Educating the Whole Child
In addition to our high academic standards in core curriculum, it’s the “extras” that make the St. Sebastian experience an outstanding one for each student. St. Sebastian Parish School is proud to offer a full schedule of co-curricular specials for every grade. Our range of programs is evidence of our commitment to providing a well-rounded education. Dedicated parent volunteers who believe strongly in their role as participants in the education process both at home and at school facilitate our extended activities.
Throughout the year students in all grades participate in musical, theatrical, environmental, and historical field trips. In addition there is an annual travel-study program for students in 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, providing valuable opportunities to enrich classroom lessons with field experience.
- 4th Grade Madison, WI for a tour of the State Capital
- 6th Grade spends three days at an Outdoor Education camp
- 7th Grade A one-day fine arts trip to Chicago
- 8th Grade A week-long trip to Washington, DC
Each year Ald. Murphy hosts 3rd graders from St. Sebastian School. The students, pictured here in the Common Council Chamber, tour City Hall and learn how Milwaukee city government works.
This state-champion team of dramatic and public speaking performers is open to the participation of any middle school student. Approximately one-third of the middle school participates each year in ten regional meets and the annual state tournament.
Spanish classes expand our students’ English language arts curriculum as well as their view of the world around them.
Mileage Club and Garden Club
Students enjoy choosing fun and educational alternatives to noon-hour recess. Garden Club meets Fridays, weather permitting. Students also have the chance to earn tokens for meeting running goals in Mileage Club, which runs most of the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the noon-hour recess.
We have a full-time music teacher and each grade has music class at least once a week. Students also have the option of taking band instruction as well as participating in a middle school choir, middle school cantoring, and a children’s choir for grades 2 through 5.
Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist.The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Art is essential to learning – not just an educational frill. Learning about the visual arts gives students a window onto the rich and interesting world around them, teaching them about their own history and culture, as well as those of other people. It cultivates self-expression, imagination and creativity as well as critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. We have a full- time art teacher and every grade has art class once a week.
Computer knowledge is paramount in today’s society, and St. Sebastian School recognizes that. With a computer science faculty member on staff, students begin learning basic computer skills from the beginning.
Readers Are Leaders
This school-wide program helps children develop a love of reading and rewards reaching achievements. Participants who excel also get the opportunity to write for the one-of-a-kind student newspaper, the SS Reader.
6th graders gain service hours as well as valuable lessons in safety and responsibility through the safety cadet program.
Boy Scout & Girl Scout Programs
St. Sebastian is home to hundreds of children and young adults from grades K5 through 8th and beyond. Boy and Girl Scout troops from the St. Sebastian community and surrounding neighborhoods, learn and live the values of Scouting.
This after-school activity runs every Thursday from January through April. The club is open to grades 1-8 students, even if they don’t know how to play chess. Students have the opportunity to compete at off-site tournaments.
Officers and student representatives from each class lead the school in various service projects, such as a food and toy drive, penny challenge, and a mission drive. Social activities and student policy concerns are sponsored by Student Council.
Each fall, a team of parents with extensive theatre training, other adult volunteers and dozens of students gain an educational experience in all aspects of the theatre. Self-discipline, personal challenges, performance, teamwork and knowledge of the theatre are all addressed in our highly- rated musical productions open to third through eighth grade students.
Students in grades 5 through 8 learn to achieve their personal best and work as a team in competitive volleyball and basketball coached by committed, experienced volunteers and played against other area schools. We also recently started “sharing” a track program with St. Judes.
Other Special Programs
Spring and Holiday All-School Music Concerts, Fall Musical Theatre Production, High Interest Day, Art Show, States Fair Social Studies Student Exhibit, Honor Roll Awards Banquet, Sports Banquet, Forensics Banquet, Catholic Schools Week, and more!