Bliss Educational Services Center

SchoolCenter PictureAttila J. Weninger, Ph.D., Superintendent
1900 Polk Street
Stevens Point, WI  54481
District Overview

The Stevens Point Area Public School District lies directly in the center of the state of Wisconsin, covering more than four hundred square miles.  Our boundaries reach to Lake DuBay and the Marathon County Line to the north, the Township of Milladore to the west, the Buena Vista marsh in the south and to the hills of Custer in the east.While being one of the State's largest districts, in both area, and student membership, our district exemplifies excellence in education.

The district adheres to a strong set of academic standards and has put into place K-6 benchmarks. Students participate in regular formative assessments as part of their classroom experience. In addition, students in grades 3-8 and 10 are assessed with the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam.

Students in our district continually achieve higher percentages than the State average, of proficiency and advanced proficiency in the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations.  Besides strong academic areas of language arts, math, science and social studies, the district offers three foreign languages (French, German, and Spanish), school-to-work opportunities, family and consumer education, gifted and talented program, technology business instruction, health, physical education, music, and art instruction.  The halls are filled with trophies and plaques highlighting our students' achievements.  Every year many of our students receive recognition in art, music and debate.

The district also provides a variety of extra curricular offerings. Drama, service clubs, special interest clubs and a full slate of athletic offerings are available to all students to help complement academic offerings and provide a rich and rewarding educational experience.  Our local university, UW-Stevens Point, Mid-State Technical College, the school district and community also share the asset of a rich and diverse culture. More than sixteen different countries are represented in the university's foreign exchange program.
About our schools: 

Elementary School Hours: 9:05 a.m. - 3:35 p.m. 
Junior High School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. 
Senior High School Hours: 7:35 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. 

Early Release:

Elementary School Hours: 9:05 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Junior High School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.
Senior High School Hours: 7:35 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

Bannach Elementary School

SchoolCenter PictureJessica Champion, Principal
5400 Walter Street
Stevens Point
, WI 54482
School Overview

The District's newest building, Bannach is located on the far east side of Stevens Point, in a newer subdivision.  Bannach has three classes per grade in a K-6 format.  Bannach Elementary School's special programs include: Early Childhood, Speech/Language for Early Childhood, Speech/Language, Emotional Needs, Learning Disabilities, and Occupational Therapy.  The Bannach mascot is the Bulldog.

Jefferson School for the Arts
SchoolCenter PictureDavid Lockett, Principal
1800 East Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481
School Overview

Jefferson School for the Arts is located at the heart of Stevens Point.  A K-6 school, Jefferson became a charter school in 2004 and has as its focus, the integration of the arts with the core curricula.  Jefferson has been a SAGE (Student Achievement Guarantee in Education) school since 1998.  Jefferson has special programs for students who have needs with: Learning Disabilities, Speech and Language, Gifted and Talented, and Occupational Therapy.  Jefferson's mascot is the Eagle.

Kennedy Elementary School
SchoolCenter PictureClover Schmitt, Principal
616 West 2nd Street
Junction City
, WI 54443
School Overview

Kennedy Elementary is located in Junction City, 12 miles west of Stevens Point.  Generally, students from Junction City, Milladore, Carson, Eau Pleine, and Linwood attend this elementary school.  Kennedy is a SAGE (Student Achievement Guarantee in Education) school, and is a site for the Portage County Boys and Girls Club.  Kennedy offers Early Childhood programs, as well as Speech and Language, Learning Disabilities, Gifted and Talented, and Occupational Therapy programs.  Kennedy is the home of the Cougars.

Madison Elementary School
SchoolCenter PictureKarl Bancker, Principal
600 Maria Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481

School Overview

Madison is located in an established north side neighborhood.  Madison Elementary is one of the district's larger elementary schools.  One of Madison's areas of emphasis is healthy lifestyles.  Madison's special programs include:  Learning Disabilities, Speech/Language, Emotionally Disturbed, English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented, Title I Reading, Occupational Therapy, and YMCA before and after school care.  Madison is home to the Mustangs.

McDill Elementary School
SchoolCenter PictureJeanne Koepke, Principal
2516 School Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481

School Overview

A K-6 charter school, McDill Elementary School is located in Whiting, just off of McDill Pond.  There are three academies at McDill:  Academy K-2, Academy 3-4, and Academy 5-6.  Each academy utilizes math, science, language arts and the humanities as major areas of curriculum study.  McDill's special programs are: Learning Disabilities, Speech/Language, Hearing Impaired, Emotionally Disturbed, Gifted and Talented, and Occupational Therapy.  McDill's mascot is the Timberwolf.

McKinley Center
SchoolCenter PictureJohn Blader, Sr., Principal
2926 Blaine Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481

School Overview

McKinley Center is located in central Stevens Point and is a K-6 school.  A charter school since 1998, McKinley uses technology to reinforce classroom concepts and student exploration and achievement.  McKinley has many special programs, including: Learning Disabilities, Cognitive Disabilities, Speech/Language, Early Childhood, English as a Second Language, Occupational Therapy, and Adaptive Physical Education.  The McKinley mascot is the Bobcat.

Plover-Whiting Elementary School
SchoolCenter PictureCarl Coffman, Principal
1400 Hoover Avenue
Plover, WI 54467
School Overview

Located in Plover, "P-W" attracts students from both Plover and Whiting.  A K-6 school, P-W features Title I (remedial reading) programs as well as YMCA before and after school care.  P-W has several special programs that include: Learning Disabilities, Speech/Language, Emotionally Disturbed, Gifted and Talented, and Occupational Therapy.  The P-W mascot is the Wildcat.

Roosevelt I.D.E.A. School
SchoolCenter PictureRob Greenwood, Principal
2200 Wisconsin Avenue
Plover, WI 54467

School Overview

Roosevelt is located in the village of Plover, right behind the Plover Municipal Building.  Roosevelt has three classrooms at each grade level and is a charter school for differentiated instruction.  The acronym, I.D.E.A., stands for Individualized Differentiation for Educational Achievement.  Its mission is to maximize each child's educational achievement using differentiated instructional practices.  Roosevelt has the following special programs:  Learning Disabilities, Speech/Language, Occupational Therapy, and Gifted and Talented.  The mascot is the Roosevelt Roadrunner.  Roosevelt has a very active Parent Teacher Organization, and parent involvement is an integral part of this charter school.

Washington Service-Learning Center
SchoolCenter PictureBill Carlson, Principal
3500 Prais Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
School Overview
Another of the district's charter schools, Washington has curricula based on teachers and students planning and implementing service-learning projects.  Washington has programs for students with Learning Disabilities, Speech and Language needs, Cognitive Disabilities, English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented, and Occupational Therapy needs.  Washington is home of the Tigers.

Ben Franklin Junior High
SchoolCenter PictureConnie Negaard, Principal
2000 Polk Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
School Overview

P. J. Jacobs Junior High
SchoolCenter PictureDan Dobratz, Principal
2400 Main Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
School Overview 

Our two Jr. High Schools provide students a new level of experiences as they progress through their academic careers.  A broader range of subject areas and choices become available academically.  Students who choose to broaden their horizons in the areas of music, computers, art, athletics, drama, technology education, or foreign languages, for example, have the opportunity to do that at both Ben Franklin and P.J. Jacobs.  In addition to academic opportunities, both schools provide a variety of co-curricular activities to enhance and develop the talents and skills of young adolescents.  Clubs and activities such as Ski Club, Student Council, Chess Club, and Forensics allow students enrichment experiences outside the academic school day.  Academically, the schools meet the needs of individual students through special programs such as charter school initiatives, supplemental math and reading programs, and special education programs.

SPASH (Stevens Point Area Senior High)
SchoolCenter PictureMike Devine, Principal
1201 North Point Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481
School Overview

Stevens Point Area Senior High has an outstanding reputation throughout the state of Wisconsin for its high academic standards.  SPASH provides students with outstanding core academic instruction that is delivered from highly respected and well trained teachers.  Students at SPASH have options in every facet of their high school career; both academic and co-curricular.  SPASH students are able to participate in student government, advance placement courses, music, drama and athletics.  SPASH has a charter school called the Wisconsin River Academy that is a model for other schools nationally.  It also has a very active National Honor Society, Key Club, Adventure Club, Debate, Future Farmers of America and Students Against Driving Drunk organizations.  SPASH offers seven choirs, three bands and two orchestras.  The Building construction program is recognized state-wide for the quality of homes that are built using a collaborative effort between local trades people and our students.  SPASH has its own cable TV station, channel 99 as well as a school newspaper and yearbook.

Charles F. Fernandez Center for Alternative Learning
SchoolCenter Picture
Liz Fulton, Principal
1025 Clark Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
School Overview

In addition to the K-12 schools the district provides alternative services and opportunities that assist in a variety of ways.  The district supports the Charles E. Fernandez Center for Alternative Learning.  This unique Secondary school serves approximately 175 students, grades 11 and 12.  It offers alternative educational options for students and parents of students that have not thrived in the traditional school setting.  The Fernandez Center is a facility of its own and provides an alternative setting and curriculum that foster students' educational, emotional, and social growth.  Students at the alternative school are enrolled in one of three programs; the Return Program, the Transition Program, or the Alternative Diploma Program.