MPSʼ existing Craig Montessori School in northwest Milwaukee has a waiting list
Prospective city and suburban parents are invited to two community meetings to discuss the possibility of a new MPS Montessori school serving northwest Milwaukee and suburban neighborhoods.
Milwaukee Public Schools’ existing Montessori school in northwest Milwaukee, Craig Montessori at 7667 W. Congress Street, has a waiting list.
Nearly every student in MPS’ longest-standing Montessori programs outperforms the district average and many outperform the state average.
Two of MPS’ Montessori schools were recently rated as “exceeds expectations” by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
If the proposal moves forward, the new school would serve 120 3- and 4-year-olds next school year (2013-14). Wrap-around child care would be available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Meetings are set for Monday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 14, both at 6:30 p.m. at MPS’ Lowell P. Goodrich School, 8251 N. Celina Street, Milwaukee 53224. (The new school would be located at another site which has not yet been identified.)
If approved, the new school would be the ninth Montessori program in MPS, which offers Montessori education from grades K3 through 12. Existing MPS Montessori schools are: Lloyd Barbee (north side), Craig, Fernwood (southeast side/Bay View area), Kosciuszko (south side), Highland (MPS-authorized charter/near west side), Howard Avenue (far southeast side), Maryland Avenue (east side) and MacDowell (west side/K-12).
Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving nearly 80,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city.
U.S. News and World Report named MPS’ 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 2000.