of fruit trees and an outdoor classroom. Before school each day, a rolling book cart makes its rounds with books that are translated into the major languages our students speak and students can check out these books daily. Thoreau’s PTO is seen as servant leaders, making sure all students are able to do and have the same experiences. They oversee our book fair, back to school picnic, ice cream social and school dance.

Thoreau Elementary School is a child-centered school where staff, parents, students, and community members work together to create a learning environment for all students and provide rigorous academic challenges based on thorough and continuous assessments of all students.

Thoreau is also a school with many fun activities! We have Sparkle Day, a Talent Show, school dance, book bowls and field trips. Our related arts classes in Music, REACH, Art, Physical Education and LMC provide a well-rounded curriculum for all students. With three different areas for outdoor recess, students have a variety of outdoor fun.

For answers to any questions or to request materials such as curriculum standards, handbooks, lunch menus, newsletters, etc., call the office at 608.204.7826 or email Thoreau@madison.k12.wi.us.

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School mission statement

Henry David Thoreau Elementary School, celebrating the diversity of our learning community in harmony with each other and the environment, will provide and challenge each child, with an education needed to become a life-long learner and a competent, responsible world citizen, through a partnership of families, staff, and community within a multicultural and inclusive curriculum.