Getting Started

Choosing a new school is a big decision that affects not only your child, but also your entire family.  Your child can attend Holy Cross Lutheran School without being a member of our church. We consider all students—including those who are transferring at any time during the academic year, those who have other church homes or do not attend church, and students with special needs.

Your First Step

The best way to learn more about Holy Cross is to see our school in action! Contact our principal, Chris Poetter, cpoetter@holycrossmadison.org or 608-249-3101, to schedule a visit. With nearly three decades of experience as a teacher, coach and educational leader, he has a deep desire for all students to reach their full potential—educationally, physically and spiritually.

During your visit, you can share insight into your child's strengths, abilities and areas of need, and learn how Holy Cross can help you and your child achieve your academic goals.

You also can talk with Mr. Poetter about scheduling a time for your child to shadow a classroom during the school day. Filled with fun, physical activity and learning, this shadow day enables your child to work alongside our students and teachers and experience some of the many advantages and activities our Holy Cross community offers. This opportunity is available to students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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Financial Aid

Holy Cross Lutheran School is a ministry of our Holy Cross Church, which subsidizes the cost of education, enabling our school to offer a competitive tuition rate. However, just as we know that each child has individual learning needs, we also understand that each family’s financial situation is unique. Our goal is to make it possible for every student to benefit from a Holy Cross education. Through our Partners in Christ school support fund, we provide thousands of dollars in total financial aid every year to families that need additional assistance. During your school visit, our principal, Chris Poetter, can share more information about how you may be able to access these resources.

Our faculty and staff look forward to spending time with you and your child. If you decide Holy Cross School is a good fit for your family, Mr. Poetter will walk you through the application process. We look forward to being of assistance to you. Call and make an appointment with Chris Poetter today!

Catechism: Our students study the chief parts of Christian doctrine using Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, the Bible and a weekly workbook that correlates with the chapters of the catechism.

Handwriting: Our students continue practicing cursive lettering with use of Zaner-Bloser worksheets and progress to using regular lined notebook paper.

Memory Work: Each week, our students learn Bible passages and parts of the catechism.

Literature: Our students focus on integrating the arts to make a connection with the reading content. We use a novel lesson books-based curriculum.

American History: Our students learn how our country began and grew. We use the text, U.S. History, Creating America: Beginning to Reconstruction and Reconstruction to present, published by McDougal Littell, 2002.

Spanish: Our students learn Spanish through Duolingo on their Chromebooks. They reinforce online lessons through flashcards and opportunities to speak Spanish throughout the day, including a “Spanish” day dedicated to mostly speaking Spanish.

Spelling: Our students retain, internalize, and transfer valuable spelling knowledge for improved results in all areas of literacy in the classroom and beyond. We use Zaner-Bloser’s Spelling Connections 2012

Language Arts/Writing: Our students participate in forensics, and in particular, develop public speaking skills through a four-minute speech presentation. They also learn through The Shurley Method for language arts, which includes a heavy dose of grammar and writing.

Science: Our students learn science concepts and principles in a hands-on approach. We use the STEM Fuse curriculum.

Math: Our students deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts through smaller, easily assimilated increments are spread across the year. They review and build connections to other “strands” every step of the way. We use the Saxon Math curriculum.

Art: Our students learn studio art techniques, including portrait design, charcoal pencil drawing, sumi-e painting, fundamental watercolor painting, puppet-making, and block printing.

Music: Our students continue participating in handbell and vocal choirs and perform in church, chapel and the Lakeside Lutheran High School Fine Arts Fair, among other opportunities. Students also learn to read music.

Physical Education: Our students learn skills in several sports, including volleyball, cross-country, basketball, archery, track and field, dancing, and softball, in conjunction with cooperative games that emphasize teamwork, problem-solving, and the importance of fair play.