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1000 East 91st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240

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(317) 844-5436
(317) 571-7172
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January 06, 2015
I love Nora! The staff here provides a safe and nurturing environment for all students. Student diversity is celebrated and supported each and every day. The community involvement with the school is unbelievable, as countless volunteers work to support students. When you walk through the halls of the school, you can easily see that every staff member is committed to helping students grow academically, socially, and emotionally. I am so honored to get to work here everyday!

- submitted by a teacher

January 05, 2015
Nora is a great school school in a supportive community. The Nora staff embraces the very diverse learners that they serve. They provide excellent educational programming for all students; however, with more state funding, they could provide even more opportunities for students beyond the traditional school day.

- submitted by a teacher

January 05, 2015
Nora's teachers and administration are committed to each and every student. It is so refreshing to see the innovative practices being implemented each and every time i'm in the building!

- submitted by a teacher

January 05, 2015
I have lived in the neighborhood near Nora for 12 years and am now involved at Nora as a volunteer tutor. I consistently encounter a place and a people of excellence. It is more than obvious that the administration, teachers, and staff genuinely care about the students and are striving to invest their best in the students and their education. The school culture is caring, supportive, family-oriented, and student-centered. I am thrilled to be a part of this school!

- submitted by a community member

January 05, 2015
I can honestly say that working at Nora is my dream job! Nora is a wonderful and unique place. Even among all of our diversity, I have never seen a school that has such a special sense of community. The administration and staff go above and beyond to help students feel safe, loved, and grow as learners. You can't help but smile walking through the halls and seeing the students, teachers, and countless volunteers all working together to make Nora the place that it is.

- submitted by a teacher

January 05, 2015
Walk into Nora Elementary and you are instantly aware of the wonderful environment for children to learn and grow. The visionary, effective, and compassionate leadership is evident. The staff is positive, caring, enthusiastic and student centered. There is a real team feeling with everyone pulling together to help each student grow to be all they can become. Student diversity creates a rich environment for learning. As a volunteer, I feel privileged to be part of the school community of excellence that is Nora Elementary.

- submitted by a community member

January 05, 2015
Nora is part of Washington Township Schools located in Indianapolis, IN. Washington Township has been a standard bearer for excellence in education throughout the state of Indiana for decades. Students are challenged academically, nurtured socially, and supported by dedicated and committed staff. Parents of the Washington Township community along with community leaders have provided over $4million to support innovation in the classroom through the Washington Township Schools Foundation. Washington Township is dedicated to the education of the whole child. All students in grades K-10 are provided a second language learning experience. Opportunities for students to experience leadership and community service are embedded in the culture of this diverse and exceptional district.

- submitted by a teacher

January 04, 2015
Nora Elementary is surrounded by a strong community of support. Nora has partners with various organizations, local universities, and an amazing PTO who collaborates with the staff and community encouraging active family engagement. There is a school-wide climate of high expectation for each child. Nora Elementary offers an International Baccalaureate Primary Year Programme where students are challenged to develop and excel in both personal and academic achievement. Teachers engage students to become globally-minded students looking at issues in a variety of ways developing high order thinking skills. Strong relationships are built between staff, students and families at Nora Elementary. The staff is warm, enthusiastic, and supports strong social and emotional student growth. Nora Elementary has a visionary leadership team who takes action every day to provide a healthy community where each child receives a high-quality education.

- submitted by a teacher

January 02, 2015
Outstanding staff with supportive parents that creates a wonderful learning environment for students! Washington Township Schools are one of few public school districts in the nation offering International Baccalaureate (IB) to all students in all schools!

- submitted by a teacher
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December 30, 2014
Nora Elementary School, an International Baccalaureate World School, is located in the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township (MSDWT), and is situated in the northern section of Indianapolis, Indiana and Marion County. It is a dynamic community with broad diversity in cultures, religions, ethnic groups, races and socioeconomic levels. MSDWT has been an educational leader in Indiana for the last forty years. We hope that beyond this website, you will visit the MSD of Washington Township website at http://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/ where you can also access the Nora Elementary School website, and every website of each of our seven elementary schools, three middle schools, and North Central High School. Beyond our websites, we invite you to plan a visit to any one of our schools, and see firsthand why Washington Township schools are superior schools, in a supportive community. Nora Elementary School offers a comprehensive educational curriculum with special activities and programs geared to provide enrichment, exploration, and instructional support for students. Nora is also proud to provide excellent opportunities for students to participate in outstanding performing arts, fine arts, academic teams, publications, athletics, and other student activities. Very valuable to the administration, is the role that parents have always played in the operations of our school through a very supportive Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO). All Nora students move through one of our district s three middle schools, and eventually to the MSDWT flagship high school, North Central. North Central High School has the finest high school curriculum in the State of Indiana. It annually produces the highest number of students taking Advanced Placement exams and scoring high enough to earn college credits. North Central High School was the first high school in Indiana to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. The high school also offers programs that allow students to earn the North Central Academic Honor Diploma and the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma. North Central High School also has the distinction of being Indiana s number two high school in the number of Indiana athletic championships. The MSDWT provides quality education in award winning schools built on a foundation of outstanding educators, administrators, school board members, and supportive parents. Our vision is Superior Schools in a Supportive Community. Come and experience excellence in education, today in our school district.

- submitted by a school leader

November 16, 2014
Our daughter went to Nora from K-5, and every year was very good, most years were excellent. Nora is a widely diverse school with a high percentage of recent immigrant/refugee children who are learning English. I believe this is why the school's standardized scores are relatively low, but that is NOT the full story. Our daughter had friends from different cultures, and she had GREAT teachers! She has some learning disabilities (language decoding challenges for you reading specialists) and so once we got a handle on the issues and could speak knowledgeably with the administration, our daughter got tremendous support. Once she got to Middle School, she was able to let go of all the supportive services and continues in all Honors Classes, plus orchestra. The experience at Nora helped shaped my daughter to be one who loves learning and is comfortable with students of different backgrounds--across town or across the world! She learned to persevere through her own struggles and focus on what she needs for herself in a bustling school environment. Great preparation for life.

- submitted by a parent

November 15, 2014
Nora is an amazing school. As a parent who works in education, I am constantly impressed with this school. The teachers and administration care deeply for all students. Parents are encouraged to be involved and welcome at all sorts of events. I was initially nervous about Nora, unsure what the school grade really meant, but decided to give it a chance and am so glad I did! I have two students at Nora and have never considered other schools since starting there. I appreciate the diversity of the school. I love that it is an IB school. The teachers are rock stars. And I cannot say enough about the administration. There is clear support from the district as well as it is a district led by an amazing and brilliant superintendent.

- submitted by a parent

November 15, 2014
I have had good times and bad times with Nora Elementary. I have had two kids complete and one still attending. I am not sure if i will send my next child there and have thought of pulling one of thr older ones several times. Oldest had no problems except one and that's when he was chased down by a stranger in the parking lot after they locked the doors when the buses were dismissed. Academic ly they did wonderful by him. My second struggled hard and he graduated feeling glad to leave. My third hasn't had many problems. I think the problem is mostly with silent lunches and the lack of support when having a problem with how some things are handled in displinary manners. If your a foreign student, you will get all the things to need to be successful. An average English speaking child is often over looked and nearly given minimal attention. I wished things would have gotten better but I have been involved with Nora for 12 continual years. It hasn't gotten better. I have known too many parents who have pulled their children and requested other Washington township schools because above mentioned.

- submitted by a parent

November 14, 2014
Nora Elementary has provided for both of my children's needs and more. Initially making the decision to send our children to public school was difficult, as we had planned on private school. However, our daughter needed extra help in her classroom. She's been given support and an environment where she succeeds and contributes, feels confident in her abilities, and loves school and learning. IEP meetings are not combative, but collaborative, and reinforce our decision to attend Nora. My son has taken a much more typical path and has not needed much additional support beyond articulation. School comes easy to him and his teachers have always been aware of and willing to push him and tailor his work to his level beyond that of many of his peers. The administrators are engaged and solely dedicated to the children. State grades do not even begin to tell the story of a school, and if you are considering Nora Elementary, please see the work and quality education happening in the building. It is an excellent school and deserves to be regarded for not only the skills of the teachers and staff, but for the sense of community it provides and the relationships it fosters.

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2014
Nora has been an amazing school for our family. We have twin daughters, one of whom is enrolled in the Life-Skills program, and we have been nothing but pleased with the education they are receiving. The leadership, teachers and support staff are dedicated and strive for excellence on a daily basis. They have been there now for almost 3 years and we couldn't be happier. The diversity is an invaluable asset and implementing the IB Program into our daily lives is helping us to create well rounded children.

- submitted by a parent

November 09, 2014
My daughter started at Nora in Kindergarten and is now in the 4th grade. She has had a great experience thanks to really good teachers, supportive staff and a positive environment for learning. She has had several opportunities for enrichment that have kept her challenged and built her confidence. I am very pleased with the experience she has had at Nora.

- submitted by a parent

February 10, 2014
Nora is an amazing school. My child attended Nora for two years before we moved out of state. It was hard leaving Nora as the Principal Mrs. Zybert created such a nurturing and loving building for kids to walk into everyday. In addition to having some amazing teachers Nora has a very diverse student population. Loved that my child got to hear 28 different languages spoken daily by his peers at school. Learning to respect, appreciate, celebrate and love all people is one of the greatest lessons of our time. I am thankful Nora embraces this understanding and celebrates and uplifts all students and families. They have some amazing teachers that had my son excited and ready to run to school every morning. As a parent you can only hope that some of the first teachers your child will ever have will nurture, encourage, inspire and light a flame for seeking knowledge endlessly. This happened for both of my sons at Nora, one whom is currently 19 and my youngest whom is 9. I love Nora and when living in Indy it will be my first school of choice for my son.

- submitted by a parent

October 15, 2011
Maybe it's because i'm from the inner city and had to scratch and claw just to get a decent book but I feel Nora has been a good place for my kids and they love Nora. The teachers and staff want to work with kids and get them the basic knowledge they need to solve problems THEN get to more advanced stuff if all the kids have complete understanding of what they are doing. Once that is done then the are off to learn something new and incredible. I love to see my children come home and be excite about what they learned at Nora.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2011
My daughter is currently in Lawrence Township and I am so glad she is. She attended Nora last year for Kindergarten and we had so many issues. I'm not sure exactly what the issues at that school were, but it seemed as if the principal wasn't worried about the academic needs of the students. My daughter's teacher was inexperienced and didn't have any patience for children. Last year in April, we ended up transferring my daughter to the ELC at Mary Castle. I wish we would have done it sooner. The teacher was wonderful and my daughter got along with her so well. Overall my experiece at Nora was horrible and in my opinion, they were more worried about money than about academics.

- submitted by a parent

October 18, 2009
I can't believe my son gets to have the same Kindergarten teacher that I had. I still cherish the memories of our great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 25, 2009
I cannot express enough how deeply disappointed in Nora school that I am. I currently have a third grader there and had another child there several years ago. When my son went to Nora it was awesome. The teachers cared and loved their jobs, as well as the principal and all other staff. Now sadly it is a matter of how many children can we push through the door and teach all of the basics to. They no longer care about the children who already know the basics and want to learn, unfortunately their standards for excellence and quality have severely suffered, and it shows. And as for the principal she is a very 'outgoing' but very superficial. She has covered up and sugar coated things that are happening in that school. Sadly we are currently looking for other schools and will move my child at appropriate time.

- submitted by a parent

July 19, 2008
I have a soon-to-be 3rd grader attending Nora. My now 7th grader attended Nora as well. I am very pleased with the academic program there. All of the teachers and staff are wonderful. From the cafeteria employees all the way to Mrs. Zybert, I have been impressed with their dedication to the children's education and all around well being. Mrs. Zybert is amazing with the children. Even when there is a disciplinary issue, she handles it with tact and high professionalism. Kudos to her always knowing exactly who my son is by name when there are hundreds of other children to remember. If Icould give more stars I would!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 12, 2008
I attended this school in second grade and it really helped out alot. It got me adjusted into switching classes and the work was very difficult but the teachers were by you a hundred percent of the way I am still in touch with my gym teacher from then and it really helps to know that it made a difference in my life

- submitted by a student

May 18, 2005
Nora is an exceptional school whose students take great pride in their school. My daughter is finishing the 4th grade and has been at Nora since Kindergarten. She loves Nora, is inspired to critically think and write and has great relationships with her teachers and peers. She is extremely well-prepared for external assessments, such as ISTEP, and she exudes confidence not only in her academic abilities but also in her willingness to attempt new tasks. Kudos to an exceptional staff led by an exemplary Principal, Suzanne Zybert. At each grade level, teachers work together to individualize instruction in math and reading and ensure that parents/guardians clearly understand how to assist in their student's academic and social progress. The staff and administration are open to questions and willing to work with the parents and the community to create exceptional learning opportunities for students. How fortunate my daughter is to attend Nora!

- submitted by a parent

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Nora empowers children to be the best they can. We believe that by raising the bar of expectations, children succeed more than they had thought possible. Balanced literacy and math is enriched with work on problem-solving and inquiry-based learning. Our school community is comprised of 27 nationalities.

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Nora Elementary School
1000 East 91st Street, Indianapolis, IN  46240
(317) 844-5436
Last modified Nora Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Nora Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top