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St. Marcus exists to provide a Christ-centered place where children can learn, grow and develop in an environment of exceptional academic instruction, individual attention, discipline, love and respect for diversity and faith in God. The earlier St. Marcus reaches students and the longer they are at St. Marcus, the more likely they are to succeed.

St. Marcus students perform among the very highest levels in the city of Milwaukee.

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Children everywhere bear pains of growing up, but in our city, those pains are beyond what any child should have to overcome. St. Marcus gives hope. St. Marcus instills courage. Ask any student about what God said to Joshua, and they’ll tell you, Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

But even strong children have to battle their surroundings as they grow up in the city of Milwaukee. St. Marcus is committed to every child’s success and well-being. NO EXCUSES.

Ninety-six schools in Milwaukee have an enrollment of at least 80% African American students and at least 80% low-income students. These schools serve approximately 30,000 students. St. Marcus is among them. The average reading proficiency rate in these ninety-six 80/80 schools is 9.4%. This number is half of the already low district-wide proficiency rate of 20.1% and a fifth of the state proficiency of 44.5%.

Though district, charter and voucher sectors are all failing, there are schools striving to outperform the odds and give children bright futures like Milwaukee College Prep (MPS) and St. Marcus Lutheran (MPCP).

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Making it Happen

St. Marcus knows what works and what it takes to open doors of lifelong success for students. St. Marcus’ record of success is well documented.

  • St. Marcus students outperform the district in standardized testing in all subject areas
  • 95% average daily attendance rate
  • 84% student return rate
  • 90% high school graduation rate
  • Many high school alumni enter post-secondary education