School Details

St. Mary Visitation Grade

13000 Juneau Blvd, Elm Grove, WI 53122
(262) 782-7057

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 300 students Unknown students/teacher

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About this school

St. Mary Visitation Grade is a private middle school in Elm Grove. The principal of St. Mary Visitation Grade is Mary Tretow, whose e-mail is 300 children attend St. Mary Visitation Grade and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. Elm Grove Lutheran School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 93% %
Multiracial 4% %
Asian 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.4% %
Hispanic 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    This school is good academically. However most families are very hard-line Catholics and sorry you just won't fit in if you are not. I have nothing against anyone's religious beliefs but you have to partake to belong here. Also some serious cliques in the upper grades--these girls know how to act like angels in front of their parents while socially isolating a child who is new . Most of the children there have been there since pre-k. Of course I am not speaking about every class or every child. Just beware.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is our first year at SMV and we could not be happier! The teachers are wonderful the principal is really doing some phenomenal things and the parents are all very involved and supportive of the school community. Definitely worth checking out for your children.

  • (1 year ago)

    SMV is an amazing school that combines excellent education with academic excellence. I currently have two children who attend and have attended since K4. I am so proud to see the continued growth in the school and my children are thriving. The families are wonderful and the faculty and staff are well equipped in the classroom. We value the small class sizes for more individualized attention and would not chose another school in the area.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love St. Mary's Visitation in Elm Grove! We currently have four children enrolled. The faith formation and emphasis on technology are the most important to us but we also love the dedicated teachers staff and the principal. What a gem of a school in a charming neighborhood! We believe that our kids are getting the best Catholic education available in the metro Milwaukee area.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been a parent at SMV for 10 years. We have been very pleased with the caliber of education our children have enjoyed. It is a faith-filled environment with an excellent teaching staff recently recognized by the Archdiocese with an Exemplary Status award in Technology. The dedicated leadership from Mary Tretow and Father Peter Berger has been inspiring as they value input from parents and teachers. Our daughter at DSHA is thriving thanks to the academic and religious foundation that she received at SMV. Well worth the tuition!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school just gets better and better and I speak as a parent with 3 current students and also SMV graduates who are thriving and excelling in high school and college. Under new leadership the school has strong academic focus especially in junior high. Catholic teachings and values are CONSISTENTLY woven through student life -- academic social faculty and evident as soon as you step in the building. Faculty is energized and caring principal and pastor are strong dedicated presence. Parents are valued great community feel lots of young families. Surprising number of extracurriculars including academic quiz bowl children's choir forensics. Switched here from public school worth every penny.

  • (4 years ago)

    You will not find a better school in the Elmbrook School District. We chose St. Mary's Visitation because of the solid academic attention to each student. Teachers are phenomenol and the principal is beyond excellent. A forward thinking environment with exceptional parents who all want the best for their children is what you will get here. There is no room for negative energy drama or complaining. Issues are dealt with and solved. Students are treated with respect and students respect each other and their teachers. I volunteer in the lunch room and you'll hear a "yes please" or no thank you" from each student. This is a rarity these days. For parents looking to educate their children in an environment with positive academic success this is the best choice. The Catholic values taught shine through on to who they become as people. GREAT school.

  • (5 years ago)

    St. Mary Visitation is a wonderful school. It offers a solid Catholic education with very caring fun approachable and committed teachers. It has been a great environment for all of our children. Warm friendly and competitive. The school building was recently renovated and is a real quality upgrade to the physical plant. Our two boys have graduated are now doing well at Marquette High. They were well prepared for highschool. Our two girls are excelling academically and socially at SMV. The other families and parents are exceptional.

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers are professional and caring from Jr. K. through 8th grade. Students are provided an excellent academic curriculum and important building blocks of faith and service. This is supplemented by activities that include athletics music choir forensics and much more. Outstanding communication from weekly news packets to online websites. The principal is dedicated to its mission statement and is visible in the school life. The facility believes in working with parents to create the best atmosphere and conditions for all students. Parent involvement is high many creative and diverse skills blending into a well-rounded community. SMV is continually growing for its students and families with additional resources for special needs technology and building improvements additional after-school care program and dedication to continue to be an accredited school. SMV is a school and church community it is a blessing to our spiritual foundation and life with Christ.

  • (5 years ago)

    We have five students attending St. Mary's Visitation greades 8 to k4 and we have five happy intellectually challenged students who are also learning to respect and care for their peers and for the poor in the world around them. Our favorite aspect of SMV is the culture of humor acceptance and the happy teachers who ENJOY teaching and nurture our children.

  • (5 years ago)

    St. Mary's is a great school overall. It imbues a real Christian and Catholic perspective to it's daily life. Children learn and live their religion. They wear uniforms they are well-disciplined they attend Mass several times a week. The curriculum is full with emphasis on reading writing math and science. The library is good; lots of computer availability. Smartboards are coming. Spanish instruction starts in Grade 3 and goes thru 8th. Music is a real focus. Graduates generally feel they have been well-prepared for high school. If there's a downside it's typical of Catholic schools in general--worksheet driven very traditional curricular materials. That should be a focus for change. More hands-on less rote and thinking inside the box. But overall I'd rather have my child in this environment than not.

  • (5 years ago)

    We love St. Mary's school! Our daughter is in K4 and loves school too! She wasn't a fan of pre-school and we struggled with the decision to send her to her pre-school or St. Mary's. We feel we made the right decision! She talks about school her classmates teachers God and the activities ALL the time. We look forward to the next eight years. Also we have met a lot of great parents too!

  • (5 years ago)

    St Mary's Visitation of Elm Grove is a wonderful place full of compasionate and caring teachers administrators and parents. Their students consistently score well academically and the school prepares kids well for high school and life. Stressing 'Respect Responsibility and Right Relationships' is a central theme. Recent extensive renovations to the school continue to show their committment to a vital and vibrant educational experience. Each of our three sons two of which are still attending have benefited from the curriculum programs and lessons learned at St. Mary's Visitation School.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school provides an oustanding environment for children to grow academically and as individuals. The teachers are highly committed to the students development and success. The principal is a strong leader committed to academic excellence. Student body gets very high scores on standardized testing. The school provides many opportunities for family participation. We have three children at this school. They love school and are thriving both academically and building relationships with their peers god and the community. We would highly recommend this school as great preparation for high school and life.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is average in academics. They teach to the group with little individualized instruction to stretch certain students. There is parent involvement but at times to a disadvantage. Certain groups of parents can have great influence and power. The principal is not very involved with the students in a positive way. She is the disciplinarian. There is no Art teacher for the Elementary Grades though the teachers have great projects in the classroom. There are often many tests in a week and weeks without tests this is difficult for students to balance. Social problems exist and are often ignored.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is average in academic instruction and above average in political and social problems.

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