"We are best known for hands-on Montessori learning."
Students enrolled 236
Hours 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
School leader Virginia Flynn
Transportation options None
District Downtown Montessori Agency
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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2507 S Graham St
Milwaukee, WI 53207

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5 stars
Based on 29 ratings

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June 24, 2014
It's a good school However, I wish the administration was more proactive with parents and PEN.I've heard mention of some minor issues and the admin seems to distance themselves from such situations. For such a small school I'd like to see even more to hold our community together....

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
I am a public school Montessori teacher who has taught with Milwaukee Public Schools for 19 years. My own children went to school there for preschool, over ten years ago, and loved it. I had the opportunity to observe for two days recently and found that many of the same staff were there. The new building is beautiful and in a very nice neighborhood. The whole climate of the staff and students was peaceful and welcoming. The children were engaged and respectful. I observed in three different rooms and they were all a joy to be in. This school is a true gem.

- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2014
This is a great school for K3-K5. After that, it is questionable. There is no true PTO, they use a system called PEN (parent engagement network). There seems to be no teacher or administration involvement with the volunteers and PEN program, which is sad. There are a handful of parents who seem to put an enormous amount of effort into helping out, which is great! For the few years we have been here we have heard parents say their efforts are being taken for granted and that is sad. There also seems to be an issue with bullying at the school. I saw something about a program that was supposed to be introduced in January, but it was canceled due to weather. I am not sure if they were planning on rescheduling or not, but I have not heard anything. I am concerned about my child moving up next year due to the lack of discipline of bullies. Overall, I think this is a great school for k3-k5, but I am leaning towards not so great for the grades after that. Some teachers in the lower el and upper el that are great, but I just don't see the backing from the administration to take care of problems and let the "good" students to learn in an environment that allows them to excel.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Can't imagine sending my child anywhere else. Diverse, small and close to home. Love the faculty.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
This is my sons first year at DMA. Transferred in from an MPS Montessori school. I could not be happier with my decision to move him. Great small school and community!!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
This school is an example for schools across the country. As my job as a Therapist I deal with Milwaukee Schools on a regular basis, and I am on the Governance Council for Alliance High School another exceptional school, and I am amazed still everyday when I go to the school. I have three children currently attending there, and they all are excelling due to the nurturing environment. I talk with their teachers on a regular basis, and volunteer there. Thanks for this amazing school that nurtures the love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
DMA is a culturally diverse school. The level of parental involvement is amazing. I wish I would have had a school like this when I was a kid.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2013
I am EXTREMELY happy with the choice I made for my son's first school experience coming into Children's House "K4". I chose this school because of the montessori way of learning; as well as it's proximity for me to my workplace. I have been more than pleased with his teacher, the administration, and the access to other activities that make him feel as if we are apart of the school community. I was at first worried about how he would "fit in" as we do not live in the Bayview area - but everyone has been very welcoming and we've found that children/families that are committed to this school are coming from all over. He has something new to tell me that he's learning everyday and is also building some amazing social skills as he is even more well-mannered, enjoys setting the table at home, and even is now recognizing full words and working on his cursive. Can't be happier :)

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
My school is fantastic. Wonderful staff and students. Great environment. There are a lot of activities and experiences outside of the school that involve the community.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2013
I am so glad to be sending my son to Downtown Montessori Academy! I love that he has the same great teacher for 3 years. And the variety of age ranges in the classroom. He loves getting and mastering new lessons, he always has something new to tell me. Wonderful field trips! He is engaged an proud and excited to be learning! I like that I get to send his lunch. Teachers and office staff are great!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
Downtown Montessori Academy is a great place for my child to learn, grown and have fun. As a preschooler she is learning how to respect her teacher, classmates and classroom. She loves the independence she is gaining by learning to do things for herself and she is being challenged academically.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
My wife and I are very pleased with Downtown Montessori Academy. The facility itself is newly renovated and looks great. Our son loves his teachers and we have been very impressed by the school as a whole.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
This is my son's 4th year and my daughter's first year at DMA. I couldn't be more pleased. I love this small neighborhood school and the feeling of community it brings. Academically we couldn't be more pleased with our son's progress, he started reading chapter books by the end of his K5 year and learning multiplication tables. I appreciate the later school day starting at 8:45am, as well as the option for after-school care. The dress code was definitely a positive for us and it is the norm for our kids. Being employed in a MPS traditional school setting there was concern whether Montessori was the right choice for us & our kids, but we value independent thought and problem solving over the memorize/regurgitate/forget testing methods seen most recently. At first we weren't sure where certain lessons where leading, but after seeing the results, we can't complain! Administration & teaching staff are very accessible and forthcoming, always very responsive. Can't say enough good things about DMA!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
I love my daughters school. She started in K5 and is now finishing first grade. In that time I have never had an issue with her wanting to go to school. It is a green school and has a strong focus on the environment and teaching young children the importance of recycling. They wear uniforms and that is wonderful. It is more of an enforced dress code which gives parents some room for options. The school starts at 840 which is a huge plus because children need time to wake up in the morning. I know she is getting a great education and am amazed at times what she is learning in first grade and what she teaches me. The only negative is they do not offer hot lunch. Outpost does come in once a month for lunch which are my favorite days. Besides that I have no complaints at all.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
My son has attended DMA since he was 3 years old and it truly is his second home. He is just finishing 2nd grade this year and his reading skills are amazing - I estimate he is reading at 5th or 6th grade level. He is curious and is able to explore this curiosity in an encouraging environment that does not penalize students for assisting other children or taking the initiative to explore new skills. He is able to develop and conduct his own science experiments under skillful guidance of his teachers. Montessori education is fantastic for bright and energetic children as it allows them to work at their own pace and move around the classroom as needed. I also love the focus on a green and healthy school where nutritious lunches are highly encouraged, sugary snacks are kept to a bare minimum and an environmental consciousness is part of the curriculum. The teachers are very responsive to parents and the school administration is very accessible. I love DMA and so does my son, so much that he wants to be there during the summer!

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2012
As an educator in the Milwaukee Public Schools, but a believer in the Montessori model of education, I wanted to enroll our children in an MPS Montessori school. We spent a lot of time looking into all of them, especially since MPS is suddenly supporting their own Montessori schools, but they didn't compare to the phenomenal staff, students and parents at DMA. All three of our students now genuinely look forward to going to school, and they are surrounded by caring peers and teachers. They are each being supported, encouraged and motivated to excel; their own glowing reviews to us remind us that we made the right choice.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
Choosing a school for your child is an incredibly stressful process. When we found DMA - and were accepted off the waiting list a week into the school year - we were elated and so very relieved. Our son is in his second year at the school and absolutely loves it. Great teachers and staff. My only qualm is with the lack of a PTO. Otherwise, we couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2010
Super happy here! The children are all so different and come from all different backgrounds. We feel at home here :)

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
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- submitted by a student
February 04, 2010
My Daughter LOVES DMA! What a great feeling to have your child look forward to school everyday. My daughter has been at DMA for 4 years now and the level of eduction that she receives is second to none. This is truly a special school and the teachers and staff are outstanding. Respect and courtesy are taught from day one and it shows. Take a tour if you are looking for a new school and you won't be disappointed.

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February 02, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 19, 2010
Coming from a regular public school, the adolescent program is a challenge, but it does help me by giving me the extra attention I need with the work. The new ways of learning I found kind of fun, yet creative. Mary Host is an excellent teacher if you like to be taught in a specific way. She will try to do her best to try to do it your way, to help you understand the work better. I know you're going to be kind of nervous switching schools (I was), but after the first few weeks I knew everyone and understood the Montessori way. I've learned more here in four months than I did in a whole school year at my old school. I highly recommend Downtown Montessori Academy!

- submitted by a student
October 02, 2009
Our daugher is in first grade at Downtown Montessori Academy. This is our third year there. The school has the best learning environment and my daughter is thriving there. She wakes up every morning thrilled to go to school. The children are well behaved and all are treated with great respect. The school has extracurricular activities which include private piano lessons, chess, volleyball and scouts. I couldn't have asked for a better school because there isn't one.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2009
I like my teachers and I like that i do not have to sit in one place all day long while working.

- submitted by a student
July 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 18, 2008
My daughter has attended DMA since she was 3 and now about to enter 5th grade. When I learn from other parents that don't have the luxury of easy and direct contact with their administration and teachers I think of how lucky we are and all the positives a small school and small classroom provide. DMA has never missed a beat as far as putting the child first. The teachers are a testimont to my daughter's zealous interest in learning and exploring and she and her peers exemplify Maria Montessori's mantra - 'grace, courtesy and respect.' I highly recommend Downtown Montesorri Academy all the way through 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2008
My daughter loves DMA! She's a bit on the shy side so we're ecstatic the school now goes up to 8th grade. The teachers are knowledgeable and actively involved. Everyone says it's like an extended family here.

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March 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2008
We are extremely happy with Downtown Montessori. Our 5 y.o. son has really blossomed there, and he asks to go back to school after we've been on vacation for several days. The teachers are caring, and we love that the classes are not too large. We were drawn to the Montessori method for our son, but we are also glad that the school is not rigidly orthodox. That is, the children in the Children's House also have circle/story time, a lot of music education, and other group activities in addition to the self-directed periods of independent work. We also send our son to aftercare at the school, which is a tremendous benefit to us as working parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2007
Downtown Montessori Academy is a small diverse school in Bay View Milwaukee. Our three children attend ages 3, 5, and 7. DMA provides a nurturing environment for young children, while encouraging self-direction. What we really love about this school is that the Principal is always open to discussion on any topic. While we haven't had many conflicts, any conflicts can be addressed in a respectful manner. The school is quite urban but very small. The classrooms are interactive, children never sitting in row waiting to be called on. We love this! Plus, the academic skills they acquire are broad-reading at young ages and math skills beginning right away!

- submitted by a parent
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Downtown Montessori Academy
2507 S Graham St, Milwaukee, WI  53207
(414) 744-6005
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