Aquinas Academy first opened its doors in 1991 with nine students in a rented two-room school house on Schlie Road in Menomonee Falls. Although currently a grade school, Aquinas Academy was originally a high school called Hillcrest Academy. In 1993, the Board purchased our current 68 acre campus on Good Hope and Pilgrim Road and in 1997 as we opened our current building, our name was changed to Aquinas Academy.
In the spring of 1990, when Mr. and Mrs. Hundt discerned that God was asking them to open a school of authentic Catholic formation and a classical curriculum, they were taking a step out in faith. With great courage and faith in His providence, and help from various benefactors, volunteers, and clergy - like Fr. Thomas Moylan, Fr. Franz Jordon, Fr. Daniel Sherman, Fr. John Harding, S.J., and especially (then Father but now) Bishop Don Hying - along with countless prayers, the Independent Scholastic Association (ISA) was formed. The premesis on Schlie Road in Menomonee Falls was rented, and nine freshman and sophomore students began high school in the fall of 1991.
Two years later, the ISA Board took a tremendous leap of faith and purchased our current 68 acre campus on Good Hope and Pilgrim Road and started fundraising for our current building. In April 1995, our landlord announced that we either had to purchase the building or vacate it immediately. After scrambling to find classroom space to rent, we finally secured space in the basement of the Falls Bible Church, our temporary home until our current building was ready in February 1997.
With a beautiful new building and campus and a bright future for our graduates, the ISA Board made the decision to phase out the high school program over the following two years and to start over, by opening a preschool.
In the fall of 1998, the ISA Board hired Miss Peggy Duemling and she opened with three K-3 students and gradually filled the classroom with 15 students. Over the years, additional classes were added and teachers were hired until we were ready to open our full middle school in the fall of 2006.
Despite the many obstacles that we have faced, Almighty God’s plan for Aquinas Academy continues to develop through the faithful cooperation of the many families, teachers, and benefactors that have come together to form this Catholic learning community.