Community Montessori School

Our History

Community Montessori School began as a grassroots organization, providing preschool in accordance with the Montessori philosophy.  CMS began in 1997 with four students. We have since grown exponentially, and now have a toddler ministry consisting of two classrooms, a primary program consisting of two classrooms, and an elementary program.

A great deal of our success can be attributed to the assistance received from our sister schools:

  • Community Montessori School of Lexington, KY
  • Versailles Montessori School of Versailles, KY

Community Montessori School serves Indianapolis and its surrounding suburbs, including Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, Noblesville, and nearby areas. We moved to our current location, on East 141st Street in Fishers, Indiana, in the fall of 2007. Our beautiful new facility was built to Montessori specifications, with spacious classrooms, beautiful grounds, and wide open playground space. Our diverse population of students comes from Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield, Zionsville, Indianapolis, even Avon and Brownsburg.

Community Montessori School provides more than just childcare or daycare.  We inspire a life-long love of learning in children by allowing them to develop at their own pace in an authentic, AMI Montessori environment that embraces diversity, individuality, and community.

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Our Programs

Community Montessori School offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of local families. 

Our Toddler program is for children ages 18 months to three years.  It is recognized by the State of Indiana as a childcare ministry.  Our toddler program offers both 3 days a week and 5 days days a week options.  We offer both a traditional school year calendar and a year round calendar.  Children may attend half-day, full-day, or extended day.   

Our Primary program is for children ages three and a half through six years old. The Montessori program is designed as a multi-year program, with all of the preparatory activities of the first two years culminating in a successful third year. Our primary classes meet five days per week allowing us to provide a Montessori experience unlike any other in the area.  We offer both a traditional school year calendar and a year round calendar. We offer half-day, full-day, or extended day programs for preschool and kindergarten children.   For more information about the CMS Primary program, click here.

Our Elementary program continues the Montessori experience for children in 1st grade through 6th grade. For more information about the CMS Elementary program, click here.  Our Elementary program also follows the traditional school year calendar, and runs from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  We have before-care and aftercare available for families that need childcare before and after school.

We maintain an open admissions policy, based on available classroom space. All interested families are invited to schedule a school tour. After touring, families may apply for admission into one of our programs. For more information about program options, including tuition and fees, please visit the Enrollment page.


The Montessori Difference

Few choices you make for your child are as important as their education. Community Montessori School is accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) at both the primary and elementary levels. As such, our approach to education goes beyond academics. We are dedicated to the development of the whole child: social, intellectual, emotional, and physical. Community Montessori School provides the experiences that help your child develop a love of learning while gaining confidence and becoming responsible members of the community. Click here to read what parents had to say about their child's experience at Community Montessori School.