Private schools play an important role in educating Wisconsin children. They offer parents an opportunity to have their students attend a school based on a specific curriculum, teaching approach or value system. Southeastern Wisconsin has strong parochial schools that include primarily Roman Catholic and Lutheran schools (please see “Parochial Schools” below). There are also several private schools that are not affiliated with a particular religion. These schools provide varying levels of education. Some offer only elementary schooling, others offer a full curriculum that spans from pre-kindergarten through high school.
Most private schools are day schools where students attend classes during the day and then head home; however, some schools have boarding options where students stay on campus 24/7.
Archdiocese of Milwaukee
3501 S. Lake Drive, Milwaukee; 94 elementary schools, 15 high schools;
See website for information about each school;
Telephone: (414) 769-3453;
3460 N. Brookfield Road, Brookfield; Preprimary through grade 12 independent college-preparatory day school;
No. of Students: 876; Students per teacher 9:1; % Attend College: 100%; Average ACT Score: 28.1;
Telephone: (262) 783-3200;
Divine Savior Holy Angels High School
4257 N. 100th Street, Milwaukee; Grades 9 - 12 Catholic, all-female college-preparatory day school;
No. of Students: 694; Students per teacher 13:1; % Attend College: 100%; Average ACT Score: 27.2;
Telephone: (414) 462-3742;
Marquette University High School
3401 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee; Grades 9 - 12 Catholic, all-male college-preparatory day school;
No. of Students: 1053; Students per teacher 12:1; % Attend College: 98%; Average ACT Score: 27.5;
Telephone: (414) 933-7220;
The Prairie School
4050 Lighthouse Drive, Wind Point; Preprimary through grade 12 independent college-preparatory day school;
No. of Students: 612; Students per teacher 7:1; % Attend College: 100%; Average ACT Score: 27.1;
Telephone: (262) 752-2500;
University Lake School
4024 Nagawicka Rd., Hartland; Preprimary through grade 12 independent college-preparatory day school;
No. of Students: 280; Students per teacher 8:1; % Attend College: 100%; Average ACT Score: 28;
Telephone: (262) 367-6011;
University School of Milwaukee
2100 W. Fairy Chasm Rd., River Hills; Prekindergarten (age 3) through grade 12 independent college-preparatory day school;
No. of Students: 1,126; Students per teacher 12:1; % Attend College: 100%; Average ACT Score: 29;
Telephone: (414) 540-3320;
The Milwaukee area boasts exceptional schools, both public and private. Private, parochial schools of various denominations offer families a faith-centered, values-based education that embraces the whole individual – mind, body and spirit – while adhering to high academic standards. The 94 elementary and 15 high schools of the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee aim to transform local and global communities by providing a quality Christian education that encompasses academic achievement integrated with moral and spiritual growth. The Lutheran church - Missouri Synod and the Lutheran Church Wisconsin Synod - also offer faith-based education throughout the region, as do some independent Christian schools. Elementary schools are typically associated with a church, which can provide information including cost. Parochial high schools operate independently.
Roman Catholic Schools
Spread throughout 10 counties in the metro area, Archdiocesan schools enroll approximately 30,770 students in comprehensive programs led by dedicated, highly qualified faculty and staff who are committed to educational excellence. Low student-to-teacher ratios foster a culture of discussion and promote faith in action relevant to fundamental Catholic beliefs, social justice, respect, compassion and personal responsibility. Daily prayer, religion and theology core-content classes, sacramental preparation, worship and ample opportunities for service lay a spiritual foundation for the formation of future leaders who are rooted in their faith tradition and positively contribute to society as a whole. The fully accredited curriculum in Catholic schools adheres to all state and federal standards, with students in Catholic schools exceeding the national average on standardized tests at all grade levels. The average composite ACT score of 23.6 for high school seniors is higher than state and national averages, with a 99% graduation rate for the schools as a whole and over 94% of graduates choosing to pursue higher education. Children of all traditions are welcome, with every race, ethnicity and socio-economic background represented. In fact, 16.2% of elementary and 25% of high school students are non-Catholic. Financial assistance, scholarships and participation in Wisconsin’s School Choice Program help to make a Catholic education relatively accessible to all.
Wisconsin has a large Lutheran population and two synods of the Lutheran Church - the Missouri Synod and the Wisconsin Synod - offer elementary and secondary education in southeastern Wisconsin. The other major Lutheran church in the state - the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) - does not operate elementary or secondary schools.
The South Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod offers Lutheran education at more than 50 elementary schools and five high schools - Milwaukee Lutheran High School, Racine Lutheran High School, Lake Country Lutheran High School (Hartland), Living Word Lutheran School (Jackson) and Martin Luther King High School (Greendale).
The Wisconsin Synod has one high school in the area - Wisconsin Lutheran High School, which is located in Wauwatosa.
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Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
54 elementary schools, six high schools and 33 pre-schools in southern Wisconsin; District Office: 8100 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee 53222. Telephone: (414) 464-8100. www.swd.lcms.org
Lutheran Church - Wisconsin Synod
470 elementary/early childhood schools statewide, 26 high schools; Synod Office: N16 W23377 Stone Ridge Drive, Waukesha 53188. Telephone: (414) 259-4354. www.wels.net/serving-you/christian-life/education/lutheran-schools/
94 elementary schools, 15 high schools; District Office: Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 3501 S. Lake Dr., Milwaukee 53207. Telephone: Sarah Toepfer at (414) 769-3453. www.archmil.org