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Options Charter School - Carmel

Charter | 9-12 | 160 students


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Posted July 9, 2013

The Options Charter School is excellent. It has helped my daughter so much. She was failing classes in public school and when she started at the charter school, she excelled in classes.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 11, 2012

Our children have been attending here for several years now and we have found that they offer a diverse curriculum, appropriate emphasis on academics, and an amazing sense of community.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 25, 2011

Options is a great choice to have in this area. The school was started by a friend who has an incredible passion for educational choices. I don't think you'll find a staff that works harder and is more committed.

Posted April 20, 2011

Overall it is a great school, my daughter attended Options for her last 2 years of high school (moving from Sheridan HS) and got accepted into IU, one of the best choices.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 17, 2011

Options Charter High School offers a unique, personalized small school climate. the teachers get highly involved in all the processes of educating he "whole student." Not everyone can handle it... it's not just an easier alternative,; but if your student can't deal with the overwhelming size of the local public school system, this is a great choice.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 29, 2011

My son was not doing to well in Carmel Public Schools. So he decided to attend Options, at first it was iffy BUT now that he has good grades and likes school i see no problem. Some others say that the parent involvement and contacts are bad, they just do not know how to look. I would recommend this for a student who wants to go to collage or dose not want to go. They are very connected to Purdue and Ball State. At first i didn't believe that my son never had homework but i called them to see what was happening and they said that they do in class work only so no one has to struggle to get a good education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 10, 2010

Greatest School. I could not explain how much of a better experience this school was than Carmel. Teachers are great. I personally recommend this school to anyone that does not like traditional public school. because the teachers and administrators up there are disrespectful where at Options the teachers are very friendly and teacher to student relationships are close. This is definitely the school for the best. This school gave me a second chance at graduating. Clutch decisions.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 15, 2009

My daughter graduated from Options a few years ago. I regret sending her there. There was no discipline, low expectations, and too much freedom given to children who couldn't handle it. Even the most disruptive children were not kicked out of the school. Her grades improved, but only because if you breathed, you got a good grade. It did not prepare her for college.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 13, 2009

I go to this school as of august 13, 2009 It's an alright school. The teachers are laid back and the students are generous. I would recommend this school to other high schoolers who have a hard time in public schools. Trust me, you will like this school. It's pretty cool.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 5, 2008

This school has been a godsend for my daughter. Her interest in school has never been so high. They work hard to get children who have been beaten down by the public school systems to learn to enjoy education again.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 30, 2008

I have been extremely disappointed with this school. My child is a bright child who just didn't fit in socially with others at his previous school so we tried the 'Option'. This school has very little structure and allows students way too much freedom. The teachers demand no respect from their students and do not attempt to communicate problems with parents until the situation is way out of hand. Although they have a teacher assigned as an advisor, the advisor hardly knows my child and has established no rapport with him. Trying to get anyone to return a phone call or an e-mail is very frustating and not at all timely.I definitely would not recommend it to anyone who cares about the education/special needs of their child. My child has rarely brought any work home. This school fosters unrealistic study skills/habits especially for the college bound student.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 9, 2007

I have been very disappointed in this school. I have found that the kids have quite a bit of goof off time which could be devoted to more academics. Kids are not respectful. I find it very alarming that since this school is already set up for troubled teens that they allow this type of unsupervised freedom. The teachers/staff do not have control on the students behavior.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted March 5, 2007

Options Charter School in Carmel has been the answer to our prayers. The Carmel public school administrators harsh and uncaring attitudes almost destroyed our son. After one semester at Options, our son's self-esteem and attitude toward school and life have improved tremendously. The teachers at Options seem well qualified, truly care about their students, and will go the extra mile to try to help them succeed. My son is challenged academically, but not overwhelmed. Although they do not have many extracurricular activities or sports, they have provided my son with a place where he feels valued, successful, and safe. The administrators also take the time to get to know each student and their parents. Whereas the public school administrators instilled fear and distrust in my son, Option's administrators have instilled trust, respect, and the perspective that they truly want to help him be the best that he can be.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 21, 2005

My daughter just started this school and we have never had a less stressful school beginning. This schools seems to be an 'oasis in the desert' for struggling teens.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 12, 2004

Excellent learning institution for my ADD sophomore son. Low student to teacher ratio. Plenty of help available when requested. Looking forward to expanded facilities in January. Expect more Ball State involvement in future.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 13, 2004

Great school for students who have struggled in the traditional school environment.
—Submitted by a parent

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Algebra I

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








Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.









The state average for English was 76% in 2013.








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

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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

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State Average

Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 72%
Multiracial 8% 4%
Black 6% 12%
Hispanic 6% 10%
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 38%N/A46%
Special education 27%N/A14%
English learners 0%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mrs Barbara Maschino
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530 West Carmel Drive
Carmel, IN 46032
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Phone: (317) 815-2098


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