"We provide a challenging individualized education. "
Students enrolled 400
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
School leader Monica Van Aken, Ed.D.
Transportation options None
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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345 N 95th St
Milwaukee, WI 53226

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October 04, 2014
You will not have to worry about bullying or gossiping among the students at MMS, the teachers and administrative staff have that covered, they're the best at it. There are far better private and public schools that believe in developing healthy, confident and self- sufficient kids. This is a business NOT a school. Please take all of the negative comments seriously, your child's self-esteem is too precious to take a risk of hopefully "flying under the radar". That was a direct quote from a parent who's child wasn't singled out and embarrassed by the Jr. High teacher (we all know the teacher that I'm speaking about).

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2014
My child attended MMS starting with the toddler program through the pre-K years. When we enrolled our child we expressed concern that our child's previous care provider had high staff turnover. We were told there was little staff turnover at MMS. However, in our child's first year there were two caregivers let go - with no prior notice to parents - and replaced with new faces. This trend continued through the next phase of the toddler program, Stepping Stones. Overall, the care in First Steps was very good but the quality of care declined when our child reached Stepping Stones. Upon reaching the pre-K grades, we found the quality of the morning Montessori classroom instruction to be good. However, the afternoon caregivers - not Montessori-trained, which is not as we expected given the high tuition cost - were generally lacking. Feedback to administration was met with charges that our child -a toddler - needed to show more "impulse control." Beyond that were unmet promises that our feedback would be presented to the caregivers and a plan of action put in place. We saw no changes. The administration seems more concerned with running a business than with running a school.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
We had both positive and negative experiences at MMS. The positive: academic achievement is high and the strong technology focus gives kids an advantage in today's world. The negative: the school staff and administration are on average extremely unfriendly, inflexible rule followers to the point of never accommodating kids and parents and never using any common sense or independent judgment to fit different situations. Also, the school is constantly fund raising despite high tuition prices and other costs of attendance, and they seem to assume that every family has a limitless budget. Finally, there is sometimes an odd disconnect on the part of the teachers and administration. This last is more difficult to explain, and was more of a feeling we'd get when interacting with them, as if they were not always responding to or hearing what we were saying in conversations. The biggest problem is that the school seems to have little ability to teach kids who are not naturally high achievers and who are not as inclined to be self motivated. Overall the school is good, but I think it only works for one type of student.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2014
When I first came to the Montessori system in first grade, I was way behind my peers in every core subject. However within a couple months I had caught up and even surpassed many in my grade. The key to Montessori and what has been firmly instilled in me is an unwavering love for learning. This concept is so foreign to students not in a Montessori environment that it shocks others when I talk about wanting to come to school every day. Milwaukee Montessori School created that desire to learn new core subjects and encouraged me to explore other fields of study. From exposure to drumming and photo developing, the school never ceased to provide me a new adventure daily. The teachers at MMS were never satisfied with simply presenting new material, but insisted on challenging me to have mastery before moving on. I continue to see other schools fine with a student taking a test and regardless of there outcome move on with new lessons. My Montessori experience at MMS will always be something I will be proud to share and encourage others to partake in. I am blessed that my parents placed me an environment where I could reach a potential I might not otherwise have achieved.

- submitted by a community member
April 22, 2014
I have one child that has attended MMS for two years and we are so proud of all his accomplishments. He is very energetic and social. He gets excited to go to school and cheers when he arrives. He loves his teacher and can't stop talking about all the new things he is learning. jAfter one week there he initiated housework and often wants to do everything independently. If he was at public school I think he would be bored either waiting for all the discipline problems to be eliminated. I have done therapy for seventeen years with MPS students due to severe behavioral problems. Kids at MPS say they have to be bad otherwise they will get beat up and bullied. The kids say they focus on survival and there is no room for learning. The teenagers I worked with barely could read. My five year old can read quite well. I have always had pleasant and respectful interactions with everyone I have encountered especially the administration. I have always been heard and gotten response within the day. We are proud of our school and the community within it.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
My son was shamed and made to feel that he was unwelcome. He was diagnosed with ADHD after leaving this school and is now in therapy and taking the appropriate medications to thrive in another school. The administration and teachers were asked many times if they thought that his inability to sit still and pay attention were due to ADHD and they adamantly claimed that he was doing it on purpose because of my poor parenting skills. I read recommended parenting books and went to love and logic seminars only to have his contract terminated by email. He now is being treated not only for ADHD but also for poor self esteem that can be attributed to his experience at MMS. For the amount if money spent on tuition, I would expect the staff to be able to recognize something as common as ADHD. Despicable.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
We have 3 kids at MMS & never intended to be here longer than "preschool" with our 1st child. We've invested 11+ years here and cannot speak highly enough about the diverse faculty, strong Administration and amazing "child-centered" community. As parents we've learned from the teachers - these kids are all capable of MORE than even WE think! They foster that independence here. While we have friends/peers who have left at various ages, those transitions are natural. MMS is not a universal fit (sometimes child/sometimes parent). Hopefully parents researching schools do their own investigating and not base their choices on the unfortunate experiences of disgruntled folks. While it's disappointing that not everyone has had the outstanding experience that our family continues to have, MMS makes leaders, thinkers, compassionate achievers out of those committed. While I may not agree w/ all Admin choices - I believe that as professionals that THEY KNOW BEST of what they are doing in this educational setting (not parents). That is why we CHOOSE to pay to send them to this private school. It's UNIQUE and like none other, and therefore - not for everyone. PROUD PARENT!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2014
I visited several schools for my son and this school stood out among them all as the best choice (of public and private options). My son came here from another Montessori school that only went through 5K and entered his new room 1-3 grade room with warmth and support. He loves school, loves his teachers and loves his classmates. While the school has some not traditional or not strict Montessori components, it is a good blend of traditional and new. As a first grader he writes in cursive, divides and multiplies, reads chapter books, builds robots, has great attention to detail, respects himself, others and property, questions, observes and thinks. All of this with very little homework (flashcards and reading) at night. I have visited the school often and see students engaged, respectful and working hard. Students are very independent and are motivated to work hard. While a Montessori school is not for everyone, if this is the type of teaching you are looking for I would not hesitate to recommend MMS.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2014
There is no school like the Milwaukee Montessori School in the Milwaukee area. If you seek diversity, respect, and empowerment, this is the school for you. When I look at the bleachers at school events, no two skin tones are the same, and yet an overall atmosphere of "one great big family" and inclusion permeates throughout. Everyone loves and respects one other. I am continuously amazed at the support from the teachers and the entire staff. Each and every one are vested in the success of my children. If there is a problem, I am notified via phone call, or e-mail, that day. It's no surprise with an environment like this that the average intelligence level of each student is extraordinary. My 11 year old's class is doing the math and science I did in 10th grade! Intelligence and creativity are "trendy" in this school, and celebrated by all-very unlike the public school I attended as a child. Communication and life skills are taught above all else, which is remarkable and needed in our schools. I am grateful that this school exists, as it is the perfect fit for our family. Thank you, Milwaukee Montessori School, for succeeding in being the change Milwaukee needed!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
This is our tenth year at MMS, and the school continues to strive for excellence each year. My nine year old son continues to benefit from the wholesome curriculum that includes art, music and technology along with core subjects as math and language arts. Some of the observations that my friends shared with me regarding my son are fascinating, making me a proud mother. My friends pointed out that my son can strike conversations with adults, greets people looking in their eyes , and is extremely caring and kind to the young ones around him often entertaining them, giving adults time to socialize during social visits. I am positive that MMS played a vital role to achieve these qualities along with our support. I am so grateful to be a part of this community.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
As a parent at this school, I read some of these reviews with confusion. I don't understand why people choose to dash comments off on this website rather than use the many avenues for communicating with the faculty? We continue to stay in this outstanding school because my children are miles ahead of their peers in practically every area, including social, and every question or concern I have ever raised to their teachers has been answered in a prompt, professional way. The school responds to the needs of the children by teaching them skills that will be truly useful in their future educational and social lives. I mean, what other school in the area has a 3D printer? What other students are learning to program educational games, rather than just be consumers of them? My kids are also physically fit and have learned manners and grace that continually make me proud. I actually become more and more grateful for the contribution MMS is making in my kids lives, and I hope the bitter words of a few will not keep people from visiting the school and making the decision for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2014
I have two children currently enrolled with this school, in Chidren's House and Lower Elementary and we as a family have been with the school for nearly four years. I cannot speak highly enough of the character this school has instilled in my children or its academic rigor. My six year old son and five year old daughter operate on a level of independence, maturity, and confidence that astonishes me. They behave with a gladly generous, proactive attitude towards each other and their friends that I feel is exemplary of the overall culture of the school. This school does more than just teach academia, they foster children into high functioning, morally strong human beings.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
The administration at this school is awful. They do not listen to parent feedback if it is negative. Instead they will let the involved teacher know who complained; therefore, creating a target on your child. Since leaving MMS I have heard numerous complaints from other parents that have left or had their child kicked out due to similar issues. I've heard numerous stories of teachers using shaming techniques to discipline kids. I would caution anyone who is considering the school to run the other direction. Your children are too precious to let them learn in an environment where concerns are not listened to and where they'll potentially be shamed by their teacher (and then supported by the administration for using such tactics). Parental involvement is rated poorly since the administration seems to not want any true parent involvement or input. MMS needs to develop a system for handling complaints in a thorough, unbiased manner. The current system of sweeping them under the rug limits the school from improving and is potentially very dangerous. So glad we've moved on to a different school.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2013
I attended MMS through 8th grade and am proud of the education I received there. The school holds high academic standards, for sure, but I found when I entered high school I was more prepared for the workload than most of my classmates. I can attribute that to the time management skills I picked up as a student at MMS. While I was prepared for the work of high school, the transition to a larger school from such a tight-knit, family environment at MMS was a little difficult, but that s what you would expect when entering an entirely new school system after years in Montessori. I still think about my teachers, even back to when I was four years old, and am thankful for the support and attention I received from them.

- submitted by a community member
November 25, 2013
I would not recommend this school. The classes are overcrowded. The students bathrooms are often filthy. The children are often rude and hateful to each other and this is tolerated by the staff. Certain children are favored and receive opportunities that other children are not availed. They are constantly fundraising even though you pay plenty of tuition. They need money to cover the tuition of the staff's children who attend or the for kids there on scholarship. If you are looking for a good private school check University school of Milwaukee or Brookfield Academy because they are superior to this school in all ways.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2013
No school will ever please every person who walks through its doors. I have worked in both private and public Montessori schools over the past 25 years. In comparing all these experiences, I can state unequivocally that MMS is the best school I have been associated with. The academic program is outstanding and is based on Montessori methodology and the art, music and phy ed programs offer the perfect complement to help students become confident and develop a high level of self esteem. Staff members are caring and nurturing and take responsibility for the safety of students very seriously. All the interaction I have had with parents and family members has been positive and productive (with the child's best interests as the focus). I hope that I will continue to be a part of MMS for many years to come. It is an honor to be an integral part of the students' successes and to be a member of the MMS staff.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
I have been a teacher for 15 years. I have taught in Massachusetts, Egypt, Japan, China, and Wisconsin. I have taught students as young as 2 and as old as 50, and MMS is the best school I have ever worked at, or even seen for that matter. There is a devotion to excellence at all levels of the organization, and a drive to leave old industrial methods of teaching behind and plow into the 21st century. The students that result are hard-working, polite, and developed academically, socially, and athletically. Check us out!

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation." - Charles Kettering. This quote sums up Milwaukee Montessori quite nicely. From the youngest child to the most experienced staff member, there are indeed high, but not unrealistic, expectations. There have also been amazing achievements accomplished as well, from award winning art and technology projects to the successful careers of graduates. The school is a talented, diverse community with a staff that reflects as much. Administration encourages staff and students to fulfill their potential and supports their development along the way. All around it is the definition of a great, quality school.

- submitted by a teacher
September 06, 2013
Our son has been at MMS for 10 years. He has grown light years compared to his peers. He is confident, articulate, and well mannered.The learning at MMS requires a student to learn self-discipline and time management. The students are given lessons and can grow at their own rate. The beauty of this method is that your child is not held back by the slowest learning child in the class. If your child has shown the ability to learn and retain knowledge above the average child, your child will also flourish in this environment. Since it is a private school, some policies may be unlike public institutions. There are rules which are strictly enforced for the safety and comfort of all. This is a school. It is not a mutual admiration society. Part of learning is making mistakes and learning from them. Some mistakes have more severe consequences than others. I have never felt that the administration has acted hastily or harshly. The staff and administration do care about your child and sometimes they make recommendations. These may not be what every parent wants to hear, but the school is truly looking out for the child. You will not regret sending your child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
Class size is 30 for Children's House (that's the 3, 4 and 5 yr olds). It has 1 teacher and 2 assistants (who do not do much with academics). All we wanted was for the teacher to spend 10 minutes of individual time with my child on a daily basis. It was hard to get that even once a week. The Administration is defunct and lives in its own world. They try their best to make parents' lives miserable. The afternoon daycare is just a so so daycare - No Montessori learning there. Our 3 yr old never got hugs, affection and laughter - there were only rules. The first visit to school may 'wow' you. But then the school starts and the administration does enough for you to start hating them soon. You realize the child is not really 'learning ' - unless you constantly ping the teacher and ask for an update. No fun and learning for the kids, no peace of mind for the parents - not worth it!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
It's too bad that only parents who have "bad" experiences find the time to review this school. From the comments below, I can see parents of student's whose contracts have been terminated need a place to express their anger so they come here to bad mouth the school. Fortunately, Fox6 & TMJ4 has found the time to flaunt the academic success of the students from MMS. I agree that MMS is a strict school that expects the best from their students and full cooperation from their parents but this is one of the things I most value about this school. I often feel very proud when my children are the most well behaved & respectful children in any crowd that they would be in. Academically, both my children are doing very well and they love to go to school every day. They have even requested I put them in the MMS summer program. Prospective parents, please do not go by the "unkind" remarks by upset parents that are listed below who are here for a reason- to express their anger. Visit the school and set-up a tour. After 3 visits (initial, parent visit, and student visit) before you contract a student, you will have plenty of time & evidence to see what a wonderful school MMS really is.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2013
I think prospective parents should know that MMS is in someways academically strong, but in most ways not Montessori. Montessori believed in developing the "whole-child", meaning both intellectually and socio-emotionally. A child simply can't develop the latter in an environment where the virtues of kindess and understanding are frequently absent. I think the sterile and stoic atmosphere does stem from the school's leadership, which permeates staff and ultimately the classrooms with the children. I have noted that many children's feelings are often ignored and discouraged, particularly if they interfere with the academic agenda. This deeply impacts children's abilities to learn how to cope and problem-solve their diverse emotional experiences. Montessori envisioned that these problems be addressed and resolved within the social environment. Unfortunately problems are often punished at MMS rather than discussed in a solution-oriented fashion where real learning can happen, or so that a child might acquire the tools to make a different choice the next time. It's safe to say that MMS has abandoned several core-principles of Montessori in favor of academics- a true sacrifice, I think.

- submitted by a community member
April 02, 2013
This school is one of the worst private schools in Milwaukee. They will ruin your child's self-esteem which they think is doing them a favor. The administration is rude, uncaring and unapproachable. We are now joining a great school where the atmosphere is welcoming, the teachers are caring and the administration wants what is best for our children.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2013
Let me start out by saying this school is not for everyone, no school is. Having said that, and having reviewed several schools since my children were born, I would have to say that this school is the best, bar none, in teaching children who are intellectually curious, academically advanced, and come from diverse backgrounds. If you are looking for a school that teaches things like how government and elections work through mock elections and the creation of bills in the classroom, where children as young as 3 are taught art appreciation or how to play the violin or to speak Spanish, where children learn about the parts of a plant followed by planting and growing an actual plant, where your young child will not be laughed at for loving chess or art or reading or just for being a gentle caring soul then this is the school for your child. I would encourage any parent who is thinking of sending their child to this school, or any other school, to visit the school and take a look at the children that are there, see what they are doing and how they are doing. I would also encourage any parent to look at the children that are a few years older to see where your child could be.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2012
Our son goes to Children's house and we love this school. Teachers are friendly, caring and strict when it comes to discipline. If we don't move out of Milwaukee I'll keep my son till Junior high.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2012
I really don't understand all of the negative reviews... this is my sons third year here, and he has flourished. Do they expect your child to take personal responsibility? YES. Even at 18 months. Are the teachers always respectful to your child? YES, even when disciplining them. Will your child be academically advanced if they attend this school? Most likely. Is the staff bending over backwards to say hi to the parents and making sure that the parents get enough attention? NO, thank goodness. There is something wrong, in my opinion, if the staff, upon seeing your child, does not put your child immediately first. I really could care less if the head of school says hi to me- what I do notice, the few times that I walk my son into school, is that EVERY staff member knows his name, and makes it a point to say hi to him. On the occasion when a staff member stops me, it's to tell me a story about my son, or compliment him- and on yes, tell me about some disciplinary action that has been needed. Life is NOT unicorns and rainbows, it should not be at school either. My YOUNG son can carry a conversation with an adult, clean up very well after himself, and LOVES his school. Add high school!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
I waited until after leaving this school and enrolled in another to have something to compare MMS to as I only have one child. I never loved this school, though I really hoped I would. I had read many of the reviews prior to enrolling, and thought that they must have come from people difficult to please, or perhaps from those having inappropriate expectations. Unfortunately, most of the negative comments about the school turned out to hold water and I agreed with them wholeheartedly. While there are likely some great teachers there, my child's was average at best. My biggest concern was the general malaise that seems to encompass the entire program. My child got to the point where she incessantly spoke of how bad it was at aftercare that I had to rearrange my schedule to get her out of there earlier. It's my belief that the attitudes of the teachers do come from the head of school, who appeared on paper well qualified, she ultimately turned out to be elitist and insincere.The majority of the administration and some of the teachers seem oddly devoid of emotion. This is not the kind of environment that instills a thirst for learning at a young age.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2012
MMS students made great achievements once again in the 2011-2012 school year. One MMS 8th grader earned the first ever Joe Lubar full scholarship to University School of Milwaukee. Another MMS 8th grader was invited to the Washington D.C. to take part in the White House Science Fair as a result of winning President Obama's National STEM Video Game Challenge. She was one of only 12 students nationwide to win. The girls' track and field team had an amazing season, and the MMS girls' 4x100 relay team won at State! MMS students earned art awards regionally and statewide, and they were also honored when the Children's Hospital asked to keep MMS student artworks as a part of their permanent collection. The MMS robotics team won the 1st place teamwork award in the First Lego League. Learn all about the MMS student achievements this year: http://milwaukee-montessori.org/About-Us/Our-School/Student-Awards.htm

- submitted by a teacher
June 25, 2012
The most important thing in a Montessori environment are the teachers. How much and what you child learns depends on the teachers. The MMS teachers are very good. There was one teacher in KG who was not good, and my child wasn't learning much, but she was removed the next year and the replacement was very good. The Montessori philosophy itself it good, and then if you have a good teacher you are all set. Your child will flourish. Will likely be confident and will be at an advanced level academically. My child did extremely well so were are happy. The MMS admin is not that nice and arrogant, hence I am not giving 5 stars. Their attitude seems to be that they are doing you a favor by letting you in their school. The fundraisers are annoying too. However, administrators are not that important most of the time. When the teacher is good and the child is doing well, minor annoyances such as administrators and fundraisers are easy to ignore. So, I would put my child in MMS again and would recommend it to others.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2012
Elitist school who "cherry picks" the easiest students then takes credit for their behavior and accomplishments as if the school made them that way. Very arrogant, intimidating, and unapproachable principal. If you do not have a lot of $ (and the teacher will single you out to tell you that everyone else in the class has donated to the annual fund and they wont get their pizza party because of you), are a single parent (you will be referred to as Mrs. Last name of your child reagardless of how many times you correct) or your child has a lot of energy (not according to pediatrician) this is probably not a good fit. Very traumatizing experience for my child and for me.. Happy to report that my child is flourishing in public school. $11,000 a year may not be a lot to some but for me it was a huge sacrifice and all for nothing.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2012
One of the most important things an MMS education taught me was independence. Allowing the child to go about the day selecting the work he or she chooses really encourages a sense of independence and creativity. At MMS, children are allowed to choose their own work throughout the day and even get to select the subject matter of their choice when doing projects or writing reports. This allows the child to pursue what really holds his or her interest, getting them excited about their work. Children end up with a feeling of confidence because they are happy and interested in the work at hand. It might not seem immediately obvious, but one must only look at the oldest children in the school to see that this independence and faith in the child builds personal confidence. I thought about how that Montessori-instilled confidence exhibits itself in my own life. I have forged my own path in life, making choices that were not necessarily always popular or expected, yet I have few regrets. By receiving that faith in my own independence at Milwaukee Montessori I know that whatever life tosses my way, that I ll be able to handle it.

- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2011
We came to MMS after a few years of misery in an excellent school district. Our children are really happy with MMS. In fact, our eldest child was looking forward to summer ending so she could go back to school. I agree, the head of school does not exude warmth. Yes, sometimes the policies seem a bit harsh. Overall, though, I have found the staff to be very approachable and responsive to our children's needs.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2011
I am a recent graduate from MMS and I couldn't be more pleased with the experience. Since I was three years old, I was able to share memorable experiences with friends and teachers that were with me from my first step through the doors, to my graduation speech. My teachers were able to thoroughly prepare me for life after MMS academically as well as socially (I was able to transition to a large, public high school without any issues). I fully credit my success thus far to the amazing staff that lead me through all 11 years at MMS! Thank you!

- submitted by a community member
October 19, 2011
As you investigate schools I encourage you to ask yourself 2 questions: 1) Do I want my child to attend a school that is academically successful. I'm sure the answer to that 1st question is yes, but I know much more will go into your decision. 2) Do I want my child to attend a school where the administration does not listen to legitimate concerns and instead covers up real problems and decides to not offer enrollment to those that do complain? I imagine you would answer no to that question. From my experiences (my child is a former student), and from conversations with many other parents I assert that these are the issues you must consider. MMS might produce children who are successful academically. However, if you encounter staff that make poor decisions that adversely affect your child (as we did numerous times), be prepared to just accept the fact that your concerns won't be listened to by the authoritarian administration. I am so glad that my child no longer attends MMS. I strongly encourage you to seek an alternative to MMS where parental involvement and perspectives are respected as it will lead to a richer, more successful, more emotionally stable educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2011
I strongly disagree with the comments regarding the administration at MMS. My children all started at MMS when they were very young and my oldest is currently applying to the top colleges in the nation after scoring in the top percentile of the ACTs. Throughout the 12 years we have been here, we have had several incidents that required meetings with the administration (let's face it - my children are great kids but they aren't angels) and we have always found the administrators, especially the Head of School, to be extremely helpful and direct. They really know my children and are able to provide suggestions and support that produce excellent results. They do not always tell me what I want to hear, and I may not always be happy with procedures, but every decision is made keeping in mind what is best for the students. I know too many students who have graduated from MMS and who are truly successful, happy young adults to ever doubt the school or their leadership.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2011
According to MMS Volleyball Coach, the goals for his teams include much more than just winning records. His coaching lessons focus on developing personal integrity in each athlete and developing each athlete's compassion for their teammates, with the goal of building in his athletes a sense of community and an ability to work as a team. Ultimately, he wants players' participation in athletics to be a true extension of the core lessons they are being taught in the MMS classroom. So, being in sports isn't just about winning, and being in athletics isn't just about sports... Read more: http://milwaukee-montessori.org/home/WhatsNew/More-than-winning.htm

- submitted by a teacher
October 10, 2011
My child's contract was thankfully terminated by email and without discussion, and I could not be happier and more relieved. The school would not address a serious teacher issue and instead of working towards a solution, it was quickly covered up and cast aside. The parent-teacher relationship and parental role is not valued or respected by all of the faculty, and contact with the administration is discouraged, so do not expect any collaboration should a problem of any kind arise. Future parents should definitely observe the classroom of their child's potential teacher in order to make an informed decision BEFORE signing the contract. At a minimum, discuss teacher philosophy and approach to ensure it will be a good fit for your child.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
Thank you MMS for asking us to leave your school when we confronted you with a huge teacher issue that you were unwilling to take responsibility for. Our daughter (and three other former mms children from last year) are so happy at their new school. Thank you again. Without your poor decision making we would not have found this great new school!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
Horrible leadership, horrible school. I would not let my children attend again. There are many private schools in Milwaukee and Brookfield that offer stellar academic programs with leaders who listen instead of scoff.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2011
My children, who are former and current MMS students, are artistic, athletic, and honor roll students in their high schools. I have to say that my children still want to visit their teachers, they have deep connections with the friends and faculty they grew up with at MMS. In addition, they can write better than the majority of their peers and that they are well ahead in math taking geometry and algebra II in their freshman years thanks to the attention and ministrations of their amazing MMS teachers. No school is perfect for everyone, but MMS has been for our family.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
Being a former educator, I am always interested in new and unique means of meeting students' needs through diverse methods. I am extremely impressed with the quality and intensity of education offered at Marshall Montessori. This academic excellence coupled with building a peaceful community makes for an outstanding experience for all students enrolled.

- submitted by a community member
July 14, 2011
If you look at all of the private schools in the Milwaukee area you will see that this school has the most negative reviews. Take that seriously if you consider having your child attend. If you do have your child attend, I recommend donating a large amount so people will be kind to you. If not, good luck.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2011
I must agree with the parent who commented on the poor administration. We chose to leave MMS last year after our child began being afraid of going to school. We tried to talk to the administration and got no help. Our child is now flourishing at her new school where the administrators are open and honest.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2011
MMS is a fantastic school that always keeps the best interest of the kids in mind. We have had children at MMS going on 8 years and the welfare and safety of the children has always been a top priority. There is no doubt that the staff has high expectations of personal responsibility for our children. I appreciate that fact since they will have the same expectations some day from their employer(s). As far as fundraising, it is totally voluntary, but we all pitch in since it has a direct impact on the facilities, programs offered, ongoing faculty education, etc.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2011
We would not normally respond to anonymous allegations but we want to make sure that we are on record saying that child safety is our number one priority. We take any parent concern of this nature very seriously, we investigate completely and take appropriate action. Due to the confidentiality of those involved we cannot comment on the specifics or veracity of this, but we want people to know that we take student safety and parental concerns very seriously.

- submitted by a teacher
June 29, 2011
MMS is an incredible school that our family is thrilled to have found. The administration at MMS knows my child on an impressively personal level and have been nothing but warmly receptive and responsive to our family's needs. Independence is encouraged and promoted at MMS at even the youngest levels as an aid to the children's lives, both at present and in the years to come. Perhaps some families are not used to or comfortable with the type of encouragement that helps instill a deep-rooted self confidence that our 23 month-old daughter now posseses. Absolutely every action taken by the highly professional MMS staff is with the children's and families' best interests at heart. Truly an amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2011
Really surprised to read the last comment. If my children come home hungry, it is because they are growing children who want to eat a couple hundred times throughout the day. I have picked them up and they sometimes have snack in hand. Staff/faculty are very helpful so I highly doubt they would say that to a child who is "not old enough to create such a jingle". As for the fundraising, the level of education my children are receiving is well worth all the fundraising that comes along with it being a private school. MMS has been a blessing for my children who started out in MPS. They now awake in the mornings with the desire to go to school. I no longer have to drag them out of bed and ask them to be good at school. On the car ride home, I cannot get them to be quiet about their day. They learn so much in so little time. At a family gathering, my son was going on and on telling cousins of his same age group all about the solar system and the make up of plant life as well proving that he can divide much higher then 12 in his head- because they haven't even started multiplication yet. Yes, indeed, great school!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2011
My children have nothing short of caring, polite, respectful treatment at Milwaukee Montessori School. I have been at the school for 10 years and all of my children attended childcare programs happily. All of my children have been and are in every childcare program at MMS and have received nothing but loving, attention giving and encouragement from ALL of the staff members. Not to mention this school is beautifully maintained, extremely well managed and the best interest of my children are on the minds of all the faculty members. My husband and I have nothing but raving experiences with MMS. Whether we are talking about the music program, athletics, foreign language, technology department, art program and the steadfast curriculum program our experiences have been nothing but positive!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2011
The assertion that there has been staff turnover in the childcare and toddler rooms is not at all true! Most all of us have worked in the toddler and childcare rooms for many, many years. Furthermore, we love our students, our families, and we enjoy, support and believe in the mission of our school.

- submitted by a teacher
February 23, 2011
My son went to M.M.S.he loved the school and finished 8th Grade.Iam a faculty member and enjoy being here. I love watching the children learn and become independent. my son has great confidence as an adult and he loves to learn and gives everything he does his best. M.M.S has done a wonderful job and he is the adult he is today because of all the things he learned when he was young. It is a nice place to work and we are always encouraged to learn more everday

- submitted by a teacher
February 23, 2011
I am a faculty member and parent of two alums. I have been at Milwaukee Montessori for 18 years and would not have stayed if I felt that fellow faculty members were unqualified, untrustworthy or disinterested in their work. One of the things I value most about this community is how well we work as a team. The academic program and the childcare program work closely together to ensure the well being of the children in our care. My children began in the toddler program and Children's House with faculty members that are still here and they are now 20 and 23 years old. I think it speaks very well of a school when teachers choose to devote their careers to that institution. I am proud to be affiliated with Milwaukee Montessori School.

- submitted by a teacher
January 18, 2011
I disagree completely with the past few reviews of MMS. I have an easily distracted and all over the place three year old. We were worried from the get go that she would not fit in to this school whose children seem so quiet and well behaved. She is doing wonderfully. The teacher is happy to give me updates whenever I see her, and my baby is gradually able to focus longer on different projects. We were told at the first parent teacher conference that she is three and is expected that she would take a little while to "get in the groove" with the other kids. Her teachers have always been wonderful. The director of the school does seem austere at first, but is just fine when you talk to her and is willing to give very helpful advice and talk to parents.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2010
My child was enrolled in the toddler program. It is a rather harsh, austere environment in which to send a small person. Their rules are unforgiving, strict, arbitrary, and sometimes not fully understood even by the staff. There has been staff turnover and the teachers, save one or two, don't seem happy. They admit *IN WRITING* they don't have time to talk to you informally before, during, or after class about your child's development. It's too bad that you pay over $8,000/year for a half day program and you are poorly welcomed and treated as an outsider. Recently, they opted to send out a "formal" review of our child's progress. The review must have been produced in haste and without much care because it hardly describes our child. It was very disheartening. It showed us they either don't care or simply don't pay attention to each individual. They are probably overworked, underpaid, and understaffed. Be wary of their contracts! There is a significant penalty (hidden as "a reimbursement") for withdrawling your child before a year's completion.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2010
I didn't like this school from day one, but gave them a second, third, and even a fourth chance. Before we enrolled our child here, we had marvelous experiences at other centers and expected to be close to and welcomed by the teachers. I WOULD NOT RECOMMENDED THIS SCHOOL, especially for toddler care. The only reason why we kept sending our child their was because she didn't seem obviously harmed by the emotionally cold teachers. We, however, dreaded dropping her off there every day.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2010
Completely agree with the review posted on 17-Sep-2010. Not a warm and cordial environment. The management and teaching staff expects 3 year olds to be responsible and mature, take care of themselves; right from day one. No leeway for learning curve.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2010
MMS is a wonderful work environment for faculty and staff! The Head of School provides us with multiple opportunities to grow, personally and professionally. She provides us with books, speakers, webinars, conferences, summer classes and consultants as a means by which to consistently push ourselves towards greater learning and professional excellence. Ours is a culture of growth which demands commitment and hard work from all faculty; we willingly put 100% into our work here and that is what parents should expect from professional faculty employed by a private school of our caliber. On another note, I would never work in a school where the Head finds it acceptable to expect 50% or 70% from the faculty. As a parent I would not feel confident entrusting the education of my children to an environment that accepts mediocrity.

- submitted by a teacher
September 23, 2010
It is extremely disturbing if not pathological to think that our faculty would continue to teach at a school with an environment that is described in the September 17 posting about MMS, given that many of our faculty, including me, either have or will be sending their children to this very school. What is this person saying about us, the faculty, when he or she says that we would make our own children endure such an heinous environment, as he or she describes it? Doesn t say much about us as parents; and I think I am, and have been told from almost everyone I know that I am an exceptional and loving parent who would do anything for his child. Would a loving parent submit his or her child to such an experience? Would the parents of 400 children do so?

- submitted by a teacher
September 17, 2010
This school got our younger child going early in a private school system track. We thought the teachers did the best they could. The problem with this school is that it is run in an dictatorial manner. The teachers are all in fear for their jobs if they don't tow the line 100%. The school repeats often that it is a welcoming environment and emphasizes compassion. No way! When our child went on to a new school we saw a huge difference and realized what MMS was missing-exactly what they repeatedly say they have-a compassionate welcoming environment. The administration runs MMS like a prison camp. At our new school we see kids who hug their principal. They truely involve parents. At MMS, the principal never said a casual hello or even smiled at us. (Except at fund raisers). Good academics for 3-5 year olds, but not a warm, welcoming environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
My 4-year-old has been attending Milwaukee Montessori for about 6 months. He is adding, making maps, and is learning to read and write in cursive. He is also learning to be more independent and is extremely polite. I would reccommend MMS to anybody.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 09, 2010
As the parent of two college students, both graduates of Milwaukee Montessori, it is clear that the benefits they received from their education at MMS has continued to serve them well. My daughter will soon graduate with a degree in philosophy and attend graduate school. She credits Milwaukee Montessori with fostering her independent thinking and organizational skills. My son attends a college that follows a great books curriculum and is seminar based, confident in his ability to contribute to the conversation and interact with students and teachers. At Milwaukee Montessori they learned the value of learning for its own sake, and they have continued on that path in college. What an incredible gift to give to a child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 28, 2010
I read about Montessori in Investor s Business Daily, profiling innovators. She demonstrated that children were capable of learning at 3 and were working at their own pace! Concepts were presented to the child in a specific way; they practiced until they mastered it. This was the education I wanted for my children. This format awakens what Montessori called the Inner Teacher ; instilling the child with a thirst for knowledge, not whatever is being spoon fed. My children attend Milwaukee Montessori School. They have confidence and healthy self-esteem that I did not have at that age. Their reading and math skills are ahead of what standardized tests expect for children of their respective ages. My children are living up to their potential. Milwaukee Montessori in particular keeps the traditions established over 100 years ago, but also continues the innovative spirit of Montessori by integrating new technologies into this unique teaching environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2010
I've got 2 children who recently graduated from Milwaukee Montessori School. The education they received was amazing because it was about so much more than learning about 2 plus 2 equals 4. For them it was learning about the impact that they can make as an individual on the world and on others. What I continue to discover as my children are in High School is what an amazing school MMS was for them. It was a safe, welcoming environment , that had Teachers/Admin/Janitorial/Kitchen Staff who not only knew my children but cared and still do. The teachers that my children have now in High School continue to comment about their leadership, their ability to work with all Classmates, their ability to communicate not only with Teachers/Adminstration but also with their Peers. Kudos to MMS!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
My children transferred from Racine Montessori to Milwaukee Montessori when they were in second and fourth grades. Our experience at this school has been wonderful. Not only have they excelled academically, but emotionally and socially as well. MMS does a wonderful job following the Montessori principles while making sure to meet the ever increasing challenges of what children need to learn to be successful in today's world. My oldest is now a freshman in high school and is continually amazing us and her teachers at how well prepared she is for this new challenge. She has a wonderful sense of who she is, the responsibility to take her studies seriously and remain in the top of her class, a maturity that most freshman do not have and the ability to succeed in extracurricular activites as well. We are already seeing the same qualities in our other child and couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
An environment that fosters learning through guided exploration led to enrolling our daughter in MMS. The natural condition of the child is to be curious and eagerly absorb knowledge of and from things, places and people that surrounds him. Maintaining the balance between self-exploration, academic competency and social learning requires an accomplished staff that is passionate not only to help the child learn but to excel. So, it was to this vigilant oversight that we committed our daughter for 11 years. She will soon graduate near the top of her high school class. Now we must decide among scholarship offers from several universities. As we visit the different colleges, it is common that someone from the admissions staff comments on her academic and extracurricular achievements. Universally they ask how she came to be so well prepared. The transformative experience was at Milwaukee Montessori. We could not be more pleased.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 24, 2010
I have 3 children who have all attended Milwaukee Montessori School since they were 18 months old and we love it! My oldest is currently in Junior High. They are learning so much, including how to reach their full potential with learning and a strong sense of who they are, in addition to developing confidence and caring towards others. I am a teacher here and I appreciate the level of professionalism that is shown by all of the staff. I have worked at other Montessori schools and I appreciate the high level of education here as well as the safety protocals that are in place. I know my children are developing a strong foundation that will stand the test of time and allow them to follow their life persuits.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2010
Our family loves Milwaukee Montessori. Ever since our daughter enrolled in the toddler program, we have been impressed with the nurturing and professional staff that our daughter encounters daily. The staff is amazing! As a parent, I have peace of mind every day knowing that she is in the hands of such caring professionals. I especially like that MMS meets our daughter 'where she is at' academically. She just turned 4 and already reads and writes. She is overjoyed to attend school each day!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 30, 2009
Milwaukee Montessori School has provided a safe and stimulating environment for our child. We couldn't be happier with our decision to enroll her at 20 months old. Due to the encouragement and opportunity provided to her, at 3 years old, she is very independent, polite and capable of so many things. Friends are always shocked by her many accomplishments which we attribute to the stimulating environment and amazing faculty. We are constantly raving about the Montessori practice and the school, and we would recommend that every parent see first-hand what MMS can provide for their family.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2009
The school is wonderful for many things, especially if you have a fairly self-directed learner or a child who needs to learn to be self-directed & is capable of doing so with proper guidance. More problematic for the child who needs high structure & accountability, especially in grades above 3. Fantastic educational model especially for grades below 4th. Gets less 'Montessori' 4th & above, but still such a wonderful, diverse environment with positive expectations of the kids, and a great small place for any kid who might not do as well in a larger environment, so mine is staying through 8th!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
We transferred to MMS six years ago when our older children had bad public school experiences. Our three children love Milwaukee Montessori. They look forward to going to school and have made wonderful friendships. I find myself constantly raving about the school to family and friends. If you want a school that is committed to following through with its mission statement, this is it. The students are treated with dignity and respect. The faculty is top notch and extremely dedicated. Everything, from music to athletics, to theater has been fabulous. Mostly, we love that this school meets the needs of all three of our kids, all of whom approach learning differently from one another. They are challenged, happy, and see themselves as capable learners.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 04, 2008
My kids love going to this school! My four-year old son is fascinated with math - both geometry and addition - and has a fondess for world maps. My 5th-grader thinks grammer is fun. She especially appreciates the sports program where she is welcome to participate regardless of her skill level. It doesn't hurt that basketball team took first place in their league this year either! In addition to traditional academics, the music and art programs are outstanding. The school community is open, warm, and welcoming. My kids are comfortable and confident - nothing holds them back! It is a great place to be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 19, 2008
We could not be more thrilled with the level of education and social development our son is receiving at MMS. We waited 1 year to get him in and now are enrolling our 18month old. Worth every day we did wait. The structure for independent learning and the respect he learns for himself, his family and the people and things that surround him are immeasureable. At 5 years old he reads, does addition, subtraction, multiplication, and cursive and loves to share this all at home! What blessing this school is!

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2008
Both my children attend MMs and we are so pleased with the education they are receiving. They are learning Spanish and French, and learn to work on their own not having some one hand hold them thru the whole day. The teachers and staff are very well trained and the school community is excellent! We look forward to keeping our children at MMS until they graduate from the 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2008
My family has been at MMS for ten years. We came initially for the child care when our our oldest daughter was one and we have stayed for the outstanding educational quality and culture of the school. We have found it to provide an outstanding educational environment for both of our daughters. They each have different strengths and learn in different ways. The individualized approach has accomodated both, including one daughter's reading challenges. Most impressive is the diversity of the student body, faculty and staff. We have always found their teachers and the head of school helpful in any issue/challenge we may have with them. Our kids are held to the highest standards. We are very grateful for Milwaukee Montessori School!

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2008
I am a deeply disappointed parent. Stories posted here are not evident in our experience. Before enrolling your child ask: How experienced is the staff? Like any school there should be a high degree of expert teachers....use your eyes to answer this one yourself (the head of school will tell you otherwise). Ask about turnover...why do so many kids/staff leave? Does your child have minimal special needs? The inexperienced staff may not recognize them, know how to address them, or have the desire to help! Polite children? Please... There is bullying, name calling, rock throwing and other inappropriate behavior....like any school! A perfect child will succeed there (or anywhere). It is not a school directed in the true vision of Marie Montessori. Parents, staff and students are in an authoritarian environment . MMS is academically discriminatory and exclusive.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2007
My family has been at MMS for 8 years and as our oldest prepares to graduate and go to high school, we are all highly confident that she is more than prepared both academically and spiritually. The life skills she has learned here at MMS will last a lifetime. We are very grateful to have our children at MMS!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2007
My daughter originally started her education in Milwaukee public schools then to Elm Grove public schools. She was having a hard time grasping reading techniques even with one on one help. Neither of these offered after school tutoring. She was excepted to Milwaukee Montessouri and has improved in reading, writting, math, and is alot more confident. She will now read in public, something she would cry about before. I am grateful for Milwaukee Montessouri and the teacher she was given.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2007
Both of my children attend Milwaukee Montessori and they have never once complained about going to school. The children who attend MMS are kind and treat each other with the respect all children deserve. I am very impressed with the learning our children are capable of. The older children help the younger children without being asked. They display an amazing sense of responsibility and self respect that is absent at most public schools. MMS brings out the best in them. The teachers are remarkable individuals who spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week teaching our children how to use their own thoughts and ideas to move forward in life and get the work done. Oh, and of course, they are advanced learners, as a previous review stated. Thank you, Milwaukee Montessori!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
MMS is more than a school - it's a community of parents that really care about their children. It's one of the only places in Milwaukee that I've seen so many people of different ethnic groups come together for a common cause: their kids. The teachers are awesome and know every child by name, even those not in their particular rooms. My daughter feels safe at school and knows everyone. MMS just recently had their school safety procedures redesigned to make the school even safer for the kids. Education throughout life should be Montessori-style. Then maybe more of us would end up finding our passions instead of being stuck with jobs we dislike.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2006
My daughter has been a student at MMS for the last year and we are so pleased with her progress. She is learning how to become an independent person who respects her fellow classmates and peers. The teachers are outstanding and care very much for each individual child. We are planning on keeping our daughter in this program as well as sending our other children when they are old enough. We love that our children are being exposed to art, education, language, and much much more. We are always excited and happy to share our experience and encourage others to tour the school, because we believe everybody would be as pleased with the school as we have been. If you are looking for a Montessori school setting for your child, this is a great school with so much to offer to any child.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2005
I have a 5 year old daughter at MMS and her experience has been outstanding! This is her 3rd year with her teacher (multi-age classrooms) and I couldn't be happier with the education she is getting. At 5 my daughter is reading, writing in cursive, adding and multiplying, speaking Spanish and French, learning geography and much more. I am also very happy with the level of arts education at MMS. Montessori learning is not for everybody - some children don't have what it takes to thrive in this environment, but most children have an innate desire to learn and will do very well. I encourage any parent looking for an outstanding Montessori education for their child to visit the school and see what it has to offer!

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
I attended this school and was forever scarred by the effects of its downright lazy, liberal-to-a-fault faculty. In fourth grade, I spent a year trying to figure out how to do multiplication tables on my own, while my teacher insisted that doing it on my own was the only way I would ever learn. Montessori, in theory, sounds ideal, but it just doesn't work in the real world. Kids need guidance. And the faculty at MMS seem genuinely ignorant on how to do anything beyond babysitting. I am now off to college, and only now learning how to take responsibility for my own education, a little too late. I have forgiven the staff for giving me such a complex/phobia about education, but I still advise against sending your child there.

- submitted by a former student
January 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2004
Our daughter has attended here for K-4 and we have been so pleased with her progress. This school is a complete learning package. She has gained self confidence, a love of learning, respect for others and the environment as well as learning to read! We couldn't be happier with this school.

- submitted by a parent
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The faculty and staff at Milwaukee Montessori School are highly trained in Montessori methodology and strive to attain professional excellence for their students and families. Milwaukee Montessori School is recognized as a leader in Montessori education and has been acknowledged for its accomplished graduates and novel approaches to technology use, as well as its emphasis on community service, the arts and athletics.

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Milwaukee Montessori School
345 N 95th St, Milwaukee, WI  53226
(414) 259-0370
Last modified Milwaukee Montessori School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Milwaukee Montessori School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 83 reviews. Top