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5000 Nowland Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46201

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(317) 356-6377
(317) 322-4287
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August 09, 2015
Scecina is one of those schools that used to be great, lost it's greatness, and has the potential to gain it back. The problems they retain unfortunately cause a drastic decrease in their overall quality. Main problem being some of their staff, particularly in admissions. Some of them are not the most effective of counselors and lack a certain energetic and motivated attitude. More recently they have become more active about weeding out their less effective teaching staff. However, this was something that should have been tended to constantly. Also, their discipline has been more lenient in general but especially for more serious infractions such as fighting, disrespect, and extremely low grades (way below what should be aloud). At a private school like Scecina, there should be an extremely low tolerance for both unacceptable behavior and academics. Especially if the student is attending through any financial aid, which is something being offered more lately with no extra expectations in behavior or academics, causing the overall image of Scecina to worsen. Nothing will make you angrier than when your child comes home from their day at high school to tell you about a fight that took place by below average scholars with financial aid, only to then be informed that no expulsions were made. Though the school now might seem as a low quality private school, as i said, it has the potential to be great again. These problems could be simply eradicated if only the effort was put forth. The school has one of tge best music division I've seen lead by their current best staff member ,Donnie Glowinski. From my experience meeting him and watching him turn my child into the musician they are now, i can easily say he is their secret weapon. You can overlook all other schools who have a lot of what Scecina doesn't, mainly what I listed earlier, but no school has the energetic, compassionate, knowledgeable, and just outstanding teacher that Scecina does. He's their golden star. On top of that, they also have a lot of students who surpass academic barriers and climb to the top with the best of behavior. Scecina is a far from perfect school, as many are, but so long as they have the potential to be great again, willingness to fix their obvious problems, and of course Mr. Glowinski...then I wouldn't have my child attend anywhere else.

- submitted by a community member

March 23, 2015
My son is happy at Scecina. He enjoys his courses and teachers very much. Instrumental Ensemble with Mr. Donnie Glowinski has been a fun learning experience for Spencer. Latin II and Chemistry are challenges that enable him to THRIVE...and he plans on taking Latin 3 his junior year. Theatre with Mr. Jones has been a new & positive experience as well. Meanwhile, during mass he is a Eucharistic Minister. Although, Spencer came from Holy Name (south deanery), he has be welcomed and made new friends rather easily.

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February 28, 2012
In the beginning I struggled with Scecina but my son had some major emotional challenges and they were so very supportive. He has become more concerned with his academics, and even asked to return next year!! The administrators and staff have gone out of their way to make us feel welcomed. The rules are strict, the work is hard but its well worth it for my child.

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November 07, 2009
Scecina Memorial is truly a community school and affords students opportunities from athletics, band (garage bands), choir, drama, Christian service, Brain Game etc. The recent appointment of Mr. Joe Therber reinforces the total commitment of the archdiocese to Catholic secondary education on the eastside. Beginning 2 -3 years ago, Scecina has undergone major upgrades with it's facilities and academics. Alumni, November 7, 2009

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September 02, 2009
i love Scecna its warm and welcoming and is big in sports which is good considering the growing obesity in the world!

- submitted by a student

April 17, 2009
Scecina's been the best possible place for me. I have been able to do everything from football to mens volleyball to the brain game team. I know my teachers very well and respect them to the fullest. I could potentially graduate with around 20 hours of college credit due to their AP program which makes up for the cost in itself. And only at scecina would the calculus teacher stay after the school's fund raising dinner to help you and your buddy with that night's homework. It's just a great place to be.

- submitted by a student

February 18, 2008
While open to any students who would like to come, Scecina is a good example of a small neighborhool highschool. The teachers are easily accessible and respond quickly to concerns. Students are valued and encouraged to try new things.... The academics are improving every year, and at the present time we there are many AP offerings available. I've had several children attend this school and we have been very satisfied.

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2006
I love Scecina! You have to realize that it is a traditional Catholic school and they are going to have strict rules about attire and appearence. By keeping in this mode, they focus on what school is supposed to be for; EDUCATION!! They do so in a city environment and Christian virtues are high on the list.

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March 13, 2005
I think that this school has its positive parts like the teachers are dedicated in what they do and teach. Most of the faculty is responsible and trustworthy. There are also some negative aspects at Scecina. This school has to deal with racism. I have been submitted to racism acts like being pushed around and other aspects of racism.

- submitted by a student

October 21, 2004
Scecina is a good school, if the child is very mainstream. I do not believe that it is the best choice if a student is not the best academicaly and or athleticaly. They have harsh and arbitrary rules on hairstyles (what they define as trendy) Some of my childen have done very well while students at Scecina, others have struggled just to fit in. The main problem with Scecina is keeping and developing good teachers.

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2004
Scecina is a great school, the teacher really know what they are talking about when they teach. I am glad that I went there instead of at a public high school. It is better then public school in the long run.

- submitted by a student

September 13, 2004
Scecina has been fantastic for my son who is a sophmore. It is small enough that he has every opportunity to participate in whatever programs and extra curricular activities he chooses. The small class sizes assure that he will not get left behind or overlooked. He can always ask questions when he needs to and the teachers are very available and dedicated. The entire faculty and staff have my son's best interest at heart. He is very involved and earns high honors grades. The student body is diverse and most of the kids know what 'anything worth having is worth working for' means. Although athletics & other activities are available & important, the primary emphasis is on education and spitituality. I really didn't know how strongly I felt about this until I started putting the words together. Thanks for the opportunity and enlightenment.

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Scecina Memorial School
5000 Nowland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN  46201
(317) 356-6377
Last modified Scecina Memorial School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Scecina Memorial School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top