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Milwaukee, WI
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3239 S Pennsylvania Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53207

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(414) 294-1300
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September 01, 2014
Fernwood has many positives (great kids, engaged parents, location, etc) and I believe the Montessori approach has been the right teaching style for my child. That said, navigating the different teachers can be something of a minefield - for many years the "lower-L" (through 3rd) was considered strong and the "upper-L" (4-6th) not so much. Recently there has been a good deal of turnover, and a number of new and enthusiastic, capable teachers have joined in the 4-6th grades. Unfortunately, my son has had some poor luck, and was assigned some questionable teachers (inexperienced, unmotivated, disorganized, temperamental). I have worked with him at home and with an after school tutor, but am considering changing schools now that he is going into 4th grade and has unfortunately been assigned to one of the "old guard" teachers. The downside of Montessori is that if you get a poor placement, your child is stuck with it for 3 years. If you get a good placement, Fernwood is one of the best schools in the city.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
I am proud to tell people that we are an MPS family and I send my son to Fernwood. I'm excited to see how he is being challenged by this school environment and am thrilled with the knowledge that he has acquired. The school's test scores are outstanding. The curriculum is thought provoking and I believe that Fernwood is educating a generation of children to become thinkers. Creativity is seen throughout the school. After school activities includes everything from sports and scouting to yoga and pottery. An exceptional school overall!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2013
I have gone to fernwood Montessori school 11 years now and I have been there from the start sence k3 and I am an 8th grader now. I love fernwood thats why I have stayed so long. they use the the Montessori ways to teach the students there and I will admit it is not for all kids but its a nice learning environment. Fernwood is a great school great teachers nice and super intelligent kids. The kid that leave ferwood a the most amazing and so intelligent people now and I have to say it's a really great place to learn.

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2013
My kids have been going to this school for 10 years. The teachers are pretty good but over the years there has been a marked decline in teacher involvement and enthusiasm. There are some that you must steer away from, because they have a different idea of Montessori than what it actually is. Current administration is useless as was the last one. If your child is being bullied herre or sexually harrassed, as a parent you have to co to Central Office to make sure that any gets done. That being said those instances are much fewer than your typical school, and the education that your kids recieve is top notch. I haven't been to a school that i would rather have my kids attend. Be proactive and and advocate for your child and you won't have any problems.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2010
Montessori provides an excellent foundation that will provide the tools necessary to succeed in later on. My daughter went to a Montessori school prior to preschool and she was well-prepared for Kindergarten and first grade!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
Great teachers who really care about providing an education based on hands on learning, rather than teaching out of a text book. A very involved PTO as well. This is a great school in a district that has some trouble.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
My kids love going to school everyday! They have wonderful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
Fernwood is playing an amazing part in teaching my kids how to be good members of society. I love the independence that Fernwood teaches my kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2009
The teachers & staff are very supporting, as well as Fernwood parents. My child has excelled above & beyond in subjects where most children at that age are just average.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
The teachers really care about the students and we have lots of parent involvement!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
I love our greenhouse that teaches the kids about sustainability. I appreciate the fact that I can talk to the teachers whenever I want or need to...and they are happy to do so. Along with academics, Fernwood also puts an emphasis on physical health, art and personal enrichment. I feel that my children will leave this school as well rounded individuals who can move on to high school with a greater awareness of the world around them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Our school takes pride in teaching our children to respect themselves, eachother and the earth.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
The students at Fernwood Montessori know how to critically think!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Great school. Great teachers. Great kids. We are extremely lucky that this is our neighborhood school. Our son is a K4 and it has been so exciting to watch him grow and thrive in this environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
The students, parents and teachers all work amazingly well to make it a wonderful school. The students show so much pride in their school and the work they complete.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
My son loves school. He is able to make decisions about his learning and take responsibilty for it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Great neighborhood school. Caring teachers and involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
Fernwood Montessori School recognizes and respects the inherent worth, dignity and aptitude of each attending child. And the teachers all work together with parental support to nourish the children s inner selves while developing their love of learning and attaining a lifetime of skills. I LOVE this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
My son is in K4 and attends Fernwood Montessori School in Bay View. He LOVES school. Fernwood is an excellent school in that it has compassionate teachers who care about each child in the Montessori way. My son has learned so much in the first two years he has attended Fernwood; we are so happy that it is our neighborhood school!!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2008
Great School. One of the few success stories in MPS. I am amazed daily at what my 4 year old is learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2008
My oldest is going into 5th grade and she has been attending Fernwood since K3. I am excited about my youngest daughter starting K3 this year. I absolutely love the Montessori program. My daughter has learned so much and I feel that once she moves on to high school and college she will due great thanks to the program. I have always been completed by my extended family on how brilliant she was and the things that she was learning. I truly believe in Montessori and those who do no feel this is a good program (and school) are those who do not understand and have no knowledge of Montessori.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 28, 2008
A fine school all around. The parental involvement is strong. The teachers are dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
I have four children at Fernwood, ranging from 5th grade to K3... my oldest child has been at Fernwood since she was in K5 when we moved to Bay View. I really love this school. My children are doing very well, and the teachers and staff are awesome. I would recommend to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
A wonderful neighborhood school, with very involved parents and teachers, and nearby international Montessori Institute where training of teachers happens. For a public school in a system that is not doing well, this is a shining light of success.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
Even though my son only went here for K3 I enjoyed this school. There were plenty of fun things for families to do throughout the school year. Everyone seemed prepared and on the same page. My son had some behavior problems and his teacher and several other faculty members were always there to help. Whether it was ideas, meetings, or setting up regular schedules for him, they were always optimistic and happy to help. In the end I felt my son would to better in a smaller more uniform setting. I'm eager to send my younger son there for K3.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2007
Great primary (K3-5) and good lower elementary (1st-3rd) programs. Upper Elementary (4th-6th) is severely lacking in Montessori methods. Adolescent (7th & 8th) program is very good. Art teacher is very talented. Numerous sports being added frequently. Music is limited to Piano and Violin lessons to children signed up for them. Very little choir (only at Christmas) and some theater (end of year musical). Some nice parental involvement. All in all a decent school, but don't judge it only by its awards and certificates.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2006
Fernwood is a great school if your looking for a montessori program. Methods of writing for K's is script although it is developmental inapproriate. Reading is taught using chunking which is confusing to students as the sounds get all mixed up. Still trying to teach my child what a inital sound (first letter)is. They do have a nice exterior struture, spacious playground, and garden.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I have two children attending Fernwood and am very pleased with the education they are receiving. Both being ADHD, the Montessori Program is ideal for them. They are doing great!

- submitted by a parent
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Fernwood Montessori School
3239 S Pennsylvania Ave, Milwaukee, WI  53207
(414) 294-1300
Last modified Fernwood Montessori School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fernwood Montessori School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top