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....
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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!