Tomah Area Montessori School (TAMS) is a free, public charter school within the Tomah Area School District housing student ages 4K – 3rd grade.
This unique school will follow Montessori methods, which motivate students to develop a lifelong love of learning. Students learn at their own pace with an individualized curriculum. During a long, uninterrupted work period, students move freely around the classroom using specialized, hands-on materials.
There are two multi-age classrooms: 4K-Kindergarten students are in Children's House and 1st-3rd graders learn together in Elementary One (E1). This allows students to work at their own pace and to help each other while creating a collaborative classroom community.
All students will need to complete the TAMS Enrollment Form, available below or at the Tomah Area School District Office.
A charter school is unique because a Governance Board made up of parents, educators, and community leaders are responsible for leading the school. Although the teachers and principal are employed by Tomah Area School District, because it is a charter, TAMS has more flexibility and independence to carry out its vision.
Governance Board Members
Pam Melby (President), Adam Bubnich (Vice President), Kathy Wacker (Secretary), EmmyLou Houston (Treasurer), Cindy Best, Becky Bauman and Rachael Linehan.
The Governance Board meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Tomah Area Montessori School. Meetings are open to the public.
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Adoption of Academic Standards for the 2019-20 School Year
The Tomah Area School District has adopted the Common Core State Standards for English/language arts (ELA)(http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/standards/pdf/ela-stds-app-a-revision.pdf) and math (https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/standards/pdf/common-core-math-standards.pdf). In the area of science, the Next Generation Science Standards (http://www.nextgenscience.org/) have been adopted. In the area of social studies, the Wisconsin Standards for Social Studies(https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/standards/New%20pdfs/2018-_WI_Social_Studies_Standards.pdf)
have been adopted, and for all other content areas, the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards (http://dpi.wi.gov/standards)have been adopted as the academic standards.
(These academic standards were adopted by the Board of Education on the 15th of July, 2019 by the Board of Education and can be located in the Board minutes.)