District Profile

Vision
The Rice Lake Area School District will educate and prepare all students to become successful members of our society.

Mission
We will partner with students, families and community members to provide a safe learning environment to ensure our students achieve academic and personal success as they become lifelong learners. 

General Information
The Rice Lake Area School District is an exciting place in which to work and learn. We serve 2,238 students in four-year-old kindergarten through grade twelve. With an annual budget of $33 million, the District employs over 200 professional staff and 115 support personnel.

The Rice Lake School District provides:
-Parents with electronic access to their students grades, lunch balances and more
-A wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities
-Vocational and foreign language programs for middle school and high school students
-A student assistance program concerning alcohol and other drug awareness
-Gifted and Talented Programs
-Connections Resource Center
-Four Year Old Preschool
-A Summer School Program
-English as a Second Language
-A Montessori Program
-School Breakfast
-A Charter School (Northern Lakes Regional Academy)
-Special Education Services
-Senior Tax Exchange Program 

The instructional cost per pupil is $11,999, as compared to the state average of $12,546.00. A tax rate of approximately $11 per thousand accounts for 51 percent of the school system's income; state aids account for 34 percent; federal monies and various miscellaneous sources make up about 15 percent.

Attendance areas include: the City of Rice Lake; the townships of Barron, Bear Lake, Birchwood, Cedar Lake, Doyle, Haugen, Long Lake, Oak Grove, Sarona, Stanfold, Stanley, Sumner; and the Village of Haugen. The area includes 840 square miles with an approximate equalization value of $1,402,581,000.

Preschool Profile
Children who are four years of age on or before September 1 are eligible for preschool. The Rice Lake School District works in partnership with federal and private day care providers. Currently, preschool locations and hours are as follows:

Haugen Elementary: 7:40 a.m.-2:35 p.m. on Tuesday & Thursday (all day)

Head Start: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (for families that are income eligible)

Hilltop Daycare Preschool: 8:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Tainter Elementary
: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 

Tainter Elementary-Montessori Program
: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Elementary Profile
There are three elementary sites in the Rice Lake Area School District: Haugen Elementary; Hilltop Elementary, and Tainter Elementary. Each site provides a healthy balance of academic and social activities for its students. All students have the opportunity to engage in active learning experiences that will enrich their lives as they meet Wisconsin Adopted Standards.

All elementary sites have access to hot lunch, technology, gifted and talented programming, and special education services. We utilize Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) in K-3rd grade with class sizes of 18 students or less.

Each site has active parent groups. These groups focus on student activities and help fund-raise for special activities throughout the year. Parents and community members are strongly encouraged to volunteer.

Individual health is important. For this reason, each child will have vision and hearing screening throughout his/her elementary school experience. The elementary schools share one part-time nurse.

Literacy- Elementary students' reading and writing instruction is based on a balanced literacy model. Using this approach to literacy, teachers provide a variety of reading and writing experiences, and integrate speaking, listening and thinking skills to help the learner grow.Students also have the opportunity to participate in Reading is Fundamental (RIF) each year.

Assessment- Students participate in a variety of classroom and standardized assessments. All assessments are used to evaluate growth and progress through each grade. This information is used to inform parents of student progress.

Middle School Profile
The Rice Lake Middle School offers the opportunity to build and improve academic skills as well as explore a number of other talents and abilities which will later be considered job-related qualities.

The Core Academic Program includes all of the "basics". All fifth, sixth,seventh, and eight grade students have required classes in reading,writing, math, science, and social studies, physical education, and health.

The Middle School also offers a number of exploratory classes. These classes include business, art, and technology education. Seventh and eighth grade students have the opportunity to take Spanish and French.Seventh graders take both languages and eighth graders can choose one as an elective.

Students are provided with elective opportunities while in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. Sixth and seventh graders can choose to participate in band and/or choir. In eighth grade, students can choose from the foreign languages,or rotating block classes. Students who choose the rotating block receive a half year of technology education and a half year of art education. Students completing both the seventh and eighth grade foreign language classes are eligible for the second level of that language when they start at the high school. Students may also select band and/or choir.

We offer several co-curricular opportunities including: cross-country running and girls' volleyball in the fall, boys'/girls' basketball, archery, boys'/girls' swimming, wrestling in the fall and winter, and track and field in the spring.There is a very active student council, an excellent forensics team, a quiz bowl team, a Math Counts team, a yearbook organization, and VICA(Vocational and Industrial Clubs of America) club.

Middle School staff is dedicated to providing all students with a well-rounded experience including high academic expectations as well as opportunities to develop personal and social skills.

High School Profile
Rice Lake High School course offerings allow students to explore options and define their skills in a supportive but challenging environment. They can build a strong academic program or begin skill preparation in business,technology education, or family and consumer education. Electives and broad independent study opportunities range from human genetics to international business to engineering graphics and design. Approximately55 percent of Rice Lake High School graduates go on to colleges or universities, while 22 percent pursue vocational/technical training.

Daily Schedule - Rice Lake High School runs on a four period block schedule with a resource period held between 3rd and 4th hour block. The block schedule offers many educational advantages and allows students to take up to 16 different classes each year, providing flexibility for students to enroll in electives such as music, world languages, and career and technical courses. The block schedule is favorable due to extended time in class allowing educators to use a variety of teaching strategies without interruption. The resource period between 3rd and 4th hour block is a three-tiered resource period designed to meet the diverse needs of students. During this 37-minute block of time, students are assigned to a level one, two, or three resource classroom; student placement into one of those levels is based on their grades, graduation status, character, and e-portfolio completion. This time is utilized for a range of activities from basic academic support and skill-building to enrichment opportunities.

Advanced Placement - AP is a worldwide program of college-level courses and exams which can earn students college credit. AP courses are offered in calculus, statistics, English literature and composition,English language and composition, biology, chemistry, physics and European History.

Student Services- Counselors assist all students and their parents with personal and social concerns. In addition, they advise students in the areas of:academic success, course selection, post-secondary planning, and career exploration.

Assessment/Grading- In order to graduate, a student must have accumulated a minimum of 26 credits. These credits must include the required coursework: Social Studies - 3 credits; English - 4 credits; Science - 3 credits; Mathematics - 3 credits; Physical education - 1 1/2 credits; Health -1/2 credit.

Co-Curricular Opportunities -We offer 18 competitive interscholastic athletic programs. In addition,we offer jazz, concert, and marching band, choir, VICA, DECA,FCCLA/HERO, Forensics, FFA, FBLA, NHS, Key Club, Dance Team, HS Theatre,Green Action, Math Team, S.A.D.D., Yearbook, and International Club.

Northern Lakes Regional Academy Charter School- NLRA is a public charter school with a mission to inspire and empower all students to utilize science, technology, math, engineering and aesthetics to create an innovative means for self-expression while contributing to the community. NLRA's Core Values include: Collaboration; Commitment and Motivation; Communication; Critical Thinking; Community; and Citizenship. Visit our webpage for more information.  

Special Services
The Rice Lake Area School District provides special education programming for students with disabilities. We offer the full continuum of service delivery models ranging from itinerant services to fully self-contained programming at all three academic levels (elementary, middle school,high school). Services are available for students who have disabilities in the areas of cognition, learning, emotional behavior development,speech and language, autism, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic handicaps, other health impairments, as well as pervasive development disorder.

The preschool options program is implemented for children ages 3-5 who have been identified with a disability. Special education may be provided in a number of settings including an early childhood classroom.

The special services department also provides the services of physical therapy, occupation therapy, and adaptive physical education. The district utilizes services from the local Cooperative Educational Service Agency #11 (CESA #11) in the the low incidence disability areas of hearing impairment, visual impairment, as well as orientation,mobility training, deaf and hard of hearing, and audiology services.

Guidance and counseling services are available at each of the district's schools. Services to students include: individual and small group counseling, support group work, direct classroom instructing, and teacher consultation. In addition, the guidance counselor serves as the building's liaison with community-based agencies and resources. The counseling program utilizes a developmentally based approach. Counselors build self esteem and self awareness in the lower grades, while assisting students with post secondary planning in the later grades.

The district also employs a full time school psychologist who helps prevent, understand, and solve problems, and who promotes mental health and effective environments for learning.

School nursing services are provided by two registered nurses who work with students, parents, staff, and community resources. Services are provided to maintain and/or improve the health of students, thus enabling them to benefit from their educational experiences.

Two parent liaisons are a recent addition to the district's staff. Their services include mentoring parents to become educated and positive participants in the individualized education program (IEP) process,supporting families and district/parent involvement activities(including parent advisory groups, information groups, and focus groups), and supporting the district in building strategies for parent involvement.

Special Features

Summer School- This growing program recently enrolled 700 students in hands-on and action-filled courses, offering 42 exciting choices at the elementary level and 24 at the junior and senior high levels. The popular mix of enrichment and remedial classes is open to public, private, and home-schooled students.

Technology- The district’s information and technology resources are an integral part of every student’s education.  A three year Information and Technology Plan is in place to ensure information and technology will work in collaboration with the educational community to empower student and staff learning through the integration of technology to assure students become effective users of ideas and information in the 21stcentury.

Students and staff have access to over 1500 seamlessly connected mobile and fixed-location devices – desktops, laptops, and tablets.  Students and staff also have the option to utilize their own personal devices for access to district resources.

The district provides access to numerous online and internal resources such as Google Apps for Education and the district’s own Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) or “View Environment”.  The majority of these resources are available from any Internet connected computer, providing students and staff with access anytime, anywhere.

The district has a strong emphasis on providing technology resources that will enhance student learning and continues to strive to increase student achievement through the effective integration of information and technology.

Gifted and Talented Program- The Gifted and Talented Program (GAT) serves the gifted and talented through a multi-faceted process, which is both individualized and integrated. Annually, students' needs are evaluated and programming is assessed to help our classroom teachers meet the needs of GAT students.K-12 students are identified in five areas: intellectual, academic,creativity, leadership, and the arts. The Rice Lake Area School District will provide extensions for those students that require challenges in their learning. 

K-5offerings include: Chromebooks, GoQuest Learning, Scratch, Singapore Math, Tynker, Khan Academy, Project Foundry and small group learning that extend the classroom curriculum.

Middle School GAT includes course offerings for students with high ability in math, Algebra 1 classes, Chromebooks, GoQuest Learning, Scratch,Singapore Math, Tynker, Khan Academy, Project Foundry, Maker Camps at NLRA, Writing Extensions, Science Olympiad, Math Counts, MS play, and Forensics. 

High School students' needs are met by Advanced Placement (AP) English, AP Calculus and AP Statistics, as well as Youth Learning Options at UW-Barron County and WITC. 

Visit the GAT website found under Pupil Services to learn more about the Gifted and Talented Program at Rice Lake Area School District. 

Connections -  A home-based educational opportunity to provide numerous options for parents and families who have chosen to educate their children from home. With this option, parents and families are able to access district resources and programs to ensure school success.

SUCCESS -An alternative learning environment that meets the needs, skills and learning styles of all students. Virtual education as well as teacher-led instruction are components of this program. Development of meaningful relationships and life skills  are emphasized as well as building community partnerships.