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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

Testimonials

Marianne Callaghan, Regis Parent
"It is so well worth it for us to sacrifice financially for our kids to come here because honestly, we don't feel like it is a sacrifice. We feel like it is an investment in their future."
- Marianne Callaghan, Regis Parent
Fr. Derek Sakowski, Dean
"We are able to engage at every level of the human person every single day, in every classroom, and in every subject. That's something that you can't put a price tag on."
- Fr. Derek Sakowski, Dean
Shaughnessy Murphy, Class of 2002
"The Regis motto, "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow", couldn't be more true. The foundation for my successes today were first forged in the classroom and athletic programs at Regis."
- Shaughnessy Murphy, Class of 2002
Griffin Johnson, Class of 2020
"With a small school like we have, it really gives more of an opportunity to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities and sports, which really enhances my experience here at Regis."
- Griffin Johnson, Class of 2020
Erika Galewski, Teacher
"Teaching is my vocation and I feel God calling me to teach. Having the strong faith-based education that we provide is something I think is very important for students to have at all age levels and all grade levels."
- Erika Galewski, Teacher
Elizabeth Cerny, Regis Parent
"Regis Catholic Schools helps nurture each child's hopes and dreams and teaches them how to care for others and grow in their own faith. The teachers challenge their intellect by allowing them to fail and prasing them when they grow and learn how to accomplish what they didn't think was possible."
- Elizabeth Cerny, Regis Parent
John Mulligan, Class of 1983
"The values I learned at Regis carry over for your entire life; values like treating people respectfully and working hard to achieve your goals. These are values that lead to success in life."
- John Mulligan, Class of 1983
Michele Seeman, Regis Parent
"There is a level of comfort here that we can't get at the public schools. We believe the staff and other parents hold the same basic values that we do, which is important. Additionally, we feel that Regis Catholic Schools is the best option for preparing our children for the future."
- Michele Seeman, Regis Parent
Mike Andrews, Regis Parent
"We just feel at home and so do our kids. Regis is a great place to be and it's where our family wants to be."
- Mike Andrews, Regis Parent
Grace Kristo, Class of 2020
"I feel like the focus on service and helping others has helped me grow as an individual and the class sizes have given me an opportunity to learn more than I could at a public school."
- Grace Kristo, Class of 2020

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.