The Holy Cross Way

At the heart of Holy Cross School are teachers, pastors and staff who have a deep and abiding love for God, for each other and for our school. Our students—from kindergarten through eighth grade—thrive in an atmosphere where learning is a fun, positive, empowering endeavor and students and teachers truly care about each other.

We offer a rigorous curriculum that provides our students unique experiences, develops their critical thinking skills and self-confidence, and prepares them well for the next steps in their academic careers. Our coursework includes instruction in:


  • Bible History
  • Catechism
  • Memory Work


  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technology


  • Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music
  • Music History
  • Art

Language Arts

  • English Literature
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Communication
  • Speech
  • Forensics


  • History
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • Geography

Human Wellness

  • Health
  • Physical Education
  • Recess

Additionally, students in our younger grades have three recess periods daily, while students in our upper grades have two recesses each day.

Our students also study spelling, learn to write in cursive, and memorize songs, hymns, Bible passages and other pieces for performance. All students in our upper grades participate in our handbell choir, and private piano lessons are available for students at any level.

students singing

Education Beyond the Classroom

Holy Cross offers many activities that enhance our students’ educational pursuits, broaden their knowledge of our world, and strengthen their relationships with each other and our community. Collectively, our students make an impact: Our Crusader Groups—teams made up of students across grade levels—meet twice monthly and engage in projects and service work. Our school hosts an annual Veterans’ Day program which draws veterans and families from our school and the surrounding area, and for decades, Holy Cross has been the only grade school invited to contribute choral music to the annual Veterans’ Day celebration at the State Capitol. Each year, our students present the Christmas story through instrumental and vocal music and recitation, and we also host an end-of-school-year showcase we simply call “The Big Event.”

Our seventh and eighth-grade students study and travel to our nation’s capital, while field trips for students at all levels range from farm tours and nature center visits to performances at Madison’s Overture Center.

Students in our upper grades also have the opportunity to participate in a math meet, spelling bee, visual arts fair and musical performance competition coordinated through Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills, as well as a forensics meet with area Lutheran grade schools.

In addition to these co-curricular activities, we also offer many extracurricular opportunities, including competitive sports teams and all-school celebrations.

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.