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Groundbreaking set for addition to MPS’ top-performing Fernwood Montessori School

Tied to MPS' Regional Development Plan, which works to grow strong academic programs

By - Sep 29th, 2015 09:06 am
MPS' Fernwood Montessori School. Photo courtesy of MPS.

MPS’ Fernwood Montessori School. Photo courtesy of MPS.

MILWAUKEE (September 29, 2015) – Milwaukee Public Schools and community leaders will ceremonially break ground Thursday for an addition at MPS’ high-performing Fernwood Montessori School, which was rated “Exceeds Expectations” on its most recent state report card.

The K3-8 school has grown from 544 students in 2009-10 to 705 in 2014-15 and the addition is aimed at helping to reduce overcrowding in the building, allowing existing students to continue in the school through 8th grade.

Groundbreaking is set for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Fernwood, 3239 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Milwaukee 53207. Milwaukee Board of School Directors member Carol Voss, who represents the area that includes the school, will help break ground along with MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver and Milwaukee Ald. Tony Zielinski, who represents the area on the Milwaukee Common Council. The Bay View High School drum line is also set to perform.

“We are proud to expand Fernwood Montessori as we work throughout MPS to improve outcomes for students and increase access for families,” Dr. Driver said.

The addition is a component of MPS’ Regional Development Plan, which works to help grow strong academic programs. Other elements of the plan currently underway include preparing for an addition to another high-performing MPS Montessori school — Maryland Avenue Montessori School, as well as a planned expansion of Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School, transitioning Victory School to a full Italian immersion program, the creation of a strong gifted and talented middle school on the northwest side and expanding successful charter schools.

About Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • More MPS students are meeting reading standards
  • The MPS Class of 2015 earned $39 million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to 7 of the state’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.

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