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In September of 1969, ABC School opened in the basement of Merry and Tom Carmichael's home. The school served twenty-two students that year and was designed to provide a stimulating preschool learning environment based on the teachings of Maria Montessori and carefully selected precepts of other educational philosophies.
By 1971, ABC had outgrown its basement home, and the school was moved to a 1,900 square-foot building at Columbus Bakalar Municipal Airport. The staff, Tom Carmichael, Merry Carmichael's parents, and several ABC parents worked throughout the summer cleaning, painting, and building to prepare the facility for the new term. The 1972 year included a kindergarten and a two-year-old room. The following year, options of four and five day preschool classes were available for the first time in Columbus.
ABC Learning Centre was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in 1973, with Tom and Merry Carmichael along with some active parents serving on the board. In 1979, they were able to transform a World War II former Officers' Club into a school ready to welcome students to a two-year-old room, morning and afternoon preschool classes (including kindergarten), and grades one through sixth.
In the spring of 1983, following a three-year search for a more suitable building, the Executive Committee signed a lease for Kent School located on State Highway 46, four miles west of downtown Columbus. This facility is a three-unit former public school building erected in the 1950's. It includes a gymnasium, well-equipped kitchen, and fifteen large, airy classrooms, several of which overlook a picturesque view of the Brown County hills.
During the summer of 1983, shelves, chairs and desks were painted, new shelves were built, and teachers packed the entire school. We moved to our new location with much enthusiastic parent support and eager excitement on the part of all involved.
We have space to hold parent meetings and student programs in our building. The new facility also allowed ABC-Stewart to add full-day preschool classes, and to reinstate the separate two-year-old class. We also had the facility to offer an extended daycare program.
In 1989, Children's Garden, a traditional Montessori environment offering a 5-morning or 5-full-day program to 3-6-year-old children was added.
The name of the school was officially changed to ABC-Stewart Montessori School in 1989. The combination of the larger building, involved parents, experienced staff, and beautiful children have created a school that equips youngsters to ask questions and find the answers they will need in tomorrow's world.
ABC Stewart Montessori School
6691 West State Rd 46, Columbus, IN 47201
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ABC Learning Centre, Inc. of Columbus, Indiana (a not-for-profit organization Fed. ID#35-1178392) is a Montessori-oriented learning environment and has a racially non-discriminatory policy. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national and ethnic origin in its admission policies and procedures, administration of its educational policies, scholarship or other financial assistance programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.