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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
MacDowell Montessori School is a public, magnet school located in Milwaukee, WI. It has 823 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 8% of students are at least proficient in math and 12% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
12%
Percent Proficient - Math
8%
Average Graduation Rate
75%
Average SAT
Average ACT
18
16 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$40,036
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$842
National
$949
Median Home Value
$118,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
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Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
823
Free or Reduced Lunch
55%
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Preschool

Annual Cost
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Starting Age
3
Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
Schedule Options
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  • Offers Full Day
  • Offers Part Day

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$84,242
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.1%
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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,648/ year
National
$12,239
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I knew very little about public schools due to me going to a Catholic institution for the majority of my education. I went to MacDowell Montessori for my four years of high school. I assumed it would be difficult for me to fit in because I was not familiar with the school system. This, however, was not the case MacDowell's community was warm and sociable. As a result of MacDowell's welcoming atmosphere, I was able to express myself to the fullest. Besides, that MacDowell offered potlucks, programs, picnics, game and movie night, and so much more. My previous school did not have all these opportunities to be engaged and interact with the school community. This is what I appreciate about MacDowell the most, their ability to find approaches for community building. I came to MacDowell Montessori as a stranger with the mindset of not fitting in. After walking across the stage I will be leaving as a family member with countless glorious memories.
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As a student who has been attending MacDowell for 15 years, I can honestly say it's a great school where you can have a great education and learn life skills through the Montessori teaching style. Over the years at MacDowell, I have made life long friends through my community and the opportunities it provides. Though I have enjoyed my time at Macdowell I personally feel that the administration should get to know students better and try to understand the situation rather than brushing them off like its, not a serious issue, personally I believe they don't care about students because of the way problems are handled.
I went to MacDowell my whole life, it's a small school sure but that's what I like about it. It's not just a community but it's home for me. It's very welcoming to new students, and the teachers are really supportive of students. I wish we could have more time to be outside of school so we can have more bonding moments. I also think we should have more programs for art and music and not just for the elementary students but for high school.