St. Mary Visitation - St. Mary's - At a Glance

St. Mary's - At a Glance

St. Mary's Visitation School, located in the heart of Elm Grove, was founded in 1859 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame and has been educating generations of students in academics and Catholic formation for more than 150 years.

Academically, SMV offers a challenging curriculum designed to prepare students to succeed in top-ranked high schools. Core academic courses in reading, language arts, science, math, social studies and religion are enhanced by "special" courses in the areas of Spanish, music, art, technology, physical education and media resources.

Religious education at SMV encompasses not only formal religion classes, but also an education in Catholic beliefs and values that is integrated in every aspect of the academic curriculum. Students attend all-school Mass twice a week and have daily school-wide prayer and a rich sacramental experience. In keeping with our school mission to live our faith, SMV emphasizes service to each other, parish, community and surrounding groups and individuals in need.

Class size policy states maximum class size for grades 1-8 is 28; maximum K5 class size is 25; maximum K4 class size is 20; maximum K3 class size is 14.

Teacher-Student Ratio: Our school currently offers a teacher-student ratio of 1:19. This is unique among area schools and allows our students an enriched and specialized learning environment. With smaller class size, the opportunities for guidance and enrichment are multiplied.

School Hours for K4-grade 8: 7:45 am - 2:45 pm. Students may enter the building at 7:35 am. School hours for K3 are 8:30 am - 11 am on either Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday/Friday.

After School Care Program is available from 2:45-6 pm. Before school care is available to K3 students from 7:35-8:30 am.

SMV families live primarily in Elm Grove, Brookfield, Wauwatosa, New Berlin and the surrounding areas, including Waukesha, Greenfield, Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls, West Allis and Franklin.

Busing is provided through Elmbrook School District in most cases. A small number of families living outside the boundaries pay for busing. For more information, contact Kris Dries,

Hot lunch is offered every day. Elmbrook School System provides food which is prepared in SMV's cafeteria kitchen. Students may choose between two entrees daily, and fresh fruit, salad and whole grain breads are always offered. Parents put money in a lunch account and costs are deducted daily.

SMV graduates have attended the following high schools: Marquette University High School, Divine Savior Holy Angels, Waukesha Catholic Memorial, Pius XI, Brookfield Academy, University School, Brookfield East, Brookfield Central, Wauwatosa East, Wauwatosa West.

Student academic performance on standardized testing
is included in this folder. Standardized tests are intended to help schools identify strengths and weaknesses. SMV administers the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, a measure of achievement, and COGat, a measure of ability. Both assessments are given yearly to students in grades 3-8. These test results are used to chart student progress and a course for improvement. Overall, our composite scores are in the 94th-99th percentile. The grade equivalency is 2-5 years above grade level.

Tuition and financial assistance is determined annually. Tuition for the 2011-2012 school year is $2,966 for one student (parishioner) or $4,006 for one student (non-parishioner). A family discount plan is in effect (see enclosed tuition chart). Parishioner status is based on minimum annual contribution to the parish. St. Mary's Visitation Parish community has a long history of generously supporting our school to offer the best in Catholic education. Financial aid is available to allow our parish families the opportunity to attend our school.

SMV faculty includes 20 full-time and two part-time teachers. Nine teachers hold master's degrees, and many of our other teachers are in the process of pursuing advanced degrees. SMV is committed to providing its faculty and staff with professional development opportunities. As licensed educators, they are committed to continually update and expand knowledge and skills in their areas of expertise. Three of our teachers were recently selected to participate in a NASA Explorer Schools event in Houston.

Parent volunteers are a valued resource at SMV! The contributions of our parent volunteer community are essential to providing the best educational and social experience of our students. Parents are encouraged to lend their time and talents in a variety of areas -- in the classroom, on the playground, in the gym and more!

Home and School relies on volunteer parents to accomplish its mission to provide programs, opportunities and funds to enhance the educational and social experience of our students. Parents are needed to chair or assist with its fundraisers and social events, including the annual Auction for Education and Spooks and Spoofs and to coordinate its multiple programs and events.

School Committee is an advisory group that relies on parents to assist the principal and pastor in developing a vision to uphold the mission of the school and promote Catholic education. Parents are welcome additions to School Committee and its subcommittees, which are advancement, planning, budget, technology and policy.

The Athletic Association relies on volunteer parents to coach students and assist in activities to provide a positive athletic experience for our young athletes.

If you have any further questions about SMV, please contact us.

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