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Appleton Central is designed to serve students in grades 6-12 who meet the definition of being at-risk. Appleton Central is composed of the predominant credit recovery program (Appleton Central), GED Option #2 program, Dan Spalding Academy and Community Learning Center. Appleton Central was established in 1996 as an alternative to the traditional high school setting.  

Appleton Central is a creative educational institution designed to serve students with problems that cannot be dealt with in a traditional school setting or their at-risk programs.  It provides an alternative method of continuing learning in an atmosphere which is sensitive and suited to the development of the intellectual, physical, and social capabilities of our students. This is accomplished within an educational environment that is healthy, safe, trusting, caring and challenging.

Since 1996 the goal of Appleton Central has been to provide a small, flexible learning environment in order to re-engage students in the process of learning. Students are empowered to take ownership of their academic and personal lives and become a contributing member of society. 

Students referred to Central have experienced repeated academic failures leaving them significantly credit deficient and seriously jeopardizing their chance for a timely graduation. Central assists students in attaining graduation credit status and meet district and state standards while also working to address employability and social skills, behavioral issues, and mental/emotional health concerns. 

Counseling services and the healthy foods nutrition program complement the academic offerings to meet the emotional and physical needs of students. Direct instruction in core subjects is partnered with technology-driven courses, and related work/volunteer experiences provide Central students with a well-rounded academic program geared towards graduation.

As members of Appleton Central, we believe each student can realize his or her potential when we: employ dynamic strategies to develop the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional capabilities of our students; provide ongoing, specific feedback on individual progress; empower students to actualize and maintain patterns of success.


Students work with Rebuild Together Fox ValleyMath field trip to (MCC) Murphy Concrete and ConstructionCentral Students Volunteer at Riverview GardensCentral Students Volunteer at Riverview Gardens this fallFood Science at Appleton CentralELA at Appleton CentralK-Club (Knitting) at Appleton Central has donated at total of 1,563 hats for infants and young children to local organizations such as, ThedaClark’s NICU and Children’s Hospital floors; St. Elizabeth’s hospital’s NICU, chemo patients, and youth mental health services; The Salvation Army; The Emergency Shelter; and local AASD elementary schools.Feeding America Volunteer Day May 10,2017:  The AM students packed 1,020 bags of cereal and the PM students packed 1,051 bags, equaling 4,142 lbs of food for Northeast WI (128 hours of combined service work)!

In May all AM session students worked with Rebuild Together Fox Valley to help a local home owner with needed renovations.

Math field trip to (MCC) Murphy Concrete and Construction

Central Students Volunteer at Riverview Gardens this fall

Central Students Volunteer at Riverview Gardens this fall

Food Science at Appleton Central

ELA at Appleton Central

K-Club (Knitting) at Appleton Central has donated at total of 1,563 hats for infants and young children to local organizations such as, ThedaClark’s NICU and Children’s Hospital floors; St. Elizabeth’

Feeding America Volunteer Day May 10,2017: The AM students packed 1,020 bags of cereal and the PM students packed 1,051 bags, equaling 4,142 lbs of food for Northeast WI (128 hours of combined servic

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