Madison Class Placement Procedures

Balanced classrooms, meeting ALL students' needs

Our philosophy...

All parents desire their children to be placed with a caring and competent teacher. We share that desire. There are many things that need to be considered in order to create successful classrooms. We would like to share the process with you, as we ask all our teachers to participate in creating balanced classrooms for the upcoming school year. Hopefully, this will provide you with a better understanding of how complex a balancing act this can be.


Parent input is one of the most important components used to make informed decisions regarding class placement. Please trust the Madison team's interest in your children and our knowledge of each other. Madison Elementary School strives to create vibrant, excellent classrooms that serve the needs of all children.

Parent Input

Each year parents are invited to share valuable information about their children's learning styles, strengths, challenges, and needs. We consider all this information valuable. Please click here to complete the: 2019-20 Student Placement Parent Input Form no later than March 22, so we may have time to use the information in our process. We ask that you please do not request a specific teacher on this form. Thank you!!!

Teacher Input

All classroom teachers, specials teachers, and special education teachers provide input on all of their students' strengths, challenges, and unique learning characteristics. This includes academic ability and performance, behavior, social-emotional skills, likes/dislikes and interests, as well as relationships with other students. Teachers complete forms similar to you. Their form includes specific academic data, as well as things that seem to work for your child.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

After parents and teachers have provided input, your child's current grade level team of teachers, special education teachers, specials teachers, literacy coach and counselor meet with the principals to draft the upcoming year's class lists. The objective is to match student learning styles to teacher strengths and areas of talent, while creating classrooms that have a balanced number of students who are strong, self-directed learners, with those who need some support. it is important that students learn to work and socialize in environments of diversity. This not only prepares them for "the real world" but also allows individual talents to shine. As staff works together in developing balanced classrooms, they factor in all student information gathered from the variety of sources.


Thank you for taking the time to provide us with valuable information. We appreciate your input!