Demographics and Profile

Fremont County School District #1 is located in the beautiful community of Lander, nestled along the eastern slope of the Wind River Mountains in west-central Wyoming. Lander is the county seat of Fremont County. The district encompasses a total land area of 3,147 square miles with a district census of 11,330 residents. 

We serve the communities of Lander, Hudson, Jeffrey City, Atlantic City, and the surrounding area, including the Wind River Indian Reservation.

We are a district of about 1,766 students with approximately 73% white students, 12% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 6% multi-race, 1% Asian.  About 33% of our students are on free and reduced lunch, and 10% of our students are special education students.

The town of Lander has approximately 7,400 residents of which 90% are white. The average age of Lander residents is 40 years old with 26% holding a bachelor's degree or higher.

Fremont #1 offers a comprehensive educational program for kindergarten through 12th grade. The district is fully accredited by the Wyoming Department of Education and AdvancED (North Central).  Our program is fueled by the energy of an active and informed Board of Trustees, an experienced and dedicated staff, and interested and participating parents and community members. Our mission statement and our Strategic Plan goals drive our decision-making process.

We are home to six attendance centers. We have three elementary schools (two in-town, one rural), a middle school, and two high schools:

   

School / attendance center Enrollment (as of Oct 2016)
Lander Valley High School (9-12) 466
Pathfinder High School (9-12) 25
Lander Middle School (6-8) 370
Baldwin Creek Elementary School (4-5) 251
Gannett Peak Elementary School (K-3) 570
Jeffrey City School (K-5) 8

    

We have three elementary schools: Gannett Peak (K-3) and Baldwin Creek (4-5) are located in Lander, and Jeffrey City School in Jeffrey City, WY (approximately 60 miles from Lander).

Lander Middle School is home to 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

Lander Valley High School, home of the Tigers, is a traditional high school serving grades 9-12. In addition to the core courses, Lander Valley offers a full array of vocational offerings as well. LVHS has a very popular concurrent enrollment program with Central Wyoming College. Moreover, Lander Valley offers a slate of co-curricular and extra-curricular options ranging from skiing to golf to swimming. LVHS also has an active art department, music program, and student publications.

Pathfinder High School is an alternative setting dedicated to meeting the needs of our most at-risk high school students. The educators at Pathfinder are dedicated to perfecting the craft of alternative education and have seen great success in graduating students. Pathfinder offers the Discovery program and partners with BOCES to offer vocational classes such as Certified Nurse's Assistant training, green construction, fire science, and an energy class.

 

Mission, Vision, and Values

The mission of Fremont County School District #1 is:

“In partnership with families and community, we educate students to become responsible citizens who respect one another and have the motivation, skills, and knowledge to succeed.”

This mission was interactively developed by a representative team of school board members, administration, faculty, parents, community members and students during the 2014-2015 school year.  

The vision of Fremont County School District #1 is:

“By setting high expectations and providing diverse learning opportunities, we will empower students to succeed in careers, college, and life.”

The values of Fremont County School District #1 are:

Acceptance – We honor diversity while treating one another with dignity. We recognize the value of every individual and welcome all contributions.

Accountability – We accept responsibility for achieving our goals. We take ownership by regularly monitoring our progress and taking action as needed.

Achievement – We promote excellence and recognize accomplishments attained through initiative, skill, and perseverance. We celebrate our progress and successes.

Communication – We actively listen to ideas and share information openly in a variety of ways. We respect diverse views and participate productively in honest dialogue.

Engagement – We are invested in learning and working collaboratively to increase participation in meaningful experiences. We approach our various roles with positive energy and enthusiasm.

Innovation – We are open and responsive to creativity, forward thinking, and risk taking. We strive to move beyond the norm in providing educational opportunities.

Integrity – We speak truthfully, act professionally, and promote ethical behavior. We admit our mistakes, acknowledge what we do not know, and honor our commitments.

 

A Commitment to Excellence

The Fremont County School District Number One Board of Trustees has developed a number of values that are imperative for guiding the work of all students, staff, teachers, and administrators:

We expect high performance.
We require accountability.
We expect disciplined, civil behavior.
We provide an expansive curriculum that is both classic and forward thinking, and
We make decisions based on results.
   

To achieve these values we, the Board of Trustees pledge:

  • To ensure EVERY child in the District learns in a safe, respectful, and caring environment where she/he is treated as an important and valuable person,
  • To ensure EVERY child in the District increases their academic excellence while closing the achievement gap among all students,
  • To ensure EVERY child in the District is prepared to successfully participate in post-secondary education,
  • To ensure EVERY child in the District learns from highly trained, highly motivated teachers, staff, and administrators,
  • To ensure EVERY child in the District learns in a clean and healthy school environment, and
  • To insure EVERY child in the District is provided a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to broaden their educational experience.

 

Notable Achievements and Areas of Improvement

Students in the Lander public schools generally perform above national averages in the areas of high school graduation, ACT test scores, and nationally referenced reading and math assessments. When compared to the average Wyoming school district, our performances on the ACT test and graduation rates generally fall slightly above to slightly below the state average. Our performance relative to the state and other Wyoming school districts similar in size generally is at the above  average for those districts on PAWS, ACT, and graduation rates. The percent of students reaching their growth targets on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test has increased for the past three years and the percent of students scoring proficient on PAWS has markedly increased. 

ACT Composite 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
District 19.4 19.9 19.0 19.9 20.0 20.0
State  19.7 19.7 19.3 19.7 19.9 19.8

   

The district has selected five goals for the 2015-16 school years via the strategic plan. Those are: Improve academic achievement and performance for all students, Ensure safe and orderly school environments, and ensure efficient and effective processes. Each goal includes several measurable objectives that are monitored annually to ensure targets are reached.

The Lander schools are focused on working together to improve their performance. The staff is looking to the future and opportunity to narrow their focus and make meaningful gains in student performance. There is a clear commitment to work with the parents of all students and our community members to reach the district goals. There is an increasing willingness to ask the hard questions, accept honest answers and work to address our shortcomings. The district has shown real improvement on PAWS at most grade levels and is committed to spreading that improvement to other areas.