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Fernwood Montessori School

Public | PK-8 | 611 students

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2013:
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2012:
No new ratings
2011:
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Posted April 2, 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


Posted October 5, 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.


Posted June 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 23, 2009

My kids love going to school everyday! They have wonderful teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 21, 2009

The teachers really care about the students and we have lots of parent involvement!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted October 21, 2009

Our school takes pride in teaching our children to respect themselves, eachother and the earth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

The students at Fernwood Montessori know how to critically think!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 21, 2009

Great neighborhood school. Caring teachers and involved parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted April 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

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90%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
83%
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 49% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 38% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
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 61% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 46% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 42% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%
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 Students64%
Female63%
Male65%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin74%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled66%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Non-migrant64%

Reading

All Students58%
Female57%
Male61%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin74%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled59%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Non-migrant58%
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 Students88%
Female95%
Male80%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant88%

Math

All Students63%
Female61%
Male65%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Non-migrant63%

Reading

All Students47%
Female43%
Male50%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin57%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%
Non-migrant47%

Science

All Students88%
Female96%
Male80%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant88%

Social Studies

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
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 Students54%
Female43%
Male64%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin58%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled57%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%
Non-migrant54%

Reading

All Students51%
Female62%
Male41%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin61%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled54%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%
Non-migrant51%
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 Students47%
Female50%
Male44%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin51%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled55%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant47%

Reading

All Students40%
Female35%
Male44%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin42%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled50%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant40%
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 Students70%
Female67%
Male75%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled87%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Non-migrant70%

Reading

All Students67%
Female67%
Male66%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin72%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled84%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant67%
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 Students87%
Female90%
Male82%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant87%

Math

All Students66%
Female74%
Male55%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin66%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant66%

Reading

All Students66%
Female74%
Male54%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin67%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant66%

Science

All Students93%
Female94%
Male90%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Non-migrant93%

Social Studies

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
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

GreatSchools Rating

What makes up this rating?

Academic rating
9 / 10
Climate rating
9 / 10

This school's GreatSchools Rating is based on academics (90%) and climate (10%). The academic rating measures students' test scores, academic growth and college readiness. The climate rating measures safety, cleanliness, parent involvement and more.

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*Test scores are based on the 2013 WSAS results from the state of Wisconsin.

**The academic growth rating measures how schools affect student test score improvement over time in reading and math. This data is from 2013 and is provided by the Value-Added Research Center and Milwaukee Public Schools.

Climate ratings

This rating encompasses five elements of school climate: safety and cleanliness, respect and relationships, expectations for students, teacher collaboration and support, and parent involvement. This school's climate ratings are the result of GreatSchools' analysis of teacher survey data from the Spring 2013 School Climate Survey developed by Milwaukee Public Schools.

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Creating healthy, respectful relationships.

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Promoting high academic expectations for all students.

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Supporting its teachers.

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Informing and including families.

This rating reflects how much communication parents can expect from this school. A highly rated school is more likely to have regular communication (e.g. newsletters, emails, and meetings) between administrators, teachers and parents. This may include information about student progress, homework help and volunteer opportunities. At lower-rated schools, parents may not get regular updates and may feel less welcome at school.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White, not Hispanic 73% 73%
Hispanic 18% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 6% 10%
Asian 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 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
Disabled students 10%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 0%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 81%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 60%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 77%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

School leader's name John A Sanchez
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • MOSAIC district status
  • New Wisconsin Promise School of Recognition
  • New Wisconsin Promise School of Recognition

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Visual arts
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Clubs
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • John Sanchez
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (414) 294-1315

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special ed
  • Special education
  • Special eduction
  • Visual arts
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Robotics club
  • Student newspaper
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Fernwood has a very active pto and school governance council. numerous volunteers assist in classrooms, on field trips and with special school projects such as the weekly parent newsletter. community sponsors include alverno college, marquette university high school senior service project, growing power, outpost natural foods, junior achievement, teens who care, haggerty art museum, st. ann intergenerational center, neighborhood house and rosalie manor, artists working in education, ymca camps edwards and matawa.
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  • Monthly parent and family activities include our annual School Picnic, Harvest Dance, Multicultural Event, Parent Education sessions and student performances. These events are well attended and supported by parents and staff. A weekly newsletter and website provide information about school events and policies.
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3239 S Pennsylvania Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53207
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Phone: (414) 294-1300

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