Admissions

Why St. Ambrose Academy?

When my kids head out the door in the morning, they know they’ll be received by teachers who care about them, surrounded by friends, and immersed in an environment where everyone is ready to learn. The St. Ambrose community is a strong, loving, and supportive one. What a blessing it’s been for my whole family to have this community with which to navigate the path forward.

– Meg M., St. Ambrose Academy parent

We are Classical

St. Ambrose Academy is the only Catholic Junior High and High School in the Diocese of Madison with an accredited Classical curriculum. St. Ambrose Academy’s liberal arts pedagogy is designed to provide an outstanding foundation in the critical academic disciplines of math, science, history, literature, logic, rhetoric, composition, and Latin–all crowned by regular study of and growth in the Catholic Faith. 

Our students are encouraged to become critical thinkers and independent learners through academic rigor and are well prepared for the demands of post-high school college study.

We are Catholic

Offered regular access to Mass and the Sacraments and mentored by a chaplain and teachers who foster a deep love of Jesus Christ, St. Ambrose Academy students see and are led to imitate the virtues which joyfully compel a life lived in knowledge, love, and service of Christ and His Church. 

Our Catholic identity permeates every subject and experience to form truly Christian leaders of today and tomorrow.

We are Close-Knit

When you walk through the doors of St. Ambrose Academy, you enter an authentic Christian community that is truly welcoming with smiling faces around every corner. Our faithful staff foster Christian fellowship within our student body and our skilled and caring teachers prioritize relationships while providing highly individualized attention in small class sizes. 

Our emphasis on growing in virtue and building strong character creates a safe, dignity-affirming environment where students gain confidence and trust in God’s plans for their futures.

St. Ambrose Academy Quick Facts

  • Total 2021-2022 enrollment in grades 6 through 12: 125 students
  • Average Class Size: 16
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 10:1
  • 20% of faculty have earned a doctorate and 67% have earned a master’s degree
  • Tuition: $8,575 for grades 9-12 and $7,995 for grades 6-8
  • Students receiving financial assistance: 47%
  • Average financial assistance awarded per student per year: $5,000

A Path to Greatness

ACT Results

(Note: some students opt to take the SAT)

YearSAAWINationalSAA Tested
202127.220.320.769%
202026.920.520.893%
201924.520.720.780%
201828.520.820.860%

National Merit Finalists

YearClass SizeNational Merit Honors
2021131 Finalist
2019101 Finalist
2018101 Finalist
2017111 Semi-Finalist

AP Exam Results

YearExams AdministeredExams with a Score of 3 or Higher
20202568%
20191889%
20181182%
20171580%

Post Graduation Plans

Most graduates of St. Ambrose Academy go on to study at an institution of higher education, including those who are discerning a religious vocation, while a smaller percentage enter the military or workforce.

Post-Secondary School90%
Military4%
Work6%

College Acceptances

Our graduates have been accepted to many institutions of higher education including, but not limited to, the following:

American University

Alverno College

Arizona State University

Belmont Abbey College

Benedictine College

Boston College

Bowling Green State University

Carroll College

Carroll University

Christendom College

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Georgetown University

Madison College

Marquette University

Michigan Technological University

Missouri Univ. of Science & Tech.

Princeton University

St. Gregory the Great Seminary

St. John’s University, MN

St. Mary’s University, MN

St. Norbert College

Seton Hall University

South Dakota School of Mines

U.S. Naval Academy

University of Chicago

University of Dallas

University of Illinois

University of Kansas

University of Kentucky

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of Nebraska

University of Northern Michigan

University of Notre Dame

University of Southern California

University of St. Thomas, MN

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

University of Wyoming

Virginia Tech

Viterbo University

Wyoming Catholic College

A New, Permanent Home

St. Ambrose Academy is on the way to a long-awaited permanent home of our own! After nearly 18 years of using generously donated space, St. Ambrose has embarked upon the $7.5 million Christ Our Light building campaign to build a permanent campus that will further attract students who will radiate the love of Christ as they grow into happy, healthy, and well-rounded young men and women. 

This 5-acre campus will be located in Fitchburg, WI, at the southern quadrant of the intersection of Fahey Glen and Nobel Drive, just west of McGaw Park. The location is in a growing, centrally-located part of the greater Madison area and is close to shopping, parks, trails, and many more attractive community features.

For more information about the Christ Our Light building campaign and to see the latest updates about our plans, click the link below!

An Interim Home

While our campaign is raising the funds necessary for this permanent campus, St. Ambrose Academy will call 3 Point Place, Madison home for the interim. This well-built facility was formerly the home of an institution of higher education and offers ample classroom space, faculty offices, gathering space for prayer and all-school Masses, and green space for students to enjoy the fresh air.