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.
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.
Trinity Lutheran School has a long history in the Indianapolis area. It was started 1872! My husband is a graduate, and when it came time for our children to attend grade school there was no question of where they were going to be going to school. Now my oldest is a sophomore at Marian University, and my youngest will be senior at Lutheran High School of Indianapolis, but their Trinity roots are strong. They have good memories and wonderful relationships with former students and staff. Both girls were academically fully prepared for high school, and their faith in God is solid. I couldn't ask for anything better than that!