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.
Can't imagine sending my child anywhere else. Diverse, small and close to home. Love the faculty.
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!!
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Super happy here! The children are all so different and come from all different backgrounds. We feel at home here :)
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.
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!
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.
I like my teachers and I like that i do not have to sit in one place all day long while working.
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