Age: 3 – 6 Years

Community Montessori is an affiliated AMI (Association Montessori International) Montessori school in the Indianapolis area.  Our teachers, or Directresses have completed Montessori training and continue to attend professional development opportunities to offer the best possible Montessori experience for our students.

The school currently houses three primary classrooms. The classrooms follow the traditional school year and school day format, with Before/ After Care options as well as Summer Programming options available.



The Primary Program fosters a young child’s independence and determination. The young child is able to use the primary classroom to maximize his development through scientifically developed materials. The classroom is referred to as the prepared environment, meaning that each activity has a purpose to aid the child in the development of himself.

Each classroom is staffed with a specially trained teacher, the Directress, and a classroom assistant. Class size is comprised of approximately 22-28 children, ranging in age from roughly 3-6 years. The older children help mentor the younger children and are encouraged to problem-solve independently. Children typically enroll around the age of three and stay with the same group of children until they reach the age of six, this being the “kindergarten” year.


Work is done in a three-hour work cycle, where the children have ample time to engross themselves in work, thereby building valuable concentration skills. Children are shown classroom materials in the various areas of the classroom as they demonstrate that they are ready through one-on-one lessons with the Directress. Once a lesson has been shown, the child is welcome to do the work over and over again. Repetition is a recognized tool in mastering a skill.

Throughout the school year, parents have many opportunities to become informed about the Montessori approach to learning their child is experiencing. Through Parent Information Nights, Parent/Child Mornings, Parent/Directress Conferences and classroom observations, parents are informed and kept well abreast of the happenings in their child’s education at CMS.

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1st Plane of Development

The First Plane of Development runs from birth to somewhere between a child’s sixth and seventh birthday. It is the period of the“Absorbent Mind”, and is characterized by the following:
ACUTE TACTILE SENSE: Love of small objects.
FOCUS IN ON SELF: Gradually begins to interact with and then work with another child. Later, two or three friends become important.
SENSITIVE LANGUAGE PERIOD: Children learn to talk, read, and write.
NEED FOR ORDER: There is a great internal sense of order and need for order in the environment.
PERFECTION OF MOVEMENT: Development of small and large motor skills: crawling, walking, carrying, pouring. Learning proper posture and carriage. Fine motor development, for example learning how to hold a writing instrument.
NEED FOR FACTS, NOT FICTION OR FANTASY: Real objects, real people, real information. Presentations are given individually, in isolation and with contrast.

Open-Door Move-Up Policy

We make it our goal to “follow the child” whenever possible. One way that we do this is with our Open-Door Moving-Up Policy.
Children move from the first to the second plane of development somewhere between the age of six and seven.

The primary and elementary classrooms have about an 18 month overlap in concepts, the materials in the two different levels presenting the same concept in different ways – the primary for concrete thinkers, and the elementary for abstract thinkers. So the best time for a child to move up to the elementary classroom has little to do with where they are academically, and everything to do with which plane of development they’re in.

Once a child has made that shift, the primary classroom no longer interests them, and the elementary classroom beckons! Our policy is to allow children to move up whenever they make this transition from the first to the second plane of development.

2017 -2018 Primary Program Tuition Rates

Half Day Program School Year

  • 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • No before/after care
  • No summer program

Full Day Program School Year

  • 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • No before/after care
  • No summer program

Full Day Program All Year

  • 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • No before/after care
  • * Includes summer program

All Day Program School Year

  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • *Includes before/after care
  • No summer program

All Day Program All Year

  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • *Includes before/after care
  • *Includes summer program

• A non-refundable fee of $400 is required with new contracts to reserve a space for your student.
• Tuition payments made in 10- or 12-month increments through online FACTS payment system.

• All programs and fees are based on a five-day week.
• Siblings receive a 10 percent discount on the lowest tuition rate.