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About Van Hise Elementary

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.

Our Breakfast Program and Playground Supervision begins each day at 8:15 a.m. The first bell rings at 8:25 a.m. Students on the playground line up to enter the building. Parents driving their children to school are to drop off students on Waukesha Street in the designated drop off area. It is recommended that parents arrive prior to 8:25 to drop off students and park a block or two away and walk their student(s) to the playground. This alleviates traffic congestion, promotes school safety, and allow you and your student(s) to have additional bonding time before the school day begins.

The school day starts at 8:30 a.m. On Mondays, dismissal is at 1:45 p.m. and Tuesdays - Friday dismissal is at 3:17 p.m. All students eat lunch and have a 20 minute recess. Students in Kindergarten and first grade begin lunch recess at 11:55, eat lunch at 12:15, and return to their classrooms at 12:35.  Students in grades 2 - 5 eat lunch at 1:55, go to recess at 12:15, and return to their classrooms at 12:35.

Bus Service

Pick-up for students living more than 1.5 miles from Van Hise begins at 8:00 a.m. at the following locations:

  1. Wedgewood and Sherwood
  2. Sherwood and Dearholt
  3. Odana Lane and 5321 Fairway
  4. Fairway and Dearholt.

For more information contact the school office at 204-4800 or the District's transportation office at 663-5288.

Breakfast and Lunch Program

Van Hise offers breakfast daily. Our lunch program monthly menus are sent home with each child. Monthly payments by checks payable to Van Hise Eatery or the exact amount of money are accepted any school day.

After School Care

On-site after school care for grades K-5 is available. Call After School at 276-9782 for more information