Orchard meets children where they are and takes them beyond a parent's expectations. The classes are small, so each teacher truly gets to know each student. My children feel nurtured here and therefore they're confident and they love school!! My son is an accelerated learner, so he is taken out of the regular math and reading classes and given more accelerated work. He is challenged, but not frustrated. The teachers know how to push him and keep in engaged, without leaving him overwhelmed. The teachers here make children feel capable and confident. When a child feels confident, they can truly excel. Orchard graduates are poised, life-long learners who excel in high school, college and in life. They are excellent public speakers. That's because at Orchard, articulating ideas in front of an audience starts in preschool. The children get a well-rounded education that prepares them for life. They get physical education, music, theater, art and Spanish along with the math and science courses. Orchard even has before and after school care! I'm so thankful my children attend this awesome school. Orchard makes me wish I could go back to elementary school again!
We knew about Orchard's reputation, so we decided to tour the school when we had our first child. We were blown away by the atmosphere and philosophy of the school. Financially, however, we did not know if Orchard was an option for us. When our daughter reached school age, we applied and were pleasantly surprised to receive some financial aid from the school that made it possible for her to attend. We were thrilled with her time there. The teachers love each child and truly work with their unique talents and challenges. They say that nature is considered part of the classroom, and this is absolutely true. It is such a family atmosphere and such a warm, welcoming place for learning. During our second year at the school, we had to transfer out of state. We wish that we could have brought Orchard with us. We miss our Orchard family, and will definitely return there is we end up back in Indy. If you are considering Orchard but aren't sure about the cost, I highly recommend applying for financial aid. They have a very generous endowment, and every penny you spend at the school is worth it.
As a parent believing in kids centric progressive learning, Orchard is the place to go. Their entire cultural is centering around children's needs, not adults. I love the facts they don't have Letter grade until middle school transition grade. We need to have more creative way to foster learning besides standard test and grades. My two daughters graduated from the Orchard and know how to learn, not just memory the materials. They have the confidants to interact with teachers and other school staffs because Orchard well prepared them!
Wonderful, caring teachers with an emphasis on the whole child. I love that teachers are concerned with life skills and self esteem in addition to academics. Doesn't much matter if my preschooler can say his abc's if he isn't able to express himself or feel confident in his classroom. My son loves school and that says it all.
This school is amazing! The teachers have taught my 5 year old to love school again! (she had a bad experience in her previous school) She loves school so much now I am worried that she might be sad to be home for Summer vacation!
I was very surprised to read the previous review. The teachers at Orchard are top notch and are as considerate of diversity as any I've seen. Great school! We are hoping to stay all the way through, but the price tag may prove to be prohibitive especially since we live in a god public school district.
Not sure how you can all be so happy? Orchard teachers don't seem to have much of anything in the area of training, talent or ability to work with diverse groups. Sure the kids are all super great, but wow, not worth the money! I can go up the street to MSDWT and get serious talent for my kids!
Wow! I am amazed at Orchard's ability on students that went there. I can tell that people are excited about learning there. I don't know what would happen if ORchard was not around. BRAVO
I have my two children in elementary school at Orchard. The learning environment is outstanding, the teachers are very involved and approachable and the kids love every minute of it.
We had 2 children attend Orchard for 3/4, 4/5 and K. Great learning program and the teachers really care about the kids. Best school program we have seen! Highly recommend it if you can afford it.
Orchard is an incredible school. Your children will receive a well-rounded education. Spanish is started in preschool. Physical education is given 3-5 times per week (depending on the grade level). Children at Orchard are excited about learning and enjoy being at school. The support system is second to none. Without question best school in the state (grades 1-8).
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