Malcom Shabazz City High School Overview
1601 N. Sherman Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
Main # (608)204-2440
- Who We Serve
- What We Do
- Grading & Reporting
- Completion Criteria
- Supports Available
- What Students Say
- What Parents Say
- What Staff Says
- Application and Entry Process
- Eligibility Criteria
- Point of Contact Information
Shabazz emphasizes non-traditional school activities to promote engagement and rich learning experiences.
- Community-based experiential education
- Outdoor adventure education
- Project-based learning
- Service learning opportunities
Shabazz's schedule provides students unique educational experiences which meet MMSD graduation requirements while preparing students for post-secondary educational and career opportunities.
- Interdisciplinary classes allowing for credit attainment in more than one content area
- Multi-age classes
- Many elective course offerings alongside traditional core subject areas, PE/health, and the visual arts
“Shabazz is different. My teachers would say ‘the assignment is late’ or ‘you’re so behind’. Shabazz teachers say ‘how can I help’ or ‘what can I do to support?’.”
“It is nice here. It is like a small community that you miss out on at the other schools. You have the opportunity to get to know people here, even if you don’t agree with them.”
“I am actually liking learning. The work is still hard, but the teachers help. They keep coming back to give more help, rather than meeting with me one time and then leaving me to figure it all out by myself. Plus teachers keep talking about the big ideas and topics to help reinforce.”
“My education was what I made it. High school was where I learned a deeper understanding of independence, setting intentions, and the power of doing.”
“Now more than ever, in these uncertain times when world pandemics are forcing social distancing, people are drawn toward social media and less human interaction. I believe hands-on-learning and experiential education in nature will be more important than ever for the next generations of youth.”
“In general, I’m not much of a community type person but I really developed bonds with my classmates.”
“(My student)..is good at science and she is now pursuing a college track to major in biology or marine biology. She always enjoyed science in school but did not feel like her teachers believed in her (she is shy and introverted). The remarkable Shabazz staff and the hands-on connection to the outdoors that (Shabazz) provides has changed everything.”
“(My student) told us the best thing about it was that the students and the teachers were all on the same team. No us vs. them.”
“(My student) has made incredible progress personally. At the start of the year, she had a lot of anxiety about future trips, but after the first quarter of (class), she literally could not wait for the spring trip and she grew so much during it. She is much more confident and understanding dealing with her peers”
“The teachers and staff at Shabazz provided (my student) with the support and sense of community that was lacking at their home school.”
“The students not only learned how to rise to the occasion and meet the challenges, they learned how to support and hold each other up so that everyone felt empowered to meet these challenges. It was amazing to see how much (Shabazz) was really helping (my student) push herself past situations that made her anxious, how much others supported her and she them. They learned through..experience to be not only strong individuals, but part of a strong community.”
“I think our small class sizes and commitment to community makes us different.”
“A place of strong interconnection, where every student is known and heard.”
“Deep respect for students. (Not the “earn respect” model).”
“Belief that every day is a new day and a chance to start over/create something new.”
Parents/guardians, students, or staff can submit the above form.
For all students who meet the minimum eligibility requirements:
- An Intake Team staff member will contact the family/student to set up an informational meeting.
- Unless a student is 18, a parent/guardian must also attend the 30-45 minute meeting.
- During COVID-19, all meetings will be virtual.
- At the meeting, students will be scheduled to participate in a Shadow Day, in which the applicant spends the day attending classes with a Shabazz student.
- Our Intake Team will offer a spot to eligible students based on the completion of all steps of the application process and interest of the student.
- In the event of limited spots, admissions will be based on a lottery system.
All applicants' individual school records will be reviewed to determine if students are eligible for an informational meeting. The following minimum requirements are taken into consideration during the initial evaluation.
- Demonstrating an ability to meet the behavioral expectations. A pattern of documented conflict or aggression will be reviewed by the admissions committee to determine eligibility on a case by case basis;
- Demonstrated ability to comprehend grade level text with accommodations if needed. This will be evaluated through test scores, grades, and types of credits earned. May require completion of reading assessment if we don't have enough information to make this determination;
- On track to graduate on time or with an additional year of work.