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2360 N 52nd St
Milwaukee, WI 53210

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December 03, 2014
The school has been fabulous for both my children who have been enrolled so far (one more to come in a couple of years!). The staff have always been immediately responsive to any question I've voiced, and the community of parents at the school serves to make it a true "family" atmosphere. Field trips, extracurricular activities, the 5th grade trip to France, multicultural celebrations, you name it and this school has it. The immersion schools have often been referred to as the "hidden gem" of MPS, and it is my opinion that the French Immersion School is the diamond of that group!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2014
I am also a teacher at another school. After ages of considering different schools, we decoded that MFIS was our first pick. Our younger daughter starts next year and we can't wait. There are awesome teachers, kids doing lots of activities, before and after school care, fieldtrips galore, and, best of all, my child loves school.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2014
The school has worked very well for my daughter who is very bright, but can be quite energetic. I have had constant contact and a great relationship from the school principle. My daughter started in the first grade which is a little late and they were able to find me a great tutor at the school to help her catch up on her French and she has blossomed a lot.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2014
MFIS has dedicated staff who give our children an excellent education and they are learning a second language at the same time! There are so many culturally diverse activities offered and parents are involved in making this a real gem in Milwaukee.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
To the parent who commented below about the comments being falsified to make the school look good online: Milwaukee French Immersion IS a great school, hands down. I believe most of the comments are around the same day because at one of the PTA meetings it was brought up that the parents could go online and rate the school. I believe a bunch of us went out that very same day or the day after and wrote our reviews. The comments are mostly positive and the school rated as 5 stars because it a great school. Great staff, multicultural student population, awesome opportunities, and of course the benefit of your child becoming bilingual. Our school test scores continue to be above the average of other schools, and those test are given in English, which says a lot, factoring in that the students are taught in French all day. I urge you to give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
I'm a parent of a K-4 and 2nd grader at MFIS. I'd like to respond to the comment that it is suspicious that all reviews were submitted to Great Schools on 1 day. I understand your feeling. However, the school does a wonderful job of communicating to parents. One day parents and staff shared the message, "Please visit Great Schools and share your school experience." So everyone probably responded right after that. It certainly would be better if Great Schools would ask us to submit our real names. That would be fair. If you really want to know about the school, I suggest taking a tour and/or ask if any parents would be willing to talk to you about it. Good luck finding the right school for your child. Best regards.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
Our school is simply amazing. Kids get a global view, language immersion, diversity, and so much more. All three of our kids are so happy we picked French Immersion, and we are happy with the results. The high rate of parent involvement is just an added bonus!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
My husband and I are both teaches and we believe MFIS provides an outstanding education for our children. Even though we live two blocks from a solid neighborhood school in Wauwatosa we believe MFIS is the best choice. It is a diverse school, not only in people but in thoughts. Students engage in hands-on learning experiences. Teaching is driven by what is best for students not by standardized testing. The school encourages parent and community support and involvement. We couldn't be more pleased, thank you MFIS!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
We so love MFIS! We have one daughter attending currently and are sending another for school year 2014-15. Excellent and caring teachers and staff. We also the love the diversity that this school offers our children!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
I currently have my (2) daughters in K4 and K5 at MFIS and we nearly put them in a private school because of our nervousness around the quality of the MPS system. I think the Immersion schools are in a league all their own and i'm so happy we made the choice we did. We LOVE our daughter's school, the beautiful diversity of their classmates, and how engaged and open minded my children are about new experiences at such a young age. Would still love to see the school get more sports/activity resources for the school, but they recently added basketball and African dance which is great! Choose MFIS, you won't regret it!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
MFIS is an awesome school - This is our 4th child to attend and the experience has been wonderful. Our children have and are receiving a top notch education with the added bonus of immersing themselves in a second language. What a joy it is to see our younger children understand what our high-school children are saying in French. Bravo MFIS Staff and Parents for your dedication and commitment to excellence.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
As a parent and a former student, I am living proof that this rich 35 year old program works! Some of the same staff are still around as well as fantastic new teachers (some former students as well). My children have had the privilage to have two of my former classmates as teachers! The parent envolvement is top notch and so many people are always willing to help! The school leader and the entire staff are very pationate about helping all of our children succeed. Students learn French naturally and are still able to score above average in English standardizes test. All in all, this is a school your kids will want to send there kids. I know because I did!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
I have 2 children who attend MFIS & they love going to school every day! We live in the burbs & have excellent schools which are within walking distance from our house but my husband & I chose MFIS for our kids so they can be fluent in two languages, by 4th grade, & have more opportunities in a competitive global workforce, plus it's just a fabulous school & community. The teachers & staff are compassionate & very hard working. Several of the teachers are former MFIS students & many teachers send their kids to MFIS which is very 'telling' of the amazing environment & excellent curriculum at MFIS. My daughter (2nd grade) reads French & English books to her younger brothers (K5 & age 3). Our 3 yo son who doesn't go to MFIS yet is even picking up words & phrases in French from his siblings. Our K5 son was struggling with his fine motor skills at the beginning of the year & we voiced our concerns to his teacher who has worked closely with him in the classroom to improve his handwriting & coloring. MFIS is more than school - it's an incredible community with passionate parents & staff, kids who want to learn & excel & a principal who is a top notch leader, advocate & educator.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
When I first toured the school, I was told that some refer to the school as the Milwaukee French Immersion FAMILY. How accurate! One of the best decisions I have made for my kids is to enroll them in MFIS. I first enrolled my daughter (4th grade) when she was in K5 while we were City of Milwaukee residents. I now live in a suburb of the area with a school a block and a 1/2 away and still choose to send my kids (K5 and 4th grades) to MFIS. The teachers and staff are so welcoming and engaging while the parental involvement is truly amazing. It really feels like a family. My heart skipped a beat the moment I heard my daughter in a full discussion (in French) with another teacher in the school. While the French component is great, the school also offers violin, piano and dance lessons, along with other extra curricular activities. When I tell people about our school, I'm asked, "what do you pay for tuition ?" I am proud to respond with "$0". I LOVE my public school.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
Milwaukee French Immersion is quite simply an incredible school . The staff is extremely dedicated and devoted to the students . The immersion program itself is extraordinary and something one would only expect to see in an exclusive private school . I have two children at mfis and can't recommend it highly enough.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
Milwaukee French Immersion School is the perfect school to send your child to. It has all the qualities of a traditional elementary school, and the added advantage that the students learn French naturally through the immersion program. I have 2 children currently attending MFIS, one in 2nd grade and one in K4. I have been very happy with the teachers. I feel that they are communicative, interested, and invested in the students in their class. I wholly recommend this school to anyone searching for an MPS school for your K4, K5, or 1st grade child.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
Our school is great. Our parents and teachers are very engaged. It is a nurturing, caring and relatively strict environment that is a great fit for our daughter. We have loved all of her teachers and the administrators. This is a very high qualify MPS school.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
A gem in the city of Milwaukee. The opportunity to learn a second language, almost naturally, isn't common in this country. It really provides students with a unique and entirely useful experience.

- submitted by a teacher
February 05, 2014
Milwaukee French Immersion school is a fantastic program. For free, students become bilingual. This is where I went to elementary school, and now I am a teacher there. Being bilingual in French has opened many doors for me in my life. I love speaking and teaching in French. My goal is to share my passion for French with my student daily.

- submitted by a teacher
February 05, 2014
I'm so glad my children attend this well diverse school. My kids are meeting children from all socio/economic strata and from many different cultural backgrounds particularly from French speaking African countries. I am so pleased with the current principal's cheerleading and "go get 'em" spirit. The parents, I have met, are so involved and devoted to the school's mission statement and goals. My four year old is already counting and singing in French at home. I speak French also, so I know that he is using the French in the proper context. It's very exciting! I've already started saving for my two children's trips to France in fifth grade. My first grade daughter is learning to read in French first, but I can tell she has already taken an interest in learning to read in English and it's quite good! So far, what I have seen with staff participation is amazing especially during extra school hours and celebrations! They take pride in their school and students. I get a real family feeling there. Everyone knows everyone and have made some great connections. I feel truly proud to be a part of such a great school and community.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
Teachers go far and beyond to help children succeed , the family environment and amount of caring is awesome !

- submitted by a teacher
February 04, 2014
MFIS is far and above what I would have expected. The teachers are passionate, the kids love the curriculum and the parents are friendly, helpful and very welcoming. The school has a strong sense of both community and mission and both of my kids love it. It's the kind of school that reminds us what public schools are capable of.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2013
MFIS is a great way for your child to be immersed in another culture and learn how to respect their classmates, the cultures of others and understand that everyone is unique and special in their own way. The new leadership at the school has terrific ideas on improving the school even more. I love that the school has an active PTA and invites all parents to come and share their ideas on bringing in more extracurricular activities and providing after school celebrations, such as Mardi Gras. My child never complains about going to school or the curriculum. Her teachers have both been extremely creative to make the learning environment fun and motivating. Definitely a top pick for any parent looking for an exceptional elementary school in the Milwaukee or Wauwatosa area.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
Milwaukee French Immersion School offers a truly unique opportunity for children to obtain a bilingual education in a public school setting. Like the French language spoken all over the world, the educational environment at MFIS is diverse and culturally enriching for students, parents, and staff. There have been countless studies testifying to the value of learning a second language, but MFIS parents can speak firsthand of the pride and appreciation for this amazing program. Every year we marvel at our kindergartners singing traditional French carols at the Christmas program, 1st and 2nd graders starting to speak, read, and write with fluency, 3rd and 4th graders excelling in State Math and Reading tests, and our 5th graders boarding the plane with their classmates for the trip of a lifetime to Provence, France. The Milwaukee French Immersion School provides an innovative and successful public education with a rich history and a bright future.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
I feel blessed to have a PUBLIC French Immersion School that my kids can attend in Milwaukee. My 7 year old daughter is reading in French AND English and my 5 year old son is speaking in French at school every day. This school year, 3 new native French speaking teachers joined the staff and 4 native French speaking volunteer interns are at the school helping the students refine their French skills. When I'm at the school, I have to constantly remind myself that I'm in Milwaukee and not France or Montreal. In addition to acquiring language skills to read, write, and speak French, students have art and physical education classes at least once a week. MFIS has the best teachers and parent base who are very active in the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2013
Finding a good school in Milwaukee isn't easy. I wanted my children not to be limited in their education and pushed to higher standards. After tons of research and tours, all 3 of our children have and do attend. Upon walking in the door, it's more of a "family" atmosphere with smiling faces. All faculty are extremely involved and most kids are on a first name basis. They are involved in the exchange program so French students from france frequent the school as well as our children have the option of going to France for a period as well. They also have 4K and all of those teachers are fantastic and made it so easy for the kids to feel comfortable, sometimes they didnt want to come home. Most teachers encourage parent involvement daily directly in class especially in younger grades) and the school in general welcomes as much parent support as you can give.All of my children are fluent in French & I chose to this school which is much farther from our neighborhood schools With French Immersion, you will walk in welcomed and be astonished by the old architecture in original condition.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2013
I enrolled my child at this school and was terribly disappointed in the staff. They claim to be fluent in french, but this is far from the truth. I have a french background and the way they teach the french language is a joke. My child would come home and speak to me with the wrong pronunciation for basic french words. My daughter is now in K5 at another school and is doing wonderfully. I firmly believe that a good teacher makes all the difference in the world. However, good teachers is NOT what you will find at Milwaukee French Immersion. Make sure you do your research before enrolling your child at this school. I would never recommend it to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2013
We have three children enrolled at this time. MFIS is an excellent school. I am proud to share about how much our kids love their teachers, their friends and the language. They sing in French and are learning to read and write in French, among other subjects. They correct one another if something is not pronounced correctly!! They are challenged and inspired. We love public education, believe in the immersion model, and feel lucky to have such a quality program in Milwaukee.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2013
I have been teaching here for 5 years and I can truly say that I love my job. The students are wonderful, parents are very supportive, and my co-workers are truly team players. I love being able to speak in French all day and watch as the students grasp the language in such a natural setting. This year we have 5 amazing French interns which assist in the classroom, support students in small group and bring an essential cultural element to the school. Come check out our beautiful French/English library!

- submitted by a teacher
January 20, 2013
MFIS is a great school. It has very enthusiastic teachers and staff and great group of students and supporting parents. It is a school that not only challenges your child, but you the parent! I have a 1st grader and a K5 student and the quality of their education is exceptional. They are competing against each other to see who can pronounce their french better. They are singing in French and writing, reading and learning math in French. Milwaukee French Immersion is a gem in Milwaukee Public Schools and I hope that other parents will consider giving their children this wonderful bilingual experiences to assist them as they grow.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2013
Like many of the reviewers have stated, MFIS is an excellent school. The program at MFIS is truly wonderful and has them learning all the mandated curriculum, but just in french. Our first child loves the school and I am very excited about sending our 2nd child there next year. The teachers are amazing and engaging as they work with their classes. Finally the parent involvement in the school is great too. When your child attends MFIS, you become part of the greater MFIS family.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
Basically, this is a private school - with an extremely tight culture of high standards - within a public school system.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2012
Our daughter went to this school for a short period of time until her pre-K teacher informed my wife that the school didn't "need" our daughter in it. My daughter refers to the Milwaukee French Immersion school as her "English" School. The teachers are rude and have no respect for anyone with an actual French Background and are easily offended if informed there French is lacking.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2012
I love MFIS my daughter is K4. I love the staff and enjoy the parents and school. My two year will be joining her soon.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2012
My daughter is in first grade and has attended MFIS since K4. I am happy with the care and instruction she receives on a daily basis. You can not find a better staff that incorporates high rigorous instruction, compassion and dedication to students and parents. MFIS is the greatest school. I support public education.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2012
I have 3 children who attended MFIS, my oldest is now 15. The teachers are caring, compassionate and exceptional mentors for children from all walks of life. My children received an excellent bilingual/bi-cultural education that is unmatched by any surrounding school districts. the exposure to a second language and other countries and cultures will give my children an advantage later in life as our world continues to become smaller through the use of technology. The dedication of all staff and parents to the success of this school is something that I am proud to be a part of.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2012
Really great public school in MKE! The high parent involvement and teacher commitment are the reason it stands apart. I have a first grader and will have my other son going there next fall. Even if you haven't thought about language immersion, come check it out- you will love it!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2012
Milwaukee French Immersion is truly a gem. The teachers care about student success and go above and beyond to supply it. My daughter started in K4 and before the first week was out, she knew all of the letters of the alphabet in French. The curriculum is rigorous but also enables creativity and expression. French Immersion was the best choice that we could have made for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2012
I grew up in Whitefish Bay but now life in the historic Sherman Park neighborhood. Even if I still lived in Whitefish Bay, I would send my son, who is in K5 currently, to Milwaukee French Immersion School. It's that good. Not only is it a safe, caring, nurturing and diverse environment -- like many other great schools -- it's also one that prepares our kids to succeed internationally, in a global economy. Around the world (China, Japan, Germany, Canada) kindergarten-aged kids learn multiple languages from the get-go. But in America, many of us don't see the value of mastering a foreign language. That has to change. MFIS is leading the way. Regardless of what you've heard about MPS, this is an academic culture (principal, teachers, specialists, paraents) that demands excellence. Come see for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2012
Please excuse the typos (e.g., life/live) in my review below (parent who grew up in WFB) -- my two-year-old was climbing on me. MFIS parents really can spell better than that!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2012
this is such an awesome school..... my daughter loves going to school learning i must say i would not trade this for anything the teachers are great and the principal is always helping out with the kids

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
Milwaukee French Immersion School has a strong teacher and family base community. the principal has strong leadership and hands-on abilities.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2009
I have two children that attend MFIS. My kids love the school and are very happy with both the level of parental involvement and the dedication of the teachers. My first grader is already beginning to speak and read French. I love the location and the ability to participate in school events.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
My daughter became fluent in a foreign language while aquiring a world view and great academic skills. She was able to visit France and communicate with the French family and their community members when she was 10 years old. This has shaped her world view.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2009
I too love MFIS I'm so glad it came to the north side of town the atmosphere is wonderful, all the teachers are nice, I feel like all the parents are involved with their children's education. I can't rave enough!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2008
I love MFIS, and think that sending my son there is one of the best things I could have done to jumpstart a life of enjoyment in learning. Small classroom sizes, strong parent-teacher relationships and the amount of time that the teachers put into each of the children as individuals is wonderful. I highly recommend the program at MFIS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 11, 2008
This is a great school! My daughter started in k4 and is now in 2nd grade at the Lycee Francais de Chicago. She was able to jump right in with kids from several diffrent French speaking countries and hold her own. I give alot of credit to the increddible teachers and staff of MFIS. Merci beaucoup MFIS

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2008
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no rating January 15, 2008
I have two children at Milwaukee French Immersion and have been so lucky to have found this school. The staff really cares about children and their families. I am also amazed at how well my children speak and read French. I cannot wait for them to take the 5th grade trip to France.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2005
Our son loves Milwaukee French Immersion, We as parents also love it, beacuse the teachers are Great! and learning another language, especially a difficult one is made fun for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2005
I cannot say enough about this school! A friend who attended the school many years ago (He's now 28) recommended the program to me. The teachers really have a passion for what they do and the children can feel it. This is one of the most diverse schools in the area and far surpasses my expectations. My daughter loves going to school every day. This is her second year and I can't imagine sending her anywhere else. I definitely recommend it to any parent who values diversity and wants to broaden their child's future opportunities. The school is now located at 2360 N 52nd Street so it's easily assessible no matter where you live in the city.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2004
I have 2 children in the Milw. French program and couldn't be more pleased with their academic progress or the program itself. I have third child entering K4 in Fall of 2005 and already she's geared up and ready to go to school with her brothers and is already speaking some French. The leadership and quality of teaching staff at French Immersion are second to none. They are direct, fair and caring which are qualities that aren't easy to come by in today's society.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2004
This is a terrific program! Our son started in K4 and is now entering 4th grade. He has become very fluent in French but also reads in English way above his grade level. The language training was very important to us, as we wanted our son to have a more 'global perspective' than most American kids. MFIS has a 'small school' feel to it, where the staff know all the children, making both them and the parents feel more comfortable. We're really looking forward to the 2004-05 school year, when the program relocates to a new school site (52nd and North Ave.) which will make it far more accesible for parents throughout the city.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I am so glad that my child attends this school, They have a great staff and my son just loves school.

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The Milwaukee French Immersion School is truly a community where a diverse group of families and staff come together to help educate students. Former students send their little ones to MFIS. Most staff members have sent their own children to our school. MFIS is one of the best kept secrets in Milwaukee. Thinking Globally, Learning Locally is key to our success.

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Milwaukee French Immersion School
2360 N 52nd St, Milwaukee, WI  53210
(414) 874-8405
Last modified Milwaukee French Immersion School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Milwaukee French Immersion School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top