Risen Lord Montessori School, serving preschool and elementary children ages three to nine, opened its doors in September of 2004 in response to the obvious need for Montessori schools on the south side of Indianapolis. In addition to Indianapolis, it serves the communities of Bargersville, Center Grove, Franklin, Greenwood, Martinsville, Mooresville, New Whiteland, Trafalgar, and Whiteland. As Maria Montessori said, "If houses for children do not exist, then let us build them." RLMS fills a unique niche in the community as not only one of the few Montessori schools on the south side, but also one of the only Christian Montessori schools in the metropolitan Indianapolis area. Housed within Risen Lord Lutheran Church as one of its ministries, it is located on ten beautiful acres in Johnson County and has the full support of a dynamic and growing church.
The teachers are committed to loving each child as God loves them, unconditionally and without fail. Within this atmosphere of Christian love, children learn respect for the Lord, the world, one another and the materials. As a Christian Montessori school, children will learn to give to those in need both locally and globally. At Risen Lord Montessori School, teachers trained in the Montessori method help each child work in a carefully prepared environment at the developmentally appropriate time. RLMS is committed to help each child reach his/her full potential.
Center Grove Montessori School is a preschool, kindergarten and elementary program for children two and a half through twelve years and was founded by Indu Agnihotri in 2007. She has a bachelor's degree in botany, chemistry, and zoology from India. She also has a degree in early education. After migrating from India in 1986, she received her Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society in 1988. After working with young children for 27 years, Indu started Center Grove Montessori.
The school quickly outgrew their original location and in 2011, they moved to their current building, conveniently located near the intersection of Smith Valley Road and U.S. 135. Secluded from both streets, the school sits among trees with a high privacy fence and plenty of room for playing and planting a nature garden. The new building affords much more space for each lesson area that is safe, comfortable and relaxing, with a dedicated before- and after-school area.
Center Grove Montessori /Indu Agnihotri is an affiliate member of the American Montessori Society, The International Montessori Council and the North American Montessori Teachers Association (known as Namta).