Using our own unique process, we can project the long-range scope and the location of student population growth

CLIENT: Monona Grove School District, Monona and Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

DATES: 2017

NEED: The Monona Grove School District was interested in planning for long-range growth for a rapidly growing population. Vandewalle & Associates conducted a long-range growth study to help the District plan for future facilities. The purpose of the study was to provide the Monona Grove School District with a framework from which to make informed decisions regarding the future of its educational facilities.


The study included projections of student population growth within the District over a twenty year period through 2036 in five year increments, including the expected location of this growth. The study showed the district could grow as much as 13 percent in the next five years. This was an update to a previous study Vandewalle directed in 2014.

Unique process. This study used a groundbreaking new methodology that combined both student grade progression (cohort survival) projections with new projections based on planned Residential Development. This dramatically increases the accuracy of the projections over the short term as it factors in the actual class size of enrollment today.

Using a comprehensive yet broadly applicable approach, information was synthesized from a vast range of sources, including District enrollment records, Census data, housing permit records, adopted land use plans, and official population projections. Meetings were also held with staff from every municipality.

From this, projections were made on a parcel-by-parcel basis for every grade level through 2036. Best practices and suggested courses of action based on these findings were also included.

RESULTS + IMPACT. Based on our study and a subsequent facility assessment, the Monona Grove School District decided to go to referendum to build a new school, which was just approved in November. 

Detailed study maps:

OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT PROJECTS + SERVICES: Other school district services available from Vandewalle not conducted for this project include:

  • Delineating school attendance boundary scenarios
  • Bus routing alternatives
  • Facility location analysis
  • Grade configuration analysis