Best School Districts in the Madison Suburbs

Finding the right school district for your child can be both a headache and a math problem. The fit between student and school is every bit as important as prestigious awards and cutting-edge curriculum. Some students benefit from abundant options and resources offered by a large district. Others need smaller class sizes and individualized attention. We understand that unique factors go into every family’s school selections. If you’re interested in exploring your educational options in the Madison Suburbs, we’ve got you covered!



At Conklin Construction Co., we’ve been area experts for more than a decade. We’ve lived and worked in this community and have helped countless clients find the right school district for their dream home. Whether you’re moving into the area or across town, our comprehensive guide will point you in the right direction for your children’s best educational match. 

Madison Area Education Market

Many clients who move from other markets are surprised at the limited private schools in the area. Madison has some very notable and prestigious private schools, but the area’s excellent public schools keep most of the school-aged population attending their high-ranking public schools. Most school districts also offer 4K or four-year-old Kindergarten programs as well. Typical offerings include multilingual immersion programs, stellar athletic facilities, and impressive college admission rates.

Best Public School Districts in Suburban Madison, Wisconsin

Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District

This well-resourced district located just north of Madison includes seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, and one charter high school.

Monona Grove School District

Monona Grove supports students in the communities of Cottage Grove and Monona. This central location has some standout new residential construction in addition to stellar public schools. Students attend one preschool through elementary building or several grade-specific cluster buildings (e.g., Cottage Grove students attend K-1, 2-3 buildings). The district offers one middle school and one high school.

Waunakee Community School District

This charming small community features three elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school.

Oregon School District

Actively building competency, character, culture, and community, Oregon School District is a local standout. Oregon School District is home to four elementary schools, one middle school, an intermediate school, and a high school.

Mount Horeb Area School District

Mount Horeb Schools operates five schools, starting with an early learning center and ending with its high school. Each building houses students in 2-4 grade levels to concentrate developmentally appropriate resources. 

Deforest Area Schools

The Deforest area has experienced a wealth of attractive new residential and commercial offerings. Close to Waunakee, this booming area is central to many attractive family opportunities. Deforest Schools features one early childhood center, four elementary schools (including Windsor Elementary School), one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and alternative and adult education programs.

Sun Prairie School District

Sun Prairie is a large high school that leverages its numbers into impressive offerings such as coding programs and Mandarin immersion. This district includes nine elementary schools, two middle schools, one upper-middle school, two high schools, and an alternative school.

McFarland School District

McFarland offers one primary school, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school. This district values student voice and choice and provides frequent feedback for individualized learning.

Best Private Schools in Metro Madison

Hickory Hill Academy

Hickory Hill Academy offers programs for infants through 6th grade. This family-owned private school emphasizes independent exploration and eco-conscious learning.

Madison Country Day

Madison County day offers challenging and accelerated Preschool-12th grade programming. It is the only area private school that boasts a prestigious International Baccalaureate designation.

EAGLE School

This Fitchburg K-8 school is designed for gifted and talented students. EAGLE private school allows gifted students to engage in accelerated and individualized academic exploration to explore their gifts and interests with support.

St Ambrose

Saint. Ambrose K-12 High School emphasizes its classical, Catholic, and close-knit community. Serving the community since 2003, St. Ambrose prides itself on developing the leaders of tomorrow with integrity and faith. 

Madison Waldorf School

This PreK-8 Private school emphasizes developmentally appropriate education, hands-on learning engagement, and creative expression.   

Abundant Life Christian School

Abundant Life is a private Christian school intermediate school that has served K-12 students in faith-based education since 1978.

Edgewood High School of Sacred Heart

Edgewood High School of Sacred Heart is one of the area’s few private high schools. This Catholic area institution since the 1880s. 

Build With Us in Madison, Wisconsin

At Conklin Construction Co., we know your home and your neighborhood are among the most important cornerstones of your life. We’d love to help you find the right fit for your family! We’d love to show off our efficient process and realize your home remodel or custom home dreams! Reach out if you’re lucky enough to reside within our service area (Cottage Grove, Deforest, Windsor, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, and the surrounding areas of Greater Madison, WI).


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