Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow

Our School System

Regis Catholic Schools is made up of two child development centers, three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. We are located in Eau Claire and Altoona, Wisconsin.

History

The first Catholic grade school in our area was built in 1906 and was a part of St. Patrick Parish. Other grade schools and a high school soon followed. The first class to graduate from 12th grade at St. Patrick’s School was in 1932.

In the 1950s, there was a significant demand for Catholic education. There were grade schools at Sacred Heart, St. Olaf, St. James the Greater, St. Mary’s, Immaculate Conception and St. Patrick’s. The high school at St. Patrick’s could not accommodate all of the students who wished to enroll. On September 24, 1951, the commitment was made to begin a drive for a new central Catholic high school which would meet the needs of all the parishes in the area.

At the same time, St. Patrick’s Parish High School was made a central location and the name was changed to Regis, which is Latin for "Christ the King". Construction of the present building began on September 24, 1952 and the current Regis building was in use by the 1953-54 school year.

Enrollment at Regis High School peaked in the 1960s with more than 800 students. At that time, almost 90% of the faculty was religious. The Benedictine order of St. Bede’s Priory, as well as many priests from the Diocese of La Crosse, served the school.

Enrollment declined at all of the schools in the 80s and 90s, and costs increased as fewer religious could serve as faculty and staff. This caused many Catholic schools throughout the nation to struggle financially and our Catholic schools were not an exception.

In 1998, the Catholic schools of Eau Claire and Altoona consolidated to form the Catholic Area Schools of the Eau Claire Deanery, or C.A.S.E.

Regis Middle School was integrated into the Regis High School campus, moving the 6th, 7th and 8th grades out of both Immaculate Conception and St. Pat's Elementary. St. Olaf Elementary was closed. St. James Elementary, Immaculate Conception Elementary and St. Mary’s Elementary remained as K-5 schools.

In 2011, the name of our Catholic school system was changed to Regis Catholic Schools. The Regis name is recognized throughout the Chippewa Valley. Today, Regis Catholic Schools includes Regis High School, Regis Middle School, Immaculate Conception Elementary, St. James Elementary, St. Mary's Elementary and the Regis and Genesis Child Development Centers.

Six parishes continue to supply the majority of students and about 1/3 of our system’s revenue. They are:

- Sacred Heart /St. Patrick
- Immaculate Conception
- St. James the Greater
- St. Olaf
- Newman
- St. Mary’s

Child Development Centers


Elementary Schools (PreK-5)



Middle School (6-8)

High School (9-12)

Central Office

Our Students

Jenae Pederson, Class of 2013
“Regis allows for the opportunities to be involved in many activities - academics, co-curricular, and spiritual - all at the same time. Because of these opportunities, I know I can make a difference with my time, talents and treasures.”
- Jenae Pederson, Class of 2013
Tommy Cicha & Samantha Misischia, Students
“We both came to Regis in our 8th grade year after being in public schools. We love Regis because it is an extension of our family. The students, faculty, and staff know us, help us, and encourage all of us students to succeed in our mind, body, and spirit.”
- Tommy Cicha & Samantha Misischia, Students
Ryan Ciresi & Celine Sabbagh, Students
"We like Regis because it helps students grow mind, body and spirit. We can learn about and express our faith. Our classmates strive to succeed in class. Regis is a safe environment. Regis has fun, challenging classes. Regis has friendly students. Regis has smaller classes."
- Ryan Ciresi & Celine Sabbagh, Students
Billy Wampler, Student
"We start almost every single class with a prayer. We are leaning on God to help us. It gives us an opportunity to learn things a little differently."
- Billy Wampler, Student
Heather & Jason Halfen, Parents
“We decided to invest in our family’s future by moving our children to Regis Catholic Schools. They are challenged academically, nurtured spiritually and supported socially by caring faculty, staff, and peers. We can’t imagine sending our four children anywhere else in the Chippewa Valley.”
- Heather & Jason Halfen, Parents
Ivy Kurth, Student
"When I switched schools to attend Regis Middle School, I was quickly welcomed and realized how easy it is to belong here. In classes, I can focus on learning. The teachers and the students work together to make a great learning environment."
- Ivy Kurth, Student

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow

Regis Catholic Schools is dedicated to educating students of all faiths in a Catholic, Christ-centered environment. We are united by Our Core Values of Living Faith, Accepting Responsibility, Promoting Teamwork, Achieving Excellence, and Inspiring Leadership.