Experience the 
best in 
Progressive Education.

Orchard Middle School 
Merit Scholarships


Merit-based scholarships are available to new students entering Middle School grades 5, 6, 7, or 8. Students are invited to apply who exhibit Orchard's core values: trustworthiness, self-discipline, fairness, honesty, respect, friendship, responsibility, compassion, and integrity.

615 West 64th Street | Indianapolis IN | 46260 

Call Us: 317-251-9253



Happy, Healthy, and Engaged 

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.

First and foremost, we focus on the emotional well-being of our students. It’s imperative that the curriculum provides daily opportunities for students to reflect, take brain breaks, and practice mindfulness..

We’re investing $200,000 to upgrade our facilities to create the most healthy indoor environment possible for our students, faculty, and staff, including touchless faucets, toilets, urinals, hand sanitizers, and high-traffic door entries throughout the building.

Out with the old in with the new! Three new natural playgrounds were built over the summer of 2020 and these updated spaces include amphitheaters that can be used as outdoor teaching spaces. Some of these spaces will have expanded WiFi coverage! Our 43-acre campus with woods, fields, a track, and multiple outdoor learning spaces will continue to be a central part of our progressive program which is developmentally appropriate and aligned with our curriculum.


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Discover a Premier Private School in Indianapolis

The Orchard School is a nonsectarian, independent day school in Indianapolis that provides private preschool through eighth grade. Our small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratio affords dedicated teachers the emotional space to create meaningful relationships, building an inclusive and accepting community. All this takes place in a warm, nurturing community where diversity is evident, and recognized. 

For 100 years, we have been the leader in progressive education in central Indiana. Utilizing our 43-acre wooded campus, our nationally-recognized programs are designed further our mission: to develop and educate the whole child. To ensure that an Orchard education will be sustainable for current and future families, our Board of Trustees committed to freeze tuition for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years.

Join us for a virtual open house and see what 98 years of Progressive education looks like!

Hear from faculty, staff, and administrators about The Orchard School's hands-on, rigorous approach to learning that connects students to nature, utilizing our 43-acre wooded campus. Every space is designed with your child's learning in mind and we can't wait to tell you about it! 

We look forward to meeting your family via Zoom! 

January 19 Virtual Open House

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Orchard is accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. Join a community of educators who understand the importance of joyful learning. When students love what they’re doing, the sky’s the limit when you integrate academics.  

Admissions Open House

Discover Progressive education at The Orchard School! With roots planted in over a century of successful outcomes, our historic 43-acre wooded campus in the heart of Indy welcomes prospective parents. Meet our dedicated teachers and administrators, explore our only-at-Orchard curriculum, and play on one of our natural playgrounds. Join us for a day of discovery, exploration, and envision the possibilities that await your child at Orchard.

Join us on Thursday, July 21 at 6:30 PM to spend an evening with Head of School Dr. Sherri Helvie. See the new LEED-Certified makerspace, explore indoor and outdoor classroom spaces, and learn more about Progressive education while enjoying pizza on our new natural playgrounds!

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Elementary School (grades 1-4)

The elementary school curriculum is organized into interdisciplinary units that enhance the children’s ability to connect school life and real life. This allows students to explore areas of study by using multiple learning approaches across academic disciplines. Children learn to express themselves through these modes of communication. Students are encouraged to move toward academic and personal independence and are provided the framework to develop mastery. 

Middle School (grades 5-8)

Middle schoolers love Orchard because their individuality is honored, and the academics are challenging, yet fun, creating a love of learning that is fostered by teachers who know them well. Our small student-to-teacher ratio affords dedicated teachers the emotional space to create meaningful relationships, building an inclusive and accepting community. All this takes place in a warm, nurturing community where diversity is evident, recognized, and celebrated.

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Early Childhood (Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten)

The Orchard School's nationally recognized Early Childhood program includes Preschool (3/4), Pre-Kindergarten (4/5) & Kindergarten (5/6). Each classroom has two highly-qualified lead teachers. Our Early Childhood grade-level teams also include specialist teachers for music, art (Kindergarten only), science, and Spanish. Our programs utilize spaces in and around our 43-acre wooded campus as both outdoor classrooms and unstructured play areas all year round. The emphasis on a nature-based approach to Early Childhood supports the curricular and social-emotional goals that we have for our students.

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Sunday, April 28th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM