Why Badger Elementary School?

Badger Elementary School has a longstanding tradition of being innovative and creative as we reach the needs of our students. 

Our Mission

Together, dedicated to academic excellence, we embrace citizenship and respect diversity by providing a safe, caring and positive learning environment for each child.

Small School

Badger Elementary School serves approximately 350 children in grades K-6. Students receive more positive interaction from teachers and there are better relationships between staff members, students and their families. Parents have more opportunities to get to know the staff members as well as the parents of many students.

Diverse Learning Community 

Badger Elementary School is rich in cultural diversity. There are a variety of different ethnicities and cultures represented by the staff, students and families. This experience better prepares students to live in a diverse country and world.

Small Class Sizes (K-3)

Badger Elementary School is a participating school in the Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) Program. Each classroom in kindergarten through third grade has a maximum ratio of 18 students per classroom teacher. 

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Badger Elementary School uses its funding from Title I, a federally funded program included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), to employ an additional reading specialist to provide supplemental reading services to students and literacy coaching to teachers.

Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition
(formerly New Wisconsin Promise School of Recognition)

Since 2003, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has recognized Title I schools that have demonstrated success in educating students. To be eligible, schools must receive federal Title I funding to provide services to large numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children and meet other achievement criteria. 

These awards recognize the work of students and their parents along with teachers, school administrators, and school staff members to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement. Their efforts help us ensure that every student graduates college and career ready.



First grade students at Badger Elementary School receive additional one-to-one reading tutoring from volunteers in the United for Reading Success Program (UFRS), a high-quality and well-structured volunteer reading program.  

School Safety

The safety of our students and the peace of mind of our parents are of the utmost importance at Badger Elementary School. In the last several years we have closely reviewed and updated our school safety programs to ensure that we are doing everything that we can to keep our learners safe every day. 
Safety and Security Measures
  • Anonymous Reporting Systems (Tip Line and Bully Reporting)
  • Controlled Access to School Building
  • Monitoring of School Guests
  • Monitoring of School Parking Lot
  • Police School Liaison (PSL) Officer
  • School Messenger Automated Calling System
  • School Preparedness Drills (Intruder, Severe Weather and Fire)
  • School Safety Audits (Yearly)
  • Video Monitoring and Supervision of Student Common Areas 

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Badger Elementary School has teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Cities to provide a before school and after school program. They provide academic and enrichment opportunities for students in a safe, supportive after-school environment.

Inspiring Student Creativity

Students have many opportunities to be involved at Badger Elementary School. There are activities, clubs and organizations that emphasize academics, fine arts, leadership and character development, sports and fitness, and healthy lifestyles.
Co-Curricular Activities and Clubsco-curriculars
  • Art Club
  • Band
  • Battle of the Books
  • Choir
  • Drama Club (Musical)
  • Education for Healthy Kids Committee
  • Foreign Language Introduction Program (FLIP) 
  • Intramurals
  • Leadership Club
  • Lunchtime/Recess Leaders
  • Math League
  • Orchestra (Strings)
  • PBIS Kids Committee
  • Reading League
  • Safety Patrol
  • Service Club 
  • Stock Market Club
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook/Camera Club
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  • All Strings Festival
  • Band and Strings Concert
  • Choral Concerts
  • Fine Arts Night
  • Musical
  • Opera for the Young
Sports and Fitness

Emphasis on Health 

Badger Elementary School has consistently been recognized for creating and maintaining a healthy school environment through healthy school programs, parental and community involvement and staff wellness. 

Badger Elementary School has received the Wisconsin School Health Award for the following years:

2019 Wisconsin School Health Award Winner – GoldDPI
  2018 Wisconsin School Health Award Winner – Gold
2017 Wisconsin School Health Award Winner – Gold
2016 Wisconsin School Health Award Winner – Gold 
2015 Wisconsin School Health Award Winner – Gold 
2014 Wisconsin School Health Award Winner – Gold 
2013 Wisconsin School Health Award Winner – Bronze 

Parent and Community Engagement

Badger Elementary School takes great pride in engaging our parents and the local community to assist in educating our students. Community partnerships, events and family engagement nights offer opportunities to work together to better meet the needs of our learning community.
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  • Back to School Night
  • Badger Bash
  • Badger Carnival
  • Culture Night
  • English Language Learners (ELL) Family Picnic
  • Family Game Night
  • Healthy Kids Family Fun Run
  • Holiday Family Sing Along
  • Literacy Night
  • Math Night
Community Partnerships
  • Appleton Education Foundation
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley
  • Boys Scouts of America
  • Costco
  • Fox Cities Performing Arts (PAC) Center
  • Fox Communities Credit Union
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Grand Chute Fire Department
  • Grand Chute Lions Club
  • Grand Chute Police Department
  • Modern Woodmen of America
  • Reading Therapy Dogs
  • St. Joseph Food Pantry
  • St Nicholas Church (Freedom)
  • Tri-County Dental 

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Badger Elementary School has a highly committed PTA that works very hard to support the entire school community. The Badger PTA makes many events possible for students and their families.
PTA Sponsored Events
  • Bingo Night
  • Book Fairs
  • Coffee Chat with the Principal
  • Craft Night
  • Trunk or Treat
  • Family (Restaurant) Nights
  • Holiday Sing Along
  • Homecoming Week
  • Movie Nights
  • School Dances
  • Spirit Weeks
  • Staff vs. 6th Grade Basketball Game

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)

Badger Elementary School is a PBIS school. PBIS is a systemic approach to proactive, school-wide discipline. PBIS applies evidence-based programs, practices and strategies for all students to increase academic performance, improve safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish a positive school culture.
Badger Elementary School has been recognized as a School of Distinction by the Wisconsin Response to Intervention (RtI) Center in the following years:

2017 Wisconsin RtI Center School of Distinction – Behavior (PBIS)
2016 Wisconsin RtI Center School of Distinction – Behavior (PBIS)
2015 Wisconsin RtI Center School of Distinction – Behavior (PBIS)
2014 Wisconsin RtI Center School of Distinction – Behavior (PBIS)
2013 Wisconsin PBIS Network School of Merit


Badger Elementary School continues to integrate learning-focused, value-added technology into all of its classrooms. Every classroom has a Viewsonic ViewBoard, Hovercam and wireless devices to assist with classroom instruction and learning. Students have access to iPad's, Chromebooks, and a wireless network. A district Technology Integration (TI) Specialist also helps our teachers integrate technology competently in the teaching and learning process.

Other Programs and Services

AASDThere are many other district programs and services offered at Badger Elementary School to help meet the unique and diverse needs of all our students. 

Comprehensive School Counseling Program
English Language Learners (ELL) Program
Homeless Student Services and Support
Special Education Programs and Student Services
Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program


The staff at Badger Elementary School is dedicated to the success of all our students. Continuous staff collaboration, training and development focus on supporting greater student learning and staff effectiveness. All teachers participate in weekly professional learning communities to collaborate with their peers and plan responsive instruction. All educators attend regular professional staff development throughout the school year to provide more effective teaching and learning.
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Responses from Students

“What I like best about Badger School is the respect that all students have.”
“What I like best about this school is there are a lot of helpful staff members and a bunch of friends to play with that are wonderful people.” 
“I am new to this school and I think it is an excellent school and the kids are respectful.” 
“Badger is the best because we learn things and it is fun.”
“What I like about my school is the staff, because they support you no matter what and they make every class fun.”
“I like Badger School because we can read.”
“I like Badger School because we have a lot of fun and it is great.  I get really excited when I wake up.”
“I like Badger School because you always have friends.”
“I like Badger School because it’s safe.” 
“I like Badger because we have the best teachers.”