Co-Ed Primary & Boys Middle Schools: 414-431-7950 | Girls Middle School: 414-671-3000

Mission & Guiding Principles

Notre Dame School of Milwaukee is a Catholic school sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Following in the Christian tradition, Notre Dame fosters respect, responsibility, and sharing of personal talents while preparing students for admittance to a college preparatory high school. In an English and Spanish bi-literate setting, emphasis is placed on leadership skills, critical thinking, and social justice while empowering students to make positive contributions to society.

Respect all of God’s creation
Respect each person and myself for who we are
Respect other people’s property


I am responsible for developing my gifts
I am responsible for my behavior
I am responsible for caring for the earth
I am responsible for caring for all things I use

REGALO or gift

God created each one of us to be special
Let us discover our gifts
Look for the gifts in one another rather than for faults


Notre Dame Middle School was founded in 1996 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame with the help of PAVE and a group of Milwaukee-area business executives. Their vision was to fill the education void in the rapidly growing, low-income, Hispanic neighborhood on Milwaukee’s near south side. The school began with 26 Latina students and is now an all girls 5th -8th program. After 17 years of proven academic achievement, a strategic plan was implemented to extend the school’s reach into the lower grades in order to prepare the incoming fifth graders for the rigorous academic work expected of them. In August 2012, Notre Dame Primary School opened.

With the addition of the primary school a new name was branded in 2014 to encompass the whole K4 – 8 school community. The primary and middle schools now operate as Notre Dame School of Milwaukee.

The school consists of two campuses:
Blessed Theresa Campus – Girls Middle School  – 1420 W. Scott Street, Milwaukee, WI
Mother Caroline Campus – Co-Ed Primary and Boys Middle Schools – 1418 S. Layton Boulevard, Milwaukee, WI

Notre Dame Middle School opened serving 26 girls

Students Served – 26


First Graduating Class

Students Served – 75

Notre Dame opens a K5 and 1st grade primary school at St. Patrick’s.

Students Served – 204

The primary school moves to its current campus and serves K4 – 4th grade boys and girls.

Students Served – 362

Notre Dame School of Milwaukee enters its 20th anniversary.

Students Served – 420

Top 10 Reasons To Attend NDSM!

Catholic Faith

A strong Catholic Identity that includes weekly mass, daily religion class, and students receive their sacraments.


An emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum that includes new technology throughout the school, a new math and science program, elementary engineering curriculum, and a STEM summer camp.


A Spanish/English Immersion Program where students become both bilingual and bi-literate starting in K4.

School Choice

Free tuition for families that qualify for Milwaukee Parental School Choice or Wisconsin Parental School Choice.


Free lunch and breakfast for all students.


Transportation reimbursement for families who live over 2 miles away (roughly $700).


Students have art, music, physical education, library, and computer classes weekly.

After School Program

After school program at both campuses, including a mandatory enrichment program at the middle school until 5:30PM and an after school club program at the primary school. Additionally we offer before and after care everyday.

Graduate Support

Begins in the 8th grade starting with the high school admissions process. Our school has a strong relationship with area college prep high schools and all students are eligible to apply for the NDSM Scholarship.

Summer School

Summer school is available for students in grades K4-8th. Summer camp options available at both Notre Dame School of Milwaukee and in the community for middle school students.