What is the enrollment at St. Sebastian?
As of January 2016, we have 319 students in K4 through eighth grade. Total student capacity is 484.
How large are the class sizes?
The student/teacher ratio is 17:1. Maximum classroom sizes are:
20 in K4
22 in K5
25 in grades 1-8
How do St. Sebastian teachers teach the Catholic faith?
Teaching our Catholic faith is incorporated into every lesson, every day. We also say a morning prayer, grace before lunch and an afternoon prayer; we offer daily religion class and all students attend weekly Mass, which is planned by the students.
Students learn to contribute to food pantries, shelters and other causes. Students in grades 6-8 participate in a stewardship program, which require them to volunteer a certain number of hours for the good of others.
How well do St. Sebastian graduates students perform academically?
Most St. Sebastian graduates are placed in advanced-placement courses in high school and do well academically. About 80% of our graduates attend Catholic high schools, while most others attend Wauwatosa East or other area public high schools. Recent graduates include a Pius High School valedictorian and salutatorian, two Marquette High School National Merit Finalists and numerous National Honor Society members.
What grading system does St. Sebastian use?
Grades K4–3: G = Good; S = Satisfactory; N = Needs Improvement
Grades 4–8: A = 93-100; B = 85-92; C = 78-84; D = 70-77
Teachers decide how much of a grade is determined by classroom participation, homework assignments, tests, etc.
Educating the Whole Student – How does St. Sebastian enhance the core curriculum?
Educating the Whole Child >
How involved are parents at St. Sebastian? Are volunteer hours required?
Although the school does not require parents to volunteer a certain number of hours in school activities, parental involvement in the classroom and during non-school hours is vital. The modest amount of 10 hours per school year per child is the guideline we follow. We are blessed with a strong and dedicated parent population, many of whom volunteer more than the suggested amount of hours.
Do students wear uniforms?
St. Sebastian has a dress code. The dress code is intended to reflect the simplicity of a Christian lifestyle. We believe a child’s identity is based on his or her words and actions, not attire. By eliminating fad and logo clothing, teachers and students can concentrate on what is important – educating children through a focus on spiritual and academic development.
Students in grades K5–8 wear navy blue pants, and a pale blue, navy, red, or white shirt with a collar, or a turtleneck. Red, white or navy blue sweaters or sweatshirts may also be worn. Girls may wear navy blue jumpers or skirts in addition to navy blue slacks.
All uniform items can be purchased at Target, K-Mart, Kohl’s, JC Penney, and Land’s End, among other stores. St. Sebastian also offers an exchange program that makes uniforms donated by school families available to other families at no charge. View the full dress code.
Does St. Sebastian offer before and after school child care?
The St. Sebastian PAL (Parents’ Alternative to Latchkey) program offers childcare in the school from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for children age 3 through eighth grade.
What computer resources does St. Sebastian have?
We have a 25-station computer lab. Every grade attends computer class at least once a week. In addition, each classroom has a set of computers for classroom work.
How does St. Sebastian serve students who have special needs?
Our Learning Center staff coordinates special needs services. We have three Learning Center teachers, a special education teacher, a speech pathologist, a school counselor, Occupational Therapist services, and a Title services teacher through MPS.
If a teacher observes a student who may need additional assistance, the teacher recommends testing through in-school support consultants. If additional help is needed, the student can get it through teachers in the Learning Center. Parents are also encouraged to bring learning concerns to our Learning Center staff.
How much is tuition?
In 1987, the parishioners of St. Sebastian made a decision about the school. Would it be a school only for those who could afford tuition, or would it be open to ethnic and economic diversity? Choosing the latter meant finding a way to fund the school. A “common pot” policy was formed requiring that all parish income go to a common pot.
St. Sebastian is truly a parish school. The school is a service offered to all parish members with school-aged children. The funding of the school is based on the concept and practice of a tithing pledge. All parishioners are encouraged to pledge 5% of their income to the parish.
What makes St. Sebastian Unique?
Why St. Sebastian is Unique >
When is your next Open House?
Every year at the end of January, St. Sebastian School hosts an Open House for prospective and current families. This year, our Open House is scheduled to be held Sunday, January 31, 2016, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Tour the school, meet the teachers, pick up a registration packet for the following fall, stop by display booths of school and parish activities, ask questions of parish leaders, and learn about our nationally-recognized Character Education Program. Please make time to visit, or feel free to call the school office at 414-453-5830 to schedule a private school tour or a student shadow day.