Winnebago Mental Health Institute - Waterwood School

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Welcome to the webpages for Waterwood School. Waterwood School is a K-12 school serving the patients of Winnebago Mental Health Institute. Youth who are admitted as patients and have an expectation of remaining in the hospital for a period of time are enrolled in the school. Typically, youth patients with a legal status of “14 day”, “Commitment”, “Settlement Agreement” and “Voluntary” are enrolled and attend school.

Waterwood professional staff members are properly trained and licensed as teachers in Wisconsin. All are accomplished managers of youth who possess unique difficulties with social behaviors and/or extraordinary learning challenges. Because the school serves youth from throughout Wisconsin, it is diverse both in culture and learning need.

The school operates Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is open forty-nine weeks of the calendar year.

For further information please call me at 920-235-4910 ext. 2383 or email me at

Sincerely, Karen Kapocius
Director of Education 


Lois Gerstmeyer, School Secretary
Phone: 920-236-2921
Fax: 920-237-2042

Karen Kapocius, Principal
Phone: 920-235-4910 ext. 2383

Last Revised: February 23, 2017