Area transplants are drawn to schools with religious values and top notch education

Jan. 8, 2014

The U.S. economy is still struggling and many families are finding it harder than ever to make ends meet. Despite tough economic times, many families are choosing a faith-based education for their children and the reason is worth more than its weight in gold.

Public schools in Wisconsin provide an excellent education, offering state-of-the-art technology and qualified staff. The students partake in sports and other enriching activities in addition to their academic duties. Plus, there’s no tuition. With so many benefits offered by local public schools, why are some families new to the Greater Milwaukee area choosing a faith-based education at schools such as St. John Vianney Catholic School in Brookfield?

Students at area Catholic schools are prepared for academic challenges, scoring at or above the national percentile on standardized tests, performing above the national and state average on ACT tests, and 94% go on to obtain a college education, according to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

St. John Vianney Catholic School provides cutting-edge education technology such as iPads, a computer lab, SMART boards, and more but the school also offers another dimension to education – one not found in books but built through experience. “As a community grounded in the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, St. John Vianney Parish Catholic School inspires students to become individuals who know, value and live their Catholic faith,” said school President Pamela Pyzyk.

“You feel good about the type of person your [child] is going to be because of the rounded education they’re getting…the religious education,” said parent Frank Kile in an informational video about the school. “It makes you feel better about their future.”

Since the start of this school year, six new families enrolled 10 students at St. John Vianney. One family was from the parish, one relocated from New Berlin and four families relocated from out of state. More families coming from other states have toured the school as they try to decide where to settle down. Over a quarter of the families enrolled with the school are from locations outside of the Elmbrook school district or outside of Brookfield, including Menomonee Falls, New Berlin, Pewaukee, Elm Grove, Waukesha, West Allis, Wauwatosa, Milwaukee and Hartland.

“Having moved here from out-of-state, we didn’t know anybody. Within the school there’s a great community of teachers and outside the school, there’s a great community of families that are open and inclusive and ready to welcome anybody that is new to the school to make them feel comfortable,” said parent Tom Rudek.

Getting an excellent elementary education in Wisconsin - free. Infusing that education with Catholic values – priceless.
An informational video taped at school on September 11th , 2013 features students, staff and parents who share the reasons a Catholic education at St. John Vianney helps prepare students for all of life’s challenges – the academic and the moral trials. On November 19th, the red carpet was rolled out as the video was debuted at school. Students were treated to popcorn and an advance showing of the video while parents were sent a link to view the video from any device at home or at the office. The video debuted on You Tube and has over 1,400 views. It is also posted on the school and parish website where it will serve as a tool for new families as they make decisions about their children’s education.

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