Parents are in for a pleasant surprise when they tour Holy Cross Catholic School in Webster. Holy Cross staff take pride in growing the whole child – body, mind, and spirit – in a beautiful location. There’s more than just classrooms; there’s a chapel, atrium and tech/science lab.
Holy Cross educates children ages 3-14 (preschool through eighth grade) and has an enrollment of around 120 students. On average, there are ten students in each class, which is an excellent teacher-to-student ratio for one-on-one learning. Teachers are not just instructors but are role models for living a faith-filled life.
Living a life of service is an integral part of Holy Cross. Students serve others by visiting the elderly, cleaning the highways, and by holding food drives and a variety of collections.
Administrative Assistant Anne Lemke answers some common questions:
Do students need to be Catholic to attend Holy Cross?
Not at all. We have students of various religious backgrounds that attend several area churches.
Holy Cross Catholic School has been an educational option for families in the area since 1906. How has it changed over the years?
Early on, schools were located in three towns: New Market, Lonsdale and Veseli. Eventually, they consolidated into the LNMV Catholic Schools. In 2005, the LNMV Education Center was built in Webster, which encompasses Holy Cross Catholic School.
What extracurricular activities do you offer through Holy Cross?
We have girls volleyball and put on a play in the fall; girls and boys basketball and a concert in the winter; and baseball, softball, and an athletic banquet and show in the spring. In past years, we’ve also had staff members lead activities like the Foreign Language Club, band and cheerleading.
Where do students go to high school after graduating from Holy Cross?
Typically, students attend New Prague High School (our district high school), Lakeville South High School, Edina’s Chesterton Academy or Faribault’s Bethlehem Academy.
How do you prepare students to attend large public schools?
Our students tend to choose a high school setting that best fits their educational and social needs. Every year, staff from various local high schools visit and present registration information to our eighth graders to help them decide where their education will continue. Our continuous high standard of learning is by far the best way to prepare pupils. High school teachers commend our students for politeness and academic preparedness.
For parents considering various elementary and middle school options, what should they be looking for to make the best choice?
Class size is our recommendation – as children learn in many ways and have different ability levels. Children thrive with fewer pupils in the classroom. Many parents choose Holy Cross because of its values-based Christian environment, the low student-to-teacher ratio, and specialist classes that include art, music and phy ed. Middle school begins in fifth grade, so students get a feel of having a locker, different teachers for separate subjects, and the fun of extracurricular activities with friends. Eighth graders always have fond memories of their middle school years.
When can I enroll my child?
Enrollment at Holy Cross is always open, but it’s best to tour the school soon if you are considering enrollment in preschool, or kindergarten through eighth grade as we’re currently ordering supplies for fall.
How much is tuition?
For local parishioners of St. Nicholas, Immaculate Conception (Lonsdale), and Most Holy Trinity (Veseli), tuition is $420 per month. Many times, this amount turns out to be less than all-day, every-day preschool or daycare. Financial assistance is available for kindergarten through eighth grades.
Don’t miss the Holy Cross mid-summer Fun Night on Tuesday, July 31, from 4-7 p.m. All are welcome to come and enjoy the community food truck and lots of activities for the kids. KCHK will be broadcasting live.
For more information about Holy Cross (www.holycrossschool.net) or to schedule a tour, call 952-652-6100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.