Recent Five Star Reviews:
“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.”
-Submitted by a parent
“Our girls have attended MAEL 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 children'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.”
-Submitted by a parent
“I am an alumna of The Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes program. I started when I was a 3-year-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.”
-Submitted by an alumna
To read more five star reviews, click here.
In the nationwide Terra Nova standardized tests given primarily to private schools, our Junior High students scored at the 90th percentile, Upper Elementary at 79th percentile.
In 1978 The Montessori Academy became the second school in the United States-out of hundreds of affiliated schools-to achieve the high rank of accreditation status with the American Montessori Society.
In 1990 the Main building received a distinguished design award from the Indiana Society of Architects.
In 1994 The Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes, the Cressy Foundation, and the South Bend Center for the Homeless formed a partnership to operate an Early Childhood Montessori classroom at the Center for the Homeless. This Montessori preschool classroom is the only one of its kind in the nation.
In 1999, in honor of The Montessori Academy at Edison Lake's 30th anniversary, the first annual Fall Frolic race was held. Fall Frolic is an annual fun, family charity event featuring a 10K Run, 5K Run, 2K Fun Run, and a Kids’ Obstacle Course. The event benefits children at The Montessori Academy at the South Bend Center for the Homeless.
- In 2009 faculty member, Michael Poole, received the Human Rights Service Award from the South Bend Human Rights Commission. He also received a Spirit Award from the Charles Martin Youth Center and was the 2007 Adult Volunteer of the Year for the YMCA for his work as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Urban Youth Service, developing programs for at-risk kids to help them achieve and stay in school.
Campus facility is on over nine acres and includes elementary and preschool buildings, beautifully prepared classrooms, sun-filled library, award-winning gymnasium, with stage, art room with ceramic kiln, science lab with microscopes, computer lab, music room, outdoor play spaces, garden spaces, and sports field.
- Two teachers in every classroom.
In the news:
High School senior Alex Madey was invited to present his thesis on Drones at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Diego. Alex plans to continue his research at Notre Dame. Congratulations, Alex! Click here to watch the local interview.
Congratulations to MAEL graduate Megan “Katie” Gallagher who is the 2013 salutatorian at Saint Joseph High School! Katie was a member of National Honor Society, Right to Life Club, H.O.P.E. Club, Liturgical choir, Spanish National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She plans on attending the University of Notre Dame next year.
- Congratulations to Maggie Konstantine who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seton this year!