Discover The Orchard School

Discover a Premier Private School in Indianapolis

The Orchard School is in its 97th year of successful student outcomes. We are a private day school in Indianapolis that serves preschool through eighth grade (middle school starts in fifth grade). Our school has a commitment to advancing each student’s academic success, self-confidence, open mindedness, ethical character, leadership, and love of learning. Orchard provides a Progressive education with a focus on experiential hands-on learning. Our 43-acre wooded campus provides many outdoor learning spaces and a 27 element ropes course.

Private, Independent School with a Progressive Education

The Orchard School strives to provide students with a Progressive education, which includes hands-on learning, collaboration between teachers and students, and fostering of active citizenship. This approach to a student-focused education sets us apart from other traditional private schools. Each of our Early Childhood classrooms feature two teachers and 97 percent of families say they received a high-quality education from Orchard.
 
The Orchard School is also accredited by the Independent Schools Association of Central States and the National Association of Independent Schools. This ensures that we meet the high standards of these organizations. To learn more about this, visit our accreditations page!

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  • Visits & Tours

    Next Open House: Friday, June 28th, at 8:30am. RSVP Today!

    Daily personalized tours are available by appointment through the year. We will be happy to schedule a tour at a convenient time for you. Please contact Majella at 
    mscheer@orchard.org  or 317-251-9253. Tours last approximately one hour. 
  • Request Information

    Thank you for your interest in The Orchard School!

    Complete this form to receive an informational packet in the mail.

    We look forward to learning more about you and your family.
  • How to Apply

    Our goal through the admissions process is to help you determine if The Orchard School is the best educational fit for your child and your family. The Admissions Team is here to help you through this process.

    Here are the steps for the application instructions.

    We look forward to receiving your application!


  • Programs

    • Early Childhood Program comprised of students in the Multiage Preschool and Kindergarten classes.
    • Elementary School comprised of grades one through four.
    • Middle School comprised of grades five through eight.
    • Curriculum includes language arts, literature, science, math, technology, social studies/history, Spanish, fine arts, performing arts, health and physical education.
    • Kids Connect, a before and after school enrichment program.
    • Orchard Summer Camp, an exploration and enrichment camp for the central Indiana community.
  • Cornerstones of an Orchard Education

    • Academic Excellence: achieving high standards through critical thinking, application of knowledge, and problem solving.
    • Behavioral Excellence: developing character and personal responsibility.
    • Progressive Teaching: focusing on the child and engaging the natural curiosity to learn.
    • Diversity and Multicultural Education: inspiring a diverse student body and faculty to learn from multiple perspectives and understand the world.
  • Academic Accountability and Accreditation

    • Educational Records Bureau (ERB) scores significantly exceed national norms.
    • Curriculum aligned with national standards and proficiencies.
    • Accredited by Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Students

    Approximately 550 students each year (two-thirds early childhood and elementary students; one-third middle school students).
     
    The student body, 27 percent of whom are children of color, comes from Marion and the surrounding counties.

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