IMA’s mission is to provide an environment for children to foster their natural love of learning while developing the whole-child. IMA children develop 21st century skills such as collaboration, curiosity, critical thinking, and adaptability through purposeful learning. IMA strives to uphold a green school environment and is certified through the Association Montessori Internationale. This is IMA’s tenth year operating and second year in our newly constructed building, complete with outdoor learning gardens and classrooms. IMA believes a respectful, thoughtful, and peaceful child will create a peaceful and sustainable future.
Address: 2925 West 146th Street, Carmel, IN 46074
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Q&A with Indiana Montessori Academy:
What makes Indiana Montessori Academy unique?
We are the only school in Indiana certified by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).
What is Indiana Montessori Academy’s educational philosophy?
What is Indiana Montessori Academy’s age/grade range?
18 months-6 years old
What is your enrollment policy? Are there any key dates parents should be aware of?
We encourage parents to tour and apply for enrollment approximately one year before a child’s actual enrollment date.
What are the standard school day hours? Does Indiana Montessori Academy offer flexible day/hour options? Is before/after school care available?
Standard hours are 8:30-3, with before care available at 7:30 and aftercare available until 5:30. IMA offers a half-day option which is 8:30-12:00.
How many children are in each class? How are children divided up?
Children are grouped by age. Our Toddler Community has children ages 18 months through 3 years old and our Primary Classrooms build a community of children ages 2.5 – 6 years.
What is the teacher/child ratio?
Our toddler program has twelve children with two teachers and our primary program has up to thirty-two children with three teachers.
What are the teacher’s credentials?
Each Directress holds a Montessori certification.
Is parental participation required?
How do teachers communicate with parents? How often do parents receive updates?
Monthly newsletter and Transparent Classroom app, but always available via email or can schedule a meeting.
Does Indiana Montessori Academy offer support for students with special needs?
On a case-by-case basis.
How much time do the children spend outside?
Children spend a minimum of forty-five minutes outside per day–more if they are enrolled in toddler or extended day programs.
Throughout the warmer months of spring, summer and fall our daily learning schedule is conducted outside in our learning gardens and outdoor classrooms.
Are meals and/or snacks provided?
Snacks are provided, and students bring their lunch from home.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Children enrolled in the toddler program work on toilet learning at school, but children enrolled in our primary program should be well on their way with the toilet learning process.
What enrichment programs/activities are offered?
We enjoy gardening, singing, and participating in art projects on a regular basis at our school.
What are Indiana Montessori Academy’s safety policies? What extra safety measures is Indiana Montessori Academy taking during the COVID-19 pandemic?
We are following local and state requirements as well as CDC guidelines. We are conducting thorough cleaning practices (six times daily), modeling and implementing good hygiene practices with children and staff, and strict monitoring for symptoms and exposures for children and staff.
Additionally, adults and children are wearing masks while indoors (excluding children in the toddler program).
Who should parents contact for more information about Indiana Montessori Academy?
What makes your teachers excited to go into school each day?
We love witnessing each child’s individual growth and fostering their sense of independence!