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Best Local Private Schools in Waukesha County

Private School lIstings in Waukesha County (K-8)

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Lake Country and Waukesha County has some amazing schools.  If you are looking for private schools, this handy guide will provide a great listing of options in the area.  If you are looking for Daycare, refer to our Daycare and Babysitting Guide here. (Note: Many schools offer daycare and/or wrap around care).  If you are looking for Preschools (K2 -K4), refer to our Preschool Guide here

Private, or independent, schools are privately owned with out the assistance of local, state or federal governments. At private schools, students pay tuition to attend.  Some private schools offer School Choice, read more about Private School Choice Programs here. For those whose children attend private schools, read more about the Wisconsn Private School Tax Credit here and look into your local district for bussing reimbursement where applicable.

Lake Country Family Fun prides itself on finding the best Waukesha County Private Schools and sifting through the information so you don’t have to. This guide is here to help you navigate the wonderful private schools the area offers. There are over 15 schools featured below that are located in communities such as Brookfield, Hartland, Oconomowoc, Waukesha, Pewaukee and more! All of these schools have been recommended by our amazing readers!

Divine Redeemer Lutheran School Hartland

Divine REdeemer Hartland

Divine Redeemer’s K-8th Open house is Thursday, February 15th at 7PM in the gymnasium. No RSVP required, just show up!  Applications for the 2024-2025 school year open on February 5, 2024 and spaces are extremely limited. 
Note:
The Open house for 1 year olds – 4k is at 6:30 and you have to call to RSVP for that one at drlc.org/register

Prairie Hill Waldorf School

10+ Private schools In waukesha County

2024 Waukesha County Private school Listing

31385 Hill Rd, Hartland, WI 53029

Parent testimonial

“It’s been a blessing for both (our girls) to be part of Divine Redeemer! I can’t even begin to tell you how remarkable the changes have been… I think I regularly have tears in my eyes every time I drop them off… Tears of joy and thanks. I know they are in an amazing loving environment. We feel so blessed to have them at DR! I could go on and on about how happy we are and how happy the girls are… I know the girls are going to thrive and grow from being part of this amazing environment that they are in… Last year my stomach hurt from worry every morning I dropped them off (at their previous school)… This year I am at complete peace! The best part is the girls are developing by leaps and bounds! They love their teachers and have enormous pride for their school. Divine Redeemer has such a positive impact on all its students and I know the one it is making on our girls is enormous!!!”
– Tara and Bud S.

Description:
Divine Redeemer Lutheran School provides a strong educational foundation for all of its students by promoting an excitement for learning through a challenging academic curriculum.  This rigorous curriculum, with more than thirty years of experience and mastery, is well-proven by accreditation, exemplary school status, state and national awards and yearly achievement test scores well above the national average.

Our school offers many other services available to our children including:

  • Financial assistance
  • Full-Time Resource Teacher
  • Speech Services
  • On-site School Counselor
  • Participates in
    Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP)
  • Summer Childcare Programs
  • Summer Camps for all ages

Open house dates or information on arranging a tour:
Note: Teacher interviews located on the school’s website here.

School Enrollment
Enrollments begins Monday February 5th with online applications (See Tads on School website at school/drlc.org)- Contact the School’s Admissions Office for more information. There are waiting lists for various classes expected, so apply early!

2024-25 School Year Open House 

Prospective families are welcome to attend an open house on Thursday, February 15th, 2024. You must register for the Infants – 4k open house at drlc.org/register and the event begins at 6:30pm (register to claim your child’s FREE gift). Registration is not required for the 5k – 8th grade open house which starts at 7pm on the same night. More info here.

Contact them:

4024 Nagawicka Rd,
Hartland, WI 53029

Parent testimonial

“ULS teachers weave the fundamentals into their broader investigations in a way that creates a vibrant and creative classroom. My kids are engaged and passionate about learning.”

Description:
University Lake School (ULS) is an independent school located in the heart of Lake Country serving children from 18-months old through 12th grade. One hundred percent of ULS graduates are accepted to competitive colleges and universities. University Lake School delivers an incomparable education through the pursuit of academic excellence and the development of the whole student in a unique learning environment that fosters intellectual curiosity, original thinking, personal integrity and character through service. ULS is an educational innovator empowering students to lead and thrive in a global community.

Open house dates or information on arranging a tour: 

Please contact our Admissions Department to schedule a guided tour for you and your student: admissions@universitylake.org or call/text (262) 263-8011.

Contact them:

N14 W29143 Silvernail Road,
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Parent testimonial

“We were immediately drawn to the beauty of the school: the colors, the smells, the natural elements, the warmth and love from the teachers. It felt like home. When researching more about Waldorf philosophy, we realized how they truly understood each phase of development in the child, taking a much more holistic approach to learning. It isn’t just about reading and memorizing subjects, it’s about ‘experiencing’ it.”

Description:

Waldorf may seem dramatically different from mainstream education. We are. Performing well on tests and memorizing facts are no longer enough to prepare students for an unknown future. We foster our future innovators, risk-takers, critical thinkers and fearless leaders.

Open house dates or information on arranging a tour: 

February 3rd, 2024 or contact Liz Tornius for a tour at 262.646.7497 admissions@prairiehillwaldorf.org.

Contact them:

3462 N Brookfield Road
Brookfield, WI 53045

Parent testimonial

“I think BA gives students a great liberal arts education. A liberal arts education is much more than humanity and arts, but also natural and social science. It gives students the ability to read, write, and think critically.”
– BA Parent Charles L.

Description:

Brookfield Academy is an independent, college preparatory school for grades K3 through 12. Exceptional teachers guide students as they explore a curriculum rich in traditional academics, athletic programs, the arts, and extracurriculars, preparing them for college and life.

Open house dates or information on arranging a tour: 

Tours and information sessions available throughout the year. For information please call 262-783-3200 x-141. Open Houses held in late October and March.

Our upcoming Open House on Wednesday, March 6, from 4-6 pm, will provide an opportunity for families to experience each of our divisions and learn more about the BA community.

Contact them:

1023 E Capitol Dr,
Hartland, WI 53029

Parent testimonial

Zion has been such a blessing for our children! We appreciate the dedicated teachers and staff, the high academic standards, and Christian education for developing social and leadership skills. It is a great family environment and our children love attending there.”
-Jerilyn B.

Description:

Zion Lutheran School serves children from Preschool (3K) to 8th grade with an education that goes beyond deep learning and academic achievement. Our students also learn to live life with strength,
confidence, enduring comfort, and compassion for others, even when life brings adversity. At Zion, kids learn that whatever failings they have, and whatever wrongs they do, there is always  forgiveness and unconditional love there for them. At Zion, kids learn the resilience,
strength, and humility they need to face both joys and disappointments. At Zion, kids learn to use the talents and interests
God has given them to proactively be a blessing for others. Yes, your child will have great academics here, but they’ll also learn to treasure and practice life’s most valuable skills and lessons. Click on the links below to learn more at our website, or schedule a school tour.

Open house dates or information on arranging a tour: 

* Learn more about Zion 
* Schedule a school tour 
* Or call: (262) 367-3617

Contact them:

210 Pleasant St.
Oconomowoc, WI

Parent testimonial

“Both of our children benefited from taking math classes that were ahead of their grade level, which gave them a head start entering high school. Rachel also “tested out” of spelling her 8th grade year and was encouraged to do creative writing instead – an experience which has definitely helped her in high school. As parents, we appreciate the effort St. Paul’s made at differentiation to help more advanced students reach their potential. In short, we are pleased with the success our children are having in high school, and feel they were well prepared to have that success by the staff and programs at St. Paul’s.”
-Cheryl O.

Description:
St. Paul’s Lutheran School is committed to providing the highest quality Christian education through academics, faith, fine arts, and athletics. We offer financial aid, and are a member of the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program. We invest in each child and help them build a strong academic and spiritual foundation. Your child will develop the necessary skills, traditional values, and the moral compass needed to navigate our ever-changing world.

Open house dates or information on arranging a tour:
To arrange a tour, contact St. Paul’s Lutheran School at 262-567-5001 or email at jill@splco.org.

Contact them:

1100 WI-83
Delafield, WI 5302
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Parent Testimonial:
“The Augustine Academy is a high joy environment – on any given day, I might expect my children to study a Rembrandt or Georgia O’Keeffe painting, observe and watercolor a willow tree, read and delight in Heidi or King Arthur, and play outside at recess with friends for a cross-grade game of soccer or Red Rover.  When they pile in the car at the end of the day, they are usually bursting with excitement to tell me all they’ve enjoyed from their day.”

-Bekah G.

Description:
The Augustine Academy exists to partner with parents by offering a classical education that prepares children to thoughtfully engage the world. This work is grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ and in the truth that we were created to bring glory to God. TAA is a hybrid model classical school featuring a blend of classroom and homeschool learning which is designed to cultivate partnership with parents in education. Students are on campus 3 days (4K-5th grade) or 4 days (6th-12th grade) and are homeschooled the other 2 days (for 4K-5th) or 1 day (for 6th-12th). Steeped in Charlotte Mason’s liberal arts tradition, students learn through engaging living ideas in our rigorous curriculum which features 26 disciplines of study. Positive relationships with teachers, peers, siblings, and parents are fostered in a joyful atmosphere both in the classroom and at home. To learn more, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPJxLYRjr9c.

Open house dates or information on arranging a tour:
Join us for an Open House in 2024 – classes are filling up quickly!  Tours and open houses are available throughout the year.  Please visit our website for more information and register online at https://augustineacademy.com/open-house/.

Contact them:

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W262 N4685 Ryan Street
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Parent testimonial

We, as parents, make decisions to best set our children up for success. I am happy to say that the decision we made to move our children to CELA was one that doesn’t seem like a decision… it seems more like an answer to a prayer. Our children are thriving in CELA’s environment. The smaller class sizes, the combination of technology with a first-class curriculum, while also weaving in Christian principles is exactly the combination we were looking for. Within the first months we saw strides in the kids’ confidence and communication. The “Chapel Buddies” aspect of the leadership development program has already made a noted difference in our somewhat shy, and sometimes timid kids. Who knew our 7-year-old could stand up in front of the whole school and confidently read a prayer? We do, now. Don’t let the beautiful building, state-of-the-art facilities, and property overshadow the real value of this school: the tight, family-esque staff and students sharing a Christian based education while developing personal character and setting kids up for future academic success is what sets CELA apart. As a parent that is guilty of over-researching, over-questioning, and forever wondering if what I/we are doing for our kids is the right thing; this is one decision I am confident that our family will look back on as one of the best we have made in our kids’ lives.
– Jake T.

Description:
CELA’s early learning programs are second-to-none in educating young leaders in Lake Country by giving them the opportunities to grow academically, learn and participate in on-going Christian values and by presenting them with regular leadership opportunities.  Our 3K, 4K and 5K programs aim to give our students an opportunity to enjoy the challenge of learning new things in a personalized, stimulating, fun and loving environment. 

With certified teaching staff who utilize a rich, research-based curriculum and state-of-the-art learning spaces to customize the unique engagement needs of our 3K – 8th grade students, academic growth is quickly seen in each student.  Students also enjoy daily Christian values lessons, weekly Chapel services, and spending time with their Chapel Family Buddies in CELA’s Christian Values and Leadership Development (CVLD) program, all of which strengthens each student’s relationship with God.  Frequent classes in art, music, physical education (PE) and Spanish, amazing Middle School electives, regular use of CELA’s Promethean Boards and Active Tables, personal laptops, reading lofts and customized gated playgrounds all add to our varied educational program allowing for mental, physical, and spiritual growth within each student daily. 

Where Children and Potential Come Together ™.

Open house dates or information on arranging a tour: 

If you are interested in scheduling a private tour, please call 262-691-4321. We’d be happy to assist you.

Experience CELA

Contact them:

1650 N Brookfield Rd,
Brookfield, WI 53045

Parent testimonial

“Christ the Lord Lutheran school was the best choice we made for our family when we enrolled our kids there 7 years ago. Each year has solidified our decision even more with the education, opportunities, and care our children have been given. We love the trust we have in the entire school community and know that each day our children are surrounded by God’s Word, Christian friends, and a high-level education. Our children love going to school everyday and we are so blessed to know that they receive both an academically rigorous and Christ-centered education at Christ the Lord Lutheran School.”
– Zach and Beth S.

Description:
Our school offers private Christian Education where students in grades 3K – 8th grade learn, grow, and achieve in environments enriched with Christian teachings and values. Our curriculum is structured to educate and train children with high academic standards from a solidly Christian perspective.

Open house dates or information on arranging a tour: 

Tours are available upon request. Use our website link (https://christthelordbrookfield.org/connect/) or call 262-782-3040 to request information or schedule a tour.

Contact them:

13445 Hampton Road
Brookfield, WI 53005

Parent testimonial

“Immanuel has been a life changer for my family. I have two children that learn very differently and Immanuel has been able to support both my over achiever, as well and my child that needs extra academic support. I can’t imagine they would receive a better Christian education anywhere else.”

Description:
Centrally located, Immanuel Lutheran provides transformation education to 438 students, and was founded with the congregation in 1912. Immanuel remains steadfast in its commitment to serve a diverse student body, training future leaders for excellence while leading Christ-centered, purpose-filled lives.

Open house dates or information on arranging a tour: 
Tours are available upon request. Use our website link or call to schedule.

Open House Dates:January 17 and Feb 7th from 8am to 3pm, and 5-7pm

Contact them:

S31W29553 Sunset Dr
Waukesha, WI 53189

Parent testimonial

“We can’t say enough amazing things about Maravilla Montessori. The staff is amazing and truly care about the development of our child. We are in awe of how his independence and Spanish skills have flourished while attending Maravilla.”
– Erik H.

Description:
Montessori education is highly regarded as one of the most effective ways to honor the natural development of the child. Maravilla adheres to an authentic Montessori methodology, while also imparting on your child a love of a culturally diverse world. 

Open house dates or information on arranging a tour: 

Open houses are listed on Facebook and our website. Private tours are always welcomed and available during the school day and after hours for working parents.

Contact them:

Parent testimonial

“We are so grateful for St. Anthony on the Lake School! It is a welcoming community of parents and teachers. Wonderful, caring staff; excellent academic program with tons of opportunities for students to be involved in extracurricular activities; top notch technology & resources; reasonable class sizes; faith-based learning. We truly could not ask for a better school for our children!”
– Annie S.

Description:

Our curriculum is academic, based in play and socialization using our 3K Guiding Principles:  We use our “Head” for language development and communication, approaches to learning, and cognition and general knowledge. Catholic practice and teachings are infused into each of these principles in an ongoing manner.

Open house dates or information on arranging a tour: 

Open House is January 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call for tour at any time.

Contact them:

246 W Ottawa Ave,
Dousman, WI 53118

Parent testimonial

“We love the small family community/school environment where everyone can feel like their opinion matters. Class sizes are small, Christian values are prioritized and there are still opportunities for really great programs such as Spanish, Band and Theater Arts!”

– Jenny H.

Description:

St. Bruno Parish School is a K3-8 Catholic school in the heart of Dousman.

We invite you to explore our Catholic school community which inspires academic excellence and instills Catholic values within a faith-filled community and beyond. Let us help you learn more about how we may be your partner in deepening your child’s understanding of the world around them in a highly academic, spiritual, and social environment. Our doors are open for you to experience our faith and family-oriented culture firsthand.

Join us for our Winter Carnival and Open House on Sunday, January 28, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. For more information on this event, please visit our website. Or call to schedule your tour now. 262-965-2291

Contact them:

1001 S. Silver Lake St.
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

Parent testimonial

“When we see the parents from our kids’ class it just feels like home. It is a faith community in every way.”

“As a young family, our initial interest was St. Jerome’s early childhood education options. It has grown quickly into a wonderful community of faith, family, and friends. It is evident that God placed us here; we are incredibly grateful.”

“They foster a friendly, inclusive relationship among the students in the classroom, playground, church, and whole school through buddies and multi-grade activities. It’s a vibrant, fun place to be. Our children love it here!”

Teacher Testimonials:
“I love the tight knit, family feel of our school! Being able to share my faith and beliefs with my students is a great blessing and helps create a strong relationship built on a foundation of religion and respect. It is incredibly rewarding to be able to educate the
whole child and watch them not only grow academically, but in their faith as well.”

“I teach at St. Jerome because it is more than a place for learning the Catholic faith, it is a place that truly celebrities the Catholic faith. There is an enthusiasm to discover, explore, and grow as a whole person, which is enriching for both the students and myself.”

“I choose to teach at St.  Jerome because we can focus on educating the whole child. I feel blessed to not only be delivering superior academic instruction, but also spiritual development in a smaller class setting, which allows me to truly “know” and guide each student.

Description:
St. Jerome Parish School educates and inspires students to be led by Christ to be compassionate leaders, collaborative learners, complex thinkers, equipped for learning, service to community, and a committed relationship with God.

  • You are welcomed into a community of faith where every student is known, every family is valued, and teachers partner with parents to help children succeed.
  • We use Authentic Catholic Curriculum that equips our students with the intellectual skills necessary to become leaders and embr ace their God-given
    vocation.
  • Catholic values and religious formation are not only taught, but lived. Children
    receive daily religious instruction, participate in daily prayer, attend weekly Mass, and visit Jesus in our Adoration Chapel regularly.
  •  We have a commitment to helping students discover his or her full potential
    academically, spiritually, physically, and socially.
  •  Our teachers are high quality, well educated, and dedicated to the education of all children.

Open house dates or information on arranging a tour: 

Call 262-569-3030 to schedule a tour!  Don’t delay as our classes are filling up fast!

Contact them:

410 West Veterans Way
Mukwonago, WI 53149

Parent testimonial

“All of my children have attended St. John’s and we couldn’t be happier! Their quality education, along with various extracurriculars make it a well rounded education. The teachers and students are very respectful and kind and everything is done in the light of God’s Word. Students also transistion very well to the public or private high school. You will not be disappointed sending your children to St. John’s!”

Description:
St. John’s Lutheran School provides a strong educational foundation for all of its students by promoting an excitement for learning through a challenging academic curriculum.  This rigorous curriculum is well-proven by earning an exemplary status for accreditation, state and national awards, and yearly achievement test scores well above the national average.   The Word of God plays a central role as students develop skills needed for academic success, as well as strong Christian values that will serve them throughout life. To learn more about our school please check out our website at www.stjohnslutheran-muk.org.  

Our school offers many other services available to our children including:

– Financial assistance
– Title Services
– Speech Services

Open house dates or information on arranging a tour:

Tours are available at any time!  Please contact the school office (school@stjohnslutheran-muk.org) to set up a tour with the principal and the classroom teachers.  

Contact them:

S89W22650 Milwaukee Ave
Big Bend, WI 53103

Parent testimonial

“In today’s world, I am glad that we made the choice to send our children to St. Joe’s. I am proud of who each of them has become. It was the best decision we ever made for our children and I would sacrifice and do it all over again.”

Description:
St. Joseph Catholic School is committed to developing each student’s potential by providing the foundation of the Catholic faith, strong academic achievement, character development, and service to our greater community. At St. Joe’s, students enjoy a family environment where they grow in love, respect, and confidence.

Open house dates or information on arranging a tour:

Please call 262-662-2737 or complete our online form to request a tour: https://www.stjoesbb.com/tour.

Contact them:

1650 Brown Street Oconomowoc, WI

Parent testimonial

“We are thrilled to have our three children enrolled at St. Matthew’s School. The faculty and staff are invested in the students and partner with parents to help our children reach their God-given potential. We are particularly impressed by St. Matthew’s attention to each child’s development and the school’s ability to provide students with extra support should they need it. Throughout the day, students have access to additional teaching staff for guided reading, extended learning, and small group work. We really appreciate this personalized approach to our children’s education. We are grateful for the Christ-centered education our children are receiving and know they will be well prepared for high school and beyond. St. Matthew’s School is just the right place for our family.” -Leah S.

Description:
At St. Matthew’s, children grow and learn in warm, Christ-centered atmosphere. The Word of God plays a central role as students develop skills needed for academic success, as well as strong Christian values that will serve them throughout life.

Open house dates or information on arranging a tour:

Please contact Tom Plitzuweit, Principal by calling 262-912-6364 to set up a tour.

 

Contact them:

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