About Us

Nestled within the vibrant community of Milwaukee’s East Side, Catholic East Elementary School stands as a beacon of academic excellence, spiritual growth, and community service. With a rich tradition spanning over several decades, Catholic East prides itself on nurturing the minds, bodies, and spirits of more than 230 students from 3K through 8th grade.

Students are encouraged to explore their full potential academically, spiritually, morally, socially, and physically. This comprehensive approach to education ensures that every child receives a well-rounded experience that prepares them for the challenges of tomorrow.

Within its walls, students from various backgrounds come together to learn, grow, and form lasting friendships. This diversity enriches the learning environment, fostering a sense of understanding, empathy, and respect among students.

Rooted in Catholic values, faith is woven into every aspect of life at Catholic East. From daily prayers to religious studies, students are provided with opportunities to deepen their relationship with God and develop a strong moral compass. This foundation in faith instills in students the values of compassion, integrity, and service to others.

Catholic East Elementary School is situated across two campuses on Milwaukee’s historic East Side. The Bartlett campus caters to students from 3K through 2nd grade, while the Murray campus serves students from 3rd through 8th grade. This dual-campus setup allows for specialized programs and resources tailored to the unique needs of each age group.

Our roots go back more than 100 years, when Roman Catholic Germans, Italians, Poles, and other immigrant groups in Milwaukee established eight parishes and schools in an area from downtown north along the Milwaukee River.

With the passage of decades and the decreasing numbers of students, the single-parish schools closed or merged with one another.

The five remaining area parishes are happy to invest in the one, unique, Catholic grade school that remains at the heart of Milwaukee’s East Side — Catholic East Elementary.

These parishes — Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Old Saint Mary, Our Lady of Divine Providence, SS. Peter and Paul, and Three Holy Women — have invested in Catholic East since its formation as a separate corporate entity in 1983.