"We are best known for our dynamic Waldorf curriculum."
Students enrolled 245
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Sarah Stokes
Transportation options None
Type no info
Preschool capacity no info
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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1150 E Brady St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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5 stars
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April 30, 2014
Our children have attend Tamarack Waldorf School since K3. We were drawn to Tamarack by their deep reverence for each individual child. We lives their nurturing environment. We stayed at Tamarack, because the school has always lived up to our first impressions. As the children have grown, they are successfully and happily thriving both academically and socially. We feel that we are part of a wonderful community at Tamarack.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
I am a community member that lives two blocks from the school. While I do not have a child that attends the school, it is a great school to have located in my neighborhood. Tamarack fosters friendships and helps keep our community together in and out of the classroom. Teachers take students on walks throughout the neighborhood, having the opportunity to connect with neighbors, including myself. I think it s wonderful that students have the opportunity to grow up with a sense of community. I also find Waldorf education a great method for teaching children, particularly the school s high belief in cultivating a lifelong love of learning in all children. If I had a child, I would definitely send him or her here.

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2014
My son started at Tamarack 5 years ago in K-3. Although it did take some getting used to, we have grown to love the curriculum and the teaching philosophy that exists in a Waldorf school. My son is thriving in such a low-stress, low-anxiety environment. Over the past few years, great strides have been made to improve communication with parents which has been greatly appreciated. It is, overall, a great school and we plan to send our younger children there as well.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2014
We sought out an education for our only child that would cultivate a lifelong love of learning while fostering her natural artistic abilities - all of which Tamarack Waldorf provides.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
An urban school with a homey feel: Tamarack provides a warm and loving environment for my three children and, at the same time, an open and supportive community for our whole family. It is a beautiful school full of substance. You get the sense that the children who receive this education are made different by it: when I see the children at Tamarack, I witness self-confidence and a real interest in others, and the world. I imagine this would not be possible without some pretty amazing teachers, a strength of character in the school as a whole, and great leadership. Kudos! And thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making my children's educational lives so very lively, and full of meaning and purpose -- and love.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
Tamarack is a unique, diverse, urban Waldorf school that has provided both my 9 year old daughter and my 8 year old son with exceptional educational experiences. The faculty at Tamarack are well-trained, experienced educators who whole-heartedly embrace the philosophical foundations of Waldorf education. The curriculum, the spirit of the school, and the emphasis on social interaction as a means of personal growth are the three main reasons we chose Tamarack in the first place. And they are the reasons we continue to love and invest in our school.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
I have 2 children attending Tamarack Waldorf and I could not be happier with the staff, administration and school community. I have been especially grateful for the shifting in "keeping children young" and away from the fast paced life that threatens to overtake us. I am very comfortable with the approach to academics, inclusion of nature and school celebrations. I could not be more thrilled with natural objects, supplies, and handiwork and the absence of advanced technology in the k3-8 grades. There is plenty of time and exposure for technology and my children are thriving in this enviroment. They are both happy to go to school each day and happy to return for school events. We as a family are fortunate to have a Waldorf school so close.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
My child has attended Tamarack since K4. We didn't know much about Waldorf education in advance of enrollement, and primarily chose Tamarack because it was a neighborhood school that seemed to reflect our values. The diverse community reflects the world that we want our child to experience as normal. Our child tends towards the dreamy and artistic side of her nature, and we appreciate the fact that this is nurtured by the school community. The Waldorf model does require a commitment by the family, and the relationship to the classroom teacher is central to that - of the parent(s) and of the child. So perhaps that is not always for everyone. But if trust can established and communications are open on both sides, it is a great option for families to consider for their children in the greater Milwaukee area.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
My daughter started at this school in K4, and I love watching how this school nurtures her and prepares her for the road ahead. She is now in first grade and everyday she comes home excited about the Spanish lesson, the handwork, drawing and music she is learning. I love how the school teaches the whole. I am able to watch my daughter learn her Spanish through songs and action. Instead of straight memorizing. By learning multiple ways she will have a better chance at remembering. I am so thankful my daughter is able to be taught all subjects, including physical activity and the arts. I am very blessed to be part of this community.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
This is an excellent waldorf k-8 school that teaches the whole child from the inside out, these students are fully prepared to enter and compete when they reach high school. I like the knitting, music and movement classes. As well as the spanish and drawing lessons.The fairy tale stories and story like math concepts in first grade prepare the children with a rich and expressive life in reading and math. At Tamarak learning is like building with blocks, each lesson, each concept creates a whole picture. This is a community school where everyone helps to build a great school and parental involvement is the key to a child's success. My only wish for the school is to have it be Spanish Immersion, I've gone to Spanish Immersion schools and I truly enjoyed being immersed in the language and the culture and I want that for my kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
Though a bit skeptical at first, I've been surprised and pleased by the care, nurture, and intellectual rigor of each teacher my kids have had. They each, in turn, have crafted a classroom experience that activates my kids gifts, confronts their challenges (and challenging behaviors) and awakens their interests. This is due, in part, to what seems to be a great balance between individual and communal focus, imagination and intellect, work and play. Also, because it's a voucher school, it's affordable and allows for greater socioeconomic and racial diversity. Overall, the quality of education and care is top-notch, the aesthetic is soothing and restful and the community is vibrant.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
Tamarack is the type of school I wish I could have attended! It aligns with my belief that children should be nutured in the younger grades and provided a loving/home-like environment. I also love that the children of all ages are encouraged in the arts and allowed lots of outside time.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
Tamarack nurtures the individual child's sense of self and community with gentle but structured methods that have been shown to be academically sound. Instead of spending hours sitting still and being fed data, children move and explore their world in developmentally-appropriate ways. The result? Kids who are clear-thinking, self-motivated, and passionate about learning for a lifetime. My daughter flourished in this environment as her first school experience, coming home each day tired from lots of activity, but grounded from the structured and beautiful routines and uncluttered environment. I really appreciate the school's focus on educating the family, not just the child, through send-home articles and meetings designed to support creativity, healthy growth, and the development of compassionate and clear-thinking kids and adults.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
Our family have been with Tamarack for the last four years. We LOVE it! The holistic - mind, body and spirit approach to our children and the respect for childhood are HUGE. Children go outside everyday where they are fed by this time out in the world and fresh air playing. Children are met where they are at and encouraged to their best selves. Each child valued for the wonder and magic they bring to the classroom & world. We also very much love the sense of community we experience with other parents & families. Folks respect one another and are able to come together from various walks of life to offer ourselves to our children and the community. It is really a life-giving place.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
It has been my pleasure to meet and speak with nearly all of the staff member of this fine school. I truly believe that each one of them have the desire to deliver a quality educational experience for all the children in their care.

- submitted by a community member
June 24, 2013
We have been with Tamarack for almost 9 years. We have three children who've attended since the early childhood class, and have never had a problem. I'm confident that my children are safe and loved by all the teachers and staff. I wouldn't even consider sending my children anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
My child was treated very poorly by the staff at this school - mainly the early childhood staff. Early childhood teachers in the Waldorf community are supposed to be grandmotherly - warm and nurturing. What we experienced was very far from loving. They are also not accepting of children with differing needs - or "perceived needs" - and don't use proper channels to assess whether a child is right for their school or not. It's a shame that what should be a lovely school makes so many young children feel sad and disliked. I hope that their early childhood program is able to improve to better meet the needs of Milwaukee's youth.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2012
Worth every penny. Beyond being an amazing Waldorf school, Tamarack offers art, music, woodworking, movement, foreign language, diversity and a community of teachers, parents and staff who are involved and caring. My children love going to school, because Tamarack instills a love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2012
Tamarack Waldorf School has brought our family so much happiness. We moved back to Milwaukee so that my three boys could attend this school. My eldest son, after one day in his new class, was jumping up and down for joy. He said he had never been happier, and it is true. I have never experienced him so satisfied and content, day after day, as he comes home from school. His teacher is warm, friendly, funny, affectionate, clear and fair. We are so very happy to have found our home at Tamarack and in the community here. Thank you to both the teaching faculty and the administrative staff, who are just top-notch.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2012
We love Tamarack - not only for its wonderful Waldorf education, but for its caring and diverse community. As a parent of two children now in high school, I value how they were prepared to face the challenges of a rigorous college preparatory high school. Fall in love with the kindergartens and stay for the grades!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2012
I am an educator, however I am not employed at Tamarack. I have five grandchildren at Tamarack and not only am I impressed with the caring, conscientious, and devoted faculty and staff, but also with the overall Waldorf philosophy that is so evident in every classroom. I find that the children are ready and waiting for each phase of development with a sense of awe and wonder and with an enthusiasm for learning. I cannot imagine my grandchildren at any other school. Tamarack's Cream City historical building is set in a beautiful and vibrant urban community. I highly encourage parents to consider visiting Tamarack Waldorf when looking for a school for their children.

- submitted by a community member
March 29, 2012
Tamarack is a strong Waldorf school with a fully integrated arts program, a commitment to diversity, and an active parent community. It prepares students well for the highest-regarded public and private high schools in the Milwaukee area. The students are taught the traditional academic subjects in a unique way, one that draws out their own individual skills and cultivates an inquisitive approach to the world. Children are allowed to be children at Tamarack, and the pressures to compete or to fit a narrow idea of success are removed. Despite a curriculum that is not tailored to mainstream standardized testing goals, my own child has tested very well on exams. The parents are generally enthusiastic and engaged in the life of the school. The faculty are caring and talented, and the staff are dedicated and compassionate. It's a true community, with lots of different personalities, a lot of differences - period - but everyone there knows how special and wonderful Tamarack is and works hard to make the school a really good school. Words are cheap; if you get a chance to visit the school, you'll get it.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2012
We have withdrawn our children because they were not safe at school - in the school or on the playground.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
Please note how there is a gap in reviews between 2007-2011. Were they reportedly yanked by the school? HMMM.... Why wouldn't I be surprised. Parents here are very vocal and I find it hard to believe it hasn't been rated in four years. There is a reason, folks.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2011
Tamarack has the most complete curriculum in the Milwaukee area. Yes, they have an extended recess, but that is an important part of a child's developement. They also have foreign language, extensive math skills are taught, music, movement, and handwork(knitting and crochet), and the children create their own text books, with guidence from the teacher, of course. But there is something more to Tamarack that you don't get at most of the schools around here. The children are taught tolerance for others. My daughter loves it. And so do I.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2011
This school has been perfect for our three children--an absolute treasure nestled in the city. We have waiting lists for every class for a very good reason!!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2011
Very upsetting experience, minimal supervision at recess, violence is tolerated and the needs of bullying children seem to take priority. Though good things are present, ineptitude and disorganization lead to a "Lord of the Flies" type atmosphere. Very expensive and dissapointing experience.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
After my eagerness to enroll my child in Tamarack for K4, I was very displeased with how things turned out. Supposedly my child had a temper tantrum problem, however the K4 teacher waited a month before telling me anything about the problem, even though she said it existed from the beginning. By that point it was completely out of her control but she expected me, as a full-time working parent to commit to an on-call schedule and pick my child up whenever they called and said she'd gotten to be too much. Additionally, she placed labels on my child like "special-needs" and stated that she made "cerebal-palsy like movements" and was just completely out of control. I am 100% for working with teachers to do what is best for our children, but not ok with a teacher who is quick to label a child before she has even attempted to work with the parents. And that doesn't mean waiting a month before trying to do so. I am sure Tamarack is an excellent school for grades 1-8, and wish we could have continued, but our start was less than positive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Tamarack uses the Waldorf method which is a holistic education that allows the child to learn everything they want in a natural way

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- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
The academics are progressive throughout the grades building on knowledge from previous grades. This creates a more complete understanding of the subjects. Creativity and imagination are encouraged and bolstered at all times. Music starts from K with singing songs, progressing to learning flute in 1st grade, recorder in 4th grade, violin in 5th and 6th grades, to choosing your own instrument for 7th and 8th grades. Multiple handwork classes each week teach hand/eye coordination, imagination, and vision for the outcome of a project. the parents are very involved in the school which supports community within the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
Overall quality is excellent. Waldorf Schools are unique in their HOLISTIC approach to academics, which tends to result in children who really LOVE to learn, and pursue learning. They don't just test well, they really LEARN! From experience with my 22 yr. old, admissions offices in the best colleges seem to LOVE students from Waldorf Schools. The arts are very strong and integrated into academics. Organized sports/extracurriculars are one area where there isn't as much available as some other schools. However, DAILY outdoor physical activity exceeds that of other schools. Parent involvement tends to be VERY good, and there are lots of 'community' events and activities for families. The environment in the school is like nothing I've seen in any other type of school. Nurturing, home-like. It's wonderful. MUST BE SEEN! I now have a 5 yr. old at Tamarack. I wouldn't send a child to anything but a Waldorf School.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
I have been a parent at Tamarack for 5 years and now have 3 children in the school. I am so happy they are in this school. It has given them the greatest sense of who they are where they fit into the world. The education they are receiving has entered every part of their being. Music and song, rythym and spirt all add to the beauty of this education. The children are filled with color and imagination, reverence and respect which is so missing in most educational choices today. I wouldnt send my children any where else.

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November 08, 2007
We never tire singing the praises of Tamarack Community School. Our girls pursue their other interests after school with joy. We are a family sharing a meal and stories, not fusing over paperwork. Our girls are bright and full of passion because Tamarack allows a consistence (and probably more disciplined) kind and mindful approach to creating the love of learning. I'm proud of all the children the go to Tamarack, and the parents too. (It's a lot of work) The school is growing for a reason, 'cause it rocks!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
Never have the Kids been happier & the teachers have a great way of reaching every child.

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no rating November 08, 2007
Tamarack has given my daughter the chance to develop her interests, creativity and personality in a nurturing setting. It is truly the gift of time, away from pressure to grow up too fast or conform to someone else's idea of what she should be at this age (ten). She had attended a public school, but became very stressed, and mid-way through first grade, she started at Tamarack. She's been much happier and enthusiastic about learning since then!

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November 08, 2007
Waldorf education in the city of Milwaukee is a real gift. Contemporary, dynamic, evolving, this educational approach meets the needs of our children in these times better than anything else I've seen.

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November 08, 2007
My son has been at Tamarack for the past five years. I've loved most how he continues to garner a strong sense of himself and his important role in our community. As a single parent, I finally I have teachers, staff members and a community who are on my team -- Commited to bringing out the best of who my son authtically is.

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no rating August 17, 2007
I have two children at Tamarack, thanks to the Parental Choice Program. This is an outstanding school where the teachers love and respect each child and treat them accordingly. The school environment is calm, peaceful and beautiful. Children realize their full potential here, as whole human beings.

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May 29, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
November 17, 2005
My son has been at Tamarack for the past three years and I would not have him anywhere else in Milwaukee. The teachers and faculty are so loving and caring and stress the importance of community, working together to problem solve, and the natural development of each child. The school body is diverse both ethnically and socioeconomically due to Milwaukee's Parental Choice Program, which allows more children to have access to a Waldorf education. The emphasis on art, handwork, music, and peaceful conflict resolution makes Tamarack so special.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
I have two children attending this school on the Milwaukee's East side. I finally happy knowing that both my kids want to get up every morring and go to school.

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Tamarack is a private Waldorf School valuing diversity in the City of Milwaukee and participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. Parents choosing Tamarack are looking for an arts-rich curriculum, hands-on learning experiences, and classically based academics. Despite our unique curriculum, which utilizes portfolio evaluations, our 8th graders perform well on standardized tests and go on to the highest-regarded public and private schools in the area.

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Tamarack Waldorf School
1150 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI  53202
(414) 277-0009
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Tamarack Waldorf School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 49 reviews.