About the School District of Black River Falls
The School District of Black River Falls is located in west central Wisconsin. Black River Falls is the county seat of Jackson County. We have beautiful scenery and ample activities for the outdoor enthusiast as well as diverse opportunities for all! The community of Black River Falls has 3,500 residents, yet has amenities typically found in much larger cities.
The SDBRF has approximately 1,850 students in grades 4K-12. We operate five separate school buildings as well as some charter and alternative schools within the community. Our schools are organized into grade level centers.
Forrest Street Early Learning Center – Houses students in our 4 year old kindergarten program through first grade. We also have several community based 4k programs that families and community partners benefit from.
Third Street Elementary – Second and third grades.
Gebhardt Elementary – Fourth and fifth grades.
Black River Falls Middle School – Houses students in sixth through eighth grade and offers a multitude of opportunities for students to explore areas of interest, athletic teams, as well as leadership opportunities.
Black River Falls High School – Houses students in grades nine through twelve. The high school boasts 53 extra/co-curricular teams and clubs for students to participate in.
A few interesting initiatives and facts about our district:
- Average class size: K-3 under 18 students. 4-12 averages 21 students to each teacher.
- Technology use: beginning with the 2013-2014 school year the HS has gone 1:1; each student is issued a school laptop for their use in assignment completion, research, organization, as well as any number of uses! We also have technology integration coaches that assist in meaningfully integrating technology into the education of our students. 21st Century skills are consistently being emphasized.
- Literacy: Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, and continuing forward, all of our teachers in grades K-5 will be trained in the Literacy Collaborative framework. It will expand to the middle school for 2014-2015. This is an extremely research based framework through which all literacy instruction happens. It systemizes differentiated instruction so all students are challenged and continue to make progress.
- Individualized learning opportunities are abundant as our high school offers a combination of virtual classes as well as blended coursework. Several staff members are certified to teach online coursework. Our virtual school offerings continue to expand and will include K-12 for the 2014-2015 school year.
- We are dedicated to the professional development of our teaching staff. We have teachers that have been recognized both nationally and a the state level for their contributions to the profession.