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The Bloomington Project School

Charter | K-8 | 269 students

 

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4 stars

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Posted July 23, 2013

The Project School has made my children such confident learners. They feel empowered to ask tough questions and then research the answers. Some of the class sizes initially seam large but with 2-3 certified teachers plus a teaching assistant, it's down to an approximate 20:1 ratio. The staff is caring and genuinely concerned about the well being of their students. This school runs on a P3 curriculum which is very well balanced. School lunches are very nutritious -- not the run of the mill gunk at most public schools. The meals are provided by FoodWorks/Bloomingfoods. My only concern is there is no gym.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

The teachers at this school are amazing, very inspiring and truly kind. They treat each child with dignity and also provide an amazing amount of communication to the parents. From what I've observed, The Project School has an overall attitude of belief in the goodness of each child and provides a very nurturing environment. Parents are always welcome to volunteer at the school or simply visit their child in their class. This school strives to teach to the whole individual by focusing on so much more than the three R's--social values are given a lot of importance, the arts programs are wonderful, and the "passions" sessions help children to explore topics that interest them. My daughter started attending this year as a first grader in the 1-2-3 class. She was hesitant to leave her previous school, but after just a short time here, she really felt like she was a part of the Project School community. She loved being able to write creatively quite often and also loved that she was not confined to a desk much of the day. She has learned so much this year and is excited to learn even more next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2013

Our family found a great fit at this school. Our 2 children attend the 6/7/8 class. There are 92 students- 4 teachers in 3 classrooms. One classroom is larger, but has 2 certified teachers (av. 23 students/teacher). Communication has been awesome. The teachers send a group newsletter out each week with what kids are learning and important dates to track. Homework assignments are consistent and predictable and focus on reading, writing, and math. The staff is extremely accessible, supportive and easy to work with -never had a problem. The kids receive a progress report rather than a simple grade. Included in this very personalized report are goals the teachers would like to see the child strive for. I have observed my children as they beam when read their report and watched them strive toward goals. Our oldest child graduates from the school this year, and we feel he is well-prepared for high school. This is a school with caring teachers and my children are content there. Reading, writing, math and science are strengths. A weakness might be the time spent on grammar & spelling, however, the focus on writing and editing daily helps correct those issues as they arise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

The Project School has been a profound disappointment to us. Inexperienced teachers, unresponsive and arrogant school leaders, poorly structured and incomplete curriculum, and large classes (40 or more to a classroom). Communication between parents and teachers is also very poor. The teachers do work very hard and parental involvement is high; unfortunately, this just hasn't been enough to make up for the school's many problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 85% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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81%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 84% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 74% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
43%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
48%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "F".

About the tests


Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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4-7 Average

8-10 Above Average

 

How schools in the state rate:

20%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
25%
of schools in the state are Above average

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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 72%
Multiracial 10% 4%
Hispanic 9% 10%
Black 3% 12%
Asian 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/A46%
Special education 21%N/A14%
English learners 1%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Ms Catherine Diersing
Fax number
  • (812) 334-5873

Resources

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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349 South Walnut Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
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