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Education for Life
Welcome to the McDonell Area Catholic Schools. In 1881, when our schools were forming, Father Charles Goldsmith asked the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Milwaukee to come and teach the children in Chippewa Falls. In 1882, a high school department was formed with the first class graduating in 1889.

     Read our MACS history

With the encouragement of Father Goldsmith, three Catholic Parishes were built within Chippewa Falls. The Church of the Holy Ghost, Church of Notre Dame, and St. Charles Borromeo.  They, together with the surrounding area supporting parishes, are partners in faith with the school system.

Identity Statement
McDonell Area Catholic Schools is a Catholic school system in the Diocese of La Crosse. As a Catholic school, we will teach and advocate our Catholic Faith. All students are welcome in our school and all parents and legal guardians must understand that Catholic Doctrine will be taught. The passing on of our Catholic Faith is our number one priority.  

Centered on Jesus Christ and His Church, we partner with families to nurture young people’s spiritual, intellectual, physical, and moral formation through a PreK-12 Catholic liberal arts education and vibrant student life of discipleship, athletics, and the arts.

MACS will be a beacon of faith, hope, and love by inspiring each student to embrace his or her identity as a beloved son or daughter of God, while discovering and developing their unique gifts.
We will immerse students and families in an authentic Catholic culture which fosters love of truth, beauty, and goodness. We will challenge all students to pursue academic excellence, critical thinking, and intellectual inquiry.
We will prepare McDonell graduates to be a transforming force within society, sharing the Gospel and working for the common good as productive, virtuous citizens.

Faith, honor, academic excellence, healthy living, community, and servant leadership

Our Schools

     St. Charles Borromeo Preschool (Little Macks 3K & 4K)
     429 W. Spruce St.
     Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

     St. Charles Borromeo Primary (Grades K - 2)
     429 W. Spruce St.
     Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

     Holy Ghost Elementary (Grades 3-5)
     436 South Main St.
     Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

     Notre Dame Middle School (Grades 6-8)
     1316 Bel Air Blvd.
     Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

     McDonell Central Catholic High School (Grades 9-12)
     1316 Bel Air Blvd.
     Chippewa Falls, WI 54729