What is our mission?

We support and advocate for quality public education in
Lake Mills, WI, as evidenced by the quality of our teachers,
facilities and programs.

What Do We Do?

We host forums on issues affecting our schools. We support teachers and staff. We promotestudent and school successes.

Who Are We?

We are an independent group of
local citizens ,including parents, teachers and community leaders. We do not support or endorse political parties or candidates.

What Can I Do?

Pay attention! We're here to help. Visit our Facebook page.
Come to our next forum.
Become a member.

School Voucher Forum

CAPE’s School Voucher Forum attracted media attention including TV coverage on NBC-15 and print coverage in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. CAPE's School Board Candidates Forum was covered by the Lake Mills Leader and was broadcast on local cable.
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Who Are We?

We are an independent citizens' group that supports and advocates for quality public education in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. We invite you to join us at one of our informational forums, to keep up to date with current issues on our Facebook page, and to meet us at school and community events.
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Our Next Community Forum

School Board members are an important part of the success of the Lake Mills Area School District, yet many of us don't know much them. CAPE is hosting an informational forum this month to allow all School Board members to share their perspectives on the district's strengths, challenges and goals.

Community School Board Forum
Monday, April 27
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Lake Mills High School LMC

A question and answer session will follow.

By hosting forums such as this, CAPE's goal is to partner with the schools and community to foster more transparent and comprehensive public information and feedback. With the district's strategic planning completed, this is a perfect time for engagement between the School Board and the community.

Mark your calendars for this informative and interesting event!


On October 9, CAPE is sponsoring its first ever Fall Education Forum. The purpose of the forum is to give you an opportunity to learn your candidates’ views on public education prior to the November election. The candidates will respond to questions sent to them in advance by CAPE, and there will be a question and answer time following.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • What value do you see in our public schools?
  • Should the voucher program be expanded throughout Wisconsin?
  • How should adequate funding of our public schools be accomplished?

Where will the forum be held? Lake Mills Elementary School, 155 E. Pine Street, Lake Mills
When is the forum? Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Who has been invited? Candidates for the 13th Senate District – Scott Fitzgerald and Michelle Zahn – and candidates for the 38th Assembly District – Joel Kleefisch and Tom Chojnacki.

Please share this invitation with your friends, and neighbors, and put this event on your calendar.

CAPE has sponsored a successful School Board Candidates’ Forum and The ABC’s of School Vouchers Forum and is looking forward to another informative and educational event.

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CAPE welcomes all staff to the 2014-2015 school year! During the past several weeks, staff have been working to organize new learning “neighborhoods,” set up classrooms, write new curriculum, set up student schedules, welcome new students to the district, and clean district buildings. Here’s to a great school year for everyone!


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Where are the smartest kids in the world, and how did they get that way?? Many studies show American students lagging behind their counterparts in both developed and undeveloped nations. Nearly everyone is worried, but a consensus needs to emerge on what needs to be done to regain competitiveness. Year-round education?  More technology?  Better teachers?  Better parents?

On Thursday February 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., CAPE is hosting a forum at the Lake Mills High School to look at the research and discuss how we can make our kids the smartest in the world.

We’ll begin with a keynote presentation, The One Best Way to Improve Education, by Carolyn Kelley, Associate Professor, Department Chair of Educational Leadership at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Next, a community panel featuring a school administrator, teacher, parent and a recent Lake Mills High School graduate will respond to audience questions.

Check out the program flyer and get your questions ready!

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Citizen Advocates for Public Education (CAPE) wants to thank the following businesses for their donations of gifts to all Lake Mills Area School District staff during American Education Week. Water House Bistro, Walgreens, Carp’s Landing, and Pizza Pit offered discounts throughout the week. Sentry, Kwik Trip, Mobil, Dutch Designs, and Blue Moon contributed items which were placed in a drawing and distributed to the lucky winners at the end of the week. The Lake Mills Leader featured a full-page photo spread of classes and activities in our public schools during the week.

We also want to thank all individuals who contributed children’s books to our local book drive. Over 100 books were collected to be placed in the waiting rooms of local businesses for children’s enjoyment.

Our public schools are the heart of our community. CAPE celebrates the dedication of our public school staff and our community to the success of all students in Lake Mills.

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Mark your calendars for CAPE’s next informational forum, The Smartest Kids in the World, on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. The forum will take place at the Lake Mills High School Auditorium and will feature five individuals sharing their unique perspectives on the book The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way.

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First year of Expanded Voucher Program

25 private schools are participating in the first year of the statewide expansion of parental school choice in Wisconsin.
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Kudos To…

The Lake Mills High School Advanced Placement (AP) program. Did you know Lake Mills offers 3 AP classes in-house and 12 online? Over the past five years, 135 students have taken 147 AP exams. 77.4% of these students have earned an exam score of 3 or better, which is predictive of college success and college graduation.

The LMHS Class of 2012, and their parents and teachers: An unbelievable 97.9% high school graduation rate!

LHMS students and staff: Lake Mills students scored an average of 24.6 on the ACT test in 2012. This makes Lake Mills the 8th highest of 425 Wisconsin school districts.

Upcoming Events

Fall Education Forum, Oct. 9 . 7 pm - 8:30 p.m., Lake Mills Elementary School 


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