Notre Dame Schools of Milwaukee is expanding its primary school at a new location that provides much needed space to accommodate growing enrollment. Notre Dame Primary School—Milwaukee’s only Catholic, co-ed, and dual-language immersion primary school dedicated to serving the Latino community—will serve 198 boys and girls in K5-4 grades.
In collaboration with Milwaukee nonprofit PAVE, IFF provided a $2.4 million loan to buy and renovate the building as well as refinance debt. Furniture, fixtures, and equipment were bought with a separate $50,000 IFF loan. IFF also conducted a feasibility study and facility planning, as well as offered assistance in acquiring the new site.
Notre Dame Schools of Milwaukee began in 1996 as Notre Dame Middle School, serving 26 Latinas in fifth and sixth grades from low-income families. Today both the primary and middle schools are in areas that need a combined 6,100 performing seats for students, according to IFF’s recently released interactive map and updated study on the location and performance of Milwaukee schools.