Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are there admissions requirements?
A: Saint Lucas is an open enrollment school, which means that we accept any and all students until a classroom reaches capacity. Filling out an application only takes a few minutes. For more information about admissions, please visit our enrollment page.
Q: Do Saint Lucas students take the state test?
A: Yes. One hundred percent of our students take the Wisconsin state test – even those who don’t participate in the Parental Choice Programs. Please note, the Department of Public Instruction publicly reports only the results of choice students on their website and when communicating with news media. When reviewing school results, be sure to check the all-student scores for an apples-to-apples comparison. At choice schools, all-student scores are generally higher than MPCP-only scores. In the same way, all-student scores at public schools are generally higher than the results of their students who are economically disadvantaged. See our Report Card to learn more.
Q: Do teachers receive ongoing professional development?
A: Absolutely. Aaron Rodgers is considered among the best of the best, but he still receives coaching. We believe that even great teachers can get better with constructive feedback. That’s why we partner with the Center for Urban Teaching, Alverno College and Cardinal Stritch to provide coaching and professional development for our entire team.
Q: Does Saint Lucas participate in the Parental Choice Program?
Q: Does Saint Lucas serve children with special needs?
A: About 20 percent of Saint Lucas students receive targeted intervention services outside of the classroom to help with a variety of learning challenges, such as dyslexia, autism, and speech or visual impairments.
Q: Does Saint Lucas use any other assessments during the school year?
A: Saint Lucas students take two standardized tests each year: The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment and the Wisconsin state test (Badger exam), which is required by law for most students. The MAP assessment is what we use to measure each child’s progress. Unlike the Badger exam, MAP allows us to compare the performance of our students to their grade-level peers across state lines. We also can track student performance across time. In addition, MAP facilitates academic growth goal setting for each child.
Q: How do Saint Lucas’ students compare with their Wisconsin peers academically?
A: GreatSchools named Saint Lucas among 30 top-rated Milwaukee schools for above-average academic growth in 2015.
The Department of Public Instruction released the 2014 results for science and social studies. Saint Lucas outperformed the district, Southeastern Milwaukee, our neighborhood average and the state. The remaining subjects will be released later in the year.
On the 2013 state exam, Saint Lucas students outperformed the district, Southeastern Milwaukee and our neighborhood average on all tests. Our students outperformed the state in science and social studies.
Q: How does Saint Lucas share student achievement data with the public?
A: Saint Lucas publishes an annual Report Card as soon as the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction releases the state test results. Our report card contains school information, student demographics and test score data. Saint Lucas administers the Wisconsin State Test state at required grade levels and The Measures of Academic Results assessment, a nationally norm-referenced exam, in grades K5-8.
Q: How long has Saint Lucas been in operation?
A: Saint Lucas Lutheran School has been privileged to serve the Bay View neighborhood on Milwaukee’s South Side since 1872 – even before Bay View incorporated as a village.
Q: Is Saint Lucas accredited?
A: Yes. Saint Lucas earned “Exemplary Accreditation” status from the National Council of Private Schools in 2015, which is the highest rating a school can receive through the accreditation process. Schools earn this distinction when they meet 95 percent or more of the standards.
Q: What is Saint Lucas’ return rate?
A: Saint Lucas tracks the number of students who return annually from fall to fall. We publish this information in our Report Card. In the fall of 2015, 95 percent of students returned, which is slightly up from 94 percent in the fall of 2014 and 2013.
Q: What is the tuition?
A: The school’s generous financial aid program ensures that students from all backgrounds are able to take advantage of and contribute to the Saint Lucas community. Tuition is $7,750; however, no family is paying more than $2,000 per pupil. Congregation members do their part to assist the neighborhood by making up the difference between what families can afford to pay and the actual cost to educate a student.
Q: What level of experience do your teachers have?
A: Our teachers average 12 years of teaching experience. All of our teachers have taught for at least three years. All Saint Lucas teachers have their bachelor’s degree.
Q: Who attends Saint Lucas?
A: Saint Lucas serves students in three-year-old kindergarten through eighth grade. The majority of our students live within walking distance of the school. All families are welcome to enroll their children at Saint Lucas.