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530 East Day Road
Mishawaka, IN 46545

(574) 256-5313
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December 17, 2014
TMA Early childhood program: Parent-teacher communication here is virtually nonexistent in our experience. It has consistently taken a week or more to get a teacher's response to simple e-mails. The several reviews below that describe this school as "not child friendly" and not "child-centered" (ie much more concerned about following their "system"--a border-line Montessori fundamentalism, in my opinion--than addressing the needs and experiences of particular children) are spot on, I think. Also, as others warn below, keep in mind that you are paying for the year in full, in advance. You may have no recourse if your child is one that their system does not work for. There is no dramatic or imaginative play facilitated. Only "works". While it is nice that my 3 yr old knows how to was dishes now, it breaks my heart that my child is so miserable in being dropped off there each morning. Not what I would describe as a happy place.

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November 12, 2014
We recently had to leave The Montessori Academy because of a job change, and we are missing so many aspects of this beautiful school. I can honestly say that our boys were academically and emotionally prepared for the change. TMA helped my now-middle schooler hone his math skills and polish his language works. The science lab and art rooms were also filled with fantastic experiences. TMA also gave him opportunities to play in band and on wonderful team sports like basketball, soccer, and track. And with the multi-age setting, my then third-grader even got to participate in track! It was a wonderful year of shared goals! The environment at TMA is very peaceful and the teachers are extremely engaged. And the children take that engagement and go into the community through their service at the local assisted living and the Montessori classroom at the Center for the Homeless. We have seen amazing generosity and a beautiful respect for learning at TMA. Under the leadership of Deborah Drendall, this school strives to be all of the beautiful and peaceful aspects that Maria Montessori wished for the world. One child at a time.

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November 11, 2014
From an alumni s view, I am extremely thankful I had the opportunity to attend such an amazing school. I visited other private schools and attended a public high school and university I am confident saying this is the best school. Its a hands on environment where a child s individuality is celebrated, where teachers work with each child s method of learning, and where a child can grow at their own pace while still being challenged. And I have never seen teachers go above and beyond like they do here. This program, this community helped me become independent, confident and allowed me to soar above my piers at other schools as well as be successful in my professional and personal life. And now Im so happy my daughter loves it as much as I did. PLEASE, take the time to visit this school and learn for yourself what this school has to offer. Each school is different. This Montessori is actually the only certified Montessori in this area others are not. There are a lot of misconceptions about the Montessori methodology and corresponding schools. So please, just visit the school, see what its really about. Then decide if it s the right fit for your family. You won t regret it.

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August 18, 2014
Very poor institution. Poor teacher parent communication. Dated facilities. Sub-par academics. Several other far superior educational options in the michiana area.

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June 30, 2014
I can not tell you enough how much we love this school! After touring so many schools (public, parochial and private) in the area, we were convinced that this was by far the best. We were not proven wrong. Our child has thrived in this setting and I am so pleased with the challenging curriculum, creativity and engaged teachers and staff. It was such a relief for us to find such an incredible school after moving here from out of state. Highly recommend it!

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March 27, 2014
My child attended TMA for 3 years. This is what I know about the school. It is UNkid friendly - they try to make little adults starting at 3 years old. Imagination is strongly discouraged. There is NO communication between the teachers and parents. It was impossible to get the teachers to give me an update on the progress of my child. The children here who have parents who donate a ton of money to the school are strongly favored. My child has learned more from a traditional in 7 months than she has ever learned in the 3 years at Montessori.

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March 11, 2014
Our son is thriving! This is a wonderful, caring, loving school with loads of academics and helping children to make good decisions. Creativity and thoughtfulness is in every action and classroom! Couldn't be happier for our son to be there. Head of School runs a positive ship, loads of experience and an eye towards how the kids interact and learn. Maria Montessori would be proud!

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March 10, 2014
Our daughter has thrived at TMA, both socially and academically. The school fosters a community spirit and embraces each child's unique personality. She is valued and respected by the faculty, staff and fellow classmates. She has blossomed and embraces all the opportunities that a Montessori education offers. We could not be happier with our experience at TMA.

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January 26, 2014
Do NOT send your child to this school. Bullying, favoritism, and total lack or control is the norm here. I approached the school two different times about bullying incidents and was told "Oh that just so and so it is not a problem." After a very brief time in this school our child began to suffer self-esteem issues, problems with homework, and a level of depression that was heart breaking as a parent. We approached the school and told them that we no longer felt comfortable with the school and this was not the right environment for our child. They said they would be sorry to see us go but we should remember we signed a contract and would have to pay for a semester even though our child could not attend. While is is extremely difficult to pay two school bills we can take comfort in the fact that our child is now excelling at another school and is at the top of the class in level of ability, and attitude. We did receive a follow-up note from Montessori telling us they always want what is best for our child and please remember to pay the bill.

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March 08, 2013
Best private school in the South Bend/Mishawaka/Granger area! Our 8 year old son and 3 year old daughter both truly enjoy going to school everyday. My initial concern when considering a Montessori school was it's lack of structure and lack of tangible grading, but The Montessori Academy actually does have a good deal of structure and testing to make sure each student is excelling (what their alumni have gone on to accomplish sold me on Montessori). The tuition is a little pricey, but I look at it as an investment in my children's future. I have seen that the teachers genuinely care for their students well-being and success both with my preschool daughter and my third grade son. The qualities I have seen focused on are leadership, self-confidence, diversity, compassion/service, teamwork, and conflict resolution. We evaluated several other top private schools in the area and are 100% satisfied that The Montessori Academy is the best choice for our children.

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October 24, 2012
Our girls have attended TMA since they were 3. The strength of the community within this school is amazing. I compare notes with other parents whose children attend different schools. The teacher involvement is personal and directed to touch the uniqueness of each child. Our chidren's academic and social skills have developed wonderfully here. We had a very sudden and unexpected tragedy in our lives and the school community and teachers were so supportive - beyond words, and consistently supportive. We have developed what are sure to be life long friendships at this wonderful institution.

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October 22, 2012
My son and two daughters have blossomed here. We have been part of the school for twelve years. We have stayed because we believe this method is the best way to learn. When students make mistakes, they get their work back to check it until they ve fully understood it. They work at their own pace, but there is a healthy structure, too. The teachers here have always made my children feel safe and secure. My extremely anxious child was never mocked for his struggles, never even teased. I recall the morning in fourth grade when he refused to get out of the car. After about ten minutes, his teacher (informed by a parent who saw the scene unfold in the carpool lane) appeared by our car, full of warmth and reassurance, and my son willingly took her hand and let her lead him to his classroom. My son is now thriving in eighth grade. He even led the opening school assembly in song with three of his classmates! He has scored at the 95th percentile across the board on the Terra Nova standardized test, plays sports at school, and volunteers at The Center for the Homeless with his class. We are grateful to have such a wonderful school for our children.

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October 22, 2012
Can't say enough wonderfult things about the Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes. We've graduated two of our kids from here, and they've gone on to have great academic success in high school. The teachers are amazing, the leadership is excellent, and the families are wonderful. It's a great school!

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October 19, 2012
A fantastic school that challenges students academically while appreciating their individuality. Both our kids (now 15 and 11) started in the toddler program so we have been at the school for more than a decade. The school was terrific preparation for the public high school our daughter now attends where she is excelling in an Honors program. TMA trained her to be well-organized, compassionate, and a critical thinker. She really benefited from TMAs sports and extra currics which made us all feel part of a real community. Our son is a quirkier kid--more of an introvert who thinks outside the box. TMA has been a wonderful program for him too. In a traditional school, I'm afraid his creativity and individuality would not have been allowed to flourish so completely. We are transplants who moved to the area from out of state. TMA was a welcoming community from the start and the school has been one of the main reasons we love it here.

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October 08, 2012
I am an alumni of The Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes program. I started when I was 3 years old, and continued through the 8th grade program. I cherish my experience with the Montessori Academy. The teachers are amazing they go above and beyond for each child, encouraging individuality, instilling integrity, cultivating independence and inspiring leaders. And the bond I created with the other students is remarkable. No matter how much time passes, we can always pick up like it was yesterday. I was nervous transitioning into a public high school after I graduated, but quickly realized how prepared I was. Honor classes were a breeze because I was taught the necessary tools to help teach myself, and I was taught to embrace my individuality and to be confident which allowed me overcome peer pressure and any other obstacle that came my way. The tools Montessori taught me have continued to help me excel in my personal and professional life. Thank you for helping me be the best I can be.

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April 29, 2012
We have a 2 year old in the Toddler program and a 4 year old in the preschool program at TMA and we are trilled with our experience at the school. Our children are well cared forin a clean, welcoming and respectful environment. We truly feel as though this is the very best education we can offer our children.

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July 20, 2010
Our kid went to the 3-6 yr old class. The teacher was rude at best. She basically made my kid look out to be a monster; had to hire a child psychologist to deal with the problem. Moved my kid to Growing Kids day care and he was fine from day one. Another kid who was also in the same class at Montessori landed at GK and turns out the teacher had complained using the exact same words about their son and they had also gone through that same psychologist as well. For various non-academic reasons, the principal basically took the words of the teacher over our kid's. I hear that upper grades are better, but for little kids - stay away.

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January 09, 2010
TMA is a great nurtuting environment. They foster a love of learning and natural curiosity. My only suggestion for improving the school would be to be more accomodating to children outside the norm, socially or behaviorally. A school should be able to meet children where they are and guide them accordingly.

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December 02, 2008
My daughter is in 4th grade and has thrived at TMA since she was 2-1/2. TMA embodies its core values of peace, understanding, and personal responsibility. The academics are exceptional, the teachers are phenomenal, and the community is strong. Self-motivation is cultivated and expected. I recently sat in on morning 'line.' Each child had a weekly planner, outlining each subject and the tasks to complete that week. It was like a little corporate meeting. The teacher went back and forth with the group, each student communicating what they would accomplish that day- then off they went in different directions and began to work on their individual projects. While the teachers review all work, and closely monitor daily plans and progress, it is part of the child's job to set and execute their schedule. TMA gives each child an unparalleled education and the tools to organize and execute successfully for life.

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August 25, 2008
We've had our daughter enrolled at TMA since kindergarten and we couldn't happier or more proud of the person she's becoming. We believe that the peaceful and caring atmosphere at TMA has helped her develop skills that will set her apart when she goes on to another school, including college. I could go on and on, but I won't. Find out for yourself what a difference TMA can make in yours and your child's life.

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The Montessori Academy At Edison Lakes
530 East Day Road, Mishawaka, IN  46545
(574) 256-5313
Last modified The Montessori Academy At Edison Lakes is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
The Montessori Academy At Edison Lakes Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top