September 21, 2023

St. Augustine Preparatory Academy raises $2.1 million throughout annual gala

A whole bunch of supporters attended St. Augustine Preparatory Academy’s “Stronger Collectively” gala on Thursday, Might 4. The occasion raised $2.1 million and was held within the faculty’s gymnasium at 2607 S. fifth St. in Milwaukee. (Picture courtesy of St. Augustine Preparatory Academy)

St. Augustine Preparatory Academy raised $2.1 million throughout its annual gala, in accordance with a press launch from the non-denominational Christian faculty on Milwaukee’s south facet.

The occasion was attended by over 700 supporters of the varsity together with Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson, Dale Kooyenga and Tim Sheehy of MMAC, Mary Ellen Stanek of Baird, and Giacomo Fallucca from Palermos Pizza, and two group leaders who’ve supported the K4-12 faculty, the discharge states.

Coreen Dicus-Johnson, president and CEO of Community Well being, was acknowledged with the 2023 Founders Award, whereas Tim Wallen, principal and CEO of MLG Capital, and Julie Wallen have been the recipients of the 2023 Buddies Award.

“Yearly I’m re-energized by the overwhelming help and generosity that Aug Prep receives,” mentioned Abby Andrietsch, chief government officer of St. Augustine Preparatory Academy (Aug Prep). “Milwaukee college students deserve extra nice colleges like Aug Prep. Right now, our state gives considerably much less funding for college students and households who select colleges like ours, so our college students’ success wouldn’t be potential with out the relentless generosity of our supporters. Their investments permit us to supply our college students with the areas and sources they should maximize their God-given capability and make constructive contributions to Milwaukee and our broader world. All college students deserve a high quality schooling whatever the faculty they select to attend.”

The gala comes because the non-public faculty prepares to open a brand new $49 million elementary faculty on its campus. The 123,000-square-foot facility can have capability for 900 K4 by fifth grade college students and can enhance Aug Prep’s whole enrollment capability to 2,400 college students, making it the biggest single campus faculty in Milwaukee subsequent yr. Positioned simply throughout West Harrison Avenue from the present faculty, the brand new standalone elementary faculty was designed to emphasise Aug Prep’s 4 pillars of religion, household, lecturers, arts/athletics with trendy lecture rooms and particular schooling areas together with a full-sized gymnasium, a small gymnasium, a rooftop backyard and play house, in addition to a performing arts middle with seating for over 600.

For the second yr in a row, Aug Prep earned 5 stars – the best ranking potential – from the Wisconsin Division of Public Instruction. In accordance with the state’s report card on faculty efficiency, Aug Prep is the highest Okay-12 faculty within the state and the highest-rated highschool in Milwaukee. Aug Prep pupil tutorial progress rated larger than 98.5% of all colleges within the state.

The college has additionally had a constructive affect on their neighborhood. Since its opening, crime within the space has dropped by greater than 43%, in accordance with Milwaukee Police Division knowledge.

Subsequent month, Aug Prep will graduate 91 seniors. Virtually a 3rd of the category are the primary of their household to pursue a school diploma. Over 95% of these college students have been accepted to attend a two-or four-year faculty, college, or technical faculty, the discharge states, and 5 college students have dedicated to becoming a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Aug Prep college students are accepted on a primary come, first serve foundation with roughly 8% collaborating in Aug Prep’s particular schooling program. Over 95% of scholars on the faculty come from minority populations with 87% qualifying for the free or reduced-price lunch program.