The William A. Raabe Honors Academy


Milwaukee Lutheran’s William A. Raabe Honors Academy presents a rigorous program for students wishing to grow academically, spiritually, and as leaders during their high school years.  Once a month, students will hear from a presenter outside of the school about the world of medicine, business, politics, education, or entertainment.  These presenters speak about their own vocational journeys and paths to success. Past presenters have been State Supreme Court Justices, hip-hop musicians, and successful entrepreneurs.

The Honors academy helps students make informed vocational and educational decisions by providing accurate information on college and career selection, financial aid, grants and scholarships, dual credit opportunities, etc.  Students take an annual trip to visit a myriad of colleges and universities to get students thinking and planning their stage in life.

Students choose from honors courses, college preparatory courses, and AP courses to best advance their college plans. Each week, the Honors Academy students meet to discuss a variety of topics intended to encourage faithfully informed critical thinking.  The year ends with a banquet for all sophomores through seniors.  The seniors also end the year with a Speak Out project intended to give them a voice in their community. 

Courses to choose from:

22 AP & Honors Courses

Accelerated Algebra, Accelerated Geometry, Honors English, Honors Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry, Honors Probability & Statistics, Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, AP English Literature, AP English Language, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Spanish, AP Physics 1, AP World History, AP US History

Dual Credit Partners:

Concordia University Wisconsin, Concordia University Nebraska, Grand Canyon University

Named After William A. Raabe

nan15aWilliam A Raabe, PhD, CPA, and MLHS Class of 1971, is an enthusiastic supporter of the Honors Academy and its goals. He traces the beginnings of his personal and professional successes to his experiences at MLHS. Bill was active at MLHS in student government, athletics, and the arts. He is also  a graduate of Carroll University and the University of Illinois. In 2015, he was named an honorary Doctor of Letters by Concordia University Chicago.

Bill and his wife Nancy endowed the academy with a 2020 gift and pledge. They have supported many charities through financial gifts and with service as board members and officers. While the chair of the LHS Association board of directors, Bill initiated and led the efforts to design and fund the MLHS fieldhouse.


Dr. David Borst, Director of Honors Academy |