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Perry Meridian High School

Public | 9-12 | 2209 students

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Posted April 9, 2012

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—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2011

Perry Meridian Guidance Department. I could not agree more. They give you a phone number and that is about all they do. Yes, I to could do that myself. In addition, my children refer to the school as "prison" and feel many of the teachers don't care, they must teach themselves, and they experience a high degree of frustration from the teachers. It really doesn't have to be this way. It is possible to create an environment that is accepting and good. Make the kids feel they are important and you want them to do well. Simple!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2011

I'm currently a sophomore at Perry Meridian. I'll soon graduate in 2014. As a student here, I'm PROUD to go around and beable to say I attend this school. Perry may not be the best school, but not everyone and eveything is perfect. Coming from IPS I was a bad kid, with bad grades. In Perry i've been able to recieve decent grades and I'm on the path to graduate. The teachers and administers may not be the best, but we have been taught to take the best of what's giving to us. Perry Meridian is a GREAT school to attend, speaking from me and a lots of others.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 26, 2010

Perry Meridian is not the best school in the world, but it definately will prepare you for whatever you choose to do after school (be it college or the workforce.) In the last few years, the availability of challenging academic programs has greatly improved DESPITE budget cuts, which is a wonderful thing. The administration has also, generally, improved. The guidance department is not extremely helpful, but they will direct you to resources so that you may help yourself. Perry also has many wonderful teachers, but there are a few that aren't so great (as with any public school.) Overall, I'm pleased that I've attended this school, and I definitely feel prepared for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2010

PMHS is a great school I have a son who graduated in 2007, and a daughter who will graduate in 2011 both have, and will graduate with academic honors. Perry has good school system. We moved leaving IPS so my children could attend Perry Schools. My children have more benefits than IPS could ever offer them. Teachers that turn my son around, and got his attention. That changed his way of thinking, taught him to care about school and and to better himself. It has been said that parents should teach their children how to behave, and help in the learning process when it comes to school. Having good teachers who care about their about students. Taking pride in teaching and connecting with their students where it makes a difference, and coming away with something more than facts and figures is a great thing in a school. Perry has done this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

Academically, this school does not offer any challenges to students. The staff is not very involved with anything relating to the students, so much so that a majority of the students have never even seen the principal. The level of difficulty is way lower than most high schools, and there are very few teachers that actually care about the students (and even mosre students who would rather not be there).
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2008

I have been very pleased with my daughter's experience at PMHS. She has been challenged academically and has excelled with a high GPA (higher than I every expected)! I have noticed that if she gets a teacher who she can not understand or relate to, then other teachers in that area are available for free tutoring after school or even before school to help explain things to her! Wow! The current principal, Joan Ellis, is awesome! She has a good rapport with the students and the staff as a whole. Not all the students are achieving there...but like anywhere else...you get out of it what you put into it! There are many clubs and sports offered. I am a please parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

I come from a small town, out of state school system with large rural district to create a class size of about 200 kids per class. Although our attrition rate was much lower than PMHS (and other nearby large metropolitan schools), the level of curricular and extra-curricular activities was nothing when compared to PMHS. Teaching quality for what's availalble seems the very similar except that PMHS teachers have more resources albeit many are provided by the many parent/booster organizations that exist. Access to staff is good, school phone #s of all teaching staff is posted on PMHS website, all teachers provided email address during parent/student visitation night. I have had much success communicating with my childrens' teachers when needed and have been satified with responses or proposed compromises when positions are far apart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2008

I thought this school was absolutely ridiculous. There are a handful of teachers that do not care about their students, and set them up for failure. The guidance department is also worthless.


Posted June 10, 2007

Preparing students to excel at major universities is a very high priority for the staff. As a former student, they did an excellent job. Academics are focused on heavily. Perry Meridian has an excellent sports and extra-curricular program as well including a world class exercise facility that is available to all students.


Posted April 21, 2006

Very dissapointed with most teachers and administration.Progress reports are shown to the kids,but not given to the parents.Lack of communication.Favoritism of teachers over students,probably due to the union.Principal does not know what the teachers are teaching and seems to not care to find out.Quality is poor,very poor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2006

I have had three children and over a dozen nieces and nephews graduate from Perry Meridian High School over the last 30 years. [More to come.] I have nothing but the highest respect for the School, the Administration and the Staff. The greatness of a school is measured by the leadership of the Administration, namely the Principal and Assistant Principals. In Perry's case, they rank at the top! In my immediate as well as extended family, there have been 'underachievers' as well as 'overachievers' who have attended and graduated from Perry Meridian High School. In all cases, the quality of the Teachers played a tremendous role in helping each student reach his or her potential. When you couple the above with the number of 'extracurricular activities' that are offered, you or your child cannot go wrong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2005

I've had 2 boys in pmhs one graduated in 2001, with great memories. He was accepted to purdue u. That would not have been possible without pmhs academic programs. My other son will be in gr. 11 This year. Not one conduct report ever on either son. Pmhs has dedicated staff, teachers worked on their own time to help my son with geometry. Thanks to them he passed with good a good grade. Parents smell the coffee, we as parents have to do our part on how a child adapts to school. We cannot expect the school to take total care of our kids. If a child does not respect teachers,in my opinion it has to start at home. I do believe they do the best they can with some very hard situations. I am proud of my son. I say hang in teachers! it is worth it!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2005

My daughter was a Freshman at Perry HS last year and will be attending as a Sophomore this year. My youngest daughter will enter as a freshman also. I was extremely discouraged last year due to the fact that if my daughter received an unsatisfactory grade, she wasn't required to show/have me sign anything. Notices were passed out and the student would have to sign them with or without our knowledge. I do believe students should be responsible for their work/grades however, my 14yo would, if given the choice, sign her own to avoid being grounded just as many other kids would. I really hope this policy changes in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2005

PMHS needs much improvement in the area of quality teachers. There has been extremely poor efforts of the teachers to communicate with the parents. We are not allowed to call the teachers nor email them. We have to use a third party such as a counselor. This does not work at all! We as parents do have rights, as well as the students,but PMHS chooses to cater to their teachers instead of their students and their parents. What used to be a great school is now lacking in many respects. Just look at their tests scores and the low graduation rate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2005

I don't have a child at Perry, but I did attend there myself. I enjoyed my time at Perry and would recomend the school to others thinking of moving into the distect. They have great athletics and offer alot of opprotunities to try different things.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

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

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
27%
Biology I

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

536 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
24%
English

The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

574 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
59%
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 "B".
  • 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

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55%
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25%
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SAT participation

58%

Average SAT score

985

Graduation rate

90.8%


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

2 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of graduates taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Starting College

How many graduates from this school ...


Enroll in college immediately after high school graduation1

This school

 
 
56%

State Average

 
 
64%

Need remediation, or help strengthening basic skills2*

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37%

State Average

 
 
31%

First year

How well prepared for college are these graduates?*


Average first year GPA (out of 4.0)2
2.6
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2.6
State Average

Average number of units completed in first year2
20
This school
30
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Sticking with it

How many college-going students...*


Enroll in college for a second year3

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72%

State Average

 
 
75%
1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
2Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
3Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2010-2011
* Of those that went to Indiana public postsecondary institutions

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 72%
Asian 10% 2%
Black 9% 12%
Hispanic 7% 10%
Multiracial 5% 4%
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 47%N/A46%
Special education 11%N/A14%
English learners 11%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Perry Meridian Middle School
Perry Meridian 6th Grade Academy
MSDPT Elementary Schools
Colleges most students attend after graduation IUPUI
Indiana University
Ivy Tech
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Spanish
Chin
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • AP District Honor Roll (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • IT support
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club: Falconettes
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Marching band
  • Origami club
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chin
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • SADD

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:25 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:20 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr Rolland Abraham
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (317) 865-4479

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Internships
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Agriculture
  • Auto mechanics
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Construction / building
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • IT support
  • Industrial / graphic design
  • Plumbing
  • Welding certification

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chin
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Best Buddies
  • Book/reading club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Dance club: Falconettes
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Game club
  • Key Club
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Marching band
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Origami club
  • Robotics club
  • SADD
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School colors
  • blue, silver
School mascot
  • Falcon
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Students typically come from these schools
Perry Meridian Middle School
Perry Meridian 6th Grade Academy
MSDPT Elementary Schools

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
IUPUI
Indiana University
Ivy Tech
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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401 West Meridian School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46217
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