Tomah Area Montessori School

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1720 Academy Avenue Tomah, WI 54660, Phone: 608-374-5406, School Hours: 8:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.

JoLynn Schmidt-Principal
Phone: 608-374-7094     Email:

Lori McGinnis-Secretary
Phone: 608-374-5406     Email:


Tomah Area Montessori School (TAMS) is a free, public charter school within the Tomah Area School District housing student ages 4K – 4th 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 three multi-age classrooms: 4K-Kindergarten students are in Children's House,1st-3rd graders learn together in Elementary One (E1) and 4th-6th graders learn together in Elementary Two (E2). 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), EmmyLou Houston (Secretary), Rachel Linehan (Treasurer), Cindy Best, Becky Bauman and Spencer Stephens.

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 2020-21 School Year

The Tomah Area School District has adopted the Common Core State Standards for English/language arts (ELA) and Common Core Math Standards. In the area of science, the Next Generation Science Standards have been adopted.  In the area of social studies, the Wisconsin Standards for Social Studies have been adpoted and for all other content areas, the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards have been adopted as the academic standards.

These academic standards were adopted by the Board of Education on July 20, 2020, and recorded in the Board minutes.


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