Van Hise Elementary School

4747 Waukesha Street
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: (608) 204-4800

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Van Hise Elementary School is a community of diverse learners within an inclusive atmosphere, to assure maximum educational growth of all students while:

  • Cultivating a self-reliant and curious approach toward lifelong learning
  • Providing a safe, healthful, and nurturing environment
  • Building self-esteem
  • Teaching respect for and an understanding of diversity
  • Fostering rational and creative thinking and social skills
  • Developing responsible, productive members of the global community
  • Challenging, interactive curriculum that reflects the individualized needs of each student
  • Problem-solving and responsible decision-making
  • Shared responsibility by the Van Hise community
  • Maintaining a continuity of involvement and open communication between family, school and the community at large


Van Hise Elementary is a quiet K-5 neighborhood school in the University Hill Farms area on the near west side of Madison. The campus is shared with Velma Hamilton Middle School.

Class Size

Average class size is 24. There are 14 classrooms with inclusion of students with Exceptional Educational Needs and English as a Second Language.

Family Partnerships

We have an active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) which supports academic programming by planning special events and fundraisers, advocating for children, and soliciting volunteers. The Board and/or PTO meetings are held every month on Tuesday evenings.

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