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St. Martin of Tours Parish School ... Still Standing Strong

Aug. 31, 2009

Hidden away in the outskirts of Franklin, St. Martin of Tours Parish School is one of the best kept secrets of the Milwaukee Archdiocese. St. Martin of Tours Parish School is a small yet dedicated parish school that serves children not only in Franklin, but also the surrounding areas, such as Muskego, Oak Creek, Wind Lake and other communities. The school is K-4 through 8th grades.


“We are able to offer our students all the academics of a big school, but with smaller class sizes, allowing teachers to give more one-on-one contact with students,” says Jeanne Johnson, principal of St. Martin’s. “In addition, we have art, music, physical education, Spanish and technology classes for all students,” Johnson adds. All of our teachers are degreed in education, while most have dual degrees or Master’s degrees. The school offers a half-day K4 Kindergarten program, either in the morning or afternoon. The K4 curriculum is in preparation for full day 5 year old kindergarten.

Child care is available for the afternoon 4 year-old kindergarteners in the morning, and all other students from the end of the school day until 6:00 p.m.


Faith is an integral part of the St. Martin of Tours tradition. The school attends Mass once a week and also as a class we have an age appropriate mass. However, St. Martin’s is home to many students of other faith denominations. “We want all children to feel welcome here in our Christian faith-based environment, regardless of their faith”, says Sherry Marino, Director of Development.


St. Martin of Tours offers a “Tuition Angels” program where tuition assistance is available for families who would like to send their children to St. Martin’s, but feel the cost may be out of reach. “No child should be denied a Catholic education because of money,” says Fr. Yvon Sheehy, SCJ, Pastor of St. Martin of Tours Parish. “Each request for assistance is reviewed and given serious consideration.”


The many students who have attended school at St. Martin of Tours enter high school with a solid foundation and life skills to further their education. Most students enroll in upper level classes in high school years and attend college and universities upon graduation. The comment that parents Jim and Cathie Finstad made was “We transferred our children to St. Martin of Tours from another local Catholic school. More people introduced themselves and made us feel welcome here in one month than in the seven years at the prior school. This is a marvelous community! The teacher and administration go out of their way for every child, particularly those who need individual attention.”


This year marked St. Martin of Tours 1st Annual Alumni Reunion. It was well attended and people certainly reminisced about their grade school years. If you attended St. Martin of Tours and you want to be put on our Alumni Reunion List, or need information regarding our school please call or email Sherry Marino at 414/425-9200 or


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