In order to transform our schools from great to extraordinary, the community must get involved. One of the unique ways that FMPS fosters community involvement is through the Adopt-a-School program. Through this program, Madison’s public schools are “adopted” by a local business, organization, or government agency, forming mutually enriching partnerships.

Each Adopt-a-School partnership is unique and tailored to match the specific needs of a school with the resources available through the adopting partner. These partnerships consist of a commitment by both the school and the adopting business to work together to promote the academic achievement and personal growth of the students involved.

From helping schools through food and clothing drives, to providing tutoring services, to launching rockets with 8th grade science students, each Adopt-a-School partnership gives schools innovative and creative methods to increase academic achievement and inspire every child to excel. Not only are Adopt-a-School partnerships beneficial for the schools involved, but they also provide an opportunity for business partners to increase community involvement, share ideas with students and educators, and help the students of today become the leaders of tomorrow.

Adopting a school creates a structured partnership between an organization and a school, which can start small and strategically grow over time.  In 2012, the Adopt-a-School Partners provided $174,840 in human, material, and financial support to their adopted schools.  By 2014, the number grew to $361,276 and the Foundation continues to support these relationships, helping them grow to their greatest potential.

Learn more about what an Adopt-a-School partnership looks like in our Adopt-a-School Brochure.

To learn more about the Adopt-a-School program or to become an Adopt-a-School partner, please contact Mary Bartzen at

To see a complete list of the current Adopt-a-School partnerships, click here! Or if your company is interested in adopting a school, click here to see the schools in search of a partner.