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Downtown Montessori Academy

Charter | PK-8 | 236 students

We are best known for hands-on Montessori learning.
 
 

 

Living in Milwaukee

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $117,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $790.

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5 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
Based on 8 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted April 9, 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


Posted April 8, 2014

Can't imagine sending my child anywhere else. Diverse, small and close to home. Love the faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 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


Posted April 7, 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


Posted January 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted February 4, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted October 2, 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


Posted 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


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Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 92% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 38% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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The state average for Language Arts was 61% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

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Proficient in English65%
Non-migrant65%

Reading

All Students50%
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White, not of Hispanic origin58%
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English learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant50%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

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Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant89%

Math

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Proficient in English23%
Non-migrant23%

Reading

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Proficient in English39%
Non-migrant39%

Science

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Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant84%

Social Studies

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Proficient in English100%
Non-migrant100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

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Reading

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Proficient in English16%
Non-migrant16%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students57%
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American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
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Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English57%
Non-migrant57%

Reading

All Students50%
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Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant50%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

GreatSchools Rating

What makes up this rating?

Academic rating
7 / 10
Climate rating
10 / 10

This school's GreatSchools Rating is based on academics (90%) and climate (10%). The academic rating measures students' test scores, academic growth and college readiness. The climate rating measures safety, cleanliness, parent involvement and more.

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Academic rating

The academic rating is made up of equally-weighted parts: students' test scores, their academic growth (for elementary and middle schools) and their readiness for college (for high schools). The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the city and state.
Overall academic rating

7

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Student growth rating 2013**
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Reading growth
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*Test scores are based on the 2013 WSAS results from the state of Wisconsin.

**The academic growth rating measures how schools affect student test score improvement over time in reading and math. This data is from 2013 and is provided by the Value-Added Research Center and Milwaukee Public Schools.

Climate ratings

This rating encompasses five elements of school climate: safety and cleanliness, respect and relationships, expectations for students, teacher collaboration and support, and parent involvement. This school's climate ratings are the result of GreatSchools' analysis of teacher survey data from the Spring 2013 School Climate Survey developed by Milwaukee Public Schools.

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Keeping things safe, clean, and orderly.

This rating evaluates a school's environment, based on its safety, order, cleanliness and more. More highly rated schools have well-kept facilities and a safe environment conducive to learning. Schools rated poorly may have a chaotic environment, conflicts among students or even theft or violence.


Creating healthy, respectful relationships.

This rating measures whether the school has a positive learning environment and cultivates an atmosphere of respect. At a school with a higher rating, it's more likely that the school's culture celebrates hard work and learning, students treat their peers and teachers with respect and class lessons reinforce character strengths such as kindness and tolerance. A school with a lower rating may have a weaker learning environment or allow disrespectful behavior.


Promoting high academic expectations for all students.

This rating sheds light on the academic expectations that teachers have for students. At a school with a higher rating, educators are more likely to stress academic success, ask kids to work hard and expect kids to be college-bound. At schools with lower ratings, it may be more acceptable for students to put in average or minimal effort, perform poorly on tests and lack strong academic goals.


Supporting its teachers.

This rating indicates how teachers feel about their school's professional environment. At a highly rated school, teachers are more likely to work well together, learn from one another, have opportunities for professional development and feel supported by the administration. At a school with lower ratings, teachers may not interact much, feel appreciated or have much input in school decisions and policies.


Informing and including families.

This rating reflects how much communication parents can expect from this school. A highly rated school is more likely to have regular communication (e.g. newsletters, emails, and meetings) between administrators, teachers and parents. This may include information about student progress, homework help and volunteer opportunities. At lower-rated schools, parents may not get regular updates and may feel less welcome at school.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White, not Hispanic 55% 73%
Black, not Hispanic 19% 10%
Hispanic 19% 10%
Asian 5% 4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 0%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 1%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Disabled students 10%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 0%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 88%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 13%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 100%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Italian
Spanish
Croatian
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Wisconsin Title I High-Progress School Award (2013)
  • Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (2013)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Woodshop

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Croatian
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Virginia Flynn
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (414) 744-6007

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Croatian
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Girl scouts
  • Lego Club
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Woodshop
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize "Green" Events
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Please visit our website for more information. www.downtownmontessori.com
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
55
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
140

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Rufus King High School
Eastbrook Academy
Reagan IB High School
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2507 S Graham St
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