I completely agree with the previous review. We had the same issue with my child. I was just waiting for the toddler care to be done. Last year when my child was done with stepping stones, I was extremely happy. We even thought about moving school. The head of that classroom ( you know who I am referring to) thinks she knows everything. She does not listen to parents and children. She thinks she is the boss. My child used to complaint about her everyday. I am so glad when my child moved to children's house. So far children's house seems to be better. But not as much as I expected. Parents think twice before enrolling.
This school is for business. They don't care for the kids. Toddler care is worst. Especially stepping stones. They think they are the rulers. They just do not care about the little kids. It's so messy. They don't get any love and attention. Please do not put your child. This is my honest feedback. You will suffer later. They just care about money and nothing else.
Our experience thus far at MMS has been enriching. The Head of School and her staff do an excellent job at preserving the true essence of the Montessori experience while integrating technology, global progressiveness and diversity. We have witnessed our child grow into a new level of independence while showing confidence and a love of learning.
We sent both of our children to MMS for 12 and 13 years and would never do anything differently. Sure, there are some people who did not have experiences to their liking, but there are thousands of folks who have been super happy with the beauty, the order, and the manner in which their children are and have been educated and treated! Why should a few bitter people try to deprive other children of the incredible opportunities at MMS? I would advise readers to take this review seriously, and not the reviews of people who are obviously vengeful. MMS is a school that employs culturally diverse, loving, and well educated faculty. It is a school that provides a peaceful, predictable, and joyful environment for very high achieving students. This is the review to take to heart potential parents! Avoid the words of the haters!
Two our our children have graduated from MMS and one is about to. That said, we are starting all over again with our four year old. MMS was an easy choice for a variety of reasons, but most importantly because our children have grown up to be independent thinkers, as well as confidant and engaged learners. My senior in high school is getting several scholarship offers, as are his MMS peers, and I continue to be impressed with just how polite and engaged these young adults are. My son who is in his first year of children's house is already learning to become more independent and curious and I find myself, once again, impressed with the rigor of the education here.
Our son is in the middle of his third year at Milwaukee Montessori School, and he is thriving. The thoughtful structure of the school, partnered with the school's art, music and athletic programs, provide the appropriate balance of structure and freedom for our active 6 year old. MMS teachers help him excel academically without him ever feeling pushed. Along with keen intellectual training, MMS develops good citizens - people that care about each other - engaging in community service, environmental stewardship and study of their global community. We are so happy to be part of this thriving school community.
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).
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.
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.
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.