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Fishback Creek Public Academy

Public | K-5 | 534 students

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Posted March 24, 2014

I love this school. My son is special needs and has been attending FCPA since pre-K. They have Developmental pre-school. Now he is in KG. He has loved it from day 1. The teachers he has had, Mrs Hedges, Mrs Gordon are seasoned teachers and are great at what they do. My 2nd child is not special needs, so will be attending regular pre-school with Guion/College Park. But we will be moving him to FCPA for KG when the time comes. The teachers and all the school administrators are approachable, great about communicating with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2013

My son will begin kindergarten at Fishback for 2013-2014 school year. I am so excited for him to be a part of such an impressive school system and HIGHLY qualified teachers including a fantastic resource team (Speech-Language Pathologist, Resource Teachers, and School Psychologists). Fishback has quite a reputation and I am honored that my son will be learning in such a positive environment where children are encouraged to explore learning in a hands on highly effective way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2013

I have 2 children that are attending or and one that has graduated and they all have LOVED their fishback creek experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2009

My children went to school there for almost three years we moved and now they half to go back to a traditional calendar school.I love fishback all the staff and teachers are great and my kids are so sad to leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2008

My daughter just finished FCPA last year and is currently at New Augusta North. We were thrilled with the educational experience that she received. The creative projects and activities that drives their instruction is beyond compare. She was always ready to go to school and was sad when she graduated. The school also stresses life skills and student responsibility. She loved working as a junior librarian and being on the news crew. An incredible school with incredible teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2006

My son has attended Fishback from grades K-3. Although the school has mixed age ranges in the classroom, his teachers have kept him challenged when he has become more advanced in some topic areas. The school is very diverse and has lots to offer for extracurricular activities. We've been involved with boyscouts, taekwondo, chess club, percussion and other grade level events that the school has sponsored from year to year. Parents are very involved at the school which is highly encouraged, and everyone knows my child's name. We will be relocating to Chicago and will dearly miss the Fishback family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2005

The teachers and adminstration are very good. They encourage a lot of parent involvment. The student body is very diverse. Some of the children are a bit rough and undisciplined which takes up some of the teaching time for discipline. The facilities are new and very nice. There are many computers for the students. They have an array of extracurricular activities that are very good. For example, spanish, chess club, piano and percussion instruction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2005

I have two kids that attend Fishback Creek Public Academy. I am extremely pleased with the overall learning environment. Everyone from the Principal on down is truly comitted to the education of the children. I strongly recommend this school to anyone that is serious about their kids education. Best elemntary school in the region.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2005

My daughter, Natalie is in the 4th grade. She has always had trouble learning in some areas but is very bright... In her other school her other teachers would just offer tutoring and no solution or try to help Natalie except money out of pocket for tutoring from the teacher that made no difference at all... This year she has the most outstanding,caring, hardworking teacher I have ever seen... She not only has filled out forms, but has involved a large number of staff or help us all determine what should be done next to help Natalie. What has been ignored by the other school was taken with open arms by fishback and now we are finding answers and open doors. We were on a waiting list for 3 years to get in. It was well worth it. I just wish my son was given the same chance and teacher.communication!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2004

My children worked for weeks getting ready for the Istep testing. My Children have felt at ease when testing do to all the worksheets they did before the testing. Fishback Creek is a 4 star school. For our family its Fishback Creek or homeschool! We love our school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2004

Compared to other schools the school needs to prepare the students better for istep. Our child said preparing for istep at Fishback was rushed through, and now she does not feel those pressures or feel rushed in her new school. They need to bring home more books. Compared to alot of the suburb township schools, Fishback has a lot of work overall. We will not say all the teachers are bad. We did not realize how much our child was lacking until she place in a totally different school district and school. Now are child is performing even better and learning much at a four star school. Which Fishback is not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2003

This school is wonderful and my family has been with this school from day one. The new principal is really great. I highly recommend you to check this school out it is wonderful. Great job to the school. They really care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2003

I love this school. I love these teachers. My daughter has been at Fishback for two years now. The staff is very friendly and genuinely cares for your children. Uniforms are also a big help.


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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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
73%
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

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55%
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25%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Below 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
Black 49% 12%
White 28% 72%
Multiracial 12% 4%
Hispanic 7% 10%
Asian 3% 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 41%N/A46%
Special education 13%N/A14%
English learners 9%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Multiple disabilities
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
  • Mathematics
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Literary magazine
  • Television/Radio News

Language learning

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
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:50 am
School end time
  • 3:50 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr Fabrice Decaudin
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (317) 347-8471

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Global
  • Mathematics
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Multiple disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • None
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

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Student council/government
  • Television/Radio News
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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
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Navy, Hunter Green
School mascot
  • Explorers
More from this school
  • Fishback Creek students learn to solve the problems of real-life and real work, in a technology-rich, brain compatible learning environment. They thrive in a setting based on research about how learning is best imprinted in young minds. The curriculum, designed with an emphasis on Math and Reading, encourages critical thinking skills, investigation, and inquiry-based learning.
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