|Mission||Educating youngsters to become an informed, committed, and difference-making generation.|
|Vision||Educating children to graduate as informed, engaged, ethically minded citizens of the world that they inherit.|
|Statement of Purpose||Milwaukee Montessori School is a private independent day school dedicated to expanding the human potential of all children for the purpose of educating them for a freer, safer world. The work of our faculty and staff advances our ideas rooted in our belief in democracy, personal freedom, solidarity with those at the periphery of society, the well being of our planet, and educating children to become informed, engaged, ethically minded citizens for the world that they will inherit.|
|Location||Our 4.5-acre campus is conveniently located just ten minutes from downtown Milwaukee, and one mile away from Innovation Executive Research Park, GE Headquarters, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Froedtert Hospital.|
|Faculty||74 full-time faculty members. Average 5 to 1 student-faculty ratio: 28% non-white, 72% white, 18% male, and 82% female.|
Our academic program is designed to exceed all national and state standards and provide an education comparable or superior to the nation’s finest schools. The unique Milwaukee Montessori School curriculum has been developed by an expert, professional faculty and is characterized by extremely high standards that incorporate select topics from the National Core Curriculum and the International Curriculum. MMS is renowned for the integration of technology into instruction, having been named a School of the Future in 2012 by the National Association of Independent Schools. Most importantly, MMS is a mastery-based school where students learn according to their specific levels and needs and move ahead only once they have a full grasp of the assigned material.
|Memberships and Accreditation||
Accreditation status indicates that a college or private school meets the standards of quality set by an impartial accrediting organization in terms of faculty, curriculum, administration, finances, and student services. Accrediting bodies continually monitor and assess their accredited schools, thereby ensuring that the schools are delivering on their missions.
Milwaukee Montessori School is one of only twelve private schools in Wisconsin to be accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, one of the most rigorous accrediting bodies in the country. It is one of twenty elementary schools in the state to belong to the National Association of Independent Schools, and one of five schools in the state to have earned membership in the Educational Records Bureau.
Montessori classrooms are characterized by mixed age groups allowing students to work on lessons and skills that are at their individual level of readiness.
Our Toddler Program enrolls children from 18 months to 36 months of age.
Children’s House classrooms enroll children ages three to six years old. All students entering Children’s House must be able to use the bathroom independently.
Lower Elementary classrooms enroll children in first, second, and third grades. Children need to be age six before the academic year begins to enter first grade.
Upper Elementary is a paperless environment and enrolls students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades.
Junior High is comprised of both 7th and 8th-grade students
The academic week includes lessons in vocal music, studio art, Spanish language, and technology instruction (the latter starting in third grade).
Research shows that small group instruction positively impacts student learning. While our classrooms have two or three teachers, and somewhere between twenty-four to thirty-four students depending on age, our curriculum is based on individual and small-group lessons given within the classroom.
Younger children have smaller lesson ratios: Children’s House students are typically given individual lessons or work with one partner. Students in first through third grades are given lessons in groups of two to six students, and Upper Elementary and Junior High students are given lessons in groups ranging from two to twelve students.
During the year eighty-five percent of MMS students stay after school participating in team sports, specifically volleyball, basketball, and track and field. Students also stay for after-school clubs, such as robotics and chess as well as faculty-led math labs.
For an extra fee, we offer in-school private instruction provided by professional musicians in voice, piano, guitar and ukelele, violin, viola, and cello. Dance lessons in ballet and modern dance will be offered in the early spring of 2020.
Milwaukee Montessori School offers one-on-one tutoring during or after-school from faculty trained in the Orton-Gillingham method: an explicit, simultaneous, sequential, multi-sensory, and systematic program proven highly effective in increasing academic productivity. After conferencing with parents, classroom teachers refer students to the tutoring program if they need help with learning letter sounds, reading acquisition, reading comprehension, reading fluency, spelling, writing skills, and/or memorizing number facts and math operations. MMS recommends (2) 45-minute tutoring sessions each week to see the best results. Most students begin to see steady progress within 3 to 4-weeks after beginning tutoring. Parent conferences are held to review progress after ten tutoring sessions have been completed.
Written reports on student achievement, effort, and citizenship are sent home in December and June. Thirty-minute parent conferences are scheduled in October and March.
MMS students take MAP assessments (Measurement of Academic Progress) three times every year: in September, shortly after returning to school, then again in January, and finally in May. These tests are used as a resource by faculty members to track student progress, identify potential gaps of knowledge, and to set or verify learning goals for students. Other assessments used to monitor student progress include Aleks for mathematics, the ETS Writing Practice Program, Reading Plus, and the STAMP Exam, which is taken in 7th and 8th grade to track student progress in Spanish.
Once Children’s House students are reading (typically between 4 and 5 years of age), students read aloud at home nightly and record it in a homework folder.
Lower Elementary students are expected to read non-fiction aloud to adults for fifteen to twenty minutes and practice math facts for ten minutes each evening.
Upper Elementary students are expected to complete three hours of online math and two hours of reading from assigned novels each week.
Junior High students complete three hours of online math each week and read at least three assigned novels each month.
|Team Sports||Currently, we have after-school teams in Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ & Girls’ Volleyball, and Track and Field. Teams compete in local leagues. We also offer athletic clubs such as Flag Football and Soccer.|
Milwaukee Montessori School graduates have matriculated into the following schools: Phillips Exeter Academy, Choate Rosemary Hall, the Hotchkiss School, University Lake School, The American School In Switzerland, Divine Savior Holy Angels, Marquette University High School, and the University School of Milwaukee, as well as area public schools in Brookfield, Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, Fox Point, and Mequon.
In 2018, 91% of MMS graduates were able to matriculate into honors and AP courses in ninth grade.