Nativity Catholic Cluster: Nativity of our Lord and St. Johns Parishes




Nativity of our Lord Catholic School has provided the Rhinelander community with over 115 years of Catholic education. We are grateful to the Franciscan and Holy Cross Sisters who established our school and brought outstanding faith based education that continues today. The name of our school has changed several times throughout the years. Perhaps you graduated from St. Mary’s, St. Josephs or Rhinelander Catholic Central. On January 1, 1995 we marked the merge of St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s parishes to become Nativity of Our Lord. The school was re-named to reflect that of the parish. Thousands of students have been poised to become the men and women who are leaders in our communities. We have been preparing children for the future with a solid academic and spiritual foundation. We are attempting to increase our development efforts and are hopeful to reconnect with many of our former students.

Facts you should know:

  • Graduates of Nativity Catholic School continue their success at Rhinelander High School with most in the top 10% of their graduating class.
  • Service to others is important with over 40 service projects per year completed by students.
  • Over 113 years of providing Catholic education to the children of Rhinelander and surrounding community.
  • Accredited by the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent School and is a member of the National Catholic Education Association.
  • Approximately 300 students in 3 year old program through eighth grade.
  • Largest Catholic School in the Diocese of Superior.
  • Member of Rhinelander Partners in Education.
  • Specialists in Spanish, Instrumental and Vocal Music, Art, Computers and Physical Education.
  • Daily instruction in Religion and weekly Mass planned by the students and staff
  • Outdoor Classroom and environmental education programming, including composting.
  • Largest, annual Science fair in the area.
  • Computer Lab and Smart Boards technology in every classroom.
  • In 2013, tuition to educate one student at Nativity Catholic School was $1924.00. The cost to educate one student was $6050.00, with the parish offering $4126.00 per student.
  • Over $70,000.00 in tuition assistance to families who are not able to afford tuition
  • Students of all religious denominations and faiths are welcome.

Giving Back

The Annual Alumni Appeal is an important source of income that many of our alumni generously donate to. These gifts assist with tuition assistance, our technology lab or purchases of their choice, including textbooks. We welcome your continued support by keeping our mission alive and well. Help us to preserve and celebrate our rich history of more than 113 years and move ahead. Recently, our Development Office mailed a school newsletter and Annual Appeal to the alumni whose addresses are current in our database. To donate click the link below:

Click here to donate to the Alumni Appeal


Stay Connected

Many of our alumni stay connected to our school in different ways. Alumni are an integral part of our rich past. We are working to keep our alumni database accurate. Help us stay connected by taking a moment to provide us with information about you and your years at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School. To register please fill out the information below or contact the school with your information at (715)362-5588

Alumni Registration