Where children’s lives are transformed. For good.

Children in Milwaukee who are poor and homeless face an uncertain future. Without a solid education, compassionate mentors and a firm foundation, many are likely to perpetuate the cycle of poverty and its frequent results: violence, substance abuse and homelessness. Study after study has shown that education is the best ticket out of such situations, which is why the Milwaukee Rescue Mission started Cross Trainers Academy in 2006. CTA’s express purpose is to provide at-risk children with the opportunity for an excellent, Christian-based education that will equip them with academic, social, emotional and spiritual tools for life.

A Chance to Succeed

The Milwaukee Rescue Mission opened Cross Trainers Academy in 2006 with the intent of reaching inner-city kids with educational opportunity and the hope of the Gospel. The school, with more than 420 students and a 20:1 student-staff ratio, offers pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classes.

Cross Trainers Academy focuses on strong academic achievement, especially in the areas of reading and mathematics. Through diligent work, students gain the skills necessary to be successful in their academic efforts. Other classes include science, social studies, Bible, physical education, health, music and art.

Kishia says her daughter has seen “a lot of growth” since switching from another school: “She’s not afraid of learning anymore. She’s made a drastic change. She now has a strong belief in God, and she’s more caring and loving, because that’s what she’s been shown at the school.”

Cross Trainers Academy is part of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. It receives funding for each child whose family income falls below levels determined by the state. But the funding doesn’t cover all of our costs, partly because of small class sizes of only 15-20 students. We are always in need of more funding, resources and volunteers to meet the basic needs of the school . . . and of each and every student.

The school is located at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission’s North Campus at 1530 W. Center Street (the corner of 15th and Center Streets) and can be reached at:

Main line: (414) 935-0500
Fax number: 414-246-0373

Click here to see the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction report card for Cross Trainers Academy for the 2020-2021 school year.

Click here to be linked to the Private School Choice Programs Application.

Parents and Guardians:

2021-22 Choice Enrollment for Cross Trainers Academy

A few things to note:

  • All CTA students must re-enroll every school year
  • Seats for school year 2021-2022 will fill up quickly and are on a first-come, first-served basis!
  • Enroll for CTA online at https://sms.dpi.wi.gov/ChoiceParent/
  • Turn in residency and income documentation to our school office in person.
  • Call us with questions or for more information: 414-935-0500

Cross Trainers Academy is accredited by Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation.


Click here to view the Cross Trainers Academy Internet Safety and Acceptable Use Policy, and click here to view the Cross Trainers Academy 2021-2022 Student Dress Code. For questions or feedback regarding these policies, please contact the Don Galster at Cross Trainers Academy at the following number: (414) 935-0500.

School Supplies

You can help equip bright, young minds with the tools they need to succeed!

Click here to view the list of needed supplies for elementary, middle and high school students. Thank you for helping prepare at-risk students with a strong foundation for the future!

Want to get involved?

Click here to find out how you can volunteer at Cross Trainers Academy. To view employment openings at CTA, click here. And, if you want to catch up on the latest happenings at CTA, be sure to check our our latest school newsletters!

Thank you for your support!

To learn more about the impact Cross Trainers Academy is having on our community, we invite you watch this video.

Mission Statement

Cross Trainers Academy exists to provide an academically rigorous, Christ-centered education to equip students from a wide variety of backgrounds, including those who are or have been homeless, to serve their communities and lead responsible, God-honoring lives. We do this by nurturing the whole child, empowering each student to build a strong foundation for the future.