College For Kids

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Main Office

Education Outreach and Partnerships
School of Education
Teacher Education Building
225 N. Mills Street - Suite 264
MadisonWI  53706-1691

Tel: 608/263-5140
Fax: 608/265-4309

or by contact form
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College for Kids 2015
June 22-July 10, 2015 
8:00am - 12:30pm
for students completing grade 5 - transition summer to middle school
located on the UW-Madison campus
$485, Partial scholarships available for qualifying students
Contact: Nancy Blake
(608) 262-4650

For current 5th graders only recommended by school district


If you have applied for a financial need scholarship, please call the College for Kids office at (608)262-4650 for your promo code before continuing with your online registration .


Want to know more about an average day of College for Kids?

Take a look at a Day in the Life of a CFK Student!

Who participates?

  • Over 365 students from over 30 partner school districts and private schools in the Greater Dane County area will participate in College for Kids. Students are recommended by their school district for the program using a variety of identification methods such as knowledge, interest, motivation, and imagination. A child's interest and motivation are crucial components for the program's success and thus strengthen the child's positive experience in the program; therefore all students must possess a strong desire to participate in the program. 
  • For continuity, it is very important that students enrolled attend for all three weeks. At the end of the three weeks each student, along with their school district, will receive a summary of the students' work, strengths, and participation in the program.

Students working on art

What is College for Kids?

College for Kids (CFK) exposes students to a broad range of challenging academic areas, career options, and new areas of interest. CFK has been developed as an academic enrichment experience in active learning for highly motivated students. This three-week summer program of courses, demonstrations, tours, and discussions is sponsored by the UW-Madison School of Education, in cooperation with greater Dane County school districts, and with UW faculty, staff, and administration. 

In addition, this program provides a professional development opportunity for teachers, counselors, pre-service teachers, graduate students, and administrators to gain experience in working with diverse, motivated, and high achieving learners.

Past participant and family testimonials:

  • "I appreciated the fact that my son was able to learn about all of the great museums and other learning opportunities the university has to offer."
  • "The quality seems very good with instructors who have immediate and well-found knowledge of what they are teaching. The rigor of the courses seems to be a good fit for high level students, giving them what they need to know, but allowing them to do some more learning on their own once the experience is complete"
  • My son is being exposed and getting a taste of subjects that he’s interested in and has gained an appreciation for ones that he might not otherwise participate in."

Campus Construction

Generally, there are many construction projects around campus. The most up to date information is available on the Transportation Services website.

We encourage you to check out the "Street Closures and Detours Map" link on that page.

Inclement or Severe Weather Policy

UW-Madison is generally open for business year-round and rarely closes as a result of snow or other inclement weather. In the event of a snow closing or large-scale class cancellations, information will be conveyed to the campus community via the UW-Madison home page and local media.

In these instances, anyone planning to attend events on campus is encouraged to check to ensure programs are being held.

Precollege OPTIONS will post on their homepage and the program page in the event of inclement weather that affects a program.

Refund Policy

  • Those who cancel at least three weeks before the start of the first course of each session will receive a tuition refund minus a $50 processing fee.
  • Those who cancel less than three weeks before the start of the first course of each session will receive a 50% refund.
  • If a course is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, parents will be notified as soon as possible to place the student in another course of his/her own selection, or a full refund will be sent.
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