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Appleton Public Montessori School

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Posted February 19, 2013

We have been a part of APM for four years, and feel like we found a 'home away from home' for our children. The community feeling at APM is awesome. The teachers each have a paraprofessional with them all morning, so the students have the support they need during the three hours of work time. If you observe any classroom during worktime, you will witness an amazing atmosphere of peace and productiveness. In our experience, the teachers communicate with us on a regular basis and we work together to ensure the success of our children. The principal is also very approachable and supportive. One of our children is extremely self-motivated, and the other is not. Both are thriving and developing new life skills because of their experience. APM focuses on the whole child - not only superior academics, but also valuing the intrinsic virtues in all the children and guiding them toward being positive, productive members of society. I can't imagine our children attending any other school - we are grateful that AASD is so supportive of charter schools like APM. Next year APM will offer a Children's House, starting with children who are 3-years old.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2013

2 of my kids have attended this school for 3 years now and we LOVE it! They have such a passion for learning they have gotten from being there. The classrooms are so nice and welcoming, the teachers are all great, we just love everything about it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2013

This is a program designed to start with kids at kindergarten- not older kids who know there are other ways. Classrooms are active and at times not controlled. Things occur as teacher is focused on other children. Children are encouraged to work with each other which-great but also leads to selecting friends and not allowing for a more experienced child to help a younger one, leading to the younger kids left to sink or swim if they don't understand and the teacher is busy. We pulled our child from the program when it was clear we were not getting cooperation in helping him to succeed- it is a mono focused method of teaching- if you do not fall in line with it, you are written off as not capable.Look closely at the program and your child s learning style before enrolling. Understand the methods of teaching are not meant to meet the needs of many children- it is narrow and inflexible. Teacher waited 3 months to alert me to problems, she told me my son was incapable of doing certain things. His test scores had been soaring the year prior and now suddenly were plummeting yet the teacher could not see any fault on her part, poor teacher accountability- unacceptable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2013

A gem for our community and our family! My older son attended APM for six years and our middle son is currently in third grade. We have been so happy with APM: the teachers are wonderful and dedicated, the Principal is involved and passionate about the charter school and Montessori and the relationship with Johnston is very positive. We could never move out of the area and leave this school, we are so fortunate to have had our children in this environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

My son started at APM in the fall of 2011. His teacher is so dedicated and gives more than 100%. The principal is also one of the best. He works long hours and also attends the PTA meetings. He is also approachable and is fully committed to running the best school possible. The Montessori philosophy has been phenomenal for my child, and I look forward to having my daughter enter APM next year. I couldn't ask for a better school for my children. As for the parent review that said many children left because they were falling behind, all I can say is that only one child in my son's class has left all year, and that was due to a parent job transfer out of state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2011

We attended Appleton Public Montessori for several years. We were disappointed in the quality of education. Our daughter ended up leaving the school and moving into our neighborhood school, that thankfully set her up with a tutor every day all year to get her back up to speed with her math. Many families have left APM for the same reason (I do believe last year or the year before 28 families left). I feel like there are many problems that no one seems to feel the need to address.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

The Montessori method honors and encourages the child's love for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2010

Montessori is a great education path. My daughter has been at APM since it opened 4 years ago and is now in 6th grade. She is very confident in her ability and is organized enough to get her work done and she is very proud of it. At the end of the day her teacher has them write down what they learned that day. This helps them set goals of what they need to accomplish. Luckily she will be continuing onto the Montessori middle/high school this coming Fall. I would recommend this style of learning to anyone. Montessori takes the pressure off of kids so they can do what they love to do which is learn. A child might be in 5th grade but have a 4th grade math level and a 6th grade reading level. They can start at that level and progress, and they really do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

Well, my child has been there evr since the school opened. And next year she will be going to middle school. From the start, we and our child absolutley loved the school. The great teachers, staff members and the kids! And ever since our child has gone there, her test scores showed ALOT of improvment!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
100%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 92% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students56%
Femalen/a
Male70%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin56%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Non-migrant56%

Reading

All Students44%
Femalen/a
Male40%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin44%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English44%
Non-migrant44%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

All Students75%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant75%

Math

All Students57%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English57%
Non-migrant57%

Reading

All Students56%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Non-migrant56%

Science

All Students82%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant82%

Social Studies

All Students100%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Non-migrant100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students50%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant50%

Reading

All Students50%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant50%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students43%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin43%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English43%
Non-migrant43%

Reading

All Students50%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin50%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant50%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White, not Hispanic 93% 73%
Asian 3% 4%
Hispanic 3% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 2% 10%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 1%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 150%N/A48%
Disabled students 210%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 213%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 20%N/A6%
Male 150%N/A52%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 98%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 73%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 100%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

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1545 E Broadway Dr
Appleton, WI 54915
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