NORTHWEST CATHOLIC SCHOOL 2018-08-22T20:27:41+00:00

Project Description

Northwest Catholic Elementary School student reading
Northwest Catholic Elementary Milwaukee students posing for picture
Northwest Catholic School student smiling while making Artwork

Northwest Catholic School

Northwest Catholic School serves a diverse urban community through strong academics and service rooted in the Catholic tradition. Its presence in the community began in 2009 when St. Bernadette, St. Catherine of Alexandria, and Our Lady of Good Hope Schools joined together to provide a high-quality, faith-based education for students in the area.

While located just a few blocks apart, two campuses make up Northwest Catholic School. The school’s focus is on educating the whole child — mind, body, and spirit.

Northwest Catholic School’s strong academic program is augmented by specialty academic programs to help students succeed in the classroom.

For example, through Milwaukee Succeeds and SHARP Literacy, students participate in interactive learning, and have access to additional resources and field trips. Teachers are able to boost student reading and writing achievement through these engaging and memorable learning experiences.

To enhance the reading ability of K5 to third grade students, Northwest Catholic School offers tutoring through Reading Corps. Students receive one-on-one tutoring on a daily basis from a Reading Corps volunteer. When a student reaches their individual benchmark goals, they “graduate” from the program.

Northwest Catholic School is a special place with an engaging, vibrant school community. Part of the school’s success is driven by a number of “truths” they embrace including:

  • Each person has God-given human dignity, is unique, and deserves to be treated with utmost respect.
  • A Christ-centered approach to holistic education, focused on Gospel values, enhances our community and our world.
  • Developing self-worth, self-esteem, and self-control are at the heart of successful learning.
the Northwest Catholic Elementary School Logo

7140 North 41st St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209


Michelle Paris, Principal

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Responsive School

Students, even those from
traumatic pasts, learn to
positively focus their emotions.

Active School Community

Events like Back to School Bash and Family Fun Nights bring students and their families together with staff and parishioners

80% of Students Participate in Extracurriculars

Students are actively engaged in applying classroom learning to a wide variety of academic, social, and fine art extracurriculars

Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Shine.
Northwest Catholic School Motto.

Academic instruction at Northwest Catholic School is guided by the principle that all students can learn. Students are inspired to reach their full potential and achieve high academic standards. With the dedication of the excellent teaching staff and small class sizes, each student is given the individual attention they need to learn.

Specialty academic programs help students succeed in the classroom. Through Milwaukee Succeeds and SHARP Literacy, students participate in interactive learning and have access to additional resources. Teachers focus on boosting reading and writing skills of students through visual learning.

In alignment with the Wisconsin Department of Instruction standards, the curriculum follows the Archdiocese of Milwaukee guidelines and new Seton Catholic Schools enhancements. “Special” instruction programs include Music, Art, Physical Education, and Computer Technology.

With Christ as a model, Northwest Catholic School is building future leaders with strong moral character.

Faith is part of everyday life at Northwest Catholic School. Students begin and end each school day with prayer, and in between, they are actively focused on living out their faith. Students learn about the Catholic faith tradition and its teachings, and attend weekly Mass or prayer service.

Students live their faith through community service projects. Singing for Senior’s at the Elks Lodge is just one fine example of outreach efforts in the community. Students also rally to be good stewards and generously share with others by making donations to the Easter meal and Hunger Task Force Peanut Butter drives.

Northwest Catholic School shows Christ’s love for all by serving one another.

Every day, Northwest Catholic School takes a break to be mindful. Classroom work pauses for breathing and relaxation exercises. Students also participate in interactive activities like yoga and making mindfulness bottles to help them focus on their positive feelings and letting go of any negative emotions. It’s called MindUP and part of Northwest Catholic School’s commitment to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of their students.

The MindUp curriculum is part of Mindfulness — a collaborative, responsive school initiative between Northwest Catholic School, Mount Mary University, and the Kubly Foundation. Through Mindfulness, Northwest Catholic School achieves:

  • Greater Teacher Effectiveness

  • Higher Student Achievement

  • Improved School Climate

The program’s crowning achievement is that students learn tools to calm themselves down and take ownership of their feelings.

Northwest Catholic School believes strong minds need strong bodies. It’s one reason why students are encouraged to maintain physical fitness by participating in athletics… and why so many sport activity choices are offered.

Children can participate in Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Girl’s Cheerleading, and Girl’s Running Club.

Programs challenge students to work together in a team atmosphere and allow for leadership skill development. While students learn the fundamentals of sports, a conscious effort is made to develop the student’s self-worth perception. In addition, understanding what good sportsmanship looks like and the importance of discipline and sound judgment are stressed.

Fast Facts

  • Participant in both Milwaukee and Wisconsin Parental Choice Programs
  • Home of the Donald Fohr Peacemaker Award
  • Before and After School Care
  • Teachers with 10+ years of experience — 60%
  • Free Breakfast and Hot Lunch Programs
  • Students in grades K4-8th grade participate in Prayer Services and Mass
  • School Mascot:  The Knight
  • Extracurriculars:  Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, School Musical, Note-able Knights Choir, Praise Dance Lessons, Private Music Lessons
  • Sponsor of a 4-week Summer Program for K-4th grade
  • Families and tri-parish participation in annual Soles for Catholic Education Walk — 70%

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