January, 2017

Why should I choose St. John the Evangelist school for my child?

A Catholic education addresses a child’s development of heart, mind and body.  At St. John’s we have high academic standards.  We were recognized by the Archdiocese in 2008 for exemplary work in curriculum, instruction, and resources, and then in 2016 for our work in Mission and Catholic faith.  We care about each student’s emotional, spiritual and physical development.  St. John’s provides a secure and disciplined environment where students can learn and grow with confidence, and can be “themselves.” 


What is the tuition?

Currently, the Parishioner tuition rate is $3025 for one student, $5125 for two students,  $7310 for 3 students, $7625 for four students and $7940 for five students.  For non-parishioners, the tuition is $5180 per student, regardless of the number of students enrolled. There is a $75 registration fee for new students only.  Although tuition rates for 2017-2018 have not yet been sent, we expect that there will be an increase to our tuition costs for next year. 

Tuition is paid either in full by June 15th, or in 10 electronic monthly installments.  There is a $100 discount for families who pay in full by June 15th.


How does St. John tuition compare to other area Catholic Schools?

St. John strives to maintain one of the lowest in the surrounding area.  The parish very generously underwrites the school.


Does St. John the Evangelist participate in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program?

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, SJE will participate in both the Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Parental School Choice Programs.  Open enrollment for these programs begins on February 1st.  Families who wish to enroll in our school and participate in one of the Parental choice programs are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as seats are very limited. 


When is open enrollment?

Open enrollment begins with our Catholic Schools Week open house.  Current students maintain registration priority.


What is the maximum class size?
Class size is limited to 30 students, 26 for K5, and 20 for K4.  Class average is 17.

Is there a school uniform?

Yes, there is a uniform requirement for boys and girls at all grade levels.  Boys and girls wear navy blue pants and a white or red shirt.  There is also a red-white-blue plaid jumper for girls in kindergarten through grade 4, and a plaid skirt for girls in grades 5 through 8.

What are the school hours?

  • Grades K4 – 8:  7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • Four-year-old kindergarten afternoon opt-out students: 7:45 – 11:00 a.m. 
  • Doors open and all children may be dropped off at 7:30 a.m.
  • Students who need to be dropped off before 7:30 can join our Early Risers Program.
  • After School Care is also available.


Both K-4 and K-5 are full-day programs.  There is an opt-out available for K-4 students at 11 AM each day.


What if my child requires additional help in a subject?
When requested by the student in advance, the teaching staff will make themselves available to students prior to or after school.  In addition, we also have a Learning Resource Coordinator on staff to assist students during the day by appointment.  Our Learning Resource Coordinator also works with classroom teachers to plan in class interventions for students requiring extra support.


What type of feedback will I receive regarding my child’s academic progress?

Packets of completed assignments are sent home weekly.  Teachers will also contact parents if there is a major concern.  Each teacher has an e-mail address to further facilitate parent-teacher communication.  Report cards are sent home quarterly.  Parents of students in grades one through eight have ongoing internet access to student grades using PowerSchool.

 Additionally, each homeroom teacher sends out a weekly communication to parents regarding happenings in the classroom.


How do St. John graduates fare in high school?

Parents of past graduates have communicated to us that their children were well-prepared for the challenges of high school. An alumni survey is sent every year to provide the school with relevant information regarding preparatory needs at the high school level. The valedictorian of Greenfield High School class of 2009 was an SJE graduate, as was the 2010 valedictorian at St. Thomas More High School.


How do students develop spiritually at St. John?

Our students participate in weekly masses, prayer services, and monthly adoration, Living Rosary, May Crowning and Stations of the Cross. Our priest also visits the classrooms on a regular basis. Students work in Prayer Pods.  There are nine Prayer Pods, each consisting of a teacher and students from each grade K4 through 8.  Prayer Pods meet each month to participate in different activities about our faith.  Our junior lector program teaches our children the skills necessary to proclaim the Word of God.  We also offer an after school junior prayer chain, where students may gather once a week after school to pray the rosary for special intentions. The school is a very caring, Christian environment where children feel safe.  There is a focus on moral, social and spiritual growth.  Children are taught to live our faith.  They participate in Steps to Respect and service learning programs.


 What type of computer instruction is provided?

We are continually assessing the need for new hardware and software throughout the building, including the computer lab and classrooms. Each grade level participates in computer classes. Students use computers to meet both classroom and technology goals. In fall of 2010, four Smart Boards were installed in our building.  At that time, students and teachers began training in their use.  Through a generous donation, as well as the fundraising efforts of our Home and school Association, each classroom, grades K4 through 8, is now equipped with a Smart Board and laptop.  In addition, our students have access to classroom sets of iPads and Chromebooks.


What type of music instruction is provided?

Music instruction is offered for all grades.  Children in grade 4 study the recorder. Other instruments are used in the classroom.  Our Christmas music program is one of the highlights of the school year.  There is also a Youth Choir for students in grades 3 through 8, and students are offered the opportunity to participate in our parish bell choir.  A private-pay Band program is offered in partnership with St. Mary in Hales Corners for students in grades 4 through 8.


Is foreign language instruction provided?

Yes, Spanish language instruction is provided for grades 6-8. We are currently evaluating the possibility of extending Spanish instruction to our lower grades as well.


How does the hot lunch program work?

Our hot lunch program is provided every day with two entrée choices daily.  A calendar of hot lunch meals is provided one month in advance.  Student orders are tallied on a daily basis. Lunch tickets are purchased and kept on file at school.  The cost is $3.00 (current for 2016-2017 school year) per lunch per day.

 SJE participates in the federal hot lunch program, and offers free and reduced lunch to families with demonstrated financial needs.


What other activities does the school offer?

We offer Student Council, chess club, Youth Choir, Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, D.A.R.E, Forensics, Soccer K-8, Basketball, Track and girls Volleyball 5-8. Our seventh and eighth graders have the opportunity to participate in Future City. We offer an instrumental Band program for students in grades 4 through 8, in conjunction with St. Mary in Hales Corners. 


Do St. John students have to attend additional classes when preparing for sacraments?

No.  All sacrament preparation and religion classes are taught in the school. There is no need to attend additional evening or weekend classes for school students.


 Is there a before-school program that provides child care?

We offer an “early risers club”.  For the minimal cost of $2 per student per day, students may arrive beginning at 6:30 AM each day.  Students who only need care between 7 and 7:30 AM may come for a cost of $1.00 per child per day. 


Is there an after-school program that provides child care?

On site after school care is available at an additional charge.  This program requires pre-registration, and accepts students in grades K4 through 8.  Programming is offered on all full school days between 2:45 and 6:00 PM, as well as on early dismissal days as requested. 


What is the Buddy Program?

The buddy program matches students in different grades (i.e. Kindergarten and 8th grade, 2nd grade and 6th grade, and 3rd grade and 7th grade) to participate in activities together throughout the year.  The program helps build camaraderie in the school and also ensures that children in younger grades have additional help and guidance when needed.


What types of special events are available?

School sponsored social events include the annual Halloween dance. In addition, we offer a  wide variety of activities during Catholic Schools Week, (this year, our students are excited to participate in a high interest day for students at all grade levels), an all-school picnic on our grounds at the end of the year, plays at theatres and special performances at the school.  In fall, our Home and School hosts a “Back to School Tailgate Party” to kick off the school year and an end of the year school outing in late spring. This winter, we are excited to be hosting our first Father/Daughter Dance.  Our annual parish festival provides school families with the opportunity to interact with each other and the larger parish community.


Are there Fundraising Requirements at SJE?

Each family is required to sell 7 Raffle Calendars in fall. Families are strongly encouraged to participate in our SCRIP program as well as other fundraisers throughout the year as available. Each family is also required to make s service commitment of 20 hours to our school and parish community.  This information is included in the prospective family folder.


Do SJE students need to fulfill Service Learning Hours?

Yes, beginning in 5th grade, students will record all service hours they participate in.  Students are required to serve 30 hours by graduation.