Lloyd Barbee Montessori School offers students in K3–grade 6 the opportunity for a high-quality Montessori education in a vibrant, nurturing environment. The Montessori method of educating students is based on the philosophy that children reach their fullest potential through multi-age interactions in an inquiring, cooperative, and encouraging atmosphere. Staff focuses on fostering competent and responsible students who demonstrate creativity, concentration, coordination, and independence in their work.
Barbee is also a member of the Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin and works to teach students about healthy living choices and the environment. Barbee offers an arts program that includes visual arts, music, instrumental lessons, and an after-school drama program through Partnership for the Arts. These programs offer opportunities for students in the arts that broaden cultural experiences.
Barbee's makerspace affords students the opportunity to explore hands-on STEAM activities. The makerspace has been funded through a grant from the Brady Foundation, the Betty Brinn Children's Museum, and the Google Makerspace Initiative.
The Lloyd Barbee Montessori Camp offers families before- and after-school care from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is open during the summer and other school breaks. The camp partners with the Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation Department to provide recreational programming as well as academic supports.
Lloyd Barbee Montessori is supported by many community partnerships, including UWM's Peck School of the Arts and the Center for Volunteerism, Mount Mary's art therapy program, Skai Academy School of Arts and Education, Bradford Memorial AME, and the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation.
Prior Montessori experience is required for students entering at grade K5 or higher. Families can enroll in this school for grades K3 and K4 using the online application at mpsmke.com/EnrollMPS.