St. Marcus Lutheran School serves more than 900 K3 through 8th grade students on two campuses in Milwaukee’s central city – an all-time high for the school founded in 1872. St. Marcus’ vision is to be the best, urban Christian school in America. For starters, they believe there is no excuse for failure and every student who enters the school can and will earn the right to post-secondary education.
This philosophy pervades the culture in the form of practical approaches to education; covenants signed by teachers, parents and children; and support provided for student mind, body and spiritual health.
St. Marcus students, provided by St. Marcus School
“We couldn’t be serving as many kids as we are without a bank that understands who we are and is committed to us and our growth. We have a great working relationship with Park Bank. They always have found a way to say ‘yes’ and that pretty much summarizes our experience.”
When Park Bank started working with St. Marcus in 2001 they were in the midst of planning for a new campus at North and Palmer. This construction project was completed in 2003 and was followed by an expansion in 2005. With hundreds of students on their waiting list in 2008, St. Marcus expanded again allowing them to double in size between the years of 2008-2013. In 2014, St. Marcus developed a North Campus which serves their early childhood students. St. Marcus has continued to expand and improve both facilities over the years in order to best serve their students. Park Bank has supported them each step of the way, playing a role in each capital undertaking. The Park Bank Foundation participates in the St. Marcus Gala, their annual fundraising event, which provides an inspiring opportunity for donors and community supporters to experience the positive impact St. Marcus is making on students and families in the face of adversity.
Executive Director Fred Lautz, retired shareholder and managing partner of Quarles & Brady, keeps his eyes on the future. With a waiting list of 200 children, Lautz sees the need for another campus and early childhood initiatives to support families even earlier. As the St. Marcus team makes plans for their next steps forward, Park Bank is proud to support this strong community leader.
“Our banker is forwarding leaning and proactive. Craig’s style is to build a strong relationship with us by actively knowing what’s happening at St. Marcus and helping us plan for what’s next.”
St. Marcus Academic Achievements
- 98% average daily attendance rate
- 83% student return rate
- 85% high school graduation rate
- 70% of students enter post-secondary education