Making the decision on where to send your child to school is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one.

Students at St. Catherine’s enjoy a diverse and respectful community that encourages service, lifelong learning and being a globally responsible citizen. Central to our students’ success is instilling the pillars of the Dominican Order: community, prayer, service, and study. The AdvancEd accredited school has an enrollment of 421 students and teaches students in grades 6 through 12.

School officials are inviting families to see first hand what St. Catherine’s is about at our open house, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23. Attendees can meet students, parents, teachers, coaches, and administrators to find out why they love St. Catherine’s.

The event is self-led with many parents, teachers, students and volunteers along the way to answer any questions about curriculum, student activities and more. Learn how St. Catherine’s teachers and staff will help your student succeed academically and socially. Information about financial aid, scholarships, and the Racine Parental Choice Program will be available in the school cafeteria.

“Current parents, students, volunteers will be stationed around the school to help families as they navigate the three floors,” said Kory Borek, director of admissions and financial aid. “Athletics, Guidance, and Admissions will have representation in the cafeteria. Here they will learn about these departments and what the expectations are.”

What makes St. Catherine’s special

Graduates of St. Catherine’s have a strong track record in seeking higher education, with 86 percent of students advancing to a four-year college or university, eight percent attending a two-year college or technical school and three percent seeking an apprenticeship, full-time employment or military enlistment.

Those students’ hard work resulted in over $4 million in scholarships being offered to them with almost $2 million being accepted for post-secondary study.

About 55 percent of St. Catherine students are from the Catholic population and 25 percent practice other faiths.

“Depending on the student’s academic needs, a program is created to help each student be successful,” Borek said. “We offer peer tutoring and clubs. Community service is required. We have a retention specialist that helps students. The guidance department is available for all aspects of student life: academics, social and personal. We encourage lifelong learning and strong faith-based living.”

Experience St. Catherine firsthand

Parents who want their child to get a better picture of day-to-day life at St. Catherine can tour the school with their own personal student guide. They can meet teachers, administration and grab a hot lunch in the school cafeteria.

Tours are offered monthly November through January, April, and May. To schedule a tour, please call Liz Wendel, manager of admissions and financial aid at (262) 833-5515.

Incoming 6th Grade Angel Tour: Students and parents/guardians can meet with school administration, the admissions team and the athletic director. Students are taken on a tour of the school by current students. The event will end with a short question and answer session with the student tour guides.

Incoming 6th Grade Angel Tours are available from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Nov. 7 and Dec.5.

Incoming 9th Grade Angel Tour: Students and parents/guardians will get a sneak peak of the school on a tour led by current high school students. Points of interest will include classrooms, library, cafeteria, and gyms. Hot lunch is provided. A short question and answer session will close out the event.

Financial Aid Information Meeting: St. Catherine’s will offer three informal roundtable discussions about financial aid and the process of applying for assistance. St. Catherine’s administration will discuss the new and innovative programs being offered, including Leadership Academy and Project Lead The Way. No reservation required. Dates for those sessions are Oct. 16 at 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Coffee with parents: St. Catherine’s will also hold three “Coffee with Parents” sessions this fall. This event is designed to help prospective parents learn more about St. Catherine’s, the enrollment process and the enrollment timeline.

The sessions are planned for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 18 at and 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6. at the Siena Catholic Schools Admissions Office,1220 Villa St.

Just stop by for coffee, baked goods and fellowship with current St. Catherine’s parents.

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