Why Choose Fremont #1?
Mission: We will be a learning community where all members are respected and every individual is challenged to achieve excellence.
Fremont County School District #1 is based in Lander, Wyoming, and offers a comprehensive educational program for grades kindergarten through 12. The district is fully accredited by the Wyoming Department of Education and AdvancED (NorthCentral).
Fremont #1 is located along the east slope of the Wind River Mountain Range of West-Central Wyoming and is headquartered in Lander, the county seat of Fremont County. The district encompasses a total land area of 3,147 square miles with a district census of 10,244 residents.
FCSD1 includes a signiicant population of minority students, about 28 percent, of which about 14 percent is Native American, 7 percent is Hispanic and 6 percent includes an ethnicity of two or more races. The District also includes students of Asian, Black and Paciic Islander/Native Hawaiian descent. The Wind River Indian Reservation, home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes, is located four miles north of Lander and a portion of the reservation is included within the District's boundaries.
The District is fortunate to have very modern school facilities. Three of our five in-town schools are less than ten years old, with two schools not older than two years.
- Lander Valley High School (9-12): Constructed in 2004, LVHS has around 525 students.
- Pathfinder High School (9-12): PHS is an alternative high school that has around 45 students.
- Lander Middle School (6-8): Constructed in 2010-2011, LMS has around 430 students.
- Baldwin Creek Elementary (4-5): Baldwin Creek has around 317 students.
- Gannett Peak Elementary (K-3): Constructed in 2012-2013, GPeak has around 595 students.
- Jeffrey City School (K-5): A small rural school in the community of Jeffrey City, Currently, five students attend this school.
The school district is very appreciative of the resources made available by the state of Wyoming and the community of Lander to educate their children. The opening of our new K-3 Gannett Peak Elementary school in 2013 completes our series of school construction projects.
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.
In 2007 the district's board of trustees articulated a series of value statements that inform decision-making district-wide and in August of 2009 after a community-wide process the district adopted a comprehensive strategic plan. These documents can be found in the school board section at www.landerschools.org.
The District has set the following goals as part of its 2012-2015 District Strategic Plan:
- Meet the academic needs of each student
- Provide a safe, healthy, and orderly school environment and improve student behavior
- Provide for effective and efficient District operations
- Improve parent engagement
- Improve student engagement
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, Performance Assessment of Wyoming Students (PAWS) and graduation rates generally fall slightly above the state average. Our performance relative to other Wyoming school districts similar in size generally is at the average for those districts on PAWS, ACT, and graduation rates. However, the performance of our students has been improving. 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 increased. The district scores on PAWS for 2013 were steady or decreasing slightly, although less of a decrease than the state as a whole.
- Graduation rate: 86 percent
- Drop-out rate: 7 percent
- Attendance rate: 94 percent