The Milwaukee Rescue Mission opened Cross Trainers Academy in 2006 with the intent of providing exceptional educational opportunity and the hope of the Gospel. The school, with more than 450 students and a 20:1 student-staff ratio, offers pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classes.

Cross Trainers Academy is part of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and 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.

Location:  1530 W. Center Street (the corner of 15th and Center Streets)

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.

2022-23 Choice Enrollment for Cross Trainers Academy

A few things to note:

  • All CTA students must re-enroll every school year
  • Seats for school year 2022-2023 are limited 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.

Click HERE to view the Cross Trainers Academy 2022-2023 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.

Want to get involved?

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

Additional outreach includes:

  • Training in parenting, health, nutrition, etc.
  • Guidance in finances, employment, housing, legal matters, etc.
  • After-school tutoring programs, including distribution of backpacks and school supplies for children
  • Food baskets and nutritious meals
  • Mentoring relationships
  • Summer school program for kids
  • Clothing, including coats, shoes and boots
  • Household items for their new home

If you or someone you know needs help, please contact us — we’re here for you.