The former teacher clearly embellished the numbers off staff who left. They stated that 10 staff members left when it was really only 5 out of 30. That includes a retirement and someone who moved out of state. I also strongly suspect that this disgruntled former teacher wrote several recent 1 star posts posing as students and parents. I love this school and wouldn't work anywhere else.
The word is out! This is a great school! It was ranked as the 27th most rigorous school in Wisconsin by the Washington Post last year (http://mobile.onmilwaukee.com/raisemke/articles/mpsstaterankings.html), there were 150ish students on the waiting list for k3 this year, and roughly 90 for the 9th grade class. Both of my children go here (5 & 3). My 5 year old is able to read books that are written for 3rd graders. Love it!
We had to accept almost 100 non-Montessori students this past year, because we didn't have the enrollment numbers.... other schools had huge wait lists. This is the LAST choice of educated parents. Word is out. This school is awful. And the IB program is a joke. Ask the principal how many of our students took and passed the exams this past year. Ask the principal what percent of our students are proficient in math and reading. Ask the principal how many referrals for fights we had this year. Then make your decision based on facts.
This school was once in the trenches. Since the move to the beautiful new campus there has been some growing pains, but overall the school and teachers are good and have been growing. Yes the negative posts below are from a teacher who is bitter and resentful. I actually know of her and she is mad because after the building switch many many families left because they didnt have transportation to school. They had to let go of some teachers. She was not happpy it was her. She vowed to try and take the school down in revenge. The other post i believe is from a family that switches schools often finding faults in everyone. I have a k5er there going into first grade she was nurtured and cared for she is now reading and writing. She is super independent and people often comment on her being polite, smart , cultured and helpful.They do art, gym , music. I now have a k3er there and her teacher is great too very loving amd compassionate. Its like a big family and yes the middle school could use work but with the elementary part being excellent we as a school can now focus on the middle school loving them and getting them to where they need to be. We have volunteers that have been working with them. The teenagers here are mostly good. No big fights or anything unsafe actually they hold open doors and coo over the little ones. The principal is always around interacting with students she actually cares for her students often going above and beyond what any normal principle does. I also love the diversity here. My daughter is of mixed background and she has so many peers that are the same. I know some parents who really wanted a diverse school. And here we found that. My kids have also done the camp it offered my daughter's a much needed break from the Montessori classroom. The camp director runs a tight ship but the kiddos love her and often run to give her a hug in the morning. I love it and Im not the only one.I also volunteer at least once a week so I am around. If your looking for a warm nurturing school with a good academic program and a place to be involved, and contribute to change and success give the school a tour.