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Maria Montessori International Academy 

Encouraging Imagination, Exploration, and Innovation at Every Age!

We prepare YOUR children for life…

This is a bold claim.  And for some, this is just plain platitude.

But for us, we know that a certified Montessori education guarantees that your children will exceed their potential in a warm and peaceful environment that encourages them to imagine, explore, and innovate.

Maria Montessori International Academy (MMIA) creates real and lasting learning experience for your children.  We have a very dedicated team that uses one-of-a-kind educational materials and teaching methods that are based on years of experience and scientific testing.

We make sure that we test what we do and see which methods work best for your children.  We learned that children thrive in a learning environment that lets them explore real-life learning experiences.

At MMIA,  your  child will learn music, math, social sciences, Spanish and Chinese via immersion, cultural awareness, and art.

We are not a daycare center where you drop off your child for a couple of hours a day that has no system or program in place.

We pride ourselves with a team of experts that will spend one-on-one interactions with your children.

“Your children take center stage while our teachers act as guides on the side.”

Your child’s lifelong learning journey begins at Maria Montessori International Academy!

If you are looking for an international school that would give your child the best preparation…

We Are Now Accepting Applicants for SY 2018-19

Due to the high demand for inclusion into our programs, we can only accommodate as many lifelong learners as we can.

We promise to do our best to get your child into our school if you can commit to entrust his or her welfare to us…

Right now, we still have some limited slots in either our Indianapolis or Carmel/Zionville locations, but reservations are filling up fast.

Come Join Our MMIA Family!




Preparing your children for life.

The MMIA Environment

MMIA adheres to these authentic Montessori principles:

  • Sensorial development
    • We believe that your child studies his or her environment and all this began at birth.  A Montessori Education sees your child as a “sensorial explorer.”  The purpose and aim of Sensorial work is to teach your child to acquire clear, conscious, information and to be able for them to make classifications in his or her environment.
  • Mixed-age groups
    • What makes MMIA’s mixed-age classroom unique is the amount of peer-to-peer teaching and learning that takes place. Children are more apt to learn from their peers than from adults.  The older children serve as role models, not only socially but academically as well.
  • Children work at their own pace
    • Self-directed learning is central to all Montessori schools everywhere in the world.  We believe that children everywhere, YOUR CHILD included, develop in the same manner.  They learn best when they are allowed to discover and pursue the things they are interested in.
  • Children are free to choose their own work
    • Children are free to choose their own materials and to work with them for as long as they wish.  At the heart of the Montessori approach is the view that children’s freely chosen activity builds independence, self-discipline and the ability to concentrate.
  • Environment that invites exploration, discipline
    • Our school is equipped with sensorial materials that help your child hone his ability to understand the environment around him.  This leads to your child to experience his own environment. We give your child keys to classify all the things around him making every learning activity an experiential moment.
  • Home-like setting
    • MMIA schools are your child’s home away from home.  Our facilities are designed with your child in mind and appropriate to his or her age.  For example, our infant classroom is connected to our toddler classroom with glass windows from floor to ceiling and glass door so that children from both classes can look at each other.  We have four beds instead of cribs and you will not find high chairs or swings. Anything that contains a child are appropriately designed so they can put their feet on the floor to support and strengthen their core for stability.
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MMIA Teachers

Our MMIA teachers have the following qualities:

  • Demonstrated passion for teaching
    • Our teachers are passionate teachers and lifelong learners as well.  Each teacher is an expert in her own right and majority have extensive experience teaching children. The quality and the experience that we bring to the school, including the talent of our staff is what make us unique.
  • Certified by American Montessori Society (AMS) or the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)
    • MMIA teachers are accredited either by AMS or AMI.  We require all lead classroom teachers to hold credentials at the level in which they are teaching.
  • Received a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree
    • MMIA teachers either have a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, or is pursuing graduate studies.  For example, one teacher from our Infant Program has a master’s degree in psychology that specializes in infant development.
  • Adhere to Montessori philosophy of respect to the child as an individual
    • Each child is valued as a unique individual. At an early age, Montessori students develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence.  They become part of a close and caring community encouraged to enjoy freedom but within limits.  Students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge, while self-correction and self-assessment are integral part of the Montessori classroom approach.
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MMIA Education

MMIA’s curriculum includes:

  • Spanish and Chinese immersion
    • We have a bilingual program that starts at the infant and toddler programs.  With a very low teacher-to-student ratio, we make sure that we have one teacher who is a native speaker of the language being taught at the infant level and two bilingual teachers for the toddler level.
  • Music and art
    • We have a Musical Rhapsody program in which live music is played to the children instead of the usual children’s music played on a CD player.  Here we tell stories and teach them art while live music is playing.  It is a one-of-a-kind immersive experience your child will encounter.
  • Geography and cultural studies
    • Your child will also learn geography at a very early age. [Here you can show the lesson on the “Painted Globe”.] Each child will have the chance to have a hands-on experience of the different parts of a Globe.  Your child is also introduced to various culture lessons imparting with them the value of diversity.
  • Math, science, and language (phonetics)
    • Your child will be exposed to Math, Science and Languages at a very young age according to his or her own pace, speed and overall development.
  • Practical life skills
    • The purpose is to help your child gain control of movement coordination and help him or her learn how to be independent.  This way he or she will learn how to adapt to his environment at an early age.
  • Emphasis on cognitive and social development
    • We make sure that over time, and as your child progresses, he or she will develop a balanced ability to use his or her left and right brain.
  • Overall academic excellence
    • At MMIA, we have proven time and time again that our students have performed excellently in all their academic endeavors thanks to our passionate and committed teachers and staff.
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MMIA Community

At MMIA, we recognize the importance of family and community in nurturing the child.

We provide:
Regular updates on the child  |  Tips on creating a Montessori home environment  |  Flexible programs (part-time, full-time, extended care, summer camp)
to accommodate working parents and stay-at-home parents  |  Supplementary programs and instruction

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What Families Say About Our Montessori School

At Maria Montessori International Academy, we want families to be an integral part of their child’s journey to lifelong learning. We keep families updated through regular communications, including insights on their child’s daily activities and one-on-one conversations. It’s also important for us to receive feedback from our MMIA families. From what they tell us, MMIA has been an environment that allows their children to thrive.
Here are a few comments from parents of our Carmel and Indianapolis Montessori schools.

Maria Montessori International Academy, like any traditional Montessori school, provides your child freedom of movement both inside and outside the classroom.

“It’s like home …”

“It’s very rare you’re able to send your child somewhere and feel comfortable all the way around. The education at Maria Montessori International Academy is excellent. I still have a recording of my daughter reading for the first time on her own. And that was before her fourth birthday. But it goes beyond education. We had a good genuine feel about the atmosphere. It’s like home. It also allowed my daughter open up to her creativity.”

Andrell Moore
MMIA Parent of a 1st grader

Lunch time at an international school allows students to observe cultural meal differences. Maria Montessori International Academy offers a unique setting featuring the benefits of both Montessori school and an international school.

“The kids love it.”

“I didn’t know much about the Montessori method when we first visited. It was very different. The students are able to wear their slippers, hang out on the floor and do yoga. My daughter’s classroom is like a little family. They love it. It was a stretch for me but I see the magic it has had on my child. In a traditional setting, if a student gets tripped upon something, they would get left behind. Here, they’re able to sit back, reflect and work at their pace. My daughter loves the work.”

Teresa Gallaway
MMIA Parent of an elementary student

Montessori school, like any traditional or international school, encourages healthy snacking. MMIA goes one step further to visiting a local Whole Foods for first hand knowledge on making healthy choices.

“One-on-one attention.”

“I liked the idea of independent learning. It allows children to discover their own learning styles and learning abilities instead of having so much focus on group work. My son is able to focus more on what he’s interested in. A few months ago, he started picking up writing, reading and sight words. The one-on-one attention was one of the main reasons we decided to choose Maria Montessori International Academy after we looked at several schools.”

Cathy Briney
MMIA Parent of a 4-year-old

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2018-19 Montessori School Enrollment

The journey towards lifelong learning begins at Maria Montessori International Academy! We’re now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Montessori school year. Most Indianapolis Montessori schools have limited placement or wait lists. We too have a limited number of openings for our infant, toddler and elementary school programs. However due to recent expansion, we can guarantee enrollment in either our Indianapolis or Carmel/Zionsville locations. If you are looking for an international school with a Montessori experience, look no further! Come join the MMIA family. 

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Mommy & Me Music Rhapsody

Join us for our exciting new Music Rhapsody program, which was developed by internationally renowned music educator Lynn Kleiner. This music program, which is exclusively offered by MMIA in the Indianapolis area, fosters a love of music and creativity in children with the use of instruments, beautiful songs, and singable phrases. Classes are designed for infants and toddlers and occur in an international school setting.

Science has proven the benefits of early childhood exposure to music. Our Mommy & Me Music Rhapsody program as well as our Montessori school encourage love of music.

Check MMIA news for updates for classes, fun and exciting events that Maria Montessori International Academy will be planning all year long.

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Creativity, imagination, and learning
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“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the
child’s own natural desire to learn.”

— Dr. Maria Montessori