St. Mary’s Springs Academy’s vision is to be a welcoming, supportive educational community, recognized for its excellence. We will educate and inspire students to change the world by fully living our faith, fostering a love of learning, and developing their full range of potential.
St. Mary’s Springs Academy (SMSA), rooted in Christ’s teaching, academic excellence, and service to Church and community, prepares students to meet global challenges and become leaders for tomorrow.
A Wisconsin resident with an income level at or below 185% of the federal poverty level (approximately $43,576 for a family of four) is eligible.
Currently, 33% of current SMSA families receive financial aid.
SMSA’s participation in the Wisconsin Parental School Choice program could begin with the 2013-14 school year and, by the school’s decision, would only be available to a limited number of students throughout the Academy. All participating schools retain the right to designate grade levels for the program.
To be selected for the program, SMSA must be in the top 25 of schools in the state that receive the most applications. Applications for enrollment in School Choice will soon be available online and can be submitted between August 1st – 9th.
SMSA currently does, but is not required, to offer transportation or free and reduced lunch prices.
Students who participate in the Choice program can opt out of faith-based instruction and activities. The experiences of other schools in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and other private Catholic schools indicate that such situations are extremely rare and go against many of the reasons that parents would have for selecting SMSA as the school of their choice for their children.
All student and parents, regardless of their tuition support level, are required to read and sign the student handbook. Any student who does not adhere to the handbook and its disciplinary expectations for attending SMSA will be subject to remedial and disciplinary action.
Should a family not qualify or receive a Choice voucher, SMSA remains committed to providing assistance to families that desire a Catholic, value-based education for their children.
Who is eligible to receive a private school voucher?
Families interested in applying for a private school voucher may qualify at certain income levels. The following scale will help you determine if your family qualifies.
185% of the Federal Poverty Level for 2013-14
Family SizeMaximum Yearly Income*
If the child's parents/legal guardians are married their income is reduced by $7,000 when determining income eligibility for the program.
* As determined by Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on the federal income tax return for the prior calendar year (2012 for the 2013-14 choice program).
Q: When do I apply for the School Choice voucher?
A: August 1st-9th at the SMSA High School Campus (255 County Road K)
Q: What are the hours during which I can apply?
A: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM every day with the following exceptions:
· Saturday, August 3rd we will accept applications from 8:00 AM - Noon
· Sunday, August 4th the application office will be closed.
Please note that if you are unable to apply during the available times, SMSA would be happy to accomodate you at a time that works for your schedule. Please call (920) 322-8008 to schedule an appointment.
If you have received SMSA financial aid for the 2013-14 year, you may still qualify for a private school voucher.
· Families apply by filling out and submitting an application online.
· Students will be chosen using a random lottery selection administered by DPI.
· The application can be found here beginning August 1st.
· Families will need to provide documentation on their family income to SMSA during the application period. Acceptable verification includes:
o Using the Department of Revenue system to verify the online application
o Copy of their 2012 tax form 1040 or
o Other forms of income documentation, W-2 1099, etc.
· Families will need to provide proof of residency to SMSA during the application period (no exceptions or extensions). Acceptable documentation includes: