One City Schools expanding with $14M donation

MONONA, Wis. — An independent charter school on Madison’s south side is getting a new, much larger home.

One City Schools received a $14 million donation from philanthropist Pleasant T. Rowland, who founded American Girl. The school will spend the money to purchase and renovate an office building on the new WPS Health Solutions campus in Monona.

The new space will allow One City to create a college and career learning program.

“Starting in 6th grade — 6th and 7th — our children will be immersed in college and career learning, what are the options that they have,” One City Schools Founder & CEO Kaleem Caire said. “And then in 7th and 8th and 9th grade, they’re going to be doing internships and going out and doing job shadowing along with their educational programming. In 10th through 12th grade they’ll be taking college classes paid for by us.”

One City currently serves children from 2 years old to 2nd grade, and this new space will allow that reach to expand, covering early education through 12th grade.