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                                  St. Augustine Preparatory Academy Launches $25 Million
                                     Campaign for New North Campus During Annual Gala
                  Gala raises more than $3 million, including $2.6 million from nearly 800 attendees to support current
                  students plus surprise contribution to Aug Prep North campaign
Milwaukee (May 10, 2024) – St. Augustine Preparatory Academy (Aug Prep), a high-performing K4-12
non-denominational Christian school in Milwaukee, launched the public phase of a $25 million
fundraising campaign for the school’s future North Campus during its annual gala on Thursday. To date,
Aug Prep has raised $9.5 million toward that goal.

In addition to launching its North Campus campaign, the gala raised $2.6 million from nearly 800
community and business leaders in attendance on Thursday to serve the needs of current students.
Aug Prep raised a total of more than $3 million on Thursday to support the future of Milwaukee,
including a surprise announcement from Mary Ellen Stanek of a collective gift of $750,000 from the Paul
Purcell “Kids Win” fund, Baird Foundation and several Baird leaders and their families to inspire others
to support the future North Campus.

The school’s largest annual event celebrated the growing reach and impact of Aug Prep, including the
transformative plans underway to significantly renovate and rebuild the former Cardinal Stritch
University campus into Aug Prep North. The second campus for Aug Prep is being designed to equip and
develop the whole child through state-of-the art classrooms, STEM labs, music and fine arts spaces as
well as athletics facilities including a new fieldhouse, a turf soccer field, and an outdoor track. The North
Campus will also include facilities for college and career readiness, and health care for students and

“Education is the great equalizer for Milwaukee students and their families, so we must do everything
we can to ensure more students have access to a high-quality education,” said Gus Ramirez, who co-
founded Aug Prep with his wife, Becky. “The success of our Aug Prep South students has exceeded our
goals and will continue to improve. We plan to create a similar opportunity for students on the north
side as we deliver an excellent education to a racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse student
body. Aug Prep North will ultimately transform the lives of more than 2,000 students. When fully built
out, the combined Aug Prep South and Aug Prep North campuses will play a significant role in the future
of our city, graduating 400-500 young men and women every year who are equipped to flourish in their
future education, the workforce and our community. We invite those interested in transforming
education in Milwaukee to support the campaign.”

With the theme of “Aiming High: Rooted in Hope,” the gala also honored retiring MMAC President Tim
Sheehy and Dr. Emilia Arana of the Sixteenth Street Community Center for their many significant
contributions to Milwaukee’s education landscape, including their support of Aug Prep. Sheehy received
the 2024 Founders Award and Dr. Arana received the 2024 Friends Award. The gala featured several
highlight videos, including a compelling story of student success, video tributes to Sheehy and Arana
plus a fresh take on school spirit, as students and staff showed off their vocal talents and dance moves
while recording the newly choreographed “Aug Prep Step.” 

“Our past, current and future successes would not be possible without the incredible generosity and
encouragement of our many friends and supporters,” said Abby Andrietsch, Chief Executive Officer of
Aug Prep. “There are so many to thank for their unwavering dedication to raising educational outcomes
in our city, including other Choice, Charter and high-quality MPS schools. At the top of that list are two
committed education champions, Tim Sheehy and Dr. Emilia Arana. While neither of them seek
attention or credit, they deserve our deepest thanks and appreciation.”

Demolition has already begun at the former Cardinal Stritch property, with an anticipated fall 2026
opening date for Aug Prep North. The Ramirez Family and Husco, a lead benefactor for Aug Prep, have
committed the remaining $75 million to complete the total $100 million investment to create Aug Prep

Phase One of the new campus will open in fall 2026 with just over 300 students in grades K4-6th and
9th, and will grow to serve 1,000-plus students in grades K4-12. Beyond this initial investment, a second
phase is envisioned for the future which would eventually build capacity to reach 2,000-plus students.
VJS Construction Services has been appointed the general contractor with EUA serving as the architect.

The new North Campus will launch from and emulate the success of Aug Prep’s South Campus, which
has quickly grown to become one of the top-rated K4-12 schools in Wisconsin since its launch in 2017.
Aug Prep has exceeded or significantly exceeded expectations every year on the State of Wisconsin
Department of Public Instruction report card. 

Originally launched with 560 students, Aug Prep South has grown to serve more than 1,800
predominantly low-income students in just six years. In August 2023, Aug Prep opened a new, state-of-
the-art $49 million elementary school on the South Campus. Aug Prep will serve 2,200 students during
the 2024-25 school year. The South Campus expansion will add capacity to ultimately grow to a total
enrollment of 2,400.
To learn more about how you can support the vision for Aug Prep and the new North Campus, please
visit or reach out to [email protected].
About Aug Prep
St. Augustine Preparatory Academy (Aug Prep) was founded in 2017 with a vision to develop its students
to be leaders of tomorrow known by their strength of character, courage, intellect, impactful
contributions and their faith. Through its four pillars – faith, family, academics and arts/athletics – an
Aug Prep education focuses on equipping the mind, body and soul of each child with excellence.
Aug Prep is proud to be the #1 rated K4-12 school in Milwaukee. Every year since inception, Aug Prep
exceeded or significantly exceeded expectations on the State of Wisconsin Department of Public
Instruction (DPI) report card, with student academic growth in the top 2% statewide.

Its 2024 senior class of 110 students has already broken a school record in earning over $16.6 million in
scholarships to-date. Of those students, over 90% will be first-generation college students. 100% of Aug
Prep class of 2023 was accepted into 2- or 4-year colleges or the military.

Today, the school’s founding South Campus serves more than 1,800 students, with 99% of students
qualifying for the Milwaukee or Wisconsin Parental Choice Program and approximately 8 percent
participating in the Special Needs Scholarship Program. In building the “diverse by design” structure on
the North Campus, the school hopes to elicit a mix of tuition-paying and Choice students, in addition to
building racial and cultural diversity. More information can be found at or