Academics

Overview

A Catholic parochial school, founded in 1958, serving pre-school (3 & 4 year olds) through 8th grade students.  All teachers are fully accredited and provide a faith-filled educational environment enlivened by love of learning and respect of self and others that helps students achieve their full potential.

Multi-age and single-grade classrooms provide students with strong core academics as well as Spanish, vocal and instrumental music, computer, art, and physical education in a family-like atmosphere.  Small class sizes allow for individual attention.  Strong family involvement is encouraged through an active Home & School Association and parent volunteers.  The school is fully accredited by the Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Association.

Enrollment

117 students for the 2016-2017 school year.  Up from 106 in 2015-2016; comprised of Catholic and other Christian believers. 

Teaching Staff

Nine full-time teachers supplemented by part-time specialist teachers for vocal and instrumental music as well as reading.  Full-time dedicated principal.

Special programs include:

  • Quarterly Honors Assemblies recognize students for outstanding work, their “personal best” and A & B Honor Roll
  • Family Week each October includes Grandparents Day and Book Fair
  • Pet blessing in October
  • Participation in Spooner Chamber of Commerce festivals (Jack-o-Lantern Fest)
  • Band marches in Spooner Homecoming parade and Cranberry Fest parade in Stone Lake
  • Parent/student/teacher conferences quarterly
  • Catholic Schools Week (end of January) gives students opportunities to explore non-traditional activities
  • All fifth- through eighth-graders participate in the instrumental music program and present two on-site concerts (Christmas & Spring), as well as annual Solo & Ensemble Festivals and opportunities for Honors Band (fall) and Choir (spring).
  • In alternate years, students in grades 5-8 perform a musical play
  • Field trips for elementary students are integrated into the class curriculum, including 7th & 8th trip to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.

Also Noteworthy

Students score above state and national norms on tests. Majority of graduates consistently are named to high school honor rolls; various Spooner High School valedictorians attended St. Francis de Sales Elementary School.

Tuition is low, and financial aid is available.