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Welcome to Christ King School

 

Thank you for your interest in Christ King School where you’ll find a welcoming community of exceptional education professionals who promote academic excellence in a value-based curriculum that incorporates life-long learning skills.

Located in Wauwatosa, we are a private Catholic parish and tuition-based school with many children enjoying a short walk from their nearby homes. Additionally, there are numerous families from adjoining cities who choose Christ King School for its superior academics, faith formation, and values-based school and parish environment. Christ King Catholic Parish School is part of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Although a Catholic school, all students are welcome regardless of race, gender, national origin or creed.

Students, families, faculty, and staff feel a true sense of community here. Families play a significant role in helping children learn and partnering with our school to make it thrive. Numerous, daily opportunities exist to support our school and students – by sharing time, talent, and treasure.

Christ King School has a strong sense of Catholic identity, which is evident in daily prayer, weekly liturgies, and frequent participation in Catholic sacraments. These help strengthen children’s relationship to Jesus. Faith and values-based discussions are part of all classes helping children to look beyond themselves and instill a sense of service to others in school, their homes, their parish, and both the local and global community.

Please spend some time on our website and learn more about our school and the amazing learning opportunities available to every student and family. Then, please come and take a look! In addition to special open house events each year, our doors are open any school day for a personal tour. Call us at (414) 258-4160 to make arrangements or send an EMAIL.

God bless you as you discern the best school for your family!

Principal Grace Urbanski

 

Christ King Parish School nurtures our children’s growth in the Catholic faith by teaching them to accept and respect Jesus in everyone they meet within an environment that cultivates academic excellence, encourages service to others, fosters leadership, and allows all students to develop their God-given talents.

 
We are excited to meet your family and show you around our school. Our group school tours are held on the second Friday of the month at 10:30am. We are also happy to set up a private tour when it is convenient for your schedule. Please contact us and sign up HERE.

 

 
We're so excited you are ready to join Christ King Catholic Parish School!
  1. Complete a registration form online, print and bring in person to the school office along with the requested documents from the form. The school office is just up the stairs from the 91st street main school entrance. We like to meet every new family in person. See you soon! 
  2. (When it is made available in May), complete a Tuition Contract and send it to the school office. 
  3. Click for Tuition Assistance information.
  4. Set up an online Smart Tuition account to make payment(s).
 

The School at a Glance ...

 
As part of the spiritual mission of the parish:
  • Tuition costs are subsidized to make up for the gap in educational costs versus the tuition charged. 
  • Families are asked as active parishioners to help close the gap voluntarily through regular participation in parish financial stewardship and parish life through consistent worship at Mass.
  • As a convenience to families, nearly all additional fees are included in the single tuition rate.
  • An installment plan is available, along with tuition assistance.
  • Annual tuition rates and additional details can be found HERE.

The Christ King Parish and School community is strong. We cultivate a family atmosphere and strive to ensure all families feel the support of our wonderful community and parent organizations from the start. 

New Family Buddy Families help navigate your first CK school experience.  Buddy families will contact you before the new school year and answer any questions during friendly conversations.  New Family Welcome Night lets new friends mingle with established families before the first day!

As the year progresses, the CK community bonds through many parent and family-friendly events, including:

  • Back-to-School Events
  • Fall Harvest Fest
  • CK2K Fun Run
  • Father-Daughter Square Dance
  • Mardi Gras
  • Spring Social
  • Grade Specific Gatherings
  • Grandparent Events
  • Biannual Auction
  • Numerous fellowship opportunities

The Parent Engagement committee assists with special events, volunteer opportunities and parent-led groups.  Included is the CK Friendship Guild, which will help celebrate your joys and support you during trying times.  Find more information about volunteer opportunities HERE.

 

The school is served by Christ King Parish, under the leadership of Pastor Phillip Bogacki, Associate Pastor Fr. Michael Lawinger, and Deacon Peter Rebholz.

Christ King School has a strong sense of Catholic identity.  Faith and values-based discussions are part of all classes helping children to look beyond themselves and instill a sense of service to others in school, their homes, their parish, and both the local and global community.

Religious Education is integrated into the life of each student. This is done by a continuous effort to create a Christ-centered atmosphere in each classroom and in the school as a whole. Christ King warmly welcomes non-Catholic families and invites them to experience our Catholic teaching and culture as a rich component of the parochial education they have chosen.

  • Religious education components include:
  • Formal religion programs taught in all grades.
  • Weekly school liturgies, as well as grade-level prayer services.
  • Sacramental instruction for second-graders preparing for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
  • Various service opportunities within the school, parish and community. A service-hour requirement is in place beginning in 5th Grade through 8th.
  • Church recess offered during the lunch hour once a month

The Christ King teachers are the difference in our school.  With a 12:1 student teacher ratio, our smaller class sizes allow teachers to develop students as a class and individually.

Our teachers promote open communication with students and families to ensure the student is growing in every way possible.  Regular correspondence, casual conversations and formal conferences are all part of the approach.

In order to be the best, our teachers devote substantial time to professional development, including:

  • Completed Gallup CliftonStrength training which focuses teachers on strength-based development
  • 10/24 teachers have received a Masters degree with many pursuing higher education opportunities
  • All teachers WI State Certified
  • In our Trauma Informed School, teachers are highly trained in social and emotional health 
  • 2 Teachers are certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid 
  • All teachers pursue advanced certification in religious education
  • Professional development includes immersion in Catholic Social Responsibility

Our school is also supported by many special roles and paraprofessionals that provide individual attention to students.  These roles include:

  • Certified Reading Support Teacher provides reading intervention outside the classroom setting to individuals and small groups, depending on the level of support needed for students with reading difficulties or literacy skills that do not yet meet grade-level expectations
  • Aides in K3 and K4 classrooms to provide individual attention and help day run smoothly
  • Aides for students with special needs to fully integrate all students in our classrooms

 

 
We seek to help our students grow academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually at all grade levels.
  • We inspire learners from K3 through 8th grade
  • Smaller class sizes and differentiated instruction serve students’ individual learning styles
  • K3 program is available as 2, 3, or 5 day options with a morning program and KinderCare available through the school day
  • Flexible K4 program (half or full day)
  • Integrated Lucy Calkins reading, writing, and phonics curriculum, grades K5-5
  • The Middle School (6th-8th grades) benefits from individual subject teachers in all subjects
  • Rigorous curriculum standards set by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee 
  • Catholic teachings, practices, and culture are embedded into the curriculum and daily life
  • Cohesive math curriculum centered on high school requirements and tiered down through the grades with consistent language and fundamentals 
  • Hands-on science curricula encourage curiosity and prepare students for high school demands
  • Students enjoy the specialty subjects of Physical Education, Art, Music, and Library
  • Chromebooks and Smartboards integrate technology and learning
  • Measuring Academic Progress (MAP) tests in grades 2–5 help teachers target instruction and families track growth
  • Title 1 services available

 

 

"When my husband and I toured other schools we noticed that Christ King's old school approach, in teaching kids with technology as a tool rather than the primary focus, really stood out.  They use traditional methods and limited screen exposure to give kids a well rounded school experience.That and a truly child-centered approach were the deciding factors for us."

-Parent Annie Bolin

Christ King students routinely score well above the national average on the Iowa Test for grades 3rd, 5th and 7th grades, as well as the MAP Test in grades 2-5
  • 2021-22 MAP tests showed that students in EVERY grade level exceeded national and WI Catholic Private averages in both reading and math
  • 2021-22 Iowa Test showed composite scores significantly above national levels in all 3 grades tested

2017-2024: Full accreditation through the Archdiocese of Milwaukee under the new National Benchmarks and Standards for Catholic Schools

Our graduates strive for success in the classroom and build habits of service to the community. In the safe, joyful atmosphere of our beautiful school, students are challenged to be engaged learners and prayerful young people.

100% acceptance rate to MUHS, DSHA Catholic Memorial, Pius XI, and Dominican high schools

Several of our graduates have gone on to achieve Salutatorian or Valedictorian status at local area schools and to earn prestigious scholarships to college.

 

K3: Beginning with our youngest students, Christ King School instills a sense of calm, joy, and creativity in daily learning experiences within a nurturing and faith-filled atmosphere. The K3 program provides students with a solid Catholic foundation for all future learning through hands-on opportunities and a play-based curriculum.

K3 is a flexible program that can be adjusted to meet families' needs.  There are 2 days (Tuesday/Thursday), 3 days (Monday/Wednesday/Friday), or 5 days (M-F) program options.

The K3 preschool program is a half-day morning program from 8-11 a.m.  

Kindergarten Care is a flexible childcare option that is available through the school day as families need (3 pm M/T/TH/F and 2 pm W).  Kindergarten Care consists of reading, group lunch, nap/quiet time, church discovery, outdoor walks, and personalized and focused play.  The program is fluid and can be added later for children that may benefit as they get older and more familiar with CK.

K3 Approach and Differentiation: 
  • Our program is child-centered and needs based: the approach is personalized to what your child needs every day
  • Our approach is research based and focused on achieving developmental milestones and addressing unique needs of each student 
  • Our K3 teacher has over 16 years of experience and a Masters degree and is Special Education certified
  • Our Kindergarten Care teacher brings over 35 years of experience, with over seven years in special education as an aid in Wauwatosa schools
  • We offer a slow immersion experience which accommodates children's comfort levels, helping them navigate what school will be like and how things will work
  • We offer several opportunities before school starts to acclimate children with other 3K families: Welcome Night, K3 Night, meet the teacher day
  • Shortened schedule for first week of school helps make kids feel secure
  • The morning preschool program is a school day, expectations are set with a rigorous academic schedule 
  • Personalized narrative reports are provided to each family throughout the year
  • We model family meal time which is important for children's behavior and brain development including higher self-esteem and better academic performance
  • We model polite play - encouraging respectful behavior and manners

 

Additional Policies for K3:

  • A uniform is not required for K3
  • Children must be three years old by September 1st in the year he or she proposes to enter
  • Students must be fully toilet trained before the first day of school. Fully toilet-trained children can do the following:
    • Tell the adult they have to use the bathroom before they have to go
    • Pull down their underwear and pants and get them back up without assistance
    • Wipe themselves after toileting without assistance
    • Get on and off the toilet without assistance (stools are provided if the toilet is too tall)
    • Postpone going if they must wait
    • Wear cloth underwear: no pull-ups or diapers are permitted
    • Use the toilet without a special potty chair

 

K4 & K5: Our K4 and K5 Kindergarten programs build on the foundational instruction of reading and math to help students grow in confidence and prepare for success in future grades. 

  • Students begin to learn personal responsibility and routine, adding discipline and structure to their day.
  • Daily lessons are infused with faith, activity, music, and movement.
  • (Detailed curriculum guides for each grade level may be found through this link to the Archdiocesan website.)

K4 is offered as a full-day (Monday-Friday) program, or as a noon departure (half-day) program for two days (Tuesday/Thursday), three days (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) or five days (Monday-Friday). At any quarterly benchmark, schedules can be adjusted from half days to full days. (Note: Every student pays full tuition regardless of schedule.)

K5 is offered as a full-day (Monday-Friday) program.

Led by principal Grace Urbanski and a staff of dedicated middle school teachers, our middle school students consistently surpass expectations both academically and socially as they transition into high school and beyond.  

CK Middle School offers an inclusive and safe environment based on a Catholic foundation, allowing students to thrive both academically and socially.

Academic Excellence:
  • The Middle School (6th-8th grades) benefits from individual subject teachers in all subjects
  • Smaller class sizes with experienced teachers cater to diverse educational needs, from accelerated to developing, ensuring all students see growth
  • Rigorous curriculum standards set by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee are coordinated between grade levels and designed to meet rigorous high school entrance expectations
  • Cohesive math curriculum is centered on high school requirements and tiered down through the grades with consistent language and fundamentals ensuring students are prepared for the next level
  • Strong reading comprehension programs resulted in 2021-22 middle school MAP scores averaging over 10 points higher than the national averages 
  • Explicit instruction in executive functioning skills is woven into daily instruction
    • Skills include goal-setting, planning, metacognition, time management, self-control, organization, working memory, and sustained attention
  • Chromebooks and Smartboards integrate technology and learning
  • CK graduates have gone on to attend various high schools including DSHA, Marquette High, Pius XI, Catholic Memorial, Wauwatosa West, Wauwatosa East and Brookfield East


Holistic Approach

  • 6th, 7th and 8th graders are intermixed for homerooms, creating a family atmosphere throughout the grades
  • Required service hours and school-sponsored service opportunities develop empathetic, responsible citizens in the community
  • Strong competitive sports programs, with a history of excellence, develop skills in the same inclusive environment found through the school 
  • Organized “Hang Time” events provide opportunities to develop friendships while exploring new interests
  • Students are guided through life challenges, including social media, in a supportive, educational environment
  • Middle School Cadets and Buddy programs instill a sense of responsibility through leading younger students

Christ King School starts each day with a community meeting. Mrs. Urbanski hosts The Morning Message from a variety of locations, using Google Meet to connect with every classroom and with any families and friends calling in from home. Sometimes there's a guest, or an interesting prop, but there's always a joyful celebration of birthdays, the Pledge of Allegiance, a daily dose of inspiration, and prayer. Students, teachers, and families love the way The Morning Message connects our CK community and provides time to reflect on our faith and values.

"Listening in to Mrs. Urbanski's daily calls have been a great way for me as a first-time CK parent to get a sense of school culture and feel connected to my daughter's day. I listen in occasionally as I drive to work, as they're a great dose of inspiration for adults, too! Ms. Urbanski has an amazing rapport with the students and provides lessons that even the littlest learners can understand. I've even heard some of her lessons repeated back to me verbatim at the dinner table the same night!" 

-Parent Cassandra Bergemann

 

 

Christ King Parish School is found in the midst of a vibrant neighborhood surrounded by homes, businesses, and a nearby college campus. We are on the southeast corner of Center Street and Swan Boulevard (92nd Street), where Wauwatosa and Milwaukee meet, providing a convenient location to surrounding communities.

Thanks to generous donations to our recent Capital Campaign, Christ King has made some much-needed improvements to our parish and school campus, providing a safe and welcoming environment for students and families. Improvements include:

  • Gated parking lot
  • Interior and exterior safety cameras
  • Intercom door access
  • High-tech glass window coating
  • New laminate flooring
  • Fast, new laptops for each teacher, supported by an enhanced wireless network
  • State-of-the-art air purification systems in the classrooms

The enclosed campus buildings offer easy access to the parish for worship and other activities. The school and parish are both handicap accessible.

Christ King actively cares for the safety of each student and staff member:

  • We cultivate a family atmosphere in the school which helps students feel known and loved and equips adults to report and address concerns.
  • We engage in regular professional development promoting healthy social emotional learning.
  • We review safety drills and protocols, both as a staff and with the students.
  • We benefit from secure entrances and dozens of campus security cameras.
  • We have designated staff responsible for emergency management and effective implementation of safety and security policies and training.
  • We cooperate with local law enforcement to assess our site and to care for the wellbeing of our students.
 

Co-Curriculum Grade Highlights

  • K4: Baby Chick Hatchlings, Mother’s Day Program
  • K5: Johnny Appleseed, Astronaut Day, Saint Project, Oceans of Fun
  • 1st : Friends First (friendship skills), Paper Entrepreneur Project
  • 2nd: All Saints Project, Career Day, Sacrament Preparation
  • 4th: WI History Unit with lumberjack breakfast and trip to capital
  • 5th: State Fair project, Revolutionary Wax Museum, Junior Achievement with visit to Biz Town, Middle School Readiness
  • Middle School: Saint Wax Museum, Living Stations of the Cross, Holocaust museum and survivor meeting, PI Day, 8th Grade Science Fair Competition

 

Co-curriculars

Elementary
  • Liturgical Ministries (altar serving, lecturing)
  • Buddy Mentoring Program: Older students pair with younger students
  • Seasonal Kindergarten Shows and Performances
  • Seasonal Music Concerts
  • Themed Days Around Learning Units and Holidays
  • Cursive Instruction
  • Music Ukulele and Drum focus
  • Educational Field Trips - All Grade Levels
Middle School
  • Liturgical Ministries (altar serving, lecturing)
  • Buddy Mentoring Program: Older students pair with younger students
  • Hands on Science Experiments and Field Studies
  • Annual 8th Grade Science Fair Competition, UWM Earthworm Competition, Wauwatosa Water Study, CMH STEM Competition
  • Educational Field Trips 
  • Executive Functioning Skills 
  • Explicit instruction in executive functioning skills is woven into the daily life of a CK student. Executive functioning skills include goal-setting, planning, metacognition, time management, self-control, organization, working memory, and sustained attention.
  • Middle School Families: 6th, 7th and 8th graders mixed in homerooms
  • Cadet Program: assist school and younger students with safety protocols

 

Extra-curriculars  

Elementary
  • Children's Liturgical Choir
  • Boy and Girl Scouts
  • Battle of the Books
  • Ski Club (recommended 4th grade and older)
  • Athletics: 5th Grade Volleyball, Basketball and Track & Field 

 Middle School

  • Athletics: 5th-8th Grade Volleyball, Basketball, Track & Field, and Girls’ Softball
  • Organized Social Events “Hang Time” for 7th-8th Grade Students
  • Student Council
  • Forensics
  • Ski Club (recommended 4th grade and older)

See more details HERE.

 

The school day goes from 7:45 am (homeroom) to 3:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Dismissal is at 2:00 pm every Wednesday

Recess is offered twice a day for younger grades and over the lunch hour for middle school

Christ King has a uniform policy for students in grades K4-8th grade:

Boys:
  • Navy pants and red/white/navy collared shirt K4-5th grade
  • Khaki pants in middle school
Girls:
  • Navy pants or plaid jumper and red/white/navy collared shirt K4-5th grade
  • Khaki pants or plaid skirt in middle school

Hot Lunch is offered daily and is an individual expense.

 

As a continuation of the Catholic, faith-based learning offered during the school day, our extended care program assists school families in safekeeping their children after school hours. Our welcoming and professional staff enhance this program with opportunities for study and play in a supervised setting.

Get more information and details HERE.

Christ King Parish School was built in 1940 on the same grounds it currently stands in beautiful Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. The first classes were held on September 11, 1940 and were taught by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The building consisted of four classrooms, a basement and a large open area on the second floor that was used as a chapel for Mass. Today the second grade classrooms are still from the original building and display stunning woodwork reminiscent of the era.  

While the building has significantly grown over the years, Christ King School has continued its proud history in the community and a long-standing dedication to nurturing students both spiritually and academically. 

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