ABOUT US

Founded in 1853, St. John XXIII Catholic School (SJ23) fosters a spiritually rich, academically challenging, and emotionally nurturing education for students from preschool through 8th grade.

Today, SJ23 provides a faith-based education option for approximately 205 students. Together, with the support of St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, our school functions as a parochial school option for students in northern Ozaukee County.

SJ23’s rigorous, integrated, hands-on philosophy promotes differentiated instruction, encourages creative expression, promotes critical thinking, and provides students with the opportunity to obtain skills needed to be successful, compassionate learners for the future.

In partnership with parents, our administration, faculty, and staff provide a Christ-centered environment that stresses basic academic skills and competencies, as well as the arts, music, and technology. We pride ourselves in producing graduates who are well prepared to excel in any high school they choose.

Our Lower Campus serves students in preschool through 4th grades and our Upper Campus serves students in 5th through 8th grades.

Learn more about SJ23’s history, mission, and philosophy by reading below or contacting us. >>

Our Annual Report highlights our accomplishments and activities; summarizes our financial performance over the past year; and allows us to recognize our generous donor families, individuals, and businesses. View our 2016-2017 Annual Report.

Our Mission

Our mission at SJ23 is to provide a child-centered, faith-filled learning community where Catholic values are lived and taught. Our commitment to academic excellence promotes student success. Every child is nurtured, challenged, and known as an individual.

Our Philosophy

As a school community of committed parents, teachers, administration, and staff, we believe:

  • Each student is an individual, and we must provide for his or her individual needs.
  • Our Catholic identity is a living part of our daily experience.
  • Our primary purpose is to provide for the spiritual, academic, physical, social, and emotional needs of the children we serve.
  • Our school, by design, strives to meet the needs of our combined Catholic community in Port Washington.
  • Our school is an integral part of and shares the educational mission of our city, county, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and the state of Wisconsin.
  • The Kingdom of God is present among us and together we are in the process of making that Kingdom an ever-present reality for ourselves and for the world in which we live.
  • We must strive to be a model of academic excellence and faith development.

Our Values

  • A personalized and well-rounded education.
  • High academic standards.
  • Parental involvement in SJ23 as a vital link in the education of our students.
  • The individual worth of each person.
  • The opportunity to provide an educational choice in our community.

Welcome to St. John XXIII Catholic School – the finest K-8 Parochial School serving southeastern Wisconsin. Our mission is dedicated to providing a strong educational program that teaches Christian values, supports the education of the whole child, provides a safe environment and promotes preparing students for a life of continuous learning and service to the community.

At St. John XXIII we establish a Christ-centered environment where Christian values are taught, modeled, learned and lived by all members of the community. These values begin with a gifted, caring, and welcoming staff that shares a host of talents with its students and, in turn, encourages students to share their time, abilities and leadership with one another.

As you navigate our website, you’ll learn more about exciting programs where the creativity, uniqueness and self-esteem of each child is fostered and nurtured. Our students are taught the skills of critical thinking and problem-solving, while engaged in real-world experiences.

It is our goal to offer an excellent education where diversity of learning styles is honored and where individual differences are respected. Educating the complete child is paramount to his/her success.

Because learning takes place beyond the classroom, service to our community is an integral component of our program. We are preparing our students to be responsible citizens and stewards in a diverse and global community.

Thank you for your interest in St. John XXIII  Catholic School. We hope that what you see here will encourage you to visit our campuses, observe the sense of community and consider the excellent educational program we offer.

Please feel free to email or call me at 262-284-2441 (Lower Campus) or 262-284-2682 (Upper Campus) to schedule a visit. We would love to share this special place with you.

Blessings,
Kristine Klein
Principal, St. John XXIII Catholic School

The SJ23 School Advisory Commission serves as an advisory body to the school principal or administrator. It assists with policy development, identification and expression of educational goals and objectives, budget planning, marketing, and public relations.

Meeting Minutes

School Advisory Commission Members

(Ex-Officio)

The SJ23 Finance Committee provides financial oversight for the school. It assists with budgeting and financial planning, financial reporting, and monitoring of adherence to the annual budget. This group also helps set long-range financial goals and develops strategies for accomplishing these goals. Our committee members are:

The SJ23 Home and School Association is a parent-run group that coordinates the majority of our family and student enrichment programs, teacher appreciation events, parent events, school clubs, and fundraising.

The Home and School Association meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00pm in the St. Mary’s Faculty Room. All parents are invited to attend.

  • Melissa Didier
    President
  • Lauren Koch
    Vice President
  • Sarah Fortney
    Treasurer
  • Lora Waraksa
    Secretary
  • Rachel Lorier
    Past President

Port Washington has supported Catholic education since 1853 when the first Catholic school was established by Fr. F. X. Sailer. Since 1855, the Sisters of Notre Dame, the Sisters of the Dominican Motherhouse, and the Agnesian Sisters have all handled teaching duties at various times. In 1916, St. Mary’s School was built under the supervision of Monsignor Peter Holfeltz and served students in 1st through 10th grades. The original structure has undergone a number of expansions and remodels. The subsequent school was established to support St. Peter’s Parish in the 1960s and served students in 1st through 8th grades.

As enrollment declined in the 1980s, the school combined to form Port Washington Catholic School, which is now St. John XXIII Catholic School (SJ23). The Lower Campus provides instruction to children in grades preschool through 4th grades and the Upper Campus functions as our middle school campus for students in 5th through 8th grades.

As an alumnus, please send us your news for our upcoming newsletter and help us share the great work you are doing in high school and beyond. Alumnus parents, please update us on your child’s successes and milestones. The success of our alumni is an important inspiration to current and future students. Submit your update on our Contact Us form.