September 27, 2023

Second Aug Prep college may open at former Cardinal Stritch campus in 2025

Gus Ramirez arrives on the grand opening celebration for St. Augustine Preparatory Academy’s new elementary college in Milwaukee.

Lower than a month after buying the previous Cardinal Stritch College campus and asserting plans to transform it right into a Ok-12 college, Gus Ramirez of The Ramirez Household Basis mentioned Tuesday that the brand new college may begin lessons by the autumn of 2025.

Ramirez shared the information at a ceremony marking one other milestone within the Ramirez Household’s academic mission – the opening of a newly constructed, 123,000-square-foot elementary college for K4-5th grade college students attending lessons at St. Augustine Preparatory Academy. The household opened the Christian education-based voucher college on Milwaukee’s south facet in 2017.

The Ramirez Household Basis acquired the 43.5-acre former Cardinal Stritch campus in Glendale and Fox Level in a $24 million deal in late July. Citing declining enrollment and vital monetary issues, Cardinal Stritch determined to finish its operations on the finish of the 2022-23 college 12 months.

The previous Cardinal Stritch campus has 12 buildings with a mixed 607,000 sq. toes of area. Ramirez mentioned Tuesday that they plan to raze some older dormitories on the campus – about 150,000 sq. toes of area – to make manner for future athletic fields.

The muse plans to carry recruitment camps subsequent summer season for the college it plans to open on the former Cardinal Stritch campus.

Ramirez, who had talked prior to now about opening a second college on the north facet of Milwaukee, expressed confidence that the college on the former Cardinal Stritch campus will have the ability to appeal to college students from Milwaukee’s north facet and from the northern suburbs, even when these college students will want their mother and father to drive them to highschool. Abby Andrietsch, president and CEO of Aug Prep, famous that the south facet Aug Prep college attracts college students from 42 completely different zip codes within the metropolis and that lots of these college students depend on metropolis buses and household automobiles to get to highschool every day.

One of many key targets of growing a faculty close to town’s north facet – along with serving households in among the metropolis’s poorest zip codes – is discovering a strategy to improve range amongst Aug Prep’s scholar physique, Ramirez mentioned. At the moment the college is about 92% Hispanic, 5% Black, and roughly 3% white or a mixture of different races, Andrietsch mentioned.

“One of many targets now we have for the Cardinal Stritch campus is to have it’s extra various. The frustration that now we have right here (at Aug Prep) is that though now we have some range, it’s not sufficient. Sadly, we haven’t been in a position to appeal to (college students) from Bay View,” Ramirez mentioned. “This Cardinal Stritch campus provides us the possibility to draw from a various scholar physique. We will do that by how we recruit, and in (balancing) the share of tuition-paying college students and selection college students.”

With the Cardinal Sew property, Aug Prep could be forming a second campus, and thusly creating extra alternatives for, if not range on every campus, an opportunity for extra interplay between college students from the 2 campuses who may come from completely different backgrounds.

“Should you have a look at colleges in Milwaukee, even the excessive performing colleges are often dominated by one race. We need to change that. For any actions that make sense – swimming, basketball, choirs, performs – we are going to mix the 2 colleges,” Ramirez mentioned. “This is a chance to create an built-in campus. My aim is to have 4,500 to five,000 college students beneath the Aug Prep banner (between the 2 campuses).”

Aerial view of the previous Cardinal Stritch College campus in Glendale and Fox Level.