I have mixed feelings about the Lower School. My child was there and I found the environment very caring, but lacking in true ability to adapt to different learning styles. They will make some accommodations, but not necessarily what is needed for your child. I saw no implementation of "All Kinds Of Minds" although they send a few teachers to the training. AKOM is really a marketing ploy to get you there. It is expensive, but they are very communicative and seem to really attempt to educate the children that they can. However, for a college preparatory school at this price point, they should have methods to educate the children they enroll well defined. This is not the case. My child needed structure and consistency and got neither. My child was labeled and then asked to leave. Now in public school with structure and minimal accommodations, my kid is a different child and solid academic performer.
Summary: They are caring. They play favorites. They will label. They aren't as flexible or accommodating as you would expect. They don't understand ADHD or autistic kids, unless you come from a "preferred" or wealthy family. You will be disappointed if you are looking for this for your child.
Our family has experienced lower, middle, and high school at ICS with our children, and give high ratings to all. Students are absolutely academically challenged and also supported and encouraged. Our children previously attended another area independent school, but we strongly prefer the philosophy and innovative methods of ICS.
I was an invited guest speaker and have never met such a disrespectful group of students. Except for a couple of students who were struggling to stay engaged despite the diatractions, the group was out of control. I felt bad for the teacher who was visibly upset. Kids showed up well past the start time, and many draped their legs and bodies over the chairs in front of them as if they were chilling in their living rooms on front of a tv. I was shocked by the scene.
The school is very progressive and open to alternative methods of teaching and learning
The school and many of its teacher really struggle when the label and pigeon hole kids based on exterior factors such as behavior, look, personality, and interests.
I would not send another of my children there. The price is very high. The teachers have some issues of bias. We saw this first hand with an exceptional athlete in a non athletic environment. One of the teachers disliked my student over his abilities and attributes.
I am a current junior at Indian Creek and I absolutely love it. I completely disagree with the other comments about the courses not being difficult, I am taking 3 AP's this year and all the classes are made to challenge the student. We are still a young school of course so the athletics program is still improving. The classes are really small (my smallest was 9 students). The teachers go above and beyond my expectations to help us learn the lessons in new ways and they will do whatever is necessary to help you learn the topic. I seriously love my school.
As a highly involved parent of a lower-school student, I see the happiness in the students Indian Creek talks about. I'm sure we'll be "lifers" with the caring middle school atmosphere and a high school that is winning championships and has a full slate of AP's. Great school.
Indian Creek is Horrible. My son went there and hated every minute of it. The teachers were not challenging at all and my child was in the high math group but when he went to an actually good school he got put in middle. Not good mathematics. They let anyone in. It is really bad. I offer to go to good schools like(Gilman, Loyola, or Mcdonogh, or Severn).