Aquinas offers a variety of extracurricular activities. Our award-winning programs are viewed as an extension of the classroom. We encourage each student to participate in extra-curricular as we believe this helps them become connected to their school. We are proud of our students' achievements.
Mass & Sacraments
The Aquinas High School chapel is open throughout the day for reflection and prayer as well as optional daily morning liturgies.
Reconciliation is celebrated during the seasons of Advent and Lent. Aquinas High School students may also receive the sacrament from the Chaplain upon request.
An All-School Mass is held for all students of Aquinas Catholic Schools on the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas (January 28).
The Golden Mass is celebrated by the middle and high school students on the last day of school before Christmas.
All students are governed by administrative interpretation of the dress code. Final decisions regarding the appropriateness of student dress is reserved for the Aquinas Middle School administration. Anything that draws attention to itself is not acceptable. You may view the dress code to the right as a PDF.
At Aquinas Middle School, a comprehensive middle school curriculum, as listed below, is taught:
Core Courses – 7th & 8th Grades
Language Arts and Literature
Encore Courses – 7th & 8th Grades
International Language (Spanish or French)
Band, Choir, Strings, or General Music
International Language: Students may choose a two-year program of French or Spanish. Aquinas Middle School offers students the opportunity to complete their first year of a high school international language during the middle school years. Seventh grade students select from French or Spanish and follow through with that in eighth grade. Successful completion of the course, along with teacher recommendation, allows the student to begin high school at level 2 of the international language.
Music: Students in all grades must choose one music elective (Band, Choir, Strings, or General Music). Every attempt is made to allow students two music choices when requested. Aquinas Middle School offers four selections of music for students. Band, Strings, and Choir are performance groups. General Music will cover history, theory, and experiences of music without a strong focus on performance. Students may enroll in two music courses with the understanding that there will be no time in the student schedule for a study hall.
Math: Accelerated Math is offered to qualifying seventh grade students. High school Algebra is offered to qualifying eighth grade students. Qualifying students are notified of their placement in July before the beginning of the new school year.
Please note: Encore courses meet once in a three day cycle. An Encore course may not be offered if enrollment numbers are not sufficient to offer the course.
AMS Report Card
The Department of Public Instruction releases public reports for all public and choice schools and requests that all schools display these report cards on their websites. Below is an example of the 2017-2018 information that the report cards provide. Please note that Aquinas Catholic Schools and all private schools are currently NOT rated. The student achievement scores listed below are actually the average state scores for 2017-2018. Feel free to go to the site listed below to see the standings of all public and choice schools throughout Wisconsin. https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/reportcards/
Every threat to human dignity and life is felt in the Church’s very heart. It affects us at the core of our faith and requires strong preventive steps and responsive actions.
Aquinas Catholic Schools strives to provide a safe, secure and respectful learning environment. We will consistently and vigorously address bullying, including cyberbullying, to maintain the standards of a Christian community. Policies and procedures are described in our student/parent handbook.
The presence and use of drugs and alcohol present a clear and present danger to the health, safety, and welfare of all pupils and we take action to protect students from the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Our drug policy is described in detail in our student/parent handbook.
AMS Parent Advisory Counsel
Membership: Homeroom Parent(s)
Representatives - randomly selected
(minimum of 1 rep per homeroom)
Liaison between homeroom parents/school
Assist AMS administrator in the organizing and running of activities (socials chaperones, auctions, office assistance, Concerts – decorating, graduation, Student appreciation day, teacher appreciation day, Christmas gifts, etc.)
Serve in an advisory capacity to administration
AMS Parent Association
Membership: All middle school parents
Meeting forum provides information regarding middle school activities, events, curriculum, etc.
Assist Aquinas Middle School with fundraisers and student activities.
Snow & Inclement Weather Procedures
Should weather conditions require the cancellation of school or bus routes, information will be relayed to parents and staff through the following media:
Channel 8 WKBT (CBS)
Channel 13 WEAU (NBC)
Channel 19 WXOW (ABC)
Channel 25 WLAX (FOX)
www.aquinascatholicschools.org – a special announcement will be posted on the ACS homepage and all school homepages
93.3 FM Z-93
94.7 FM KCLH
95.7 FM WRQT
98.3 FM KQYB
100.1 FM Classic Rock
102.7 FM Eagle 102.7
104.9 FM Magic 105
106.3 FM CC 106.3
580 AM WKTY
1410 AM WIZM
1490 AM WLFN
School Bus Routes
Local Routes: Public school bus routes for residents of the School Districts of La Crosse, Onalaska, and Holmen will continue to operate when ACS and the public school districts remain open.
Routes 90 (Ridge Route), 42 (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton) and 76 (Genoa) with direct service to Aquinas: These routes are chartered by ACS and will continue to operate when ACS is in session. Route 42 is an ACS route, even though some riders transfer at Luther High School, and will run when ACS is in session.
Bus routes that transfer at Luther High School (Routes 37 to Sparta/Tomah, 76 to La Crescent, 9 to Centerville/Galesville, 20 to Dakota/Nodine): Even if ACS is in session, there may be times when weather conditions do not allow the operation of these outlying bus routes. In those events, media will be asked to list ACS as open, but a school status of “Snow Routes” or “Buses on Main Roads Only” means that chartered routes that transfer through Luther High School will NOT operate that day. Parents should examine road conditions and determine if and when it is safe to consid-er alternative transportation. Absences and tardies due to the cancellation of bus routes will be considered excused. In the unlikely event that severe weather forces these chartered afternoon bus routes to begin early, students will be excused from classes in order to ride the bus. The school will contact parents, or the emergency contact provided by parents, to notify them if afternoon buses are running early.
Please keep this information handy for snowy mornings!
FACTS Financial Aid Application
Application and income documentation is required for the Aquinas Catholic Schools Tuition Assistance Scholarship. FACTS Management works with schools to create a custom application and collect financial data so schools can make accurate award decisions based on financial need. You may log into your FACTS user account to review the status of your application. Please allow at least two weeks for processing.