MPS has the largest collection of public Montessori schools
in the United States
Prospective parents, prospective teachers, current Montessori families, the media and community members who want to learn more are invited to take a look as MPS which operates the largest collection of public Montessori schools in the U.S. hosts a Montessori Summit on Saturday, October 6.
The summit will feature a ³glass house² demonstration at 1 p.m. during which attendees can observe Montessori preschool, elementary, middle and high school classrooms in session.
Prominent author Trevor Eissler who wrote Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education will speak at 2:30 p.m. He argues that those who spend 30 minutes observing a Montessori classroom will never see education the same way again. His presentation will be followed by breakout sessions for those interested in learning more about Montessori, one for current parents and one for those interested in becoming Montessori educators.
The summit takes place at MPS¹ MacDowell Montessori School, 6415 W. Mt. Vernon Avenue, Milwaukee 53213. The school site is just south of the intersection of N. 64th St. and W. Blue Mound Road.
The MPS Montessori Community is excited to host parents, teachers and professionals from across Wisconsin and northern Illinois to talk about Montessori education and the success we¹re seeing with Montessori education in the district,² said Phil Dosmann, principal at MPS¹ just-opened Howard Avenue Montessori School.
Milwaukee Public Schools operates seven Montessori schools, the largest collection of public Montessori schools in the U.S.
– Barbee Montessori, on the north side
– Craig Montessori, on the northwest side
– Fernwood Montessori, in the Bay View area
– Howard Avenue Montessori, on the southeast side
– Kosciuszko Montessori, on the south side
– MacDowell Montessori, on the west side
– and Maryland Avenue Montessori, on the east side
In addition, MPS authorizes a charter Montessori school, Highland Community School on the near west side, for a total of eight Montessori schools within the MPS family.
Nearly every 3rd-through-8th-grader in the four longest-running MPS Montessori elementary schools Craig, Fernwood, MacDowell and Maryland outperforms the district average on state test scores. More than a third 35% exceed the state average. Two of the district¹s top 10 performers ont the most recent state standardized tests were Montessori schools.
Montessori education was developed more than 100 years ago by a young doctor named Maria Montessori and is now embraced in 110 countries around the world. In the Montessori classroom the students meet the Common Core State Standards adopted by both Milwaukee Public Schools and the state of Wisconsin through choosing lessons that have been presented by the Montessori teacher. Students have the freedom to follow up individual interests within the curriculum in multiage classrooms using Montessori materials that foster a deep understanding of concepts through hands on activities.
Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin¹s largest school district, serving 80,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. U.S. News and World Report named MPS¹ Rufus King International School and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School the two best high schools in the state and among the 200 best in the country in 2012. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 17 points higher than the rate for the class of 2000.