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Sandy Slope Elementary School

When Sandy Slope Elementary School opens in the fall of 2025 on the north side of Appleton, it will be our first new school in 30 years and our first new elementary school in nearly 35 years.

Our district places immense value on neighborhood elementary schools, and we are thrilled to add a school to this part of our community.Twenty-four years ago, the AASD acquired a 42-acre parcel of land from Rich and Alice Van Handel near Appleton North High School. This forward-thinking move by our district was in anticipation of the growth we now witness in the northeastern part of our district. They envisioned the need for an elementary school on this land to accommodate the expanding community.

This area once had a small, rural school called Sandy Slope, and the Van Handel’s farm was also known as Sandy Slope Farm.

Photo from Sandy Slope Groundbreaking shows signage and a view of the silo and farm buildings.


Sandy Slope Elementary’s groundbreaking was held on October 16, 2023. We were thrilled to kick off the construction of our newest school with the community and the Van Handel family in attendance. To honor the farm's history, the Van Handel farm’s silo will be preserved as a part of the new school campus.

Progess & Updates

Improve & Innovate

Last fall voters approved both referendum questions on the ballot. One question supported increased staffing and operational costs for our new spaces and the second question approved $130 million for the construction/renovations of our schools.
 

Improve & Innovate

Last fall voters approved both referendum questions on the ballot. One question supported increased staffing and operational costs for our new spaces and the second question approved $130 million for the construction/renovations of our schools.
 

Photo from Sandy Slope Groundbreaking shows signage and a view of the silo and farm buildings.

When Sandy Slope Elementary School opens in the fall of 2025, it will be our first new school in 30 years, with the last being North High School in 1995, and our first new elementary school in nearly 35 years. Our district places immense value on neighborhood elementary schools, and we are thrilled to add a school to this part of our community.
 

Improve & Innovate

Progress, timelines, and updates on referendum projects will be shared on our district website. We encourage you to follow along to see our community’s investment in action.

JOSEPH BERNHARDT

JOSEPH BERNHARDT

Principal
Sandy Slope Elementary School
2435 E. Edgewood Dr.
Appleton
WI
54913