Highlights & Achievements

Inspiring Students

Fairview South is especially designed to meet the unique needs of students ages 10 - 21 with mild/moderate to severe/profound cognitive disabilities. Students may also have needs related to communication, behavior, vision, hearing, autism, and physical disabilities. The school focuses on each student's abilities and strengths to encourage participation in a program designed to meet their individual needs.

Students from Southeast Wisconsin counties including Waukesha, Milwaukee, Racine, Washington, Jefferson and Ozaukee have been educated at Fairview South School since 1971.

Outstanding Programs

Fairview South programming is individualized with the goal of developing a level of independence, consistent with each student's potential and based on his or her IEP. Areas include but are not limited to:


Daily Living Skills: Functional Academics, Independent Living, Self-Care, Sensory and Motor Integration, Post-secondary School Transition Planning

Communication Skills: Speech & Language, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Social/Pragmatic Skills, Assistive Technology, Sign Language

Community Based Skills: Mobility & Safety, Consumer Education, Math/Money/Reading


Standards Based Academic Curriculum: Standards based curriculum in Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Social Studies.

Vocational Skills: Classroom and In-school Jobs, Elmbrook Work Center-subcontracted work, Community Work Experience with Job Coach

Annual School Camp Day: Dances and other Social Activities, Special Olympics, Annual School Camp, Winter Craft Fair/Silent Auction

High Quality Staff

A strong team approach is important for the Fairview South staff in the teaching and supervision of all students. Smaller class sizes, with low staff to student ratios, are provided to meet educational needs. Fairview South's excellent staff consists of:

    • Certified Special Education Teachers (Cognitive Disabilities, Emotional/Behavior Disabilities, Multicategorical)
    • Licensed Teaching Assistants
    • Full-time Licensed Nurse
    • Adaptive Physical Education Teacher
    • Adaptive Music Therapist
    • Adaptive Arts Therapist
    • Speech-Language Pathologists
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Physical Therapist
    • Teacher for the Hearing Impaired
    • Teacher for the Visually Impaired
    • Job Coaches

On-site School Administrator, Office & Building Personnel

State-of-the-art Facility

The Fairview South environment is truly unique. Coordination of the school's daily schedule and individual classroom scheduling is designed to reduce transitions and provide maximum instructional flexibility for all students.

An accessible building smaller than a typical school allows students to move safely and with greater independence. With recent school renovations, Fairview South is brighter and safer than ever before. Each classroom is equipped with heating and air conditioning units, and electrical systems have been upgraded throughout the building. Many classrooms have new cabinets and fixtures installed, and bathrooms have been updated. Most notably, a beautiful "apartment" setting has been created within the school so students may learn life skills training without having to leave the building; and an outdoor recreational area will soon provide students a safe area to learn leisure time skills in a park-like setting.