Waunakee, a suburb north of Madison, is a thriving community of 12,000 people. It enjoys the atmosphere of small town charm and access to an urban lifestyle. Through the visionary leadership of generations of community officials, Waunakee residents enjoy an excellent quality of life that is second to none in Dane County. The Waunakee School District has three elementary, one intermediate, one middle, and one high school. In addition, there is one Catholic elementary school and Madison Country Day School, a private K-12 school with an international curriculum. Madison, population 225,000, consistently ranks as one of the top cities in the country to live, work, go to school, play, and raise a family. Home to the State Capitol and University of Wisconsin, Madison offers residents a stimulating civic, political, and educational environment. Residents also enjoy an endless variety of music, dance, theater, visual and literary arts, including five museums exhibiting art, history, and science collections. Shoppers and diners enjoy an eclectic mix of independent stores and restaurants celebrating cultures from around the globe. Built around four lakes, Madison satisfies outdoor enthusiasts with its public parks, beaches, and marinas.