School District of Wisconsin Dells
Welcome to the website for the School District of Wisconsin Dells. The District currently serves a student population of more than 1767students, with approximately 541 students in a four-year high school, 893 elementary school students, and 333 middle school students.
An additional 52 resident students attend one of the two parochial schools located in the District. Trinity Lutheran operates a kindergarten through fifth grade school and Dells Christian Academy operates a kindergarten through grade twelve school.
The District includes a geographic area of approximately 186 square miles in Sauk, Juneau, Adams, Columbia and Marquette counties. All or part of the following municipalities are in the District: City of Wisconsin Dells and Town of Newport in Columbia County; Village of Lake Delton and Towns of Delton and Dellona in Sauk County; Town of Lyndon in Juneau County; Towns of Dell Prairie, Springville, Jackson and New Haven in Adams County; and the Town of Douglas in Marquette County. Due to the size of the District, location of schools, and the presence of heavily traveled highways and roads, the District transports 96 percent of its students to and from school.
The Wisconsin Dells area is the premier vacation destination in the Midwest. The equalized valuation of the District is over one billion dollars and typical annual increases have averaged 8% per year for the past ten years. The high equalized value per pupil results in the District receiving less than 11 percent of its revenues from the State of Wisconsin. Annual District expenditures exceed 16 million dollars.
The District has three neighborhood elementary schools. Neenah Creek Elementary School is located in Briggsville, eleven miles east of Wisconsin Dells, and serves kindergarten through fifth grade students. Lake Delton Elementary School is located in the Village of Lake Delton and serves kindergarten through fifth grade students. Spring Hill Elementary School is located in the City of Wisconsin Dells and serves early childhood through fifth grade students. All three elementary schools participate in Wisconsin’s Student Achievement Guaranty in Education (SAGE) program, which provides the District with additional state funding to reduce class size in kindergarten through third grade classrooms.
The District has one middle school, Spring Hill Middle School, which serves students in grades six through eight. The District operates one high school, Wisconsin Dells High School, which serves students in grades nine through twelve. The District also offers an alternative education program for high school students, called the Kilbourn Academy. In this program, students fulfill their high school graduation requirements by completing a combination of regular classes, on-line classes or passing GED02 core subject area exams.
The School District of Wisconsin Dells has a diverse student population. A little more than 16 percent of the District’s students are non-white. Nearly 9 percent of the District’s enrollment is comprised of Native American students, most of which are members of the Ho Chunk tribe. About 6 percent of the District’s students are Hispanic and almost 2 percent are Black. Approximately 41 percent of the District’s students qualify for free or reduce-priced meals because they come from homes that are considered economically disadvantaged.
Like most Wisconsin school districts, the School District of Wisconsin Dells has experienced a recent growth in its non-English speaking student enrollment. Most of those students have Spanish as their primary language, but the District also has a number of students who have languages from Eastern Europe as their primary language. The District operates bilingual programs at both Lake Delton and Spring Hill Elementary Schools. About two percent of the District’s students are English Language Learners.