Holyland Catholic School
The Holyland Catholic School (HCS) is the longest, continuously operating, consolidated parochial school system in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. While HCS is located in the quaint town of Johnsburg, children from all across the “Holyland” villages attend HCS. Catholic schools in the Holyland parishes have contributed to the history of the area for over 170 years.
Holyland Catholic School provides a foundation of faith, respect, and lifelong learning through Catholic formation, academic excellence, and continuous improvement.
As a school community based on the Gospel message, our teaching focuses on the spiritual, moral and intellectual growth and potential of each student. We consider it our responsibility to assist parents in developing the whole child for Christian living.
We promote an atmosphere conductive to inspiring the students to recognize and attain their goals through the development of their unique God given talents and abilities. We also promote an atmosphere in which the students respect themselves and others. HCS offers a strong academic program, in addition to teaching students about the Catholic Faith, training them to take their place in their faith communities by being involved in liturgies, prayers and the liturgical and faith life of the church. The school takes advantage of small class sizes to accent the personal interaction between students, teachers and parents, as well as their faith communities. The curriculum in all subject areas is aligned to the state, national and Milwaukee Archdiocese standards that benchmark what students should know and be able to do in order to prepare them for the twenty-first century and beyond.
HCS is a family-orientated school that realizes its existence is due to the vision and support of past generations and is committed to its existence in the future by religious, educational and social actions as well as personal sacrifices and creativity.
What district does HCS cover?
Our school has students from all over the “Holyland”, as well as surrounding area. The main school district covered is New Holstein. Busing is provided by New Holstein School District busing company. It encompasses 150 square miles and three counties, Fond du Lac, Calumet, and Sheboygan. Most of the students live within the boundaries of the Milwaukee Archdiocese.
How is tuition paid?
HCS invoices each family a fee depending upon the number of students per family. See Admissions for more details.
Do you offer financial aid to families?
Yes, HCS does offer financial aid to families which is available upon request. Once applied for, the application will be reviewed by the pastor, principal, and a member from the finance committee. All application materials are kept confidential. Assistance can be applied for on a yearly basis. To obtain additional information on financial aid, please contact the school office.
Where will my child go to school?
HCS currently operates one campus. The Johnsburg school building houses the 3-year old preschool through the 8th grade.
Does HCS offer any before or after school programs?
The Extended Care Program at HCS is available to students in preschool through 7th grade. The cost is $3.75 per hour per child and is available Monday through Friday before school from 6:30 to the start of school and after school from 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Preschool extended care is available from 11:15 AM – 5:45 PM. An aide provides activities that are both fun and educational.
Does my family have to be Catholic to attend HCS?
HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, political persuasion, national origin or ancestry. All are welcome in God’s house.
We've sent all three of our children through Holyland Catholic. It has provided us an opportunity to surround them with children and families with similar values. The small class sizes have allowed the teachers to get to know our children one on one, as well as get to know our entire family in a personalized manner. A combined class model has allowed our children to attend advanced curriculum with ease when needed.
As a parent that experienced a catholic education, I want my kids to experience some of those same things: small class sizes, amazing teacher support, participating in Mass & incorporating God in their day to day. Our kids love the before and after school care program. Because we live in close proximity to the school, I can take them to school and pick them up which ultimately gives me more time with them vs. losing that time they would otherwise be on the bus. The kids love the hot lunch program 3 days a week. One of their favorite things is library day on Tuesdays in the school library. It is clear that the teachers and staff work very hard to make Holyland Catholic a safe place which gives off that feeling of “Home away from home.” We are so fortunate to have such a great School with amazing staff so close to home!
We felt that it was important for them to grow up learning the Catholic teachings that form our faith in daily life, like we did.
There was never any question in our minds, living in the Holyland, that our children would attend HCS. We have three children currently enrolled, and they started in 3K-and our oldest is in 6th grade. Working in public education myself, I see firsthand how HCS is special and unique compared to other schools.
Small class sizes allow for teachers to focus on individual strengths based learning, and have more time to help those who might need a little extra help. With that being said, students are able to access curriculum from multiple grade levels to meet their needs. The teachers have flexibility to tailor lessons and classwork to meet the needs and interests of all students. It's like one big family and our Community support is phenomenal!