Private school demand on rise

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The Center Grove area school started six years ago with eight children in a 100-year-old church.

Now, Center Grove Montessori has 70 elementary school students and, in January, will open a second campus in Whiteland. The school had been turning away students because of limited space, and parents of the elementary school students wanted their children to have a middle school option, which will be available when the Whiteland school opens and accepts students through eighth grade, director and founder Indu Agnihotri said.

Center Grove Montessori is among the southside’s private schools that have seen significant growth. Demand for private schooling in Johnson County and on the southside means school officials are planning for continued growth or stable enrollment.

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