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.
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.
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.
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!
"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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Milwaukee Montessori School on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Milwaukee Montessori School, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.