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Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School

Public | PK-5 | 571 students

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Posted October 23, 2013

Hello! I have been to Milwaukee Spanish Immersion school for 7 years, my name is Kiah Lang and I am currently in 5th grade as of October, 2013. I love my school because the kids are so fun and nice and the teachers are so good! It's just a happy place to be! It is a great choice and it will help your child get a good education and an amazing job in their future. This is because they will know Spanish, and knowing Spanish will really help you out when you are looking for a job. As you can see, I am very good at writing and grammar and spelling, and this is because of Milwaukee Spanish Immersion, and of course my parents! -Kiah Lang, Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School, 10


Posted September 26, 2013

My kids have gone here for 5 years, and it has gone from good to so so to great! They have learned a lot, and have made great friends. They have grown intellectually, socially, and emotionally. The teachers are caring, and I trust that they have their best interests at heart. It is a gem within MPS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2012

I honestly love this school! The staff is so caring and helpful. My daughter is in K5 only her second year there and she is pretty fluent in Spanish! We are not a Spanish speaking family but I do have friends that can speak the language and she can hold her own weight in conversations with them. She went from behavior problems in preschool to perfect behavior and I was recently told she is a role model for her Spanish ability and her perfect behavior! Principal needs a little nudging when there was a problem but once you cc her boss on an email she was right on top of everything The support staff and office staff are excellent as well as the camp staff. I wish I would have found this school when my son was young enough to get in!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2011

Many of the teachers have had or have their children attending MSIS. Very dedicated, experienced teachers. Principal gets right in and is hands-on in her leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

I went here for seven years Im 12 years old and I garantee u will love this school the teachers are the best u can find they make sure everyone is learning the material properly the school has never has a physical or verbal fight while I went there and I know they wont have one while anyone else is there
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2009

I went to MSIS for the full 7 years and it was great. The teachers are nice and helpful and you get to stay with the same group of kids from years to year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 8, 2009

This Is a great school. It offers diversity, athletics, organized recess, tutoring, violin, piano, etc.... Administration is strong, and works well together, and the teaching staff is fantastic. I can't imagine many other schools matching it. I didn't get Spanish till 8th grade when I was growing up. What a great opportunity for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2009

My son spent his first three years of school at Spanish Immersion. When he started having problems with Spanish, there was no help for him. We are not a Spanish speaking family. They have no tutoring programs. No remedial classes. The only special program they have to help students with Spanish is only for those who have a severe mental disability. I found it very disheartening when I asked for help and I was told to get a Spanish/English dictionary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

My oldest son completed K4 last year and is about to enter K5, and I am completely impressed with this school. The staff is excellent, caring, and nurturing, everything that my wife and I were looking for in an elementary school for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2006

Milwaukee Spanish Immersion is a great school! My son is now in first grade, he is doing really good with Spanish and English. I'm grateful for the school staff that are so dedicated and organized. Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2006

I am a parent at the Milwaukee Spanish Immersion school and also one of the teachers. What always impressed me about the school was the level of parent involvement and staff dedication. Parents choose to send their child to Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School knowing that it will be dificult--especially for those who have no experience with the Spanish language at all (about 70% of families). Their dedication makes a huge difference in the attitude of the students and in their success. My son is in second grade now and I appreciate the education he is getting. His Spanish is excellent and he is on level in English too. We are fortunate to have this resource in our city, along with the German, French Immersion prgrams and now a new Italian Immersion program. This is one of the oldest immersion programs in the country and still one of the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2005

My daughter has been a student k-4,k5 & now 1st grade. I have never seen a school so organized, diverse & fun. This will surely have a positive impact on my daughter's education for the rest of her life. She is fluent in english & spanish. Everyone at MSIS works hard as a team to ensure that the children. They provide music, art, sports & other total school involvement, which allows the students 'entire' family to become involved with the school. I think if a family is considering sending their child to a language immersion school, this would have to be at the top of the list. Great School, awesome teachers, Caring staff all make this a great place for any child. Mr & Mrs Cartagena
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2005

I just finished fifth grade there and I had some truly great experiances.I learned so much and it really helped that everyone is very friendly and the teachers are great.I really loved that school! I know it seems kind of dumb to take advice from a 11 year old ,but take it. It`s all true.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 19, 2005

This is a great school everyone here is extra friendly!
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students65%
Female59%
Male72%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic58%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin75%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Non-migrant65%

Reading

All Students43%
Female41%
Male44%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic48%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin40%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English43%
Non-migrant43%
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 Students81%
Female79%
Male82%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin72%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant81%

Math

All Students29%
Female29%
Male28%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic23%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin48%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English29%
Non-migrant29%

Reading

All Students29%
Female38%
Male18%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic23%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin48%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English29%
Non-migrant29%

Science

All Students80%
Female86%
Male75%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic87%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin81%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant80%

Social Studies

All Students91%
Female95%
Male86%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin85%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant91%
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%
Female51%
Male47%
Black, not of Hispanic origin36%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin50%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant50%

Reading

All Students31%
Female37%
Male22%
Black, not of Hispanic origin27%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic30%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin33%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English31%
Non-migrant31%
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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Climate rating
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 49% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 25% 10%
White, not Hispanic 25% 73%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 1%
Asian 0% 4%
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 9%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 1%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 95%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 64%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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School leader's name Yvette D Martel
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • New Wisconsin Promise Award School
  • New Wisconsin Promise Award School
  • New Wisconsin Promise Award School

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Significant developmental delay

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:10
School end time
  • 3:50
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Yvette Martel
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Fax number
  • (414) 604-7615

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Citywide
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Girl scouts
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Parent involvement
  • Parents are involved through volunteering in the classroom and schoolwide. we have a very involved pta and school governance council.
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