MG21: Who We Are

MG21, Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School for the 21st Century, is a public charter school for students who are looking for a smaller educational community. Our Middle Campus serves grades 6–8 and our Upper Campus serves grades 9–12.

We have developed a systematic approach to education that views each student as a “whole person,” whose needs must be met and reflected within a curriculum that is student-centered. The ultimate purpose of education, from our view, is to teach students to ask and answer the question: “How do I want to live my life?”

The Secret of Success

Our unifying principle, to teach students to ask and answer the question: “How do I want to live my life?” and our mission, to provide a student centered educational community for independent learners which is designed to give students the skills they need to walk their path in life are the keys to our success.



Educate the whole person

To educate the whole person and help students learn and discover the path they are walking.


Build and connect with community

To have students recognize their moral obligation to themselves, their peers and their community (school and larger).


Rigorous academic skills and social-emotional growth

To foster students’ academic (writing, thinking, reading, math, discussion), 21st century skills, and social-emotional skills in order for them to be successful in school and after graduation.


Project-based inquiry

Facilitate authentic learning experiences anchored by student-generated projects.