Middle School U

Middle School U is located at Hamilton Middle School/ Van Hise Elementary  |  246 Segoe Road, Madison  

Middle School U (MSU) offers students, entering grades 6-9, a fun and safe environment to learn new skills, stay active and discover what they are capable of. MSU offers at least 10 different hands-on morning, afternoon, and full-day courses weekly. Skilled and knowledgeable staff create a warm and welcoming environment, ideal for students to develop their independence and build supportive relationships.

MSU offers weekly enrollment from June 17 through August 16.  Morning courses run from 9 a.m.-noon, afternoon courses run from 1-4 p.m., and all-day courses run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

MSU is open from 7:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Students are welcome to hang out and relax with friends during supervised free time before and/or after courses.

Course Categories Include:  Cooking & Baking  |  Sports  |  Life Skills  |  Arts & Crafts Outdoor/Adventure Skills  |  Games Science & Technology  Performance Arts

Wisconsin Youth Company Administrative Office  608-276-9782 ext. 0

Please see course descriptions below to know which courses have been confirmed to run and wait-listed.

Looking for additional resources & forms?
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Course full?
Wait-list available!

To register for a wait-listed course, please register by completing the registration process and select the wait-listed course.

Attendance Message Line

(608) 276-9898

Enrollment & Fees  |  The number of participants in each course is based on an appropriate instructor-student ratio and is, therefore, limited.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Fees for each course are listed next to the course descriptions.  A $25 deposit per course is due at the time of registration to be applied toward the course fee. The remaining amount of fees is due Monday (5 p.m.) five business days prior to the start of the program week. Courses with low enrollment will be canceled.

Registration Deadline  You may register or add weeks any time until the end of the business day on Friday (5 p.m.) six business days prior to the week being requested, provided space is available. 

Off-Site Courses & Field Trips  |  Transportation from MSU for field trips or to other course locations is provided by school bus, shuttle bus or van.  Due to the number of courses and the number of students being transported, the bus or van schedule may vary by 10 to 15 minutes.  It is important that students taking off-site courses be on time for the start of their courses, 9 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Transportation will not be held for late arrivals. 

Snacks and Lunch  |  Students who are on-site for lunch (those taking both a.m. & p.m. courses or all-day courses) need to bring their own lunch which does not require refrigeration or heating.  A nut-free snack is provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and milk is provided for lunch and snacks. 

Non-Course Time  MSU staff supervise free-choice, independent activities before and after course times and during the lunch hour.  There is no additional charge for this time.  

Comic books, manga and graphic novels utilize art, literature and imagination to transport us on fantastic journeys. Learn how to use words and pictures together to tell a story and create comics of your very own. All artists welcome, advanced skills are not required. 

         June 24-28 a.m. course - course is confirmed to run

Course Provider
AJ Popp

graduated from Minnesota with a degree in graphic design and business management.  She's worked as a freelance designer, writer and creative consultant for over eight years and has recently taken up competitive mini figure painting.  AJ is passionate about other cultures, world affairs, creativity, history and all things adventurous.  She has been in the creative field for over 10 years and playing RPGs for more than 15 years. 

Dates Morning Courses
9 a.m.–Noon
All-Day Courses
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Afternoon Courses
1–4 p.m.
June 17-21 · Archery
· Frozen Treats & Beverages
· Painting
· Rock Climbing
· UW Science
· Summer Kick-Off
· Bus Stops Here
· Archery
· Chef's Challenge: Lunch
· Fantasy Board Games
· Soaps, Lotions & More
· Ultimate Survivor
June 24-28 · Babysitter Training
· Ceramics & Pottery
· Baking: Pies & Cupcakes
· Comic Writing & Design
· Golf
· Aerial Adventures
· Chef's Challenge: Dinner
· Blacktop Sports & Games
· Bowling
· Jewelery Making
· Role Playing Games
July 1-3 (no courses 7/4 & 7/5) · Chef's Challenge: Snacks & Desserts
· Calligraphy & Lettering
· Cupcake & Cookie Designer
· Glass Fusing
· Yoga & Mindfulness
· Cave & Cache
· Board & Card Games
· Cake Pop Construction
· Fishing
· Summer Sports & Games
· Vegetarian Cuisine
July 8-12 · Archery
· Candy & Chocolate Making
· Digital Animation
· Rock Climbing
· Machine Sewing
· RPG Terrain & Scene Building
· Aquatic Adventures
· App Inventor
· Archery
· Cake Decorating
· Radio Mystery Theater
· Sculpture Arts
· Take a Swing
July 15-19 · Babysitter Training
· Cooking From Scratch
· Glass Mosaics
· Ukulele
· Role Playing Games
· Upcycle Arts
· Biking Madison
· Digital Photography
· Layered Cakes
· Net Sports & Games
· Strategy Board Games
· Lego Robotics
· Website Design
July 22-26 · All Things Frosting
· Drawing
· Pickleball & Racquet Sports
· RPG Mini Figure Painting
· Stained Glass
· MSU's Amazing Adventure
· Archery
· Culinary Classics
· Fencing
· Marker's Space
· Programming with Micro:bit
July 29- August 2 · Archery
· Baking From Scratch
· Chess
· Digital Photography
· Tennis
· Hiking & Kayaking
· App Inventor
· Archery
· Batik & Tie Dye
· Cookies, Cookies, Cookies
· Rock Climbing
· Rocketry
August 5-9 · Anime & Manga
· Fantasy Board Games
· Golf
· Ice Cream Making
· Ink Printing & Design
· Lego Robotics
· Wilderness Skills
· Disc Golf & Ultimate
· Pastas, Sauces & More
· Programming with Micro:bit
· Role Playing Games
· Soaps, Lotions & More
August 12-16 · Art Around Town
· Dungeon Master Basics
· Fencing
· Rock Climbing
· Summer's End
· Bowling
· Gym Sports & Games
· Strategy Board Games
· Ecosystem Exploration