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.

View the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction report card for Cross Trainers Academy school year 2022-2023 here.

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

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

For questions or feedback regarding these policies, please contact CTA Administrator, Don Galster, at (414) 935-0500.

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

  • All CTA students must re-enroll every school year
  • Seats for school year 2024-2025 are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis!
  • Enroll for CTA online at
  • Turn in residency and income documentation to our school office in person.
  • Call us with questions or for more information: 414-935-0500
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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.