Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are your teachers state certified?
A. Absolutely! Furthermore, our teachers must earn six academic credits every
In addition to their teaching certification,
teachers at St. Katharine Drexel School must earn and maintain Religious
Education Certification. Annually all teachers and administrators attend
two Sustaining the Mission in-services which ensures that all educators attain
the required religious certification.
Q. Do you have before and after school
Yes. We offer this service through the YMCA, called SACC (School Age Child
Care), which has several sites throughout the city. For more information on the
program contact the YMCA.
For families in the 4K program and our 3 year old preschool program, we offer an
Extend-A-Day program. This versatile Extend-A-Day is an optional extension to
both programs. For morning 4K students and 3 year old preschool students, class
is from 8:15 until 11:00AM. and Extend-A-Day is from 11:00 until 3:15. For
afternoon 4K students, Extend-A-Day is offered from 8:10 until 12:15 and class
is from 12:15 until 3:00PM.
participate in the Extend-A-Day program one day a week, or up to five
days a week. For three year old preschool, Extend Day is only available
opposite their class days on Monday and Wednesday. The rate for
Extend-A-Day is $12 per day plus $2.25 for school lunch (students may
bring a cold lunch and purchase milk for .40). Schedules must be turned
in on a weekly basis for each following week.
Extend-A-Day Coordinator works closely with our Early childhood teachers
to reinforce, enrich, and expand the learning that occurs in those
classes. There is also a rest period, recess, story time, etc. included
in the daily schedule for Extend-A-Day.
Q. Does St. Katharine Drexel School have a
well developed curriculum?
A. It most certainly does! St. Katharine Drexel offers a standards-based
curriculum. A new curriculum area is evaluated each year. We review the state
and national standards, revise the areas in which revision is needed and choose
materials accordingly. Our curriculum is a living, breathing document.
St. Katharine Drexel School Curriculum includes learning experiences
designed to facilitate spiritual, intellectual, social, psychological,
and psychomotor growth. Individual student needs, abilities, and
interests are considered in shaping and implementing the curriculum,
which will develop a student’s relationship with God, self, and world.
Teachers, administrators, parents, and students are involved in
developing, planning, implementing, evaluating, and revising the
SKDS curriculum reflects the stated Catholic mission, vision,
philosophy, and goals of our school.
SKDS curriculum takes account of the ideals, the realities, and the
diversity of American culture as well as global awareness.
SKDS curriculum reflects the fundamental principles of growth and
development and best practices implemented by schools. It
recognizes and makes provisions for faith formation, diverse
cultures, special needs, and learning styles.
SKDS continually evaluates and revises its curriculum. Annually, a
different area is reviewed.
The SKDS curriculum provides for a wide range of instructional
strategies and assessment methods in the building of faith community
and the development of all curricular areas.
SKDS uses the exit expectation and alignment grids provided by the
Office for Schools. SKDS staff has developed an on-going plan to
align curriculum, instruction, and assessment in all content areas.
Specific written curriculum includes philosophy, goals, grade level
exit expectations, instructional strategies, and assessment methods
which are aligned with state and national standards.
SKDS is required to and follows the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Grade
Specific Religion Curriculum.
Technology is integrated into the SKDS curriculum. As a result
teaching and learning are enhanced resulting in improved
also has between 1 and 6 networked computers which allow for
numerous other resources to be used within the classroom
Q. What special resources and facilities
does St. Katharine Drexel School have?
SKDS has two libraries geared to the
age of the child. The Primary Library is located on the second floor in
the Pre School – 4K wing and primarily serves the needs of children aged
three years through third grade. The libraries contain a broad spectrum
of supplementary instructional materials and equipment. The Computer
Laboratory houses 27 computers and 5 servers. The computer lab also
contains a wide variety of instructional and supplemental software
programs. Each of these facilities is staffed by qualified personnel and
is utilized daily as part of the instructional program.
SKDS has a full sized gym; a kitchen, which prepares and serves school
lunch daily, art and music rooms, a church right next to the school
building for weekly mass, and a stage for performances and special
Our school is also home to the only middle school band in the
Archdiocese of Milwaukee. See the Student Activities question below for
Q. Does St. Katharine Drexel School have a full-day Kindergarten?
A. Yes. We have a full day kindergarten program. Kindergarten hours
go from 8:10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Children who participate in the
Kindergarten program will receive a well-rounded schedule of learning
opportunities, including art class, gym class, and a complete day of learning
centers and enrichment activities. Children will also have a rest time,
recess, lunch, and story time during the day.
Q. Is St. Katharine Drexel School accredited?
Accreditation of Catholic Elementary Schools
All elementary and secondary schools
shall participate in an accreditation process. Elementary Schools shall
be accredited by both the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Wisconsin
Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation (WRISA).
Schools shall be accredited through the
Office for Schools and the Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools
Accreditation (WRISA) upon demonstration that specific standards have
been met. Both the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and WRISA accredit schools
for a term of one year. The standards of the Office for Schools reflect
the requirements for Catholic Schools as stated in the policies of the
Wisconsin Catholic Conference of Bishops, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee,
the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin
Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation.
The following process is followed:
Every fall, by a date determined by the
Office for Schools, all schools submit the annual report packet as found
on the WRISA website (wrisa.net) and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
personnel report for elementary schools to the Archdiocesan Office for
Schools. The complete packet includes:
o Archdiocesan validation sheet
with principal, pastor and board chairperson signature
o WRISA validation sheet with principal signature
o General Information Page
o Archdiocese of Milwaukee personnel report for elementary
o Student Enrollment Page
o Standard Quality Indicator Checklist
o Updated Long-Range Plan
o Updated School Improvement Plan
o Waivers (If applicable)
o Substantive Change Form (If applicable)
o WRISA Annual Membership Fee (Rates found at wrisa.net)
Reports are reviewed by a team selected
by the Archdiocese. This review team makes recommendations to the Office
for Schools and to the WRISA Executive Board. The Archdiocese of
Milwaukee and WRISA make their independent determination of the term of
Schools follow a seven year cycle in
the accreditation process. In year six of the process the school
conducts an in-depth study and completes the Self-Study report. At the
conclusion of the Self-Study process, the school completes a Long-Range
plan which identifies specific ways schools will address full compliance
with standards and a School Improvement Plan that outlines three key
areas that the school will address to improve student learning.
In year seven the school submits a copy
of the Self-Study, Long-Range Plan and School Improvement Plan to the
Office for Schools by September 15. A team selected by the Office for
Schools will conduct
a site visit to validate the findings
of the Self-Study. A representative from the Office for Schools will
conduct a review of school personnel files previous to the visit. The
visit and file review will provide data and make recommendations for a
term of accreditation to both the Archdiocese and WRISA.
Schools in years five and six of the
accreditation cycle are required to provide at least two teachers to
serve as members of visiting teams at other schools.
Following the visit, the Visiting Team
Report will be reviewed by both the Archdiocese and the WRISA Executive
Board to determine a term of accreditation. Since these are two separate
accrediting bodies, terms may differ. Possible terms are:
1. Full accreditation
2. Accreditation with provision School is given a short time period to
address key issues that would make them eligible for full accreditation
3. Accreditation with provision and a revisit in one year School
demonstrates one more of the following areas:
for additional support in addressing key issues that would make them
eligible for full accreditation
a need for additional support due to multiple changes
in the school during recent years
a need for additional support due to major viability
and/or school improvement issues that the school needs to address
4. Denial of accreditation
Terms of accreditation by the
Archdiocese of Milwaukee will be granted during Catholic Schools Week
annually. WRISA grants terms of accreditation for schools with site
visits in fall of the year following the visit.
Terms are published annually on the
Archdiocesan website and/or other media.
Q. Is tuition assistance available?
A. Yes. St. Katharine Drexel School has established a Tuition Assistance Fund
for those who desire to send their children to a Catholic
School but who need some financial assistance in order to do so. For this
assistance program, please contact either the principal or the pastor.
Q. What's the technology story?
A. St. Katharine Drexel School continually strives to meet the technological
needs of today's world through its computer lab, classroom computers, internet
access for students and staff, and computer classes. Technology is an ongoing
challenge and we are always striving to be on the cutting edge.
Q. How can I get more information or tour
A. We are always happy to share information
about what we offer here at St. Katharine Drexel School. If you have questions,
or would like to tour the campus, please contact the school office at (920)
Q. What is the average class size?
Currently our classes range from 12-25 students. Our classes
allow our students to receive the one-on-one attention they need to reach their
learning potential. Flexible grouping allows teachers to meet the needs of
students who need extra one on one attention as well as those needing enrichment
or additional challenge. (See Learning Zone for more
Q. What activities are available for
St. Katharine Drexel School is home to the
only middle school band in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Students may
participate in Junior Band (5th Grade), Mezzo Band (6th
Grade), Senior Band (7th and 8th Grade), Jazz Band (6th
through 8th Grade), and Marching Band (4th through 8th
Other student activities include:
Volleyball, Basketball, Football, Track, Forensics, Builders’ Club, Yearbook
Staff, 8th Grade Tutors, and Mass Servers.
opportunities are available for parent involvement?
There are many ways to get involved at SKDS. Regardless of your talents, skills, or interests -- there is something for
everyone! Parents may be involved in one of our many committees, including:
Home and School Association, Band Guild, Athletic Association, Alumni
Association, Development Committee, School Board and its committees, and Parish
Aside from joining a committee, parents may
volunteer in the classroom, library, lunch room, computer lab, or Scrip office.
There are other countless ways a parent can help out from home or at the
Q. How is religion incorporated into your
Our faith is incorporated into
everything we do. For a comprehensive list of ways in which our faith is
integrated into the curriculum, see the Faith In
Q. When is registration?
Registration begins in February and continues
throughout the school year and summer. A waiting list is established when
classes are full.