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
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).
We uphold a green school environment which includes serving a no waste organic snack and implementing a ‘no waste’ lunch.
What is Indiana Montessori Academy’s educational philosophy?
What is Indiana Montessori Academy’s age/grade range?
18 months-6 years old (through Kindergarten)
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 am – 3:00 pm, with before care available at 7:30 am and after care available until 5:30 pm. IMA offers a half-day option which is 8:30-12:00.
How many children are in each class? How are children divided up?
IMA 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.
“The only person a child admires as much as a parent, is an older child.
They’ve been carefully watching this older child, tentatively asking for help from their personal heroes, idolizing these Big Kids, for several years, dreaming of the day when they, too, would be the Big Kid, the one asked to help a classmate, given big responsibilities such as helping with zippers and mittens before playtime, the expert on almost every material. Again, this happens if and when a child is ready, and we usually see that readiness, that grace and empathy, that self-control, that awareness of and care for others, that ability not only to know the right thing but to do the right thing, around the Kindergarten year.”
What is the teacher/child ratio?
Our Toddler Community 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 (lead teacher) holds a Montessori certification.
Is parental participation required?
How do teachers communicate with parents? How often do parents receive updates?
IMA publishes a monthly newsletter for our families. The newsletters include an overall view of the classroom communities as well as pictures. Parents also receive two written conference reports each year. These reports will be reviewed with you in person at conferences with your child’s teacher in the fall and spring. This is a time for parents to deepen their collaboration with the directress on behalf of your child—each by looking at the student’s development from the other’s perspective.
Directresses are always available via email; a phone call and/or can schedule a meeting. We also encourage our parents to come observe the classrooms in action. This first-hand account gives great insight into your child’s day.
Does Indiana Montessori Academy offer support for students with special needs?
We support children of all abilities and would determine any additional resources needed 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 Community 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 promoting compliance with: adherence to local as well as state requirements and CDC guidelines, adherence to 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.
Parents are responsible for completing a health screening and recording it each day. Additionally, adults and children are wearing masks (excluding children in the toddler program).
Who should parents contact for more information about Indiana Montessori Academy?
Kris Spence, Head of School or
Cora Dustman, Administrator
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