Whether you are moving to De Pere to pursue a university education or bringing your school-age children along, you have a comprehensive range of education choices. De Pere is the only city in the state that boasts two separate school districts, including five elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. In addition, De Pere is also home to two private, preschool-to-grade 8 Catholic schools; the Wisconsin International School; and Syble Hopp School, which provides a unique curriculum for students with disabilities. Pursuits in higher education are served by St. Norbert College, a private Catholic liberal arts school.
Searching for opportunities to appreciate local artists comes easily in De Pere. Housed in the White Pillars Museum, the De Pere Historical Society formed in 1970 to maintain awareness about the city's interesting industrial history, including the construction of the prominent De Pere Dam at Fox River. Volunteer docents provide tours and offer illuminating information about the well-curated cultural relics and photographs displayed within. If collecting art is more your pace, visiting some of the city's numerous galleries, including Galleria, Christine's Gallery, and Assemblage Studio (which also hosts crafting workshops), will expose you to the local artist culture and help you decorate your new home.
De Pere was settled in 1671 by French Jesuit missionary Claude-Jean Allouez. Fittingly, among the more than 20 churches in the city, a quarter serve the Catholic faith, but there are a number of other houses of worship that serve different denominations. The majority of the city's religious institutions are either Catholic, Lutheran, or Baptist, so you may have some difficulty connecting with a local religious community if you have no affiliation with these faiths. Worth a visit regardless of your spiritual orientation is the Norbertine Parish, where you can appreciate the rich history of the community of monks that founded the city.