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2100 W. Fairy Chasm Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217

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(414) 540-3320
(414) 352-8076
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March 13, 2015
The University School provides easily the best college preparatory education in Wisconsin, and does so while cultivating a community that is unusually mature and supportive in any context, but exceptionally so for one that's built around children and young adults. The school is build around the Common Trust Doctrine, which challenges young people to be active and responsible members of a community that acts with honest, integrity, and compassion. The teaching is top shelf--in a conspicuous number of cases, in fact, life changing. (Between us, my wife and I have 4 graduate degrees, and she is an educator, so we know a few things about teaching.) The athletic offerings are sometimes uneven, but generally credible, and occasionally excellent. This community treasures learning and cherishes the young people who are placed in its care. It is expensive, but the aid packages make it accessible to many students of modest means. It emphatically is NOT cliquish or exclusionary, and indeed you will find some phenomenal human beings among families old and new.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2015
I truly hate USM. As soon as the new head of school came in, everything has gone downhill. While USM (constantly) brags about their above average academics and teachers, as a student, I can say that this is simply not true. The USM curriculum is the same as other public high schools in the area, and most of the teachers are nothing special. Not to mention, USM is filled with rich, snobby kids who are not afraid to rub their wealth in your face and belittle you. If you want to send your kids here because you think they won't be bullied, think again. Instead of investing $20,000 a year into this waste of money, go get yourself something nice. USM is not worth it.

- submitted by a student
May 20, 2014
My son has attended University School since the first grade, and he is not in the fifth grade, which is considered middle school. I would say that the school is good in terms of academics; however, the price tag is significant. We recently hit a rough patch economically. When we asked admin to work with us for the sixth grade, they refused. We provided documentation to prove our current situation. To our dismay, the financial committee did not want to work with us at all. This was extremely disappointing for us, especially since we've been at the school for a few years. As far as the teachers go, it's like most schools. Some teachers are exceptional while others are nothing special. I can say this because we have had a combination of both. Overall, the school is good as I mentioned prior, yet for the expensive price tag----I feel that ALL teachers should be exceptional. Lastly, getting help for your child is an additional cost. It comes across to me that USM is all about the money and not the welfare of the students who attend there. Instead of you walking through the doors of the school, your wallet always walks in first. I ALWAYS felt this way, unfortunately....

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
USM is the best pre-K through 12 School in the Milwaukee area. We have three children in the lower school and our experience has been exceptional. USM has great teachers and small classes. The teachers take the time to get to know each child as an individual. The facilities are wonderful and the place is well run. In general, the USM community has been a big plus for us. We have met a bunch of great engaged parents. I understand the concern about snootiness that others have remarked upon. However, can you show me any school in which you will click with every other parent? The vast majority of USM parents are great! The only real negative about USM is that it is really expensive -- starting around $15,000 in the early years and pushing $20,000 per year by high school. Paying the tuition bill each year is no fun, but USM does deliver the value. This is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
The best school out there. Wonderful teachers and staff, and the nicest students. A great education and lots of fun sports and extra curricular. Lots of service opportunities.

- submitted by a community member
February 02, 2014
Although I have been going to USM since 1st grade and have never experienced what it is like to go to a public school, I have no doubt that USM is the best option for me. Being a determined kid, USM allowed me to challenge myself from a young age and develop into a student who didn't do the work for the satisfaction of getting an A, but more so for the enjoyment of learning. Part of this mindset is definitely due to my parents awesome perspective on what is actually important in life, but I truly believe that USM, especially in the past couple of years, has been pushing the message that hard work and dedication is far more important than the mark you receive. To address the talk about how superficial and shallow some of the families are at USM, I totally agree. A small minority of the families attending this school are snobby and conceited, but never has this affected me or my family. If you are being affected by the small amount of snooty riffraff that goes on at USM, then you might want to work on being a little more confident and a little less shallow yourself; these low lifes can easily be avoided and should not distract from all the other wonderful aspects of this school.

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2013
We are new parents too and there is no way that anyone in their right mind can rate this school anything other than 5 stars. My son is new to the school. The staff has done an amazing job welcoming us and making sure that he transitions effectively. They ensure that every student s social, emotional, physical and academic needs are addressed. We are of ethnic minority and have never felt out of place because everyone is so nice, students, parents and staff alike. I'm an administrator at a different school and I can recognize the amount of hard work that their teachers, coaches, advisors and secretarial staff provide. This is a school of excellence! The parent involvement is strong, which is really great because they look out for our kids. We are so grateful to finally find a school that challenges our son's full potential in a non-stressful and nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
We are new parents to the school and have had a very bad experience thus far. The parents are very snobbish and superficial, while some of the teachers appear to be callous. We want our child to have an excellent learning opportunity without the elitist environment, which isn't possible at USM. Another problem is the social circle you feel forced to join. There are endless social affairs, which provides an excellent way to meet other families. Unfortunately, if you aren t part of their circle than you re not welcome and it s very apparent! This is a school for parents who want their children to grow up to be snobby and discriminative! We want our child to grow up to be a decent, intelligent and kind, not someone who only cares about money, the proper circles and clawing their way to the top.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
USM was an excellent learning and social environment for my son, who is now in law school. He benefited from the small classes and the individualized curriculum. The school was very good at finding the activities that he was interested in, and giving him the opportunities to excel in them. He played chess and soccer, and that determined his social life. All soccer players were invited to the soccer parties. The students have assigned places at lunch tables headed by staff members. In this way, the students socialize with students from other activities and classes, and get to know the staff outside of the classroom. How do they get these kids to study so hard? The curriculum is rigorous and engaging. The other students are career and interest oriented and set a fast pace. Studies are simply part of the social life. My advice to parents interested in this school for high school, start in middle school if possible. Be sure your child is active in at least one activity and one sport. Sports are all walk on and everybody plays. And give your student plenty of time to study. Stay in contact with his teachers. If you need weekly notes, as we did in middle school, no prob.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2012
Best school of Milwaukee: Historically the best school in Milwaukee (area) and still is. People are posing this as a "Boys "Over Flowers" type of "elite" University and it is not. If you want your kids to meet the best people and become the best humanly possible then this school is for you and not something you should put a price on. The only thing that could possibly be a negative is that the student body is very small especially when considering it is PK-12, but some people like that. =this school needs more exceptional students to make it even better. The people writing negative reviews are certainly not considering the students perspective which is what a school is/for/about. Anyone of these negative commenters could have easily went to any of the academic, sport, or social competitions that USM students partake in and i am certain 99% of all the students would tell you they are very happy with themselves and their fellow student classmates. Fair warning: Schools like this are very competitive and many of the kids take lessons/tutoring outside of Class. -It is very hard for an outside student to jump in unless you have a special talent. Study hard -Ganbatte!

- submitted by a community member
November 13, 2012
Amazingly dedicated teachers, genuinely committed, creative, caring and forward thinking administration and staff. The school exudes a refreshing sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2012
My child is in her first at USM and we are exceptionally happy with the comprehensive education she is receiving. There is not only a strong focus placed on academics; but character development, fine arts, the languages, fitness and nutrition. She has been challenged and supported as a new student and she is very happy!

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2012
I think only parents of kids who attend USM should rate the school. I am sorry that you did not enjoy the tour (February 1, 2012 post) but my children have been at the school for 5 years now and they love it. Not to say there aren't things that should improve, but that can be said for any school. As far as I am concerned USM is the best school in the state, period. My husband and I have examined a number of different schools before deciding on USM - and we are so glad that we did.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2011
As a teacher who has taught is several schools, I can honestly say there is no better place to work. We all work incredibly hard, and so do the students. Those who don't work hard have trouble and often don't last. The cultural diversity is fabulous. Cristians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and atheists all work together in a secular environment to promote the virtues of a no-nonsense, no-excuse emphasis on achieving at the highest level. Physical fitness, nutritious food, scientific inquiry, no-cut sports, world languages, fine arts and constant professional development make this place very special; not perfect, of course, but the best I've ever seen. And I'm old.

- submitted by a teacher
June 03, 2011
i really like this school. the students are nice and there is not a lot of bullying compared to other schools. the small class sizes let the teacher know you personally and you know every person in the grade. the downsides are that it is a lot of work. also it is super expensive. its worth it though.

- submitted by a community member
March 21, 2011
Yes, it is a great school, but it also a business. It is also very elitist. If you can afford the tuition, then by all means, send your child there. They will be taken care of. If you want a more diverse and global experience for your child, then you may want to look elsewhere. Many of the teachers are excellent, but like with any school, there are some that should not be there. To spend that much money and have to worry about "who your child gets" for a teacher is not worth it in my book. The parental gossip doesn't help either.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2010
This school by far provides the best education in the Milwaukee area. While good morals are taught and reinforced daily, it is a secular school...which is a good thing in a city with such a limited number of private educational schools outside of Christianity. You get what you pay for, so the tuition is not cheap. However, you can hardly compare what is provided in other Milwaukee area schools (both private and public) - USM is better compared to more prestigious private schools in bigger cities like Chicago, or New York. When that prospective is used, USM is a value compared to the $30K+ one can pay at other schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2009
This school has most importantly taught me to how to learn through study habits mostly found on college campuses and energetic and excellent teachers.

- submitted by a student
January 28, 2009
My children love this school. Everything at this school is top notch. The college prep curriculum is amazing, and 99.9% of the kids go onto fantastic colleges after graduation. We have been here for 3 years and couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
absolutely fantastic. best education, best teachers, best sports, best community

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2008
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University School of Milwaukee
2100 W. Fairy Chasm Road, Milwaukee, WI  53217
(414) 540-3320
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University School of Milwaukee Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top