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Shabazz graduate Amy Degraff-Castro

"The day I first visited Malcolm Shabazz City High School as a prospective student was probably one of the best days of my life…I felt so included and loved by everyone around me, even though I didn’t even go to school there. I got to spend time with people I probably never would have met or thought to hang out with."

- Amy Degraff-Castro, 2016 Shabazz City High School graduate  

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Admissions Policy

New students are accepted at the beginning of each semester and cannot transfer in within the semester. Shabazz has a total enrollment of 135 and accepts 30 to 40 new students each semester.  

As a Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) high school, Shabazz can enroll students if they are residents of MMSD, accepted to MMSD through open enrollment, or pay MMSD tuition. Students who are not residents of MMSD may start the application process but they must be eligible to enroll in the district before they can begin classes. 

All students should plan on spending at least one year at Shabazz. In order to enroll as a senior, a student must have at least two full quarters of course work to complete before graduating.

Admissions Process

Students interested in attending Shabazz must start the application process at least the quarter before they would like to begin. The deadline to apply is about five weeks before the next semester begins.  

The process starts by filling out a short application form or calling Shabazz and giving basic information. You may leave a message on the intake line at (608) 204-2440; someone will call you back.  All applicant's individual school record will be reviewed to determine if students are eligible to apply to Shabazz. Learn more about the admissions process.

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants' individual school record will be reviewed to determine if students are eligible for an interview. Please read the following minimum requirements which are taken into consideration during the initial evaluation.

  • Demonstrating an ability to earn at least one academic credit in social studies, English, science, math, or foreign language in the last two quarters;
  • Demonstrating an ability to attend school at least 60% of the time in the last two quarters;
  • Demonstrating an ability to meet the behavioral expectations in the past two quarters. Students may not have any behavioral referral (Levels 3, 4, or 5 in the BEP) showing aggression toward other students or staff; or, may not have more than 6 behavioral referrals involving Level 2 behaviors that involved conflicts with students or staff. Students may not have behavioral referrals (Level 3, 4, or 5) for alcohol or other drug violations;
  • Demonstrating an ability to read at a secondary school level with accommodations if needed.  This will be evaluated through test scores, grades, and types of credits earned;
  • On track to graduate on time or with an additional year of work – Grade 11 applicants must have a minimum of 6 credits and Grade 12 applicants must have a minimum of 12 credits.

Dual Enrollment

When a student enrolls at Shabazz, the MMSD high school from which they came is called their “home school.” Shabazz students have dual enrollment at both schools, with Shabazz being primary and the home school being secondary.  Students are eligible to take classes at both schools.  If students leave Shabazz, they would return to the home school, regardless of where they moved within the district while attending Shabazz.

New Student Orientation

A day is set aside the first day of each semester for orientation of new students. During this time, the new students are introduced to school policies, meet teachers, and choose their classes for the quarter. They begin building the sense of community which is essential to Shabazz. New student orientation is a full day, beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 3:15 pm. Lunch is provided by the school and shared by staff and students.


Students who voluntarily left Shabazz in good standing may apply for readmission. Interested students should contact the principal.

Students whose enrollment at Shabazz was revoked may petition the staff to return to Shabazz, regardless of the violation or reason for the loss of placement. Students interested in returning to Shabazz must write a letter of intent which addresses their previous challenges and positive changes. The student will be responsible for providing evidence to support their proposal to return to Shabazz. Evidence needs to be concrete and verifiable and demonstrate positive growth and change. The Shabazz staff has the right to deny all requests to gain re-admittance to Shabazz. 

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Application Form

We are no longer taking applications for Semester 1 of the 2019-20 school year. Information about applying for Semester 2 will be coming soon. 

If your current school is not in the Madison Metropolitan School District, or you are currently home schooled, you will be asked to provide additional information before we can schedule an interview. 

Please call Shabazz at (608) 204-2440 for more information or if you have questions.