When my daughter was 3 and attending a preschool in Indianapolis, I was very happy with my experience there. However, when I learned about the International Montessori School in April of 2004 and went to visit, I was so overwhelmed by the organization of the school, its focus on academics through experiential learning, and the staff that I pulled my daughter out of her school and enrolled her that same day. Ms. Ranee, the school's founder, Principal and Directress was compassionate, caring, creative, and engaged in each and every child's education journey. She was simply the reason we moved over to IMS. As the school has grown, so have the classes and the variety of options available to the children. My daughter stayed at IMS for 3 1/2 years. She participated in a rich variety of cultural and academic experiences including Diwali (the Indian Celebration of Lights), Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Persian New Year, and Hanukkah, as well as learning to read well at 4 years old. Today she in 4th grade and still draws on the lessons she learned early on at IMS from Ms. Ranee. She is an engaged learner with a natural inclination toward discovering and looking deeper into the material presented to her. I credit Ms. Ranee and IMS for my daughters love for learning and the academic excellence she is currently experiencing in her public school.
Showing1-29 of 29results
We love Orchard so much that we enrolled all 3 of our kids there. We have experienced another private school as well as a public elementary and middle school and found that Orchard more than meets the needs of our family. All three of my children are very different, they have different learning styles, different strengths and weaknesses, different levels of motivation, and very different personalities. Orchard works for all of them. I am constantly amazed at how well the teachers know my children. The first report card we got (my son had just started in 3rd grade) was 10 pages long! I know that Orchard will prepare my kids academically, but what I really love is all the other stuff. My kids now have an understanding of how they fit in the the world, not just their small community. They are learning to be confident, responsible, thoughtful, kind, creative, persistent, collaborative, well balanced individuals. I also love it for me. They have great parent education like classes on how to deal with your teenager, collaborative talks, thoughtful articles sent out, and so much more. I also love how the administration listens and it collaborative with the parent body. They are always moving the school forward while growing and changing with the students' needs as the primary goal.
I couldn't be happier with the decision I made with my daughters school. I looked at all of the other preschools in the area, and Koala T just seemed liked the cleanest, most professional than any of them. Now mind you, I'm the "helicopter" mom as they call them. My daughter started there just after her 4th Bday and had previously stayed with her Grandma. I was just like any mom new to this whole preschool thing. I think for the first week I checked on her at nap time everyday, which I loved that they allowed that :) They have really healthy breakfast, lunch, and snacks. And OMG! The activities and field trips they take are like no other! It's sooooo cool! I was able to attend the majority of them and was so pleased with how organized they were. All of my daughters teachers have been wonderful! They are totally on top of it and genuinely love the kids ❤️ And how the directors remember all of the kids names is beyond me! Goes to show how it's a family type environment. Today is are last day with Koala T as we are off to Kindergarten. It's completely bittersweet for us. We will miss everyone soo much! They have out together a portfolio of everything she's learned over the year... How cool is that! I HIGHLY recommend Koala T to anyone.