Literacy and Math Assessment and Intervention Services

The Literacy and Math Center is

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Tour the Center and learn more about our literacy and math intevention programs for K-12 students.

[For location, check out the Campus Map here.]

For a fascinating  look at our 75 years and to see what parents are saying about us, 
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[ If you attended the "Reading Clinic" back in the 1940's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's or 90's, we would

love to hear from you about your experience. Please give us a call at 414-410-4380! ] 


The Literacy and Math Center is part of the Stritch Hub for Innovation and Community Engaged Learning.  The HUB was created to innovate and create new ideas, programs and services.  The enterprises that are part of the HUB are an interlocking group of educational initiatives designed to “strengthen the social and economic fabric of the greater Milwaukee community and beyond.”

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[Accepting students for Math and Reading assessments & tutoring -
Grades K-12 - public, private and homeschooled.]

"He's grown so much in his reading and writing confidence....It's been such a great experience! 
We are so thankful to have discovered Cardinal Stritch's literacy program."
(From parent of student enrolled in Summer and Fall 2017 semesters.)

The Literacy Centers offer comprehensive reading/literacy and math assessment and tutoring services for students in grades K-12 from public, charter or choice schools. Home-schooled children are also eligible for intervention programs and we can accommodate these children in early afternoon sessions before 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as the later afternoon sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Saturday mornings.

Individualized Attention

Reading and Literacy Intervention

Our program offers individualized intervention plans built from research-based best practices in phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, writing, and study skills. The curriculum/intervention plans have a foundation in basic literacy instruction and engaged motivation, through inspiring self-confidence and success as a reader. All students are tutored primarily one-on-one, and occasionally in very small groups of two, by experienced teaching professionals with graduate degrees or by Cardinal Stritch University graduate students, depending on the Program.

"We know that a student's level of literacy in third grade predicts their academic success at the high school level with 90% accuracy," says Dr. Molly Shiffler.  "So we owe it to our kids to support that future success as early and as intensely as we can."


Math Intervention

In our Math Intervention, an individualized intervention plan will be developed for each student, and is offered for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Interventions are available for Basic Math Skills, Pre-Algebra and Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics, Math Enrichment and Math Assessment. In addition, we offer ACT Preparation, and Accuplacer Preparation.

The intervention will include explicit and systematic instruction in the identified areas of need. This includes providing models of proficient problem solving, verbalization of thought processes, guided practice, corrective feedback and frequent cumulative review. In addition, the intervention will include fluent retrieval of basic arithmetic facts, as needed; the development of students' systemized approach to all problem types including word problems, and the nurturing of students' confidence. Similar to the literacy plan, a multi-tiered system will be provided in order to design an intervention program that suits the students' specific needs.

We have helped students succeed since 1943, through applying research-based strategies tailored to their strengths, needs, and ongoing progress. In answer to the question, "What have you liked most about your child's experience at the Cardinal Stritch Literacy Center?" parents responded with the following comments:

  • "His improvement in reading and building confidence within himself"
  • "My child has made great literacy improvements which would not have happened without private sessions"
  • "He is gaining confidence due to the excellent program"
  • "Her confidence has dramatically improved"
  • "That he is not only learning, but enjoys it"

Programs Offered

We have two programs - Standard and Practicum. In the Standard Program, (which is a full-tuition program), all students are tutored either one-on-one or in groups of two by Master Instructors, all teaching professionals with graduate degrees. Fourteen 90-minute lessons are delivered during the Fall and Spring semesters, twelve lessons during the Summer.

In the Practicum Program, Cardinal Stritch University graduate students perform the initial evaluation and teach the lesson plans under the supervision of experienced Master Instructors and a University Assistant Professor. Twelve 90-minute lessons are delivered during each semester. Students who qualify for free or reduced meals according to Federal Guidelines are eligible to participate in the Practicum Program; the tuition is substantially reduced.

See the Registration and Enrollment page to begin completing the registration forms.


Locations and Hours
Primary Site: Cardinal Stritch University campus in Glendale, 6801 North Yates Road, Milwaukee. (Map)
Phone: (414) 410-4380  Fax: (414) 410-4379  Email:

Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 Office Hours:

Tuesday and Thursday: 12:30 – 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 12:30 – 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 12:00pm

Summer 2020 Office Hours (through August):

Mondays and Wednesdays:  9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Primary Site is located at the north end of the University Campus, with adjacent convenient parking. The easiest way to get to the Literacy Center is off Port Washington Road. We have nine separate classrooms, offering comfort and confidentiality. Our library has hundreds of books for all levels of readers. There is a small waiting area for parents where they can grab a book or link up to the University's WiFi. And our small kitchen offers students the chance to get a healthy snack, some hot chocolate or cider.

Secondary Site
The Lena Sommers Youth and Literacy Center at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, at 2450 West North Avenue, Milwaukee, WI., 53205.


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