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Milwaukee, WI
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8400 W Burleigh St
Milwaukee, WI 53222

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(414) 393-5700
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October 08, 2013
My sister attended this school 2005-2009 and during that time I enjoyed the different activities they provided for the families so they can see what the children are learning during school. Due to those positive atmosphere & staff I decided to send my oldest daughter to MSL and now she is a junior. The only negative but major thing to me is that they had changed the grade that they will accept new students. Since I wasn't able to attend parent teacher conference last year I missed the information on when they were excepting early admissions and the information wasn't sent with report cards. So I am very disappointed that years of waiting for my youngest daughter to get in 6th grade that she's unable to attend MSL due to the lack of information from MSL and Craig Montessori. I hope that they will change the grade level for acceptance back to how it use to be when my sister started going there which was 6th or 9th grade. A lot of Milw. Public high schools have been displaying nothing but negative atmosphere and teachings it is going to be hard to find a high school for my youngest daughter to attend when that time comes. PLEASE CHANGE THE GRADE LEVEL FOR ACCEPTANCE TO 6TH & 9TH GRADE

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2013
I am student their. I just finished my sixth grade year and i am going into seventh grade next year. Even though I have only been their a year, the school sucks.The kids get popular is by having sex and fighting. I am a german kid and their are the class clowns in our class. But we do not have any popular kid. Sometimes we think we are just their for the awards we win. Plus all the german kids help them get top school with their wkce and map testing scores. All the other kidd just play a fighting game 30 seconds. Do not send your child here.

- submitted by a community member
June 29, 2013
I was highly excited by the prospect of my son attending this school for his entire middle and high school years. As he progressed through his first year here, I became increasingly disappointed. I feel that, with the exception of a few teachers, there was a limited amount of communication, especially as it related to student progress and possible interventions for struggling students. It would have been helpful if some teachers had syllabi or course plans, or even just simple assignment requirements posted on that underutilized website of theirs. This would have gone a long way towards student success in my opinion. Further, not much is offered in the way of interventions (I.e. mentoring, tutoring) for students who are not special ed. Upon visiting, I was rather disappointed at the class sizes, and the seeming laissez faire attitude towards the middle school group in general. I realize that this is a difficult grade band, but they are not being prepped well for future success-these kids needed guidance in terms of notetaking skills, study skills, etc. and all they have is a big calendar that is supposed to address all that. I expected more from a school that is so highly praised

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2013
The school overall is good, but, the younger kids are just rude as ever to teachers and their monitors. This is supposed to be an immersion school which you USED to get in via a test to see how strong your language you going to study is. Now we getting kids from other schools that been kicked out, just like that. The security guards there barely listen to the radios and sometimes turn it off. I have been there since 6th grade and graduating this year and this school is going in the toilet when c/o 2013 & 2014 leaves. MSL has lost their integrity as an immersion school.

- submitted by a community member
February 27, 2013
I was a student there from 6th to 10th grade and the school was not decent at all. The students didn't care about the learning or the teachers. They believed that they could do what ever they wanted and they did not act responsible or respectful to anyone. I was bullied there for years and the only way it stopped was when I swung back. The teachers are great and always want to teach and make the best of the year, but the students don't care and stop everything that they have planned. The other problem with the school is that the teachers have no bite. When bullying takes place, they are supposed to have a conference between the two students. You can bring the issue up to the teacher or the principle and no action would be done.

- submitted by a community member
November 03, 2012
i am a student who currently attends MSL. I am a 8th grader and i am highly disappointed. the only chance of having great teachers is if you went to an immersion school, if you didn't then you won't have the best teachers. i did not go to an immersion school and when i was in partial Spanish i hated it. it was impossible to learn because of the disruptive students. i knew Spanish very fluently because i spoke it at home and learned it there. when i switched into the full Spanish class there was a major change. i could actually learn and it wasn't super noisy. its a bad middle school but decent high school. your child would only benefit from this school is if they went to an immersion school or know french, Spanish or German fluently so they could be in the full immersion class. Japanese is offered there and the classes are great! by seventh grade your child will know how to read Japanese hirigana and by 8th grade they will know katakana. In my opinion the Japanese teacher is a excellent teacher better than the partial Spanish teacher. This school treats the immersion students like favorites. immersion students get to go to foreign countries but partials don't.

- submitted by a community member
October 27, 2012
I was a student as MSL for several years and I am very disappointed in the school. There are always problems with the students either not paying attention or that they think that they don't have to listen to the teachers. The staff are great but they can't teach their students everythuing they can because of the students that just don't care. The lunch was terrible, disipline was a pain, and there were not many choices for extra classes, like there was no home ec. or cooking or anything. You can't even start partial Spanish if you are fluent in another language taught there. I left the school to enroll in Muskego High School.

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2012
My daughter will be completing 8th grade next week. She has been there since 6th grade and will stay through high school. I am extremely pleased with this school. She will continue with her German and now will be taking Japanese for the next 4 years. The school also does an excellent job with the "basic" courses. It is our neighborhood public school so she is able to walk there. So many parents do not want to send their child to an MPS school. All I can say is that they are truly mising out on this small "hidden gem."

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2012
I am a tenth grader and personally I believe the school is better than most. I've been going to this school since 6th grade. There are always the few who ruin a good thing for people who really want something but we'll never be rid of them forever, right? The one thing I wish I could change about this school would be lunch. For one, it's MPS lunch so it's automatically gross, but we only have 20 minutes to eat.

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2012
You just made my point thank you. If you like your school then you should not care what other people say about it. Best of luck to you, I hope you are going to college.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
The person who wrote about the student who couldn't spell has issues. That student spelled everything perfectly fine. I am a Senior at MSL and have been here for the past 6 years. The 7th grader has better spelling then most of the middle school class. MSL is a great school and has great learning experiences. I understand how hard it was to learn at this school. I was in Special Ed for almost 5 years. Every hour i had was Special Ed. I knew how it felt to never learn like others. But they helped me. This school helps so many kids. And i love it.

- submitted by a community member
August 30, 2011
Yea hi im a seventh grade student at msl and I think its a great school and I enjoy going there for school and I have read some of the reviws on this website and first off our princapal is not rude at all and we have no problems at all with everyone busing toganther I myself ride the bus with six highschool students who are very well bhaved and nice aside from that all of the highschool students are very kind and helpful for exsample on my first day of school in sixth grade i had trouble finding my 3rd hour class and a senior helped me to it and our school does have caring teachers and we also have awsome test scores in map amd wkce Iso over all MSL is a great school!

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2011
My son is msl student this year for the first time in 6th grade. I am very disappointed in myself and the school due to lack of commucation. it been a very ruff year to said the least; bad grades and no help and until the very end of the year. i did not all the help u could get at the school until i call myself. I think msl should have a learning session for 6th grader parents on want to do when your child or children are struggle. As far as the staff goes ill give them a C for doing their job and nothing more. Very disapponted parent!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2011
We have sent our son the MSL for middle school and now into high school. He loves it! The teachers have been great, and very supportive. The continuation of instruction in the German language for our son has been very important. He started at Milwaukee German Immersion School and the language component of school is very important to him. He finds that it also allows him to excel in other areas of study. The opportunity to now take AP classes (World History) has been one of his best classes. He loves his physics and math teachers. MSL allows a small class size and learning environemnt where the students can interact with their teachers. Our son also plays on the soccer team and is forging friendships across multicultural avenues that Milwaukee needs for a bright future. The rich cultural experience of being able to travel to Germany on a class trip in the 8th grade with his mother as a chaperone was priceless. MSL also has been listed as one of the best high schools in America by Newsweek, and in 2009 MSL was 1 of 3 listed in the entire state of Wisconsin. We consider MSL as a hidden jewel. To be honest - the language program is not for everyone, it's a tough academic program.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
We sent our daughter to MSL for 6th grade based on the school's reputation and test scores. We were severely disappointed with MSL. We did not feel the grades given reflected knowledge or ability. Our daughter was given excessive extra credit for doing basic things (turning homework on time & getting parental signatures). There were also a number of fights and confrontations my daughter witnessed. She was involved in one fight (she is not prone to fights). We moved our daughter to a non MPS school.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2010
Horrible School the communication is so poor I regreat sending my daughter here. The principal is very rude. I have a very bad experinece with this school. My child is an excellent student but noticed the teachers are very disconnected, this school by far lack communication with the parents and they have teacher that do not care very much.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2010
This is one of the best MPS schools. They have high test scores and the overall teachers really care about the students. If your child is interested in studying in a foreign language then I recommend MSL.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2010
Schoolis soaring higher and higher every day the school has high expectations for the students

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 10, 2010
I don't think MSL is a good middle school. The school has over 1080 students. I don't think the school has the staff or resources to properly handle so many students. I don't feel middle school and high schoolers belong in the same environment or should ride in the same yellow buses. Its not a good influence to combine middle school with high school issues. With future budget cuts the quality of education on the downfall more students are being enrolled. I don't feel failure is acceptable and the staff and teachers aren't held accountable. Parents please do your research explore all options charter, private and smaller personalized schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2010
This school has its overview of opinions, and as for me i believed this school was great. I graduated from the school in 2009 and now attending University Wisconsin Madison, i believed the school criteria was OK but it is great when taking advanced classes. Thanks to the opportunities I learned more than i expected. The only factor that contributes to the outcome of negative impacts from the middle school children, they are disobedience and such a disturbance!

- submitted by a student
no rating December 23, 2009
People say that the school is horrible. People say it's fantastic. Honestly, it's in the middle. I'm a freshman, and have been there since 6th grade. I know that I'm learning a lot. Yes, there are fights. But it's MPS. It's going to happen. Most MPS schools have fights. I find that the, I suppose you could say, disturbed or distracting students don't disrupted the cycle of learning. In my opinion only 15% of students are distracting. But the other 85% have common sense and know how to ignore the situation. 99% of the time, situations don't turn into big things. Like I said before, I'm learning a lot. The trachers are awesome and know what they're talking about.

- submitted by a student
September 02, 2009
Anyone who says MSL is a bad school. Get your mind in gear! I'm a student there and its GREAT! I skipped a grade and i am welcomed into the sixth grade class like i'm 11! MSL is a great school and if you want to send your kids there, go for it! Soaring to sucess :)

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July 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 24, 2009
MSL is not a good school what so ever. They dont teach us anything, they fight alot, a lot of drama,and the students that are behaving badly in class mess up the learning cycle for the good students. Kids skip class,yell at teachers. Man its sad. And I wish that I never step foot in MSL. If your thinking about having your child go there, you should have them shadow another student so that way they can see how it really is. Dont take a tour of the school together because you get to see a few seconds of how they are in the class room.

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June 12, 2008
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February 18, 2008
My son is in 8th grade and has a diability. His experience has been fantastic. All the kids get along with him and respect him for what he has gone through. As for school I feel the curriculm is challenging. My son is in the German program since 4 K. I know that his level of German instruction is far better than any school he could go to. The staff is very helpful and flexible with the kids when deserved. The principal is strong and over all I feel the school is very safe and well controlled. I pick up my son every day and have never seen anything beyond kids having a good time outside of school. Finally I have felt that MSL is a wonderful example of how all kids from many different backgrounds, races and nationalities can come together and be friends and sork together.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2008
Though it is a great school for learning a second language and the courses for foreign language are much more advanced than most, as a former student I feel the need to speak up about how intimidated I felt at this school. While several security guards were put in place to help control the violence, they only increased the feeling that there was a personal threat to me in the building. While I progressed greatly in my French education, I was hindered in many other subjects and felt lost during the first few months in a new high school. Also, the arts are GREATLY lacking. I was disappointed by the art and music curriculum, which left me with very little improvement in both subjects.

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November 02, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
December 27, 2006
this is a great school for all 6 graders and up! i love this school!

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December 15, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2006
Our daughter attended this school for 7 years. She earned enough AP credits and was proficient enough in French to finish UW in 4 years with a major and a minor. Could have finished in 3.5 years if one requirement for the major had been offered in the fall instead of spring only. She is now in grad school using experiences helping in the library there.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2005
I had one child who went here all 7 years and another who is in her 4th year and it was a great place for them. The school is small enought that staff know and care about the kids yet they offer music, sports, and advanced placement classes. Also I understand they are now starting a new bullying program in the middle school and a planned portfolio for students to help in college placement. Also they are one of the few MPS gih schools with an active Parent/Teacher/Student Assn.

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August 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2004
'Both my children have gone to MSL since they were 11 years old. MSL is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. She is a great example of a leader and I will miss seeing her everyday as my daughter graduates next year. Thank you MSL for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2004
I have a senior and a 7th grader at this school and its terrific. My kids are hispanic and fit right in with Asians, Blacks, Whites, etc. It is a good ethnic mix, it is small and seems like a private school because the turnover is very low. That means the students and staff really get to know each other. Academics are very high and getting to know a second or even third language well is such a plus in this world. Sports and music and art are great additions, every gets a chance to play as they always need more participants at the H.S. level. Chess has won many awards. Despite budget cuts still have orchestra, band and chorus and after school activities. Teachers dedicated to the students. Active PTSA and parents involved on school council.

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October 19, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2003
I lived in the last school year 2002/2003 as an exchange student from Germany for one year in Milwaukee, WI. My host parents decided to send me to MSL. In MSL I met so many nice, lovable people who I know will be friends forever. Still I have to say that this school is a small school with not a lot of money. Sport is not a main topic in this school, and school spirit is too much for them. This was a little bit disappoining but otherwise I had the best year of my life. I got the best support I could wish for from my teachers!

- submitted by a former student
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Milwaukee School of Languages
8400 W Burleigh St, Milwaukee, WI  53222
(414) 393-5700
Last modified Milwaukee School of Languages is a Public school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Milwaukee School of Languages Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top