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About Madison Elementary School

Madison Elementary School

66030 Dogwood Road, Wakarusa, IN 46573

Phone: (574) 633-4531 or (574)-254-2816

Fax: (574) 633-4987


Kevin McMillen, Principal

Elaine Truex, Secretary/Treasurer

Patricia Boner, Office Aide


Click here for a list of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation contacts.


For the 2016-17 school year, Madison received a B rating from the Indiana Department of Education. Overall, 62 percent of Indiana schools received an A or B. For more information on and to view the 2016-17 School Accountability Grades, please click here to visit the IDOE website.


Based on the 2017 Spring ISTEP+ results, Madison ranks in the top 5% of all 1,437 Indiana public schools.


ISTEP+ Spring 2017 Results­­­­–Percent of students passing ISTEP+

               English/Language Arts  Math 

Grade 3                  84.2%               84.2%

Grade 4                  80.8%               76.9%       

Grade 5                  82.4%               88.2%


Click here for 2016-17 IREAD-3 Results


Click here to see school demographic data and past school Performance Reports on the Indiana Department of Education website.  



Madison School began at the turn of the century at its current site as a two-room facility.  A new building was constructed in 1924 for students in elementary through high school for an enrollment of 350 students.  In 1964, the school became part of the Penn-Harris-Madison district and high school students went to Penn High School.  Madison continued as a middle and elementary school until 1968 when Grissom Middle School opened.  In 1986, a new elementary school was built which retained the original high school gym.



Grades: Kindergarten through fifth grade

Enrollment 2014-2015: 136

Teachers: 8

Teacher Aides: 1.7

Classrooms: 11

School day: 7:55 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.


Special Facilities

Music room

Computer Lab


Special services area

Multi-purpose room/cafeteria

Instructional Material Center

Project Activity Room/Art room

Twenty-three acre school site

Nationally recognized nature trail

Parent resource library

Extended learning areas

Soccer and football fields, softball diamonds

Tennis and basketball courts


Two portable classrooms 


Academic Programs

Madison Elementary School is an “A” rated and Four Star School!  The foundation for each student begins with a focus and instruction of the Indiana State standards and benchmarks.  Teachers utilize the adopted textbooks and incorporate other instructional tools to reach all students.  An emphasis in reading instruction and literacy programs is an essential component of the Madison students’ educational path.  Primary students adhere to the balanced literacy framework model and participate in Guided Reading instruction throughout the week.


Students in the intermediate grades utilize novel studies and meet students’ learning needs through the use of specialized grouping strategies through the assistance of aides and parent volunteers.  Differentiated instruction is emphasized and meeting the specific learning needs of our students is stressed in order to meet our continuous improvement goals.  Students with remedial academic needs have after school study table and Classwork tutorial opportunities twice a year.


The Panther P.M. Program provides after school enrichment opportunities to our students throughout the year.  The Focused Instruction Program allows students the opportunity for enrichment or remediation as needed as well as a focused time to address specific grade level skills.  Teachers utilize the data with NWEA and ISTEP information in order to make decisions that guide student learning.  Our vision of Building a Foundation on Which to Grow is achieved through the teamwork of our students, staff and families.


Parent Involvement

The school serves as the center for the community.  Patrons use the school as the meeting place for activities sponsored by the Madison Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), the Madison Township 4-H, Campfire, Boy and Girl Scout programs, Madison Township Lion’s Club dinners and picnics at the nature trail shelter.

The Madison School PTO includes the family in school-sponsored activities as much as possible.


Honors and Achievements

Madison earned a Four Star ranking in the Indiana School Incentive Program in 1990, 1992, 1994, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015. Madison’s Outdoor Education Lab was recognized as a national finalist in the “Take Pride in America” award program in 1987.


Academic Competitions

Word Masters

Science Fair

Spell Bowl

Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl

Knowledge Masters


Other Academic Enrichment

Math Pentathlon


Accelerated Reader Program

Panther PM



Panther Pack



Downhill Ski Trip grades 4/5

Intramural 5th Grade Boys and Girls Basketball

PTO Summer Softball with Family Hot Dog roast



PTO Family Owl Prowl

Book Fair

PTO Family Read-In

PTO Family Skate

PTO Family Swim

PTO Jonah Fish Fry

Riley Children’s Hospital Bike-a-thon

Holiday Food Collection

Spring and winter Music Programs

Kid’s Crushing Cancer


Mission Statement

Madison Elementary School Community is dedicated to promoting and maximizing the education of all students.  We accept the challenge to develop the academic skills and lifelong guidelines needed for each student to become a problem solver, an effective communicator, and life-long learner.  We consistently work toward creating a positive learning environment that encourages students to be successful, gain confidence, respect others, and possess the qualities to be productive contributors in our society.

Madison students will attend Grissom Middle School and Penn High School


Colors:  Royal blue and white       Mascot:  Panthers                 Motto“Building a Foundation on Which to Grow”