Q: Do you have to be Catholic to attend St. Francis Xavier Catholic School?
A: No. Most of our students' families are members of St. Francis Xavier Parish or other surrounding parishes, but it is not required. Families of all denomimnations are welcome to attend our school.
Q: Where do students that attend St. Francis Xavier Catholic School come from (live)?
A: Most of our students live in Cross Plains. Many live in the surrounding communities of Mount Horeb, Black Earth/Mazomanie, Middleton, and Verona.
Q: Where do St. Francis Xavier Catholic School graduates go to high school?
A: Most of our graduates matriculate to Middleton High School. Some attend Wisconsin Heights, Mount Horeb, Edgewood High School, or St. Ambrose Academy in Madison.
Q: Does St. Francis Xavier Catholic School offer 'busing" for students.
A: Busing is provided according to the guidelines set by the Middleton/Cross Plains, Mt. Horeb, and Wisconsin Heights school districts.
Q: Does St. Francis Xavier Catholic School offer Hot Lunch?
A: Yes. We offer a delicious (and very popular) hot lunch every day. Our on-site cooks prepare our lunches daily and include many delicious homemade offerings. We even have our own garden where we grow and serve fresh fruits and vegetables used in many of our recipes. Students simply inform their teacher each morning if they will be taking "hot or cold lunch."
Q: Does St. Francis Xavier Catholic School Offer Athletics?
A: Yes. The St. Francis Xavier Catholic School "Orioles" participate in many school sponsored sports. We are a member of MAISL (the Madison Area Independent Sports League) that offers Boys and Girls Volleyball and Basketball, and Girls Softball to students in Grades 5-8. This league consists of 12 parochial schools from the greater Madison area. We also offer Track to Boys and Girls in Grades 5-8. We also have a tackle football program for boys in grades 4-8 that participates in two area football leagues.
Q: Is St. Francis Xavier Catholic School"accredited?"
A: Yes. St. Francis Xavier Catholic School is fully accredited through WRISA (the Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation). We last renewed our Seven Year Accreditation in 2011 after completing a Self Study in the 2009-10 school year and validation from a Visiting Team in December 2010. Additionally, our school is a member of the NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association), NEA (National Education Association) and ASCD (Association of School Curriculum Development). Many of our teachers are members of specific associations related to their subject area.
Q: Are all teachers at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School Certified?
A: Yes. All teachers at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School must hold current State of Wisconsin Teaching Licenses.
Q: Are there other requirements of teachers?
A: Teachers must be certified in their subject area. They also must take continuing education to renew their license. Our teachers also receive internal Professional Development through the Diocese of Madison. Newly licensed teachers participate in an Initial Educators Mentoring Program through the Diocese. Many of our teachers hold Masters Degrees and/or are completing Masters Programs.
Q: Do teachers at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School have to be Catholic?
A: All "classroom" teachers at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School must be practicing Catholics. Teachers of "specials" (Phy Ed, Art, Music, etc.) do not have to be Catholic. All teachers receive religious education certification through the Diocese of Madison.