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.
What is the system's class size policy?
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. 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 Chief Academic Officer, 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 Chief Academic Officer 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 are opportunities 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.
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.
How are decisions made regarding income and expenses for the system?
System leadership will annually work with the site Principals and the Finance Committee of the Board to determine the appropriate balance of costs and resources prior to submitting the budget for approval to the Board of Directors.
How are staffing decisions made?
Key decisions for staffing for the system will be made by the leadership of the system, Board of Directors, the President, Directors and Principals. They will be charged with the good stewardship and have to regularly review costs and resources ensuring sustainability for the long term. They will jointly review all resource decisions regularly with help of experts on the Board Finance Committee.