- General Questions
- School Operations
- Parish Investment in System/Parish Finances
- School Choice
- Fund Raising in Schools
- Participation by Other Nearby Parishes
- Future Operations/Need for Good Stewardship
- St. Catherine’s and the Racine Dominicans
- Impacts on School Employees
- Need for Parish Support to the System
Will we see increased class sizes and the addition of a second classroom for each grade?
There are no plans to increase class sizes or add a second classroom for any grades. We do hope Siena Catholic Schools will grow in enrollment and, if that does occur, there are existing buildings no longer in use that may be re-opened if the benefits merit. A task force will also be formed to review growth opportunities in the near term.
What will be the position of Siena leadership on class sizes?
The optimal and maximum class sizes for the Siena Catholic Schools are listed below (optimal in bold). These are the class sizes approved by the Board of Directors of the Siena Catholic Schools, December 2017. The maximum class size is listed at the bottom of the chart. Efforts should be made to keep class sizes at the optimal level at each school. Principals should have discretion, in consultation with the Director of Schools, to vary from these recommendations on a per-class or per-course (MS/HS) basis. Additionally, the Siena system will consider the use of extra resources to support the learning environment on a class by class basis.
Grade Level/Optimal Number of Children in Class/Maximum Number of Children in Class
5K - Gr. 2: 22/24
Gr. 3 - Gr. 5: 24/26
Gr. 6 - Gr. 8: 26/30
Gr. 9 - Gr. 12: 28/32
How will curriculum and changes to the educational program be developed?
The Director of Schools will work collaboratively with current School Principals, Teachers and the Education Committee of the Board in the development of curriculum and new educational programs. With the inclusion of St. Catherine’s High School educators in this process there will be an opportunity to improve the transitions through a coordinated Pre-K through Grade 12 curriculum. We will continue to use the key religious education concepts for each grade level (1-8) developed by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for elementary students.
Are there any immediate plans for changes to Academic Programming?
A full review of the the current curriculum will be undertaken during 2018/19 as an initial step. A key cornerstone of all activity will be our goal of supporting the growth of every child. Some areas under consideration include:
- Initiation of STEM/Project Lead the Way programming.
- Accessing Special Needs Funding available to improve individualized programs for students with disabilities.
- Development of a resource plan to support the academic needs of our ESL (English Second Language) students and families.
- Formation of a Gifted and Talented Parent Advisory Council to provide input on how best to address academic progress of gifted students.
Can my child be bused to the school of our choosing?
Racine Unified determines the bussing districts for private schools pursuant to state requirements. As a result, you will need to consult the district bussing map to determine if your child is eligible for busing to the school of your choice.
What will be done to help maintain the special traditions of our school?
We know our parish schools have deep roots in their communities. Community identity, team names and culture will continue to be pillars of the schools. These traditions and qualities make each school special and unique. We encourage principals to build upon their current culture to create a welcoming and warm environment that is appropriate to their community.