City of Racine schools and higher education

Racine is well served by a wide variety of educational institutions either within the city or in close proximity.

Racine Unified School District

The Racine Unified School District (RUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in the state of Wisconsin, with over 2,100 teachers and educational assistants serving nearly 20,000 students east of I-94.

RUSD Academies

In partnership with area businesses and workforce training agencies, RUSD has restructured middle and high school curriculum to create the Academies of Racine. These small learning communities provide students real-world experiences by developing courses designed for specific career areas.

Charter Schools

Charter schools are public, nonsectarian schools created through a contract between the charter governance board and the sponsoring school board. The link provided connects to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Charter School information page.

Siena Catholic Schools

The Catholic Schools of Racine have recently reorganized under a new name: Siena Catholic Schools. The organization operates six schools, including St. Catherine’s High School.

Racine Lutheran High School

Several congregations operate school programs through the eighth-grade level. Racine Lutheran High School serves grades 9 to 12.

The Prairie School

The Prairie School is a private, independent, college-preparatory day school, serving students from early school/pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

Racine Montessori School

The Racine Montessori School is a private institution providing programs from age three through eighth grade.

Technical College         

Gateway Technical College provides over 25,000 students at eight different regional campuses access to more than 65 programs in health, business, manufacturing, engineering and service careers every year. Gateway Tech’s Business Solutions services offer non-credit and credit employee training programs, business development assistance, professional development and short-term customized training for area individuals and businesses.


University of Wisconsin System Campuses

UW-Parkside is a regional university offering 41 majors, 49 minors, multiple certificates, pre-professional programs and online degrees to over 5,000 students. UW-Parkside’s MBA program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International and has exchange agreements with universities in countries around the world. The Small Business Administration-funded Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Parkside is part of a statewide network supporting entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and targeted educational programs.

UW-Milwaukee is a nationally-recognized research institution with 191 degree programs, 36 doctoral programs and over 170 study abroad programs engaging over 25,000 students. UW-Milwaukee is home to the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, the only accredited architecture school in Wisconsin, and the School of Freshwater Sciences and Technology: our nation’s only school solely dedicated to freshwater research and education.

Private Colleges

Carthage College is a private, four-year liberal arts and sciences college founded in 1847. Among other academic programs, Carthage offers majors in accounting, finance, economics, international political economy, management and marketing, with minors in business administration and entrepreneurial studies. Carthage is home to the nation’s first 100 percent student-run, full-service consulting agency providing marketing, branding, graphic design, web development, accounting, finance, product testing and editing services for area businesses and nonprofits. Carthage also manages a business and professionals coalition, an executive-in-residence program and internship programs.