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.

J&C Race 1Proving that it’s how you run the race, not where you finish, Gaenslen students Javon G. and Cleveland N. showed the power of friendship at the Sue Miller Memorial Track Meeting, held May 14. Javon, who is blind, was in need of someone to be his guide in the 50 meter dash. Cleveland, who uses a walker, is Javon’s good friend and has been known to guide Javon from room to room. The two took their skills from the hallways to the track and ran a great race!