my daughter attended Marquette after moving from a different town and not knowing anyone. It was a very open and friendly school and many wonderful teachers who made her transition much less difficult.
I am a parent of three boys that attended both Lapham and Marquette Elementary School. My youngest boy just had his leaving celebration as he goes onto O'Keefe Middle School. I know many of the schools in Madison and come from a family with 4 teachers in it and many great family friends who are teachers. There is not a better school than Marquette in Madison--though some I am less familiar with may be just as good. The politics of the recent era has caused principal turnover and the tragic loss of Barbara Thompsen to East High and the continuing east side school continuum is too bad but the staff and new principal and assistants and student teachers are all seemingly filled with an energy and a professionalism and a zeal to not overlook anyone. Special education is state of the art there and teachers work to create a community.