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John Strange Elementary School

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Posted April 26, 2013

John Strange is an excellent program. I am STUNNED to read the negative comments, which leads me to believe there are unrealistic expectations. We send our child to this school from another township as per the county rules. She enjoys the school, the teachers and has made great relationships. We visit the school on a regular basis to meet with teachers, principal and staff. They are open and available to us frequently. We discuss our child's growth and educational value. We are always welcomed. The current principal is very good and has met with us to discuss our child's future. Each teacher our child has had has gone out of their way to discuss any concern with us. I also am at the school on a frequent basis to help with PTO, clubs, etc. and have never seen any teacher have an issue with a student. Teachers need to be firm and establish boundaries to maintain order. If anything, I expected to see teachers being too lax, but that is NOT the case here. To see a rating of 3/10 on there is unbelievable. We have a second child that we will want to send to John Strange as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2013

I have been at this School for five years. Sorry to say but nothing really stands out as exceptional. I have seen snap shots of Teacher/student interaction and wasn't impressed with approach. Almost bully like. I have seen this approach in the lunch room and other areas of interaction with the kids- I have been involved with the internal workings & PTO as well and find these areas lacking as well. The School puts up a good front and talks a good game but doesn't follow through. Allisonville will be my families School next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2012

This school is horrible. I give this school no stars. This is my first year at this school due to moving to this district and I am already to move to another location just to run from this school. This school has no organizational structure. The principal and assistant principal are incompetent. They have terrible communication skills internal and externally. It is very clear that there sole purpose in those position is just to collect paychecks and nothing further. They show no care or concern in the development of there students and that is no way to operate a successfully school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

Sounds to me as if the previous poster has an ax to grind. This Tiger Mom Watches All (as much as possible), so of COURSE I visited the school IMMEDIATELY to inspect ALL proceedings, check for crumbs, etc.. D came from a very fine preschool (of COURSE) so Tiger Mom has been all ready to push academically. Impressed and pleased. Organized, happy place with lots of learning going on! Plans fit into carefully designed curricula that have helped my D grow very quickly but comfortably. My D has Spanish (try to find THAT when so many districts have cut language) and piano lessons (extra offering) at school. We are happy about the IB program as that is a 21st century reality. Pleased with the after school program as well (of COURSE Tiger Mom has inspected). Parents tell me that the older kids always have their homework done--Tiger Mom nods in wise appreciation. Fully expecting D to have 7 or 8 advanced degrees. Appreciate J.S. in getting her on her way. Tiger Moms remain ready to pounce (of COURSE), but this Tiger Mom is flicking her tail contentedly (though watchfully, ALWAYS watchfully) at the moment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2011

I'm happy with the John Strange school system on many levels. I believe as a parent you can find needed improvements with anything involving your child, especially the school they attend. Communicating with the teachers and staff, volunteering in the classroom and at events, and actively working with your child on homework are all key to making your child's school fit with your expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2010

I can say thank goodness our son will be attending Allisonville elementary next year. John strange seems to be geared towards below average students. There is no daily progress to help parents to stay in tune with their childs progress. There was also a situation of student on student violence and the staff and principal were more concerned with damage control than the safety of the children...tried to sweep things under the rug instead of being transparent and informative with the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

John Strange Elementary Is very dedicated to addressing any concearns myself or my daughter's teacher has, educationally, or behaviorally. It is a very positive atmosphere. They always offer afterschool, enrichment activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2009

John Strange is a good school and we have been pleased with our experience. We had the opportunity to enroll our oldest child in the gifted and talented program within the school district, which meant changing to another school. We like the quality of education and think our children are receiving a great education at John Strange so did not change schools. The teachers we have had experience with are always willing to meet with parents and are very capable and caring individuals. Most bring years of experience to the classroom and have either been with the school and or district for some time. I also like that the school as a diverse population. I would recommend this school, and have, to anyone who lives in MSDWT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2009

John Strange is a great school. I'd like to see one find a better tuition free school! Often times when a child comes from a private school setting to a more traditional one the transition is hard. I know this from experience. The older the child is when the transition occurs sometimes the harder it is. This school has a melting pot of students and a very good amount of parental participation. This school and MSDWT is geared towards students excelling in academics as well as achieving character values. Teachers are great! My children love it and so do I!
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Posted January 16, 2009

Not a good school! No progress, seems to be geared towards the under average student. Look at data....it keeps getting worse. Concentration on bad behavior, language barriers, teachers are having a hard time because of focus on hard to handle situations. Average student pushed aside. New principal, has not done anything to bring about change. This school is trying, but failing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2009

The teachers are amazing and the kids are always treated with all of the life skills they are being taught. I would recommend John Strange to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2005

We have been very happy at John Strange. Parent involvement is welcome and encouraged. It is a school with a real community feel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2005

My son is now graduating from NCHS & attended John Strange; we also have another child finising 5th grade there. It has been a wonderful experience for the whole family, and we've been extremely pleased with the product.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2005

We came from a private school when my child was in 4th grade. We were concerned about her staying 'challenged, she has been very challenge.They even had the class tested on math skills and she was put in the group for 5th grade math. This year she is doing 6th grade math and is doing project seed after school,this will enable her to take honors math in middle school. We have been very happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2004

Our daughter is very happy at John Strange. Her 3rd grade teacher keeps communication open with parents and sends newsletters home so that we can know what our children are learning and can provide extra support on those subjects at home. They take a strong 'no bullying' stance at John Strange, and they stress good character development (caring, responsibility, etc.)which is much appreciated. We hope to stay in this area so our child can continue going to this excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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60%

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2010

 
 
66%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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70%

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87%

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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67%

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58%

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63%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
57%
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

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

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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How schools in the state rate:

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

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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 40% 12%
White 40% 72%
Multiracial 10% 4%
Hispanic 7% 10%
Asian 3% 2%
American Indian 1% 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 50%N/A46%
Special education 11%N/A14%
English learners 6%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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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
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Painting

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
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
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:25 am
School end time
  • 3:25 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs Maravene Beas
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (317) 259-5469

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
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
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
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
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • Cross country

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Homework help/study buddy club
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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
  • Join PTO/PTA
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Eastwood Middle School
Northview Middle School
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3660 East 62nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220
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