IMA Montessori School

ABOUT: Indiana Montessori Academy

Indiana Montessori Academy is recognized through the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)AMI is the Montessori organization founded by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1929 to uphold her work in building her Montessori principles, philosophy and pedagogy. AMI is headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with an AMI/USA branch in Rochester, NY. "Teachers with an AMI Diploma hold a credential that is internationally recognized by Montessori schools and classrooms around the world."  AMI/USA


Schools with an AMI certification have gone through a rigorous review process and strive to uphold the ideals promoted by Dr. Montessori.  The standards are set and you can be assured your student will be fulfilled by an authentic Montessori experience.  For more information on the standards upheld by AMI, please visit:


Indiana Montessori Academy was founded in August of 2011 by Kris Spence. She is trained and certified through AMI from the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee and has been teaching for 5 years. IMA is proud to be the only AMI-Recognized Primary Program in the Indianapolis area, and the second recognized Primary Program in the State of Indiana! 


Indiana Montessori Academy’s mission is to provide an environment for children to foster their natural love of learning; develop socially, academically and emotionally; and build a strong sense of community all utilizing the concepts and practices founded by Dr. Maria Montessori. IMA believes a respectful, thoughtful, peaceful child will create a peaceful future.


Dear Fellow Parents,

Welcome to Indiana Montessori Academy!
  I am thrilled you are exploring a Montessori education for your child. It is my hope you have endearing memories of Montessori just as I do with my own children.

My family and I reside here in Carmel.  Together with my wonderful husband, we have 4 beautiful, inquiring, hard-working and energetic children. I found myself falling in love with the Montessori method when my two oldest children were enrolled in a Primary program. I applied for training when our daughter (who is our third child) was two years old and in the midst of the three summer course, we had our fourth child. This is my sixth year teaching in a Montessori Classroom, although my love for Montessori has endured over 15 years.

As you read through the site you see many Montessori children at their normal work routines. Our logo represents the different roles we see children in everyday. The butterfly signals the transformation of change the child undergoes as well as the flight of the future. The IMA concept is based on the endless possibilities for a child’s development toward creating his future. In a child’s perspective toward her education she can speak of herself:

 artist...I M A  friend...I M A  mathematician...I M A  peacemaker...I M A  explorer...I M A  storyteller...

My words alone cannot convey the amazing work, character development and wonderful social behavior we witness on a daily basis.  I encourage you to schedule a time to come observe these young members of our community in action.  They will impress you!  The possibilities for your child are limitless.
  Ultimately, we see a child everyday ready to explore a future.  I look forward to working with you and helping your child create our future!

All my best,

Mrs. Kris Spence

Head of School



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Kristina Spence, Directress and Head of School


Located in the Village of WestClay, IMA is a convenient location if you are looking for Carmel Montessori schools or Indianapolis Montessori schools


Village of WestClay
12760 Horseferry Road, Suite 100
Carmel, Indiana 46032

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