School Details

Marquette Montessori Academy

Test Scores by grade

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Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2013-2014 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. GreatSchools Ratings for schools in IN are currently based on 2012-13 results for ISTEP+ and ECA, pending the release of ECA data for 2013-14. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • South Bend Community School Corporation average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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86%
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66%
83%
47%
55%
78%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2013-2014 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. GreatSchools Ratings for schools in IN are currently based on 2012-13 results for ISTEP+ and ECA, pending the release of ECA data for 2013-14. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • South Bend Community School Corporation average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Marquette Montessori Academy is a public elementary school in South Bend. The principal of Marquette Montessori Academy is Krystin Carlson. 491 students go to Marquette Montessori Academy and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 6% of the Marquette Montessori Academy students have "limited English proficiency." 64% of the 491 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Marquette Montessori Academy is 18:1. Muessel Primary Center is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 39% 36%
Black, non-Hispanic 38% 35%
Asian 2% 1%
Hispanic 11% 18%
Multiracial 10% 9%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% 0.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.02%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64% 73%
Limited English proficiency 6% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Just a wonderful public school in a city with few good public options. All of the teachers are trained Montessori instructors and the brand new building was built to Montessori specs. A calm and caring environment with a great principal in Krystin Carlson. Among the best features are a really diverse population (racially and economically). While I don't think test scores say much the school's statewide test results have gone up dramatically every year since the transition to Montessori. I only wish it went above fourth grade because we are facing the question of what to do for middle school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Marquette has been invaluable to my children. we have a robust teacher/staff support sytem for our children and for us as parents. We enjoy our active family engagement wether it be supporting the PTO with its many activities such as our family movie nights or the annual Fun Fair. Marquette has an extremely supportive environmental conditions. There is a strict no bully policy in place and just a family atmosphere that is easily palpable. All of these things lead to strong social and emotional student growth. We all share a love for the school-wide climate of high expectations and a love of learning. I hope to find all of this as my children advance through the educational system.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have the opportunity to work at an amazing school. The staff always puts the children first. We work together to give the children the best education possible. We all believe in the Montessori philosophy and teach our students to reach for the stars.

  • (2 years ago)

    My children have attended Marquette Montessori from the age of 3 and 4. I cannot describe the high level of education they have received. They wake up with joy on their face to go to school. They have an appreciation for learning and I owe this to the staff at Marquette Montessori.

  • (2 years ago)

    My youngest daughter has attended Marquette since she was 3 years old. In kindergarten she brought home her first research paper (on ligers! They ARE real!!!) and was sent up to the 4th grade room to do her math. Now in 2nd grade she is reading on a 7th/8th grade level works with the more advance 3rd graders and had all A's. By allowing them to work at their own pace no one gets left behind and no one gets bored. She loves school and is surrounded by people who love her and want the best for her. They are taught to be confident caring and thoughtful individuals. I wish that my older children could have had the same amazing education that she is getting. My only complaint is that the school doesn't go through 12th grade!

  • (2 years ago)

    I am the grandparent of a third grader at Marquette Primary. I would strongly suggest to all parents of children age 3 and up to get on the waiting list NOW. Your children will be surrounded by the most caring and dedicated teachers and staff that you could ever find. Your questions and concerns are adressed in a timely manner and your children will greatly benefit from the level of respect they are shown and the values they are being taught each and every day. Don't be surprised if they quickly begin to work above their grade level. Their self-confidence will soar and they will look forward to learning. I am so very pleased at how I've seen my granddaughter blossom and mature since her pre-school days. She is truly in love with learning and I attribute this to the excellent education she is receiving at Marquette. This school is truly a shining star on the map of South Bend IN

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter has been a student at Marquette since its doors opened in 2007. She is currently 9 and in the 3rd grade. Ever since my daughter was born her education was of the utmost importance to me. I personally had no experience with Indiana schools therefore I began researching early. As the time approached for my daughter to possibly begin an early childhood program I was still at a loss as where to have her attend kindergarten. I then received a blessing in my mailbox. It was the information in regards to Marquette. I had had experience with Montessori Education & its benefits so I was ecstatic at the thought of being able to offer it to my daughter. It in my opinion is one of the most positive influential forms of teaching in existence today. In my daughters time at Marquette she has excelled in multiple areas to the point she is above her grade level in certain subjects. Marquette Montessori has taught her a level of independence respect for herself & others & the concept of accepting all types of people regardless of their status better than any regular public school could. Montessori Education focuses on the individual child & Marquette does it magnificently.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter has been at Marquette as a 3/4 year old for two years and I can't think of a thing that I would change. She has learned so much it seems that daily I am surprised by the things she knows. She is clearly loved nurtured and learning. I love that while there is an emphasis in growing and learning new skills she is not forced. Instead of dreading more complicated work she looks forward to new lessons. Her teacher has always responded within the same day if we email her and also alerted us to a bigger problem right away so that we could address it with our daughter.

  • (3 years ago)

    My children are thriving at Marquette and one of our chief reasons for limiting our search for a new home to South Bend is that we don't want our kids to leave the school. The teachers are always quick to respond to emails and the stories our children tell about school illustrate that everyone is treated with respect at Marquette. The school body is racially and socioeconomically diverse - a very important trait in our opinion. I personally attended a private Montessori school from PK-8th grade and I find that my own children are using the same Montessori materials and vocabulary that I grew up with. We feel fortunate that our children are able to attend Marquette!

  • (3 years ago)

    This is my son's third year at Marquette. He is currently in kindergarten and we have been wowed by the early childhood curriculum. His teacher who he has had for three years is incredible. She has built a community out of the children in her room all while moving them along academically and socially. She is keenly aware of their developmental needs and meets them. The curriculum is authentically Montessori and the proof of its success is clear at mid-year assessments the kindergarteners were the highest in the SBCSC for math and tied for first place in reading. I like that he is in a racially and socioeconomically diverse setting and that there is no ability testing for admission. We are 100% satisfied!

  • (3 years ago)

    My son attends Marquette and i'm so happy he does.My son Robert has learned so much in school that he can't wait to go.He is learning so much that I'm impressed.Marquette has the best Principal Mrs.Carson she is really on our kids to learn and to do their best..I wish all kids could attend this school.I'm a proud Marquette parent.

  • (3 years ago)

    Both of my children attend Marquette and love it! The Montessori approach to learning has allowed them to learn at their own pace and has allowed them to achieve in their strengths. The staff does an outstanding job encouraging them in their weakness and they've improved greatly in those areas as well. Parent involvement is wonderful and parents often take an active roll in the students education both in school and outside school. On a personal note my kids have loved all the classroom pets and enjoy the responsibility of helping their classmates take care of the pets. Cannot say enough wonderful things about this school!

  • (3 years ago)

    Marquette is quietly becoming one of the best primary centers in the area and it wont stay a secret for long. The school boasts a great staff with educators committed to Montessori methods and certification and the new Principal and growth of the PTO has made a tremendous difference in what were serious communication and cooperation issues a few years back. If you're AT ALL interested in a Montessori school for your child this school must be on your list of places to check out... you can schedule in class observations and see the classroom environment in action with your own eyes. You can contact the PTO to get in touch with parents/staff. marquettepto [at] gmail [dot] com

  • (3 years ago)

    My son is in 2nd grade and has been here for two years. We could not be happier. The new principal is excellent the teachers go above and beyond and it is rapidly becoming a true Montessori - from the gorgeous new building to the classroom style. My son is constantly challenged without being buried with busy work he does creative projects (he is currently publishing a book on volcanoes with a group of classmates) and he is happy and hardworking. I imagine that test scores will continue to rise but the real success here is a happy creative faculty and student body with lots of committed parents too.

  • (5 years ago)

    Marquette was recently transitioned to a Montessori Academy and while I believe it has the potential to be a very good school they still have a long way to go. The teachers are very good and are committed to their students. I am not impressed with the rest of the staff. Communication is a HUGE issue with this school though I do see some efforts being made to change. I have children at another South Bend school and parental involvement is very much welcomed there. Marquette does not have that same atmosphere and in fact I feel they are very resistant to it especially in the classroom. I think with better leadership this school could improve but I am not willing to put my child's best interests on hold and will most likely not continue sending my children to Marquette.

  • (9 years ago)

    The teaching staff at Marquette is a committed group. They do their utmost to support every child in every classroom. I am currently the principal of Marquette and I believe that we are working toward the common good of all students. We all have room for improvement and with that in mind we are strongest at delivering an education to students with a high degree of caring about each individual. Students are held accountable for their academic growth. Parents are asked to support their child's motivational aspirations. I hold the staff highly accountable for quality teaching. I hold the student accountable for appropriate student behaviors both academic and social. Marquette is a neighborhood school with many traditions and a dynamic caring culture. Although test scores have not been high we are moving in the right direction. The staff is fully aware that ISTEP+ and AYP must be realized by all students!

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a parent of 2 children currently enrolled in marquette. I must say my children will NEVER go to this school again. Very chaotic very poor leadership (with exception of a few teachers). I fight the school daily to find out the progress of my children. I've never seen a school so bad off.

  • (10 years ago)

    Marquette has one of the best teaching staffs in the South Bend Corporation. Most of the teachers hold Master's Degrees in education and have many hours of education past a Master's Degree. Several of teachers have been with Marquette for 20 yrs. Each teacher has a strong belief in the Marquette Park Community and an excellent relationship with the parents and students.

  • (12 years ago)

    I am a former student of Marquette Elementary. I enjoyed my elementary years thanks to teachers there such as Ms Chiszar Miss Papas and Miss Callas Miss Young Miss Manning Mr Coleman Jewel and Mrs Wendowski. I will never forget Marquette. I had some of my best child hood learning experiences and times ever. I am 18 now and I live in Michigan I am attending Wayne State University in the fall and I would like to thank everyone from my Marquette family.

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