Award Year: 2017

West Salem Elementary School

475 N Mark Street
West Salem, WI, 54669-1224

(608) 786-1662

Mr. Ryan Rieber, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

West Salem School District

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West Salem Elementary's vision is "Every student, every one, every day." This aligns with the district mission to "Serve with passion."

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 92%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 23%
West Salem Elementary School, West Salem, Wisconsin

West Salem Elementary School, West Salem, Wisconsin

West Salem is a suburban/rural bedroom community of approximately 5,000 people located in northern La Crosse County. The location makes our schools a hub of the community and a valued resource to our community members. With the high regard for education within our community, along with our location near Western Wisconsin Technical College, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and Viterbo University, we have been able to provide learning opportunities for many up-and-coming educators in our building. We are also located less than a mile from our Cooperative Educational Services Agency (CESA) office, which facilitates and provides easy access to professional learning for our staff.

Our elementary school houses over 880 students, making it one of the largest elementary schools in the state of Wisconsin. Over 90% of our student body is white, as we are a rural suburb of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Being a rural suburb of one of the larger cities on the west side of the state, it enables us access to our local university system to have access to quality professional development, opportunities and access to students that are seeking the education profession, and the location helps to widen our candidate pool for employment.