School Details

Fernwood Montessori School

3239 S Pennsylvania Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207
(414) 294-1300
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 611 students 21 students/teacher (WI avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

56%
23%
49%
44%
15%
34%

Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS)

In 2011-2012 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • Milwaukee School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
53%
75%
57%
26%
51%
64%
16%
36%
89%
50%
75%
98%
78%
91%

Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS)

In 2011-2012 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • Milwaukee School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
22%
50%
50%
13%
33%

Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS)

In 2011-2012 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • Milwaukee School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
18%
47%
61%
15%
36%

Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS)

In 2011-2012 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • Milwaukee School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

39%
19%
47%
46%
15%
37%

Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS)

In 2011-2012 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • Milwaukee School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
36%
63%
69%
17%
45%
64%
14%
33%
92%
50%
79%
95%
53%
79%

Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS)

In 2011-2012 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • Milwaukee School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Fernwood Montessori School is a public middle school in Milwaukee. The principal of Fernwood Montessori School is John Sanchez and can be contacted at sancheja@milwaukee.k12.wi.us. 611 students go to Fernwood Montessori School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 0.2% of the Fernwood Montessori School students have "limited English proficiency." 22% of the 611 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Fernwood Montessori School is 21:1. Trowbridge Street School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Japanese

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 73% %
Black, non-Hispanic 6% %
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 18% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% %
Multiracial 0.3% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22% 77%
Limited English proficiency 0.2% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Fernwood has many positives (great kids engaged parents location etc) and I believe the Montessori approach has been the right teaching style for my child. That said navigating the different teachers can be something of a minefield - for many years the "lower-L" (through 3rd) was considered strong and the "upper-L" (4-6th) not so much. Recently there has been a good deal of turnover and a number of new and enthusiastic capable teachers have joined in the 4-6th grades. Unfortunately my son has had some poor luck and was assigned some questionable teachers (inexperienced unmotivated disorganized temperamental). I have worked with him at home and with an after school tutor but am considering changing schools now that he is going into 4th grade and has unfortunately been assigned to one of the "old guard" teachers. The downside of Montessori is that if you get a poor placement your child is stuck with it for 3 years. If you get a good placement Fernwood is one of the best schools in the city.

  • (11 months ago)

    I am proud to tell people that we are an MPS family and I send my son to Fernwood. I'm excited to see how he is being challenged by this school environment and am thrilled with the knowledge that he has acquired. The school's test scores are outstanding. The curriculum is thought provoking and I believe that Fernwood is educating a generation of children to become thinkers. Creativity is seen throughout the school. After school activities includes everything from sports and scouting to yoga and pottery. An exceptional school overall!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have gone to fernwood Montessori school 11 years now and I have been there from the start sence k3 and I am an 8th grader now. I love fernwood thats why I have stayed so long. they use the the Montessori ways to teach the students there and I will admit it is not for all kids but its a nice learning environment. Fernwood is a great school great teachers nice and super intelligent kids. The kid that leave ferwood a the most amazing and so intelligent people now and I have to say it's a really great place to learn.

  • (1 year ago)

    My kids have been going to this school for 10 years. The teachers are pretty good but over the years there has been a marked decline in teacher involvement and enthusiasm. There are some that you must steer away from because they have a different idea of Montessori than what it actually is. Current administration is useless as was the last one. If your child is being bullied herre or sexually harrassed as a parent you have to co to Central Office to make sure that any gets done. That being said those instances are much fewer than your typical school and the education that your kids recieve is top notch. I haven't been to a school that i would rather have my kids attend. Be proactive and and advocate for your child and you won't have any problems.

  • (4 years ago)

    Montessori provides an excellent foundation that will provide the tools necessary to succeed in later on. My daughter went to a Montessori school prior to preschool and she was well-prepared for Kindergarten and first grade!

  • (5 years ago)

    Great teachers who really care about providing an education based on hands on learning rather than teaching out of a text book. A very involved PTO as well. This is a great school in a district that has some trouble.

  • (5 years ago)

    My kids love going to school everyday! They have wonderful teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    Fernwood is playing an amazing part in teaching my kids how to be good members of society. I love the independence that Fernwood teaches my kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    The students at Fernwood Montessori know how to critically think!

  • (5 years ago)

    My son loves school. He is able to make decisions about his learning and take responsibilty for it.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our school takes pride in teaching our children to respect themselves eachother and the earth.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school. Great teachers. Great kids. We are extremely lucky that this is our neighborhood school. Our son is a K4 and it has been so exciting to watch him grow and thrive in this environment.

  • (5 years ago)

    The students parents and teachers all work amazingly well to make it a wonderful school. The students show so much pride in their school and the work they complete.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love our greenhouse that teaches the kids about sustainability. I appreciate the fact that I can talk to the teachers whenever I want or need to...and they are happy to do so. Along with academics Fernwood also puts an emphasis on physical health art and personal enrichment. I feel that my children will leave this school as well rounded individuals who can move on to high school with a greater awareness of the world around them.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great neighborhood school. Caring teachers and involved parents.

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers really care about the students and we have lots of parent involvement!

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers & staff are very supporting as well as Fernwood parents. My child has excelled above & beyond in subjects where most children at that age are just average.

  • (5 years ago)

    Fernwood Montessori School recognizes and respects the inherent worth dignity and aptitude of each attending child. And the teachers all work together with parental support to nourish the children s inner selves while developing their love of learning and attaining a lifetime of skills. I LOVE this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is in K4 and attends Fernwood Montessori School in Bay View. He LOVES school. Fernwood is an excellent school in that it has compassionate teachers who care about each child in the Montessori way. My son has learned so much in the first two years he has attended Fernwood; we are so happy that it is our neighborhood school!!

  • (6 years ago)

    Great School. One of the few success stories in MPS. I am amazed daily at what my 4 year old is learning.

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