Geist Montessori Academy breaks ground in McCordsville, will unite campuses


Geist Montessori Academy broke ground at a site in McCordsville for a new campus, which will consolidate its two current campuses in one location.

“We want to be all together because with Montessori philosophy, it’s better for everybody if we are in one building,” said Susan Fries, executive director and superintendent of the school. “Right now, we have all our grades split up and we don’t have transportation services, so sometimes parents have to go to two campuses every day. Building a new campus was ideal for us.”

Geist Montessori Academy has a campus at 13942 E. 96th St. and another at 6633 W. 900 North.

The 900 North campus houses grades 1, 2 and 3, which are grouped together. The 96th Street campus has a separate kindergarten and houses grades 4, 5 and 6 together. It also groups grades 7 and 8 together.

To discontinue renting its two campuses, Geist Montessori Academy applied for a loan through the Indiana Dept. of Education to purchase two parcels equaling 12 acres at the northwest corner of 900 North and Olio Road. Fries said the location was chosen because it is halfway between the existing campuses.

The new, $6 million academy will be built on the 7-acre parcel and will house up to 400 kids. The 5-acre parcel will be available for future uses, including potentional expansion.

Fries said she hopes the new academy will be complete for the 2019-20 school year.

“We are outgrowing it, and we all need to be back together,” Fries said.

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