Mission & History

The mission of St. Martini Lutheran School is to provide a safe, Christian school focused on educational success, leadership development and spiritual growth.

St. Martini Lutheran School was established in 1883 and serves the Hispanic community on Milwaukee’s near south side. St. Martini Lutheran Church contracted LUMIN in 2009 to operate the school and work together to accelerate the growth of Christian education in St. Martini’s neighborhood.

Total enrollment is 286 students, all participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. Mrs. Julieane Cook has served as principal since 2012.

St. Martini Lutheran School (SMLS) operates in two buildings; 4K through 4th grade classrooms are located at 1520 South Cesar E. Chavez Drive (South 16th Street) and 5th through 8th grade classrooms are located at 1557 West Orchard Street. Other buildings on the St. Martini campus include the church and parsonage. “St. Martini” is a Latin derivative of Martin Luther’s name. The church and school recently celebrated their 130th anniversaries. “This speaks volumes about St. Martini’s rich history of serving its community” according to Dick Laabs, president of LUMIN.

Mrs. Cook states, “The students, families, and staff of St. Martini work tirelessly to create a safe learning environment that welcomes every member of our community.  Our Pastor, dedicated teaching staff, parent involvement, and student leadership programs set our school a part.  We really are making a difference on the south side of Milwaukee.”

Instruction is enhanced by extensive use of technology as all classrooms are equipped with smart boards and access to over 150 Chromebooks. SMLS promotes a blended learning environment with daily use of technology in programs that enhances reading and math skills. Bilingual teaching staff and assistants help Spanish speaking students be fully immersed in the English Language. Class sizes are small and small group instruction is emphasized. SMLS staff is committed to helping each child grow academically and spiritually. Bilingual office staff assists parents with school and other administrative matters.

Most exciting are opportunities for family involvement. Principal Cook hosts monthly “Café con la Principal” as a way to plan activities for the school with parents as the driving force.  It is also a place to voice concerns and offer ideas to improve our school. "We value our parents’ opinions very much," says Principal Cook. SMLS also offers monthly family nights.  The monthly event attracts more than 200 people and often includes a meal, gym activities and worship. Staff members enjoy the opportunity to spend time with school families in an informal spiritual and social setting. The Family Worship Night program and Pastor Prada’s work is often featured in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod’s publications, alerting a national audience to this outstanding example of Christian outreach.

Milwaukee's south side is underserved by Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod schools. LUMIN has a vision for serving urban communities, an energy for action and a track record of accomplishments. This partnership creates a bright future for St. Martini Lutheran School. Together, we will accelerate the growth of Christian education in our community. 

St. Martini Lutheran School is accredited by AdvancEd, NLSA (National Lutheran Schools Accreditation) and WRISA (Wisconsin Religious and Independent School Accreditation) and a partner school of Center for Urban Teaching (CfUT), Partners Advancing Values in Education (PAVE) and Schools That Can Milwaukee (STCM).  Each summer SMLS welcomes CfUT’s summer school program as a way to continue highly engaging academics for all interested students through the summer months.

SMLS Student Council created a school pledge that embodies what SMLS scholars strive to do every day.

We Love
Because God loves us.

We Change
Because we are always learning!

We Empower
Because inspiring others to do their best will make our families, 
schools, and communities prosper.

At St. Martini, We are children of God.



Worship services at St. Martini Lutheran School are held each Wednesday morning throughout the school year. The services consist of prayer, praise music, Scripture readings, and a Law and Gospel message appropriate for the theme of the day. St. Martini Lutheran Church holds bilingual services on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

St. Martini Lutheran continues to develop ways to connect Christ to the classroom, educating the whole child, especially his or her faith walk. Students participate in faith formation and character building lessons daily.



Los Lobos athletic program is an extension of the Christian Education provided at St. Martini Lutheran School. It supplements the physical education curriculum, providing additional physical activities for students who choose to participate. 

St. Martini Lutheran students compete in co-ed soccer, volleyball, basketball. SMLS also offers dance classes and an indoor Spring futsal program.



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