Fox River Academy
Jefferson Elementary - Gr. 1-6
1000 S Mason St.
Appleton, WI  54914
(920) 832-4848

Wilson Middle - Gr. 7-8
225 N Badger Ave.
(920) 832-4848

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What is the Fox River Academy?

The Fox River Academy is a public environmental charter school serving grades 1-8 with a focus on the Fox River Watershed. Core subject areas are taught through an integrated curriculum in multiage classrooms.  As part of the Appleton Area School District, FRA is a public school and does not charge tuition.  Educational opportunities are funded by the AASD, grants and donations from public and private sources.

Who can attend the Fox River Academy?

Any child entering grades 1-8 may apply to attend the Fox River Academy.  Students who are inquisitive and benefit from hands-on learning would love Fox River Academy!

To enroll, you may complete the Fox River Academy enrollment application form. Click here for the application. Students with Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) are welcome at the Fox River Academy, if Exceptional Educational Needs (EEN) services can be provided with the Fox River Academy as the least restrictive environment as determined by the IEP team.
Accommodations for students with special needs will be provided according to each student’s IEP or physical disability. You will receive written confirmation upon the receipt of the completed application.

If the number of applicants exceeds available positions, a lottery will be employed.  Priority will be given to siblings of current and former Fox River Academy students.

Where is the Fox River Academy?

The Fox River Academy located within Jefferson Elementary School at 1000 S. Mason Street, Appleton, WI 54914 and in the adjacent Green Teaching Building, a former Appleton Park and Recreation office,  located between Jefferson Elementary School and Pierce Park. The Middle School class is location at Wilson Middle School, just a few blocks away.  Click HERE for an interactive map.

Vision Statement

"Environmental Education (EE) is a lifelong learning process that leads to an informed and involved citizenry having creative problem solving skills, scientific and social literacy, ethical awareness and sensitivity for the relationship between humans and the environment, and commitment to engage in responsible individual and cooperative actions. By these actions, environmentally literate citizens will help ensure an ecologically and economically sustainable environment."           -- Wisconsin EE Board

Mission Statement

Fox River Academy will foster in its students the passion and curiosity necessary for lifelong learning, and will, through an integrated, multiage curriculum, increase students' proficiencies in the use of strategic learning processes and higher order thinking skills needed to be stewards of the environment and community.

Core Beliefs

We believe that connected learning occurs when:

Topics of study are important and have value beyond school, and are taught where they fit most logically, rather than at specific grade levels.

Tasks are authentic and relate to students' own environment, utilizing the talents of expert learners in the community.

Time is spent in integrated, multiage learning experiences, offering opportunities for cognitive and social connections necessary for high student achievement.

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