HOPE Caritas FAQ

What makes HOPE Caritas special?

HOPE Caritas is a non-denominational Christian School that is focused on instilling a strong drive toward Christ. College. Character. in all of our scholars. We are passionate about making it easy for families to access the kind of education that their child deserves. We accomplish that goal in many ways. HOPE Caritas partners with the YMCA to offer viable childcare options to all families before and after school. Each classroom has 2 teachers to ensure all scholars are engaged and learning during the school day. In addition to providing excellent academics, HOPE Caritas has a special mission to be serving leaders in our community. Scholars will complete service hours to give back to our community as part of their education.

What grades does HOPE Caritas serve?

For the 2016-2017 school year, HOPE Caritas will offer instruction at the K5-6th grade levels. Each subsequent year, we will add a grade level until we serve K5 – 8th grade.

What will it cost to attend HOPE Caritas?

Almost nothing! HOPE Caritas is tuition-free, and bussing and meals are provided at no cost to scholars.  There is a nominal Supply Fee, and uniform shirt cost is $7.

Does HOPE Caritas offer bussing?

Yes! Bussing is provided free of charge to all scholars who live 1 or more miles from the school.

Where can I take my children for before and after school care?

HOPE Caritas partners with the John Cudahy YMCA, just behind our school building. The YMCA offers before-and after-school care and will walk scholars to and from school, making drop off and pick up easy for participating families.

What kind of after-school activities will HOPE Caritas have?

We encourage families to utilize the YMCA’s after school care and programing. As we grow, we will offer sports and music options after school.

On what date does school start?

The first day of the 2016-2017 school year is Wednesday, August 24th.

How long is the school day?

School runs from 7:45 am – 3:15 pm from Monday – Thursday. Every Friday, scholars will have a 1:00 pm release to allow for Staff Professional Development.

What if I need to pick up my child early from school?

HOPE Caritas has a firm dismissal policy. Every moment of instruction is important to the academic growth of our scholars. In the rare event that a scholar is dismissed early, the legal guardian must contact the school prior to 12:00 pm and sign the scholar out at the school office.  Additional information regarding early dismissal can be found in the Family Handbook.

What if my child needs to miss a day of school?

Every day is essential for the academic success of each child. We strongly encourage parents to schedule appointments on the days when school is not in session. Additional information regarding attendance can be found in the Family Handbook.

Does HOPE Caritas require a uniform?

Yes. The school uniform consists of a HOPE Caritas polo shirt (which can be purchased at school) and khaki pants (boys can wear khaki shorts and girls can wear khaki skirts), a brown belt, and black shoes. Additional information regarding uniforms can be found in the Family Handbook.

How can I get involved in my scholar’s education?

We encourage parents and families to stay involved in their scholar’s education! Read to your scholar at home every night, schedule classroom observations and teacher meetings. Talk to your scholar about what they are learning! If there’s a particular way you would like to get involved, contact our Dean of Students, Mr. Dhuey.

What curriculum will HOPE Caritas use?

HOPE Caritas uses the EngageNY curriculum.

How can I enroll my child in HOPE Caritas?

Stop in anytime and apply today! To complete your application, HOPE Caritas will need proof of your residency within the city of Milwaukee, proof of income (a copy of your 2015 tax submission), and your child’s birth certificate and immunization records. Applying to Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and HOPE Caritas is fast and easy. Our staff is always on hand to help.

What does it mean to be a “non-denominational” Christian School?

We teach our scholars about God’s love for them and the redemption of Jesus’ death for our sins. Families from all faiths are welcome and celebrated.