Milwaukee Private Schools

Private Schools

A Strong Legacy of Private Education

Many area private schools have deep roots. Marquette University High School, for example, is more than 150 years old. In addition, there are several non-sectarian, college-preparatory schools, including three that offer classes from kindergarten through 12th grade. University School of Milwaukee can trace its roots back to 1851, while University Lake School was founded in 1956. The two schools are not related, but both are devoted to providing high quality education. Brookfield Academy, founded in 1962, is an independent college preparatory day-school for students from pre-kindergarten through high school.  The Prairie School, founded in 1965, is a co-ed independent day school located in Racine County that serves pre-kindergarten through high school students. Lake Country’s non-denominational Christian Education Leadership Academy (CELA) in Pewaukee, serving students in 4K through 8th grade, was founded in 2015 on the three pillars of academic excellence, comprehensive Christian values and strong leadership development. St. John's Northwestern Military Academy is a private, all-male college preparatory and leadership development school that has graduated heads of state, key business leaders, professional athletes and accomplished artists since its founding in 1884.

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. The charts on pages 55 and 56 of the current edition of Discover Milwaukee provide greater detail on private schools serving the area. Click on the "Order Copy Now" button to receive your free copy.

Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Schools

3501 S. Lake Dr., Milwaukee
92 elementary schools, 15 high schools
Telephone: (414) 769-3453

Brookfield Academy

3462 N. Brookfield Road, Brookfield
K3 through grade 12 independent college-preparatory day school
No. of Students: 843
Students per teacher 9:1
% Attend College: 100%
Average ACT Score: 28.1
Telephone: (262) 783-3200

Christian Education Leadership Academy

W262 N4685 Ryan Street, Pewaukee
Preprimary through grade 8 independent college-preparatory day school
No. of Students: NA
Students per teacher 9:1
Telephone: (262) 691-4321

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: 285
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: 1,130
Students per teacher 11:1
% Attend College: 100%
Average ACT Score: 29.5
Telephone: (414) 540-3320

Parochial Schools

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 92 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 Missouri Synod and the Lutheran Church Wisconsin Synod of the Lutheran Church 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 specific information about the school, including cost. Parochial high schools operate independently. Information about high schools can be found on page 56 of the current edition of Discover Milwaukee. Click on the "Order Copy Now" button to receive your free copy.

Catholic Schools

For 175 years, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee have taught lifelong Christian values that enable students to become future leaders, faith-filled disciples and engaged citizens. In 92 elementary and 15 high schools throughout the 10-county Archdiocese, Catholic school educators are committed to delivering academic excellence rooted in the recognition that each student is a unique human being progressing through various stages of growth and development.

Every day, more than 30,000 students are encouraged to grow in mind, body and spirit. Activities inside and outside the classroom guide students to embrace a life grounded in the Gospel and prayer, creating communities of love and service. The fully accredited curriculum in Catholic schools adheres to all state and federal standards, with students exceeding the national average on standardized tests at all grade levels.

Lutheran Schools

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 54 elementary schools and six high schools, five of which are located in the metro area: Milwaukee Lutheran High School, Racine Lutheran High School, Lake Country Lutheran High School (Hartland), Living Word Lutheran School (Jackson) and Martin Luther High School (Greendale). The Wisconsin Synod has one high school in the area – Wisconsin Lutheran High School (Wauwatosa).

92 elementary schools, 15 high schools; District Office: Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 3501 S. Lake Dr., Milwaukee 53207. Telephone: Carol Rybak at (414) 769-3453. Info:

Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
54 elementary schools, six high schools and 36 pre-schools in southern Wisconsin; District Office: 8100 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee 53222. Telephone: (414) 464-8100. Info:
Lutheran Church - Wisconsin Synod

429 elementary/early childhood schools, 28 high schools (synodwide); Synod Office: N16 W23377 Stone Ridge Drive, Waukesha 53188. Telephone: (414) 259-4354. Info:

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Private School Choice Programs

Private School Choice Programs available to qualifying families include the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), the Racine Parental Choice Program (RPCP) and the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP). Schools participating in the program receive a state aid payment for each eligible student on behalf of the student’s parent or guardian. Determination of which program a student is eligible for is based on where in Wisconsin a student resides. Student eligibility varies for each program. It is a combination of student residence, income and prior year attendance. There is also an age requirement that must be met for grades K4, K5, and 1.

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