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.


Holy Cross Lutheran School is accredited through WELSSA (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation.) The Wisconsin Department of Instruction reports the performance of all schools and districts, including charter schools and private schools participating in a parental choice program. This report includes outcomes in four priority areas: student achievement, student growth, closing gaps, and on-track to graduation and postsecondary readiness. Schools receive scores in each priority area. The accountability report also measures student engagement indicators that affect student success. 

View our accountability report.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School
734 Holy Cross Way
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608-249-3101