“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” – Dr. Maria Montessori
Howard Avenue Montessori School is the sixth Montessori program in Milwaukee Public Schools. The school opened in the fall of 2012 and currently has 4 primary classrooms of mixed ages – three, four and five year old children and 4 lower elementary classrooms of 1st through 3rd grades. The school will continue to grow up through 6th grade. Classroom sizes are approximately 31 students in the morning in our primary classrooms with a morning assistant and about 12 K5 students in the afternoon. There is a reasonably priced Camp program open to enrolled Howard Avenue Montessori students from 7:00am to 6:00pm daily.
MPS has an open enrollment period during the first 3 weeks of February in which students are enrolled for the following school year. Every year we open K3 seats with a limited number of K4 seats. Please contact the school at 935-0700 for a tour in the fall or if you have any questions.
The Montessori method of education is based on the philosophy that children are able to reach their full potential through multi-age interactions in an inquiring, cooperative and encouraging atmosphere. Our staff focuses on fostering independence and responsibility in students. Children demonstrate creativity, concentration, and leadership in their work and community. The Montessori environment and teachers ensure that our young learners build confidence in their abilities and exceed in their academic and social abilities. Montessori education nurtures the whole child and strives to creates a community of peace .
Howard Avenue Montessori School is housed in the old Tippecanoe school building on East Howard Avenue on the southeast side of Milwaukee. The building is in the arts and crafts style and was constructed in 1928. The school is small, consisting of 10 classrooms, a lunchroom/Camp room and a gym with a stage. The former program, Tippecanoe School for the Arts and Humanities, a K-4 to 8th grade program out-grew the space and moved its location to the Fritche building merging their program with Dover, another MPS school to form Parkside Elementary School.
The Tippecanoe program left the school adorned with beautiful murals and art work. In addition to the art work, the building has the old world charm of a school with natural wood work, hardwood floors, terrazzo tile halls and cabinetry that make is a beautiful environment for a Montessori program.
Families love our welcoming environment. Our staff members are nurturing, while maintaining high academic and personal responsibility expectations for all children.