Intensive Intervention Programs are designed as smaller, personalized learning environments to meet the individualized needs of specific students groups in MMSD. We recognize that every student has their own path to success, with their own strength and needs. We are here to assist you along your journey.

Campus Connect

Campus Connect is an innovative approach to post secondary education for adult learners with disabilities.  The Campus Connect program is a partnership between Madison College and Madison Metropolitan School District. The program is housed on the Madison College campus and provides an opportunity for students who require more than the traditional level of supports in order to be successful in a college environment.

2021 downloadable Campus Connect Application  

Foundations Central

Foundations Central, located at the Urban League of Madison, serves students identified with special education needs that have dropped out or stopped attending school for a variety of reasons and are between the ages of 18-21.

Hospital School

The Hospital School program serves the educational needs of school-aged students who are receiving treatment at American Family Children’s Hospital.

School Based Alternative Program (SBA)

SBA is designed to serve 6th through 8th grade students with disabilities who are experiencing significant emotional and/or behavioral challenges and who have not demonstrated success in a more inclusive classroom arrangement at their home school.


LEAP is designed to serve students in 1st through 5th grade who are experiencing significant emotional and/or behavioral challenges and who have not been successful in their home school despite numerous and varied interventions. LEAP's mission is to assist students to increase the degree of control they have over their behavior, learn and practice skills and behaviors necessary for success in school (and life), and to facilitate the return of the student to their home school when the student has demonstrated readiness.


NEON provides up to a full day educational experience for middle-school-aged students with disabilities who are experiencing significant emotional and/or behavioral challenges that require a high degree of individualized instruction and support in order for the student to achieve successful school outcomes.


REPLAY stands for Re-directive, Pro-social, Learning Alternative for Youth. REPLAY is a collaborative program between Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and Dane County Human Services – Neighborhood Intervention Program (NIP) serving 7th, 8th and 9th grade male students who display significant behavior problems in traditional middle or high school environment and who are currently under court supervision.


RESTORE is a voluntary program that, upon successful completion, serves as an alternative to the expulsion process. Restore offers full-day academic and social/emotional programming within a restorative framework. This program includes opportunities for credit attainment and employability skills for high school students.


Both Next Steps & Primary Steps provide services to Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) students with educational disabilities and co-occurring mental health challenges who are in first through eighth grade. MMSD’s Steps Programs focus on teaching skills for managing emotions and coping with stress. Curriculum addresses core topic areas, including identifying feelings, coping with trauma, understanding one’s physical responses, learning to relax, linking thoughts and feelings, and developing plans for coping and practicing emotion management.  Programming will also focus on reducing trauma symptoms among at-risk school children (for example, children exposed to violence or natural disasters).

Steps is a partnership between Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and Family Service of Madison (FSM).  Family Service of Madison has been serving families since 1910 by providing mental health supports and interventions.

Other Innovative & Alternative Ed Programs

Guide to Alternatives IEP and Allocation information  (Staff Only)