School Details

Tamarack Waldorf School

1150 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 277-0009
4

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-9 245 students 10 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

20%
49%
67%
38%

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 2013
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

53%
61%
11%
46%
37%
42%
52%
79%
69%
83%

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 2013
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Tamarack Waldorf School is a private middle school in Milwaukee. The principal of Tamarack Waldorf School is Sarah Stokes, who can be contacted at info@tamarackwaldorf.org. 245 students attend Tamarack Waldorf School and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. The student to teacher ratio at Tamarack Waldorf School is 10:1. Cass Street School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 54% %
Multiracial 21% %
Black, non-Hispanic 19% %
Asian 0.9% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    We sought out an education for our only child that would cultivate a lifelong love of learning while fostering her natural artistic abilities - all of which Tamarack Waldorf provides.

  • (1 year ago)

    An urban school with a homey feel Tamarack provides a warm and loving environment for my three children and at the same time an open and supportive community for our whole family. It is a beautiful school full of substance. You get the sense that the children who receive this education are made different by it when I see the children at Tamarack I witness self-confidence and a real interest in others and the world. I imagine this would not be possible without some pretty amazing teachers a strength of character in the school as a whole and great leadership. Kudos! And thank you from the bottom of my heart for making my children's educational lives so very lively and full of meaning and purpose -- and love.

  • (1 year ago)

    Tamarack is a unique diverse urban Waldorf school that has provided both my 9 year old daughter and my 8 year old son with exceptional educational experiences. The faculty at Tamarack are well-trained experienced educators who whole-heartedly embrace the philosophical foundations of Waldorf education. The curriculum the spirit of the school and the emphasis on social interaction as a means of personal growth are the three main reasons we chose Tamarack in the first place. And they are the reasons we continue to love and invest in our school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have 2 children attending Tamarack Waldorf and I could not be happier with the staff administration and school community. I have been especially grateful for the shifting in "keeping children young" and away from the fast paced life that threatens to overtake us. I am very comfortable with the approach to academics inclusion of nature and school celebrations. I could not be more thrilled with natural objects supplies and handiwork and the absence of advanced technology in the k3-8 grades. There is plenty of time and exposure for technology and my children are thriving in this enviroment. They are both happy to go to school each day and happy to return for school events. We as a family are fortunate to have a Waldorf school so close.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter started at this school in K4 and I love watching how this school nurtures her and prepares her for the road ahead. She is now in first grade and everyday she comes home excited about the Spanish lesson the handwork drawing and music she is learning. I love how the school teaches the whole. I am able to watch my daughter learn her Spanish through songs and action. Instead of straight memorizing. By learning multiple ways she will have a better chance at remembering. I am so thankful my daughter is able to be taught all subjects including physical activity and the arts. I am very blessed to be part of this community.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has attended Tamarack since K4. We didn't know much about Waldorf education in advance of enrollement and primarily chose Tamarack because it was a neighborhood school that seemed to reflect our values. The diverse community reflects the world that we want our child to experience as normal. Our child tends towards the dreamy and artistic side of her nature and we appreciate the fact that this is nurtured by the school community. The Waldorf model does require a commitment by the family and the relationship to the classroom teacher is central to that - of the parent(s) and of the child. So perhaps that is not always for everyone. But if trust can established and communications are open on both sides it is a great option for families to consider for their children in the greater Milwaukee area.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is an excellent waldorf k-8 school that teaches the whole child from the inside out these students are fully prepared to enter and compete when they reach high school. I like the knitting music and movement classes. As well as the spanish and drawing lessons.The fairy tale stories and story like math concepts in first grade prepare the children with a rich and expressive life in reading and math. At Tamarak learning is like building with blocks each lesson each concept creates a whole picture. This is a community school where everyone helps to build a great school and parental involvement is the key to a child's success. My only wish for the school is to have it be Spanish Immersion I've gone to Spanish Immersion schools and I truly enjoyed being immersed in the language and the culture and I want that for my kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    Though a bit skeptical at first I've been surprised and pleased by the care nurture and intellectual rigor of each teacher my kids have had. They each in turn have crafted a classroom experience that activates my kids gifts confronts their challenges (and challenging behaviors) and awakens their interests. This is due in part to what seems to be a great balance between individual and communal focus imagination and intellect work and play. Also because it's a voucher school it's affordable and allows for greater socioeconomic and racial diversity. Overall the quality of education and care is top-notch the aesthetic is soothing and restful and the community is vibrant.

  • (1 year ago)

    Tamarack is the type of school I wish I could have attended! It aligns with my belief that children should be nutured in the younger grades and provided a loving/home-like environment. I also love that the children of all ages are encouraged in the arts and allowed lots of outside time.

  • (1 year ago)

    Tamarack nurtures the individual child's sense of self and community with gentle but structured methods that have been shown to be academically sound. Instead of spending hours sitting still and being fed data children move and explore their world in developmentally-appropriate ways. The result? Kids who are clear-thinking self-motivated and passionate about learning for a lifetime. My daughter flourished in this environment as her first school experience coming home each day tired from lots of activity but grounded from the structured and beautiful routines and uncluttered environment. I really appreciate the school's focus on educating the family not just the child through send-home articles and meetings designed to support creativity healthy growth and the development of compassionate and clear-thinking kids and adults.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our family have been with Tamarack for the last four years. We LOVE it! The holistic - mind body and spirit approach to our children and the respect for childhood are HUGE. Children go outside everyday where they are fed by this time out in the world and fresh air playing. Children are met where they are at and encouraged to their best selves. Each child valued for the wonder and magic they bring to the classroom & world. We also very much love the sense of community we experience with other parents & families. Folks respect one another and are able to come together from various walks of life to offer ourselves to our children and the community. It is really a life-giving place.

  • (1 year ago)

    It has been my pleasure to meet and speak with nearly all of the staff member of this fine school. I truly believe that each one of them have the desire to deliver a quality educational experience for all the children in their care.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have been with Tamarack for almost 9 years. We have three children who've attended since the early childhood class and have never had a problem. I'm confident that my children are safe and loved by all the teachers and staff. I wouldn't even consider sending my children anywhere else.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child was treated very poorly by the staff at this school - mainly the early childhood staff. Early childhood teachers in the Waldorf community are supposed to be grandmotherly - warm and nurturing. What we experienced was very far from loving. They are also not accepting of children with differing needs - or "perceived needs" - and don't use proper channels to assess whether a child is right for their school or not. It's a shame that what should be a lovely school makes so many young children feel sad and disliked. I hope that their early childhood program is able to improve to better meet the needs of Milwaukee's youth.

  • (2 years ago)

    Worth every penny. Beyond being an amazing Waldorf school Tamarack offers art music woodworking movement foreign language diversity and a community of teachers parents and staff who are involved and caring. My children love going to school because Tamarack instills a love of learning.

  • (2 years ago)

    Tamarack Waldorf School has brought our family so much happiness. We moved back to Milwaukee so that my three boys could attend this school. My eldest son after one day in his new class was jumping up and down for joy. He said he had never been happier and it is true. I have never experienced him so satisfied and content day after day as he comes home from school. His teacher is warm friendly funny affectionate clear and fair. We are so very happy to have found our home at Tamarack and in the community here. Thank you to both the teaching faculty and the administrative staff who are just top-notch.

  • (2 years ago)

    We love Tamarack - not only for its wonderful Waldorf education but for its caring and diverse community. As a parent of two children now in high school I value how they were prepared to face the challenges of a rigorous college preparatory high school. Fall in love with the kindergartens and stay for the grades!

  • (2 years ago)

    I am an educator however I am not employed at Tamarack. I have five grandchildren at Tamarack and not only am I impressed with the caring conscientious and devoted faculty and staff but also with the overall Waldorf philosophy that is so evident in every classroom. I find that the children are ready and waiting for each phase of development with a sense of awe and wonder and with an enthusiasm for learning. I cannot imagine my grandchildren at any other school. Tamarack's Cream City historical building is set in a beautiful and vibrant urban community. I highly encourage parents to consider visiting Tamarack Waldorf when looking for a school for their children.

  • (2 years ago)

    Tamarack is a strong Waldorf school with a fully integrated arts program a commitment to diversity and an active parent community. It prepares students well for the highest-regarded public and private high schools in the Milwaukee area. The students are taught the traditional academic subjects in a unique way one that draws out their own individual skills and cultivates an inquisitive approach to the world. Children are allowed to be children at Tamarack and the pressures to compete or to fit a narrow idea of success are removed. Despite a curriculum that is not tailored to mainstream standardized testing goals my own child has tested very well on exams. The parents are generally enthusiastic and engaged in the life of the school. The faculty are caring and talented and the staff are dedicated and compassionate. It's a true community with lots of different personalities a lot of differences - period - but everyone there knows how special and wonderful Tamarack is and works hard to make the school a really good school. Words are cheap; if you get a chance to visit the school you'll get it.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have withdrawn our children because they were not safe at school - in the school or on the playground.

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