F. J. Gaenslen K-8 School is located in a quiet, residential area on the west bank of the Milwaukee River known as the “Riverwest Community”. The school, named after Dr. Fredrick J. Gaenslen, first opened in December, 1939 as a school for children who were suffering with Polio. In 1988, Gaenslen, and their neighbor, Fratney School, merged and moved into our present site. F. J. Gaenslen School, a state of the art facility, was architecturally designed to meet the academic and physical needs of regular education students and children with physical and other special education needs.
From Our Principal:
Gaenslen School welcomes and celebrates the individuality and diversity of our students, staff, parents, and the community. We are striving towards equitable, personalized, applied and engaged learning for all students. We educate with passion in a safe and respectful environment. We pledge to prepare students to achieve personal success.
We know that these are unprecedented and sometimes scary times. We also know that we are strong and resilient and that together we will not only get through this uncertainty, we will thrive. I would like to thank you for your thoughtfulness and patience as we navigate this new territory. I assure you that our staff is working hard to ensure that our scholars continue to learn, grow and succeed. If you have any questions, please feel free to email staff directly. In order to access staff emails please click into the staff tab located at the top of the homepage. You should receive a response within twenty-four hours. We miss your child/ren and look forward to the time that we will be able to reopen. In the meantime please be healthy and stay safe…