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Montessori Education Week in Wisconsin is February 24 to March 2, 2019

The State of Wisconsin will pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Maria Montessori by proclaiming Montessori Education Week from February 24 to March 2, 2019. In the early 1900s, Montessori researched the learning habits of children and developed an education system structured around their development.

MPS Montessori studentMontessori’s first school, opened in 1907, focused on hands-on learning, caring for the leaning environment, and leveraging children’s natural desire to learn. Later that same year, she opened two more schools, and within a few years, Montessori schools were on five continents.

The Montessori method is a continuum of learning for children from birth to age 18. The system enables children to learn at their own pace and is more self-directed than traditional education in the United States. Montessori education encourages creativity, collaboration, independence, and self-confidence, and advances the principles of peace through responsible citizenship as well as fair and equal treatment within society.

Many Montessori schools exist across the state and across the country. Milwaukee Public Schools educates more than 3,500 students in eight Montessori schools. MacDowell Montessori, the largest Montessori school in MPS, is the only K3 through grade 12 public Montessori school in the country. MacDowell also holds the distinction as the oldest Montessori school in the state, having opened in 1976. James Whitcomb Riley School, which teaches in English and Spanish, is the only bilingual Montessori school in Wisconsin.

Interested families can check out the seven Montessori schools in MPS.

Lloyd Barbee Montessori School, 4456 N. Teutonia Ave., 414-874-5600

Bay View Montessori School (2 campuses), 619 E. Dover St. and 357 E. Howard Ave., 414-935-0700

Craig Montessori School, 7667 W. Congress St., 414-393-4200

Fernwood Montessori School, 3239 S. Pennsylvania Ave., 414-294-1300

Highland Community School, 1706 W. Highland Ave., 414-342-1412

Edward A. MacDowell Montessori School, 6415 W. MT. Vernon Ave., 414-935-1400

Maryland Avenue Montessori School, 2418 N. Maryland Ave., 414-906-4800

James Whitcomb Riley School, 2424 S. 4th St., 414-902-7100

Kindergarten enrollment is open in Milwaukee Public Schools through March 4, 2019. Interested parents can call a school to set up a personal tour, then enroll at the school, online at, or at the District Welcome Center, 5225 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee. For questions, call (414) 475-8159.

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  • More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86+ million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to seven of the state and nation’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.

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