The Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes is an accredited private Montessori school dedicated to promoting academic excellence, self-worth, self-discipline, and a passion for learning. We serve toddler, early childhood, elementary, and adolescent students from Mishawaka, South Bend, Granger, and the surrounding Michiana area. These students are at the center of our community and of our mission. It is our responsibility is to cultivate their intellect, provide positive opportunities for responsibility and independence, and follow the most fundamental rule of Montessori—respect for every person, place and thing.
The Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes FAQ
Q: What programs are offered?
A: We provide a comprehensive Montessori education for children from age 18 months through 14 years. The Montessori Method is based on the characteristics for each developmental stage with each environment designed for optimal learning. Each level builds on the foundation of the previous level with the goal being for students to become confident, independent, respectful, responsible, academically prepared and successful.
- Toddler Ages 18 - 36 months
- Early Childhood Ages 3 - 6 years
- Elementary Ages 6 - 12 years
- Adolescent Ages 12 - 14 years
Q: How do I enroll?
A: The first step is to tour the school and observe the classes. Monthly Informational Tours and Coffees are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. and individual appointments are also available. Application packets are available during the school tour or will be mailed upon request. Applications for enrollment are accepted throughout the year with a $75 non-refundable application fee which places the child in a waiting pool. • Annual enrollment occurs in the spring and summer prior to the fall school start. • Enrollment during the school year occurs when there is an opening at the appropriate class level. Each level is a three-year cycle and the enrollment expectation is that children will complete the full cycle from the beginning of the level. Sibling discounts are applied and payment plan options are available. Tuition Scholarship Assistance information is provided during the interview-enrollment process.
Q: What is the purpose of a multi-age classroom?
A: The social community of mixed-age children gives experienced students an opportunity to serve as role models and leaders through peer teaching and partner work. This promotes self-worth as well as community pride. At each level the children are expected to carry through with age-appropriate responsibilities which include caring for personal possessions, the classroom and the total community. With the range of ages in the classes, competition is minimized as a motivator. The students comfortably share knowledge with each other in a respectful manner. They learn to work as a team and to value each member's contribution in any situation.
Q: Is before and after school care available?
A: At the Early Childhood level (ages 3 through 6 years) we offer a Full Day Montessori program that is open until 6:00 p.m. It is staffed by certified Montessori teachers throughout the day. The elementary and adolescent levels have before and after school programs available.
- Before School hours are 7:15 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
- After School hours are 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Q: What is importance of finding an accredited school?
A: To become accredited, a school must meet specific quality standards in the areas of governance, finances, teacher certification requirements, curriculum expectations, performance outcomes, and facilities. The accrediting agencies are recognized and monitored by the U.S. Department of Education. Self-study evaluations that are verified by on-site visiting teams of experts are required every seven years and annual reports are submitted documenting that the school continues to uphold the accreditation standards. The Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes is dually accredited by two organizations: nationally by The American Montessori Society and regionally by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. The most recent accreditation was awarded in 2010 and will be renewed in 2017. We were the first Montessori school in Indiana to be accredited by the American Montessori Society in 1978 and were first accredited by ISACS in 1996.