Why Holy Cross?


Our Philosophy

At Holy Cross Lutheran School, your family is our family. Our teachers, pastors and staff work together—and with you—to ensure your child develops confidence and grows not only academically, but also physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. In all of their activities, our students learn to approach life with a Biblical worldview.

We don’t simply educate classes of students—we get to know each of our students, as well as their family members, because developing these relationships helps us meet each student’s individual needs. In everything we do, we cultivate an environment in which our students reflect their love for their Savior, Jesus, and kindness for each other through activities that build character, problem-solving, teamwork and communication. We also foster connections with our early learning center, with the members of our church, with students and families in Lutheran grade schools in several area counties, with Lakeside Lutheran High School, and with our broader community.



Our Opportunities

A signature of our Holy Cross educational experience is that we provide opportunities for our students to gather across all ages and grades and become a true community. Students and their families can try  new activities or become more involved, whether through sports or academic teams, service and volunteer work, musical performances or school projects, and on- and off-campus family events and field trips that enrich our students’ education and strengthen their friendships. 






Our Approach

Holy Cross serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. We are located on a 12-acre campus in Madison that includes all new facilities—a church, school and early learning center—as well as lots of space for outdoor play and learning. We offer a well-rounded academic curriculum with strengths in the arts, science, technology, math, religion and other core disciplines. Our classrooms are flexible spaces that facilitate learning in multiple styles. Our teachers blend instructional, experiential and technological learning that encourages and empowers our students to think critically, investigate, organize their thoughts, work in teams, and expand their creativity.





Our Students’ Success

Our unique focus on faith, family, academics and opportunity means that, when our students graduate and enter high school—whether at Lakeside Lutheran High School, another Christian high school, or any of the area public schools—they are equipped to excel in the classroom and as citizens of their school and community.

Our students regularly score above the national average on standardized tests, and our alumni enjoy successful, rewarding careers in fields such as business, education, law, healthcare, science, public service and others. One of the greatest testaments to the strength of our educational experience is that many of our current students or recent graduates are children of our alumni!

Take the Next Step

To learn more about Holy Cross and to explore whether our school is a good fit for you and your student, contact our principal, Chris Poetter, to set up an in-person visit and tour.
cpoetter@holycrossmadison.org or 608-249-3101



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.