FAQ

MG21 Liberal Arts Charter School is located at 5301 Monona Drive in the old Nichols School building.

IS MG21 FREE TO ATTEND?

Yes! MG21 Liberal Arts Charter School is a public charter school for the Monona Grove School District. There is no tuition to enroll at MG21.

All Monona Grove students are eligible to apply.

Application to, and attendance at, MG21 Liberal Arts Charter School is completely voluntary.

MG21 Liberal Arts Charter School will not deny admission or participation in any program or activity on the basis of a person’s sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability.

MG21 Liberal Arts Charter School is nonsectarian in its practices, and all other operations.

WHAT ARE RESTORATIVE PRACTICES?

Restorative practices are the principles and processes that provide the foundation for how our school operates. At their core, restorative practices are about building relationships and restoring relationships when harm occurs in the school community.

Five key principles provide the foundation for the MG21 school community:
1. Strong relationships between and among students and staff are central to community building.
2. All voices are valued and everyone has an opportunity to be heard.
3. Students are successful when teachers have high expectations with high support. In order to learn, teachers “do with” students rather than “do for” or “do to” students.
4. Accountability, responsibility and collaborative problem solving are key to addressing harms that occur.
5. When there is a “misbehavior,” we attend to the “harm done” rather than simply tell the student what school-imposed rule has been broken.

Restorative Justice Partnership with YWCA
WHAT IS SERVICE LEARNING?

At MG21, we call service learning “Build, Beautify and Serve” (BBS). BBS projects are projects designed to leverage the unique talents and interests of our students in order to make MG21, and the surrounding community, a better place. As students and staff collaborate for our BBS projects we consider these questions:

1. Can you build something to improve the school or surrounding area?
2. Can you use your artistic talents to make our school or community look or sound more beautiful?
3. Can you use your knowledge, skills, or work ethic to help others through service?
4. Can you collaborate with others to make your ideas happen?

WHAT IS “MINDFULLNESS”?

Mindfulness is a technique that allows an individual to develop and deepen social emotional skills to find balance within themselves. A common conception of Mindfulness is that it allows the individual to be in the ‘present’, and a common way to achieve this is through meditation. Although, this is a practice within Mindfulness, it is not the only way to incorporate it into our lives. Mindfulness is incorporated into the curriculum through mindful movement, breathing exercises, community building activities, and yoga. All MG21 staff will be certified in Breathe for Change.

Breathe for Change
WHAT IS PROJECT BASED LEARNING?

Project Based Learning is an inquiry-based learning process in which students design, plan, investigate, research and present their own projects in response to an essential question, problem, or challenge (e.g., student-designed creative, inquiry, or acquisition projects; or teacher-written, independent study projects). Rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students create high-quality, authentic products & presentations.

BIE Project Based Learning Explained
WHAT ABOUT THE NEGATIVE PERCEPTION THAT EXISTS ABOUT MG21 AND SMALL ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS IN GENERAL?

IE: Isn’t MG21 a school of last resort for failing students and troubled youth? The truth is NO but we still fight that perception. MG21 is a school of CHOICE for MG students and their families. The typical MG21 student is creative, curious and unique. Most students choose the MG21 Upper Campus because of our small educational community. We do think it is important to have the two campuses be separate, there is a big difference between 6th and 12th graders. The Middle Campus will be housed in the portion of Nichols School opposite from the Upper Campus.

WHAT ABOUT FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND THE ARTS?

Our goal is to incorporate Spanish, art and music into the curriculum instead of having separate pull-out classes or “specials”. Project based learning allows all disciplines to be naturally woven into what students are learning and doing.

WHAT ABOUT TRANSPORTATION?

Students from Cottage Grove will be bused in and dropped off at MG21. Monona students will walk unless otherwise specified. Further details coming soon.