De Soto Area School District

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De Soto welcomes Open Enrollment applications for the 2019-20 school year. Applications may be submitted between February 4-April 30, 2019.   Click here to apply

Welcome to the De Soto Area School District! We are proud to be recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Education as a district that “Exceeds Expectations” on the state report card. Exceeding expectations is something we strive to do every day within our classrooms and extra-curricular programming.  

Ø  STODDARD ELEMENTARY—Significantly Exceeds Expectations rating by the WI DPI and ranked in the top 20 elementary schools out of 1,233 in the State of Wisconsin  (Stoddard’s report card)

Ø  PRAIRIE VIEW ELEMENTARY—Exceeds Expectations rating by the WI DPI and recently nominated for consideration of the national Blue Ribbon School Award by the WI DPI. Prairie View was 1 of 8 elementary schools out of 1,233 in the State of Wisconsin for this award (Prairie View’s report card).

Ø  DE SOTO MIDDLE SCHOOL—Exceeds Expectations rating by the WI DPI and among the top highest ranking schools in the region   

Ø  DE SOTO HIGH SCHOOL—Meets Expectations rating by the WI DPI and among the top 10 highest ranking schools in the region

Our rural district extends from Stoddard to Ferryville along 29 miles of the beautiful Mississippi River and inland about 10 miles; overall, encompassing nine townships and villages. The district enrollment is approximately 500 students in grades 4K-12. Our two elementary schools, Stoddard and Prairie View along with our Middle/High School combined building feature small class sizes allowing for individualized attention in positive and nurturing student-focused school environments.  


Our students experience relevant and quality curriculum and receive instruction from dedicated and experienced teachers who specialize in differentiation designed to meet individual learner needs. 

Curriculum materials are aligned to state standards and standards based grading occurs in grades K-5 and will start in 2018-19 at the 6th grade level. Title services are offered at both elementary schools along with specialized assistance from a math interventionist.

Teachers who are content specialists instruct core and non-core classes at the middle and high school levels.  Middle level students are afforded opportunities to experience courses in agriculture, tech ed., music, art, careers, foods and foreign language at different grade levels and if eligible may take high school courses for credit.

Dual credit courses, independent study, on-line courses and school-to-work are educational options high school students may also elect as part of meeting graduation requirements. Personalized learning is a focus for guiding students in their course selections preparing them for post-graduation work, continuing education or other career options.

The middle and high school site features an outdoor classroom, creek and forest where students can participate in hands-on environmental learning.  Additionally, students at every grade level have opportunities to participate in annual fieldtrips providing educational experiences.  Students experience learning opportunities at museums, historical sites, at the state and nation’s capitols local, regional, state, national and international locations including museums, historical sites, state capitol, Washington, D.C., Mexico and Costa Ricco


Elementary students may participate in the Community Learning Center (CLC) after school programming which engages students in academic and enrichment activities. Middle and high school students have a variety of activities including athletics, performance bands and choirs, FFA, forensics, drama, math and Spanish clubs, Quiz Bowl, and service organizations.

Additionally, our schools are open to the community and we proudly host many youth program activities in our school buildings. 


The district also supports a Virtual Charter School supporting home-based learning, assisting parents in developing personalized learning curriculums and providing academic support for students. Students are accepted from within the district, regionally and across the state.