STEM Academy

The STEM Academy at Madison College



What Is the STEM Academy?  The STEM Academy is a dual enrollment program where high school students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math (i.e., STEM) take a full-time schedule of college classes at Madison College over 11th and 12th grade.  Dual enrollment means that students earn both college credits and credits toward high school graduation.  Students attend Madison College full time during the day, and only attend their home high schools for extra-curricular activities and events after the school day ends.

In the fall 2020 semester, Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD) will pay the cost of up to eighteen students to attend the STEM Academy, meaning those students can earn up to 60 college credits at no cost to themselves or their families.


Why Join the STEM Academy?  Students can focus on college classwork in their STEM interests and earn a large number of college credits that apply to four-year colleges and universities at no cost to them or their families.  Some students will earn up to 60 credits for the Associate of Science degree, and may be able to start at a four-year college or university with enough transfer credits for junior standing. Finally, students can complete up to the first year of an applied associate degree in an applied STEM field, which they can finish in one more year at Madison College after high school. 


Where Is the STEM Academy?  Incoming STEM Academy students from SPASD students will attend at the Truax Campus, 1701 Wright Street, which is near the airport in Madison.


Who Can Apply to the STEM Academy?  Tenth grade students who meet the entrance criteria can apply.  Current entrance requirements are at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA, 90% attendance rate, and minimum progress toward high school graduation requirements in English, math, science, social studies, physical education, and health classes.  Since Sun Prairie has a limited number of available positions, application to the program does not guarantee admission.


How Do I Join?  Interested students or families from the Sun Prairie Area School District should contact their high school for more information about the application process and timeline.

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Who Do I Contact?

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