"We are best known for Montessori magnet program"
Students enrolled 280
Hours 9:15 AM - 3:50 PM
School leader Ms Lauren Franklin
Transportation options Yes
District Indianapolis Public Schools
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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2353 Columbia Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46205

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(317) 226-4256
(317) 226-3370
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4 stars
Based on 7 ratings

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May 15, 2014
I have been so impressed with this school and the faculty. My twins started pre-K at School 56 and have learned so, so much, both socially and academically. I love the Montessori combined classroom approach that lets the children achieve and acquire skills that they might not otherwise be exposed to until next year. I do think communication with parents could be better in terms of opportunities for parent involvement or volunteer opportunities during the school day or week.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2014
Can not stand the principal of this school. She has no respect for parents or teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2012
By the way i wrote the review where i attended from '97-01' and i was trying to put in five stars for excellent but for some reason the computer wasn't letting me so yes it is 5 STARS as in excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
February 14, 2005
I attended this school as a student from 1989-1996 and can attest to the fact that it is an amazing school. Much of the staff is still the same, and they are truly exceptional educators. I am now a junior in college and a firm believer in a Montessori education. I am not sure where I would be without school #56, but I do not believe I would be as critical a thinker, or as conscious a citizen had I not attended such an amazing school.

- submitted by a former student
March 16, 2004
My daughter has a bad attention problem. I felt like alot of schools had given up, yet when I enrolled her at 56, I was surprised. The teachers and the principal are so understanding and caring, that I was amazed I was in an inner-city school. The atmosphere and strong leadership skills are wonderful. I highly recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2004
For being an inner city school, this is an astonishingly good application of the Montessori philosophy, dealing as well as possible with the challenges offered by their environment.

- submitted by a parent
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Francis W Parker Montessori School 56
2353 Columbia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN  46205
(317) 226-4256
Last modified Francis W Parker Montessori School 56 is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Francis W Parker Montessori School 56 Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 7 reviews.