In Our District
Students in our district range from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade and are learning nearly every life skill including: reading, writing, mathematics, cooperating with others, how to cook, be a part of a team, speak a foreign language, stay physically fit, and play a musical instrument. These students will go on to become skilled trades people, local business owners, inventors, teachers, doctors, Peace Corps volunteers and auto technicians. The Don Smith Learning Academy, High School, Middle School, and 5 of the 7 elementary schools have programs for students with special needs. Cognitively disabled students learn life skills. Children with hearing difficulty learn sign language, children with autism learn how to communicate effectively with others, and children with a physical challenge participate in physical therapy. We serve students with these and a variety of other special needs. As you may know, Beaver Dam has the largest public school system in Dodge County and naturally we offer more special needs programs than other area districts. Therefore, we work cooperatively with other districts to provide their students the opportunity to attend special needs classes in Beaver Dam. This service is provided at a fee to the home school district and is offered when the home district doesn't have the needed program.