About Our District

Located in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, the School District of Rhinelander serves nine surrounding townships and the City of Rhinelander. The District serves approximately 2,500 students in its three elementary schools, middle school, high school, elementary charter school and secondary charter school.

A secondary alternative education program and a variety of virtual opportunities are offered to the students, and the District has developed partnerships with those families who have chosen home-school education for their children.

Our schools offer area students exceptional academic programs, as well as athletic, cultural and community opportunities. As a result of an active community, outstanding staff, a comprehensive curriculum, and an emphasis on technology in the classroom, the School District of Rhinelander is proud to provide educational excellence to its youth.

Why Choose the School District of Rhinelander?

We have excellent faculty and specialized support staff, updated buildings ready for the 21st Century, and we are focused on the intellectual as well as the social and emotional growth of every student.

We offer 4K programming at Crescent Elementary,  Pelican Elementary and Northwoods Community Elementary School.  Click here for registration information.

Our elementary schools, CrescentNorthwoods Community Elementary (charter) School and Pelican, offer small classes sizes.  

The Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) will provide a high performance, project-based, technology-enriched environment for all students. NCES offers student-focused Individual Learning Plans (ILP’s), high expectations, clear accountability, a sense of ownership and belonging, and a safe and nurturing environment.

The Northwoods Community Secondary School (NCSS) engages students, primarily through project-based learning, to contribute to and learn from the many rich natural and human resources of the greater Rhinelander area. Hallmarks of this learning community are leadership, civic engagement, original research, responsible collaboration, and nurturing self-motivated learners.

Rhinelander High School offers college readiness programs, advanced placement classes and strong connections with Nicolet College, providing a seamless transition from high school to a post secondary education.  Click here to view RHS's orientation video.

Our partnerships with local businesses and manufacturers provide abundant learning experiences and career opportunities for all District students.  We work closely with Rhinelander Partners In Education.

CAVOC (Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom) provides hands-on, outdoor learning experiences that help students acquire the awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment to become responsible stewards of their natural environment.

Our Hodag Tracks virtual learning program offers students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 flexible scheduling, curriculum choices and individual attention from our Wisconsin certified teachers.  Click here to view the Hodag Tracks Website.

Students enrolled with the School District of Rhinelander have access to our wide variety of extracurricular activities, state of the art technology, student success plans, and modern methods of instruction.

Mission Statement

The mission of the School District of Rhinelander (SDR) is to prepare all students to be college or career ready upon graduation.

  • We know that effective education must have the learner as its focus;
  • We know that students have unique abilities and needs that require variation of instruction;
  • We know that a positive learning environment is caring, safe, and assures the dignity of everyone; and,
  • We believe in excellence and equity in educating all students for life-long learning.


  • School District of Rhinelander
  • 665 Coolidge Ave. Suite B
  • Rhinelander, WI 54501
  • Phone: 715-365-9700
  • School District of Rhinelander
  • 665 Coolidge Ave. Suite B
  • Rhinelander, WI 54501
  • Phone: 715-365-9700