Frequent Visitors!


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“The spotlight is on parents Tonya Brought Smith and Michael Smith! They are weekly visitors to the Gaenslen School Library, checking out piles of books to read with their children at home. Awesome!” – Ms. Plewa (Librarian)

Margaret Malcom is a volunteer parent at Gaenslen.  She visits the Parent Center frequently and is one our Parent Representatives for the School Governance Council which meets monthly on the third Thursday’s.  We appreciate you! - Ms. Jemison (Parent Coordinator)



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.