"We are best known for excellence in academics."
Students enrolled 359
Hours 7:55 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Paul Hohl
Transportation options None
Type Religious
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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1747 North 54th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208

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(414) 453-5830
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4 stars
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April 30, 2014
I am a parent of three students (one current and two graduates) that have attended Saint Sebs. The school benefits from social and ethnic diversity and reflects Christian principles. I have been pleased with the educational quality and the broad range of extracirricular activities of the school. There is strong commitment from staff, teachers & parents. Great Place!!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
St. Sebastian School is a very fun school and the teachers are very interactive. The teachers really know how to explain the subjects they are teaching. They try to help everybody understand the material and the classes are very engaging and eventful. Every day is different. I love having specials like music, gym, art, computers, library and mass. We have great field trips, too. Going to Madison in 4th grade was awesome because I learned so much more about our state's history. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra field trips in 3rd, 4th, 5th grades are enjoyable and memorable. We learned how music can tell a story and change or show moods. I've made many great friends in this school and will be staying until I graduate 8th grade.

- submitted by a community member
April 27, 2014
St. Sebastian School is a community of great kids, involved and caring parents, and has a super staff that works hard to ensure that every child gets a chance to succeed. I have been a teacher at Seb's for 5 years and am proud to be a part of such an awesome place that teaches values and character education as well the Catholic faith.

- submitted by a teacher
April 21, 2014
We have two kids at St. Sebs since 4K, now in 6th and 8th grades. We have found the experience very rewarding: it is truly a community of caring teachers and families. It may not have as many bells and whistles as other schools, but the most important reason we chose Sebs as a parish and school is making sure our kids learn early they are part of a community, surrounded by those who care about them and who are watching over them. The school thrives thanks to dedicated parent volunteers who inspire me every day. I read the other reviews about bullying and can honestly say in a combined 18 years of having kids there, we've never seen or heard of it. If I have one criticism it would be that some teachers (maybe four in all our years there) are not up to the standards of the others but for some reason their contracts keep getting renewed. The others however are incredibly awesome and make up for the shortcomings of those few others.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
Teachers at St. Sebs are there because they want to be and because they care about students and families. There is constant discussion and collaboration amongst staff to find better, effective ways to reach all ability levels.

- submitted by a teacher
November 07, 2013
After 3 years at Sebs, I had to remove my child due to the rampant bullying and the administration's refusal to do anything about it but blame the victim. Last year, at Sebs, she once again scored very low on state testing, scoring so low in math that she was diagnosed with a math learning disability. I had asked for help for her for years, but got nowhere. I know now that it was the bullying and environment, as after a semester at her new school, with the same demanding curriculum, she not only scored in the upper 10th percentile overall on state testing, but achieved the second highest score in Math for her entire grade! At Sebs, she got C 's, D 's and U's. Right now, she is averaging a 3.5 grade point average. She is happy, outgoing and has a strong group of friends - very important for 7th grade - and a huge difference from the sad little girl who hated school last year. I have talked to many parents regarding their bullying experiences at Sebs, and everyone says the same thing - administration does nothing. As a church, it's great. But I would not recommend sending your child to school here.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
St. Sebastian School has a terrific culture of kindness and giving. The parent and community volunteers give time and incredible talent in many ways to make the school unique. These 'extras' include: High Interest Day, Art Show, Athletics, Forensics, Chess Club, Theater, and so much more. St. Sebs teachers bring challenging and interesting lessons that help my kids learn about the world and the Wisconsin and Milwaukee community. They have high expectations which helps all of St. Sebs students to become resilient, hard-working. thoughtful, compassionate individuals of character. The diverse student body brings even more culture and experiences and, as a result, more opportunities for learning. St Sebastian School is teaching children of families from five continents. It is a welcoming, wonderful environment for all.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
At Sebs teachers work well with students and parents to help students reach their full potential. Parents are an active volunteer base for both church and school. The student body is diverse and class sizes are smaller. There are a handful of field trips each year and the students take library (1x), art (1x), gym (2x) and music (2x) during the week. Scouting programs are also strong at our school/parish. Middle school students are able to participate in Forensics, track, volleyball and basketball (5th-8th grades). Luckily we live w/i walking distance but I know that for most of our parents who work downtown Sebs is an easy stop on the way to work in the morning. Also there is a well established before/after school program (PAL). The school open house is always the last Sunday in January BUT you can really come visit the school anytime. Sebs participates in the CHOICE program with no differentiation between the Choice and non-Choice students as far as I can see. Sebs follows a dress code which makes it easy to get ready for school in the morning AND to keep the students on an equal basis. Not sure what else to say but give Sebs a look!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
St. Sebastian's school is a stellar choice, and there's nothing better in Milwaukee (believe me, I looked!). The teachers are super dedicated and work hard to maximize every student's potential. The school administration is very professional and exceptionally personable and accessible to parents. I have found the staff and administration to be quite communicative are always available to meet parents and swiftly address questions or concerns, both big and small. Most importantly, there is a dedicated community of positive, welcoming, and hard-working group of parents that support the school; student's needs are met from a 360 perspective. It was important to me to send my child to a school that offered a diverse student body and there are students at the school from all different backgrounds and parts of the Milwaukee demographic. Overall, this school exudes unity and collaboration. I feel good knowing that when my child leaves for school in the morning, they will be well looked after and truly cared for at school. I also feel great that my child is not only receiving an excellent academic education, but also a sound development of personal and moral character.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
St Sebastian is a great school. My son attended from k4 to 8th grade and he loved it. He is a above average student thanks to St Sebastian.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
I currently have a 2nd grader and a kindergartner at St. Sebs, as well as 3 year old who attends the PAL preschool (my older children attend the PAL afterschool program several days a week as well). St. Sebs is an extraordinary community of talented and dedicated teachers, wonderful parents, and neat kids. I am confident that my children are getting both an excellent education and a wonderful foundation in values, in a safe, caring and diverse community.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2009
I love St. Seb's School, I have two kids in the school, one in grade school and one in Middle school, buth of my children have stuggled at different times in thier acedemic life but most of th eteachers have gone above and beyond to help them. I have been told that my kids (independantly) are the kindest children. That comes from the loving environment they are in.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2009
Our kids have attended St. Sebastian from K4 through 8th grade. 2 of them are now at DSHA. Their experience at St. Sebastian was outstanding. Sebs prepared them very, very well for a rigorous honors curriculum in high school. The level of parent involvement is amazing. Sebs offers a variety of extras including a school play, forensics, sports, service opportunities and more.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2009
Great academics and teaching staff,good extracurriculars with a strong forensics and drama program. Parents are welcoming. We made a very deliberate and thoughtful decision to move here. However, this is not a place a middle school aged student should transfer to as a culture of bullying exists. My child has been constantly verbally and physically bullied since moving to this school. Administration was notified immediately to no avail. The harassment policy is not followed. We even contacted the parish priest who did not respond. We now have been told by a number of parents that their children or others they know of have been bullied here. This could be a great school if this problem was addressed but we can not wait for this to happen at the expense of our child. As our once outgoing, confident child says 'I'm not the same kid I was as when I started here'.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2008
I've been at St. Sebastian since I was four and I went to PAL for a year before that. I love St.Sebs and I think the teachers are wonderful.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 09, 2008
This is my tenth year at Seb's, not including the one year I spent in PAL before I started kindergarden, and I LOVE IT! I really wouldn't rather be anywhere else. Although it may not be the most challenging school academic wise, the people there have so much heart, and they've helped me to become a better person.

- submitted by a student
September 05, 2008
A great school with dedicated teachers in one of the City's best neighborhood. Graduates go on to do some great things in life, including being the Mayor.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2008
This is the best school in the Milwaukee - Wauwatosa area for younger childern with child care needs. The middle school is challenging and interesting to the students. The charater education is one of the most important aspects of thier formation in todays society. People often comment on how kind and polite my childern are. I wouldn't have them anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
My daughter came out of Seb's well-prepared for the expectations of high school. There is a wealth of talent associated with this school, the teachers, the staff, the parents, the alumni. Lots of great stuff happening here in a strong, faith-filled environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2008
I love this school they reward academic achievments and the teachers are very sociable.

- submitted by a student
August 25, 2007
St. Sebastian is a great school! The staff are easily accessible for any issues that may arise and the families are always welcome to participate in school activities. As with any school it takes parental involvement. Don't expect any school to guess what you or your child needs. If I need any resources the school will accommodate or show me the path. My child is safe at this school and there is a great before and after school child care (PAL) that accommodates a busy working parent's schedule. Kudos goes to St. Sebs!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2006
The school goes out of its way to assist younger students who struggle; but once (s)he hits the middle school either they better have made up any lost ground or prepare for one heck of a time. The teachers in the upper grades are totally unprepared and unwilling to accomodate any but the average and high functioning student, unfortunately.

- submitted by a student
January 25, 2006
I really beg to differ about the struggling student. I have a struggling student currently at St.Sebs. Sebs have been working with my child since K5. He is making steady progress. Thanks St. Sebs for caring about the success of my child.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2005
If your child is average or struggling, this school will not help at all. The teachers do not extend themselves beyond what is required by the curriculum - which means there is no cultural relevance or extra help given. While teachers may hear your input, they will not listen. This school does not put its students first.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
We transferred to this school a few years ago from another Catholic school that went through a lot of student/teacher turnovers in just a short period. As a parent I am satisfied in the foundation being taught through the curriculum and the diversity of the student body. Yet the schools one flaw is its lack of diversity in the curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
I just had a child graduate in '04, and have another in middle school. Great School! Highly recommend it. I happen to be a teacher in another school.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2004
I have attended St. Sebastian School for the past 5 years. This school provides an excellent math program, but otherwise, it is quite average.

- submitted by a student
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Learning Center services for gifted & remedial students. A school counselor/social worker is available. Title I reading and math services through MPS available. Special Education teacher on staff. Speech teacher on staff.

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St. Sebastian School
1747 North 54th Street, Milwaukee, WI  53208
(414) 453-5830
Last modified St. Sebastian School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
St. Sebastian School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top