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There is a track record in both the public and private school systems in Beaver Dam of excellence, and a strong tradition of community support for education. The Beaver Dam Unified School District provides public school education in the community. Lutheran and Catholic grade schools and a multi-denominational K-12 Christian school, as well as a private college preparatory high school, Wayland Academy, offer a private sector educational alternative. In addition, Beaver Dam is home to one of the three campuses of Moraine Park Technical College, offering a wide variety of two and four-year degree courses.

Public Education – Primary & Secondary

The goal of the Beaver Dam Unified School District is to be a school district of excellence, respected for their individualized approach to education, academic rigor and their service to all students, parents and the community.

Most critically, the district believes its commitment to academic excellence everyday, for every student, is not only their job, but a moral imperative. Beaver Dam students learn before and after school, on Saturday, in traditional classrooms, online, on the field, in the gym and around our community.

Beaver Dam schools are extremely proud of their accomplishments in all academic areas and of their role as educational leaders in the State of Wisconsin. You are invited to visit a school, attend an event, or frequent the district website ( to review the District Dashboard – their goals and accomplishments.

Public Education – College

Public Education – College

Established in 1912, Moraine Park Technical College has campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, and regional centers in Jackson and Ripon. One of 16 technical colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System, Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates; and offers them in traditional, online and blended formats. Moraine Park faculty are industry-experienced and driven to help students achieve great things. Plus, the service learning and international education opportunities along with clubs, student government and more, all provide for a full college experience. A strong focus on business and industry training helps employers maintain a competitive workforce.

Private Education

In 2012 St. Katharine Drexel School (SKDS) celebrated 150 years of Catholic education in the community. The school is located at 503 S. Spring Street, in downtown Beaver Dam. St. Katharine’s guarantees a quality, Catholic, education for preschool youth through 8th grade in Beaver Dam.

St. Stephen’s Lutheran School is part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). This private Lutheran grade school traces its roots back to 1896 in Beaver Dam. Staff currently teaches Kindergarten through 8th Grade. The school and St. Stephen’s Church is located just west of downtown at West and Maple streets.

Central Wisconsin Christian School, where Christ is Central, is a pre-K-12 educational facility. Student families represent more than 30 Christian churches from northwestern Dodge County, southwestern Fond du Lac County and from neighboring Columbia and Green Lake Counties.

Founded in 1855, Wayland Academy is an internationally renowned independent, coeducational, college preparatory, boarding and day school for grades 9-12.

Today, over 150 years after Wayland first began educating young people, a Wayland Academy education is as valuable and important as ever. Wayland’s mission is “…to prepare young people for a successful college experience and a rapidly changing world…” One hundred percent of Wayland’s graduates are accepted to colleges and universities, including some of the most selective and prestigious institutions in the nation.

Situated on a beautiful 55-acre campus in the heart of Beaver Dam, Wayland’s 25 buildings house extensive academic, athletic and extracurricular facilities.

Beaver Dam Unified School District
Educational Service Center
Superintendent Steve Vessey
705 McKinley St.
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
(920) 885-7300

Jefferson Elementary School
Principal Mary Klawitter
301 Brook St.
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
(920) 885-7392

Lincoln Elementary School
Principal Kathy Lehman
210 Gould St.
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
(920) 885-7396

Prairie View Elementary School
Principal Jesse Peters
510 N. Crystal Lake Rd.
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
(920) 885-7380

South Beaver Dam Elementary School
Principal Christine Zieman
W8797 County Trunk D
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
(920) 885-7383

Washington Elementary School
Principal Laura Maron
600 Grove St.
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
(920) 885-7376

Wilson Elementary School
Principal Christine Zieman
405 W. Third St.
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
(920) 885-7373

Beaver Dam Middle School
Principal John Casper
108 Fourth St.
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
(920) 885-7365, Ext. 3102

Beaver Dam High School
Principal Mark DiStefano
500 Gould St.
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
(920) 885-7520, Ext. 2112

Don Smith Learning Academy
Principal Mark DiStefano
400 E. Burnett St.
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
(920) 885-7423

St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Grade School
Principal Barbara M. Haase
503 S. Spring St.
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
(920) 885-5558

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Grade School
Principal Roger Fenner
412 W. Maple Ave.
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
(920) 885-6484

Central Wisconsin Christian School
Director of Advancement Gregg Zonnefeld
301 Fox Lake Rd.
Waupun, WI 53963
(920) 324-4233

Wayland Academy
President Joe Lennertz
101 N. University Ave.
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
(920) 885-3373

Moraine Park Technical College
Campus Dean Matthew Hurtienne
700 Gould St.
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
(920) 887-1101

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