Allen County
Fort Wayne

bunche_school.jpgBunche Montessori Early Childhood Ctr.
1111 Greene St.
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46803

Phone: (260) 467-4790
Principal: Debora Krauhs

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Bunche School was built as an elementary school in 1972. In 1991, the school became a magnet school offering a Montessori program for students ages three years old to fifth grade. In 2006, the school was changed to an early childhood center offering multi-age classrooms for 3- to 6-year-olds. The other grades moved to Towles Intermediate School. As a Montessori school, the curriculum follows the methods developed by Maria Montessori, who believed children must cultivate their own natural desire to learn to become truly educated individuals who are motivated from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. Classrooms are multi-age and look different than traditional classrooms. Materials are at the child's level and offer a hands-on experience. Students are shown lessons and then work at their own pace. In 2003, Bunche was granted accreditation from the American Montessori Society, the first public Montessori school in the United States to receive such status.

towles_school.jpgTowles Intermediate School
420 East Paulding Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46816

Phone: (260) 467-4300
Principal: Tamara Mullins

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Towles School opened in 2006 as a first through eighth grade Montessori school. Prior to opening as an intermediate school, the building housed Geyer Middle School, which was named for Ben F. Geyer, a longtime School Board member. The school was built as a middle school in 1959 in the midst of a building boom for the school district.

New Haven

peace_school.jpgPeace Montessori
2315 Long Rd.,
New Haven, IN 46774

Phone: (260) 493-3114
Principal: Carrie Kile and Joan Hayden

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Peace Montessori offers an inclusive environment where children learn from and with each other in multi-age classrooms. Students are encouraged to think independently; rather than being given the right answers, teachers aim to ask the right questions, challenging the children to find the answers on their own.
Located on a beautiful eleven acre campus Peace Montessori offers programs to children 18 months old through adolescence. These programs are designed to challenge the child and to create awareness of the world around them.

Fort Wayne

MLK-Building.jpgMLK Montessori School
6001 S. Anthony Blvd..
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46816

Phone: (260) 423-4333
Principal: Greta McKinney

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Martin Luther King Montessori School ("MLKMS") currently provides a comprehensive full day, full year preschool program for children ages three to six years. MLKMS has enriched the lives of more than 5,000 children since our start in 1968. MLKMS is in the process of being re-certified by the National Education for the Association of Young Children and upon completion will be a Paths to Quality Level IV provider in Fort Wayne, Allen County. The school is affiliated with the American Montessori Society, a professional organization that monitors the character and quality of Montessori education.

SWMA.jpgSouthwest Montessori Academy
1625 Magnavox Way Suite B
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Phone: (260) 434-4450
Principal: Vyju Kadambi

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Dr. Maria Montessori, engineer, physician, and educator, developed a new way of teaching young children by observing their behaviors, at the early part of the 20th century. Through much trial and error and continuous and meticulous observations, she developed materials and a sequence of lessons in order to help students develop the whole child physically, cognitively, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Montessori teachers know they cannot only teach to one of these components, as they are all interdependent. The methodology is based on a deep respect for the child who in turn, shows respect for himself, others, and his environment. We honor where the child is and help them get to the next step. We form bonds first with the children by smiling, inviting and encouraging. Once the environment of trust and respect is established the student earns greater freedom.