Eau Claire Area School District

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Eau Claire Area School District
Eau Claire High School.JPG
Board of Education Office
500 Main Street
Eau Claire
United States
District information
Type Public
Motto “Where knowledge and inspiration meet to create the future.”
Grades PreK-12
Established 1889 (1889)
President Chris Hambuch-Boyle
Vice-president Joe Luginbill
Superintendent Dr. Mary Ann Hardebeck
Budget US$130 million (2015)
Students and staff
Students 11,300
Staff 1,400
Athletic conference Big Rivers Conference
Other information
Website District website

The Eau Claire Area School District (ECASD) is a school district in western Wisconsin. Covering approximately 200 square miles (520 km2), it includes the city of Eau Claire, part of Altoona, parts of the village of Lake Hallie, the towns of Brunswick, Clear Creek, Drammen, Pleasant Valley, Rock Creek, Seymour, Union, Washington, and Wheaton, and the unincorporated communities of Caryville, Cleghorn, Foster, and Mount Hope Corners. The district administers 12 elementary schools, one early learning center, 21 early learning community partner sites,[clarification needed] three middle schools, two high schools, and two charter schools.

The district has an enrollment of approximately 11,300 and an annual budget of $130 million. The district's graduation rate was 86.3 percent during the 2011-2012 school year.[1]


The first permanent European settlers arrived in Eau Claire in 1845. By the early 1850s, about 100 people called Eau Claire home. In 1856, a group of parents built the first public school in Eau Claire. Built out of rough boards, it was located on what is now Barstow Street. During the winter of 1856-57 the school was opened to the public, with John E. Stillman as the first teacher.[2] Large numbers of German and Norwegian immigrants arrived in the 1860s.

Until 1889, there were three school districts in the city of Eau Claire. Each had its own school governance and high school. The Eau Claire Area School District became united in July 1889. During consolidation in the early 1960s, rural areas and their schools were added to the district. In 1982, the Board of Education voted to become a unified school district.[clarification needed] ECASD is a part of Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 10.

Board of education[edit]

The seven-member Eau Claire Area School District Board of Education is the policy-making body responsible for selecting the superintendent and overseeing the district's budget, strategic planning, operations, curriculum, personnel, and facilities.[3] Board commissioners are elected at large for three-year terms. One high school student serves as a student representative to the Board of Education. The student representative does not have voting rights, but represents the voice of students.[4]

Early learning program (PreK)[edit]

  • Prairie Ridge Early Learning School (Head Start and Special Education Program)

In addition to their early learning school, the school district currently has 21 community partnership sites for their Eau Claire 4 Tomorrow (EC4T) program.

  • Babes In Toyland Childcare Center
  • Beautiful Minds Child Care
  • Chapel Heights Preschool
  • Children's House Montessori School, Inc.
  • Color My World Childcare & Preschool Inc.
  • Days Gone By Early Learning
  • Genesis Child Development Center
  • Hand In Hand- A Place for All Children
  • The Kiddie Patch Early Learning Center
  • KinderCare Learning Center, LLC - Eau Claire
  • The Learning Tree Child Care Center
  • Little Bloomers Childcare
  • Mayo Clinic Health System Child Development Center
  • Monsters 2 Munchkins (formerly The Learning Center)
  • Rachel's Place Early Learning Center
  • Redeemer Early Learning Programs
  • Regis Child Development Center
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Children's Nature Academy
  • Western Dairyland Eau Claire Family Literacy Head Start
  • Western Dairyland Truax Head Start
  • YMCA Child Development Center

Elementary schools (K-5)[edit]

  • Sherman Elementary School
  • Longfellow Elementary School
  • Roosevelt Elementary School
  • Putnam Heights Elementary School
  • Manz Elementary School
  • Lakeshore Elementary School
  • Sam Davey Elementary School
  • Robbins Elementary School
  • Northwoods Elementary School
  • Meadowview Elementary School
  • Locust Lane Elementary School
  • Flynn Elementary School
  • Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School

Middle schools (6-8)[edit]

  • Homer E. DeLong Middle School (DeLong Middle School)
  • Northstar Middle School
  • South Middle School

High schools (9-12)[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]