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St. Pius X School

Private | K-8 | 435 students

Catholic values, academic success, service, sports, and parent involvement.
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $191,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $790.

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
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Posted December 18, 2013

This is our first year at St. Pius X Catholic School as our son is in kindergarten and we could not be more happy with our choice of schools. From the outstanding learning he is doing in the classroom, to the kind staff and the wonderful families we have met... St. Pius is a school in a league of its own!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2013

Our family has been a part of SPX parish for five years, and we have been a part of the school for four years. Both of our kids have found the school to be challenging academically, and the environment is loving and nurturing. They are truly cultivating 'whole children.' The spiritual aspect of the education is important to us, and the level of volunteerism among parents is exceptional -- it feels like a family to us and we're so glad we chose SPX.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2013

My children are receiving an excellent education at St. Pius. Students are academically challenged and are well prepared for high school. Teachers are very willing to help students that need extra help. Weekly school and classroom newsletters are posted to keep parents informed. My children love their school and church community. There are many extra curricular activities for students to participate in. There is a great sense of school pride shown as students represent their school at various activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2013

St. Pius is a wonderful school! I have had an amazing experience there with my 3 children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2013

We have had a fantastic experience with all three of our children at St. Pius X over the last 11 years. The faculty, staff and community are warm and caring and we all look out for one another. My oldest child is now in high school and was extremely well prepared for this next step.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2013

My family loves St. Pius X Catholic School. We are so appreciative of the community connection between the church and the school. My children are challenged academically, supported spiritually and emotionally, and enhanced by the extra-curricular opportunities that are offered. Our entire family couldn't be happier with our decision to send our 3 children to SPX.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2013

I have two children attending St Pius X. We looked at many schools in the area and found St Pius to be welcoming, academically challenging and family based. My kids do struggle at times with academics and St Pius has been wonderful getting them the resources they need to succeed. We always feel we can talk to the teachers and principle about any topics. I love the volunteer opportunities. It's a way to be more involved in my children's world. They are creating well rounded young people. I feel happy that my two children are in a safe and loving environment. They love being there and that makes us happy parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2013

St. Pius X Catholic Elementary School is a wonderful place to send your children. We have been thrilled with the education our children have been receiving there. The teachers and staff are very caring and involved. St. Pius teaches our children to be self motivated leaders!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

Our family loves St. Pius X. The teachers and Principal are fantastic and work with you as parents and for our children. Our children love going to St. Pius. The parent involvement is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2013

I have found the school experience of my 3, very different, children to be exceptional at St Pius. I cannot believe so many negative reviews are posted here. Clearly, per human nature, we are more easily inspired to complain than to take time to praise goodness. As I said, my children were all at very different levels academically (one gifted, one solidly average, and one with a learning disability). All three were treated with love and dignity. All were taught well. And, all are doing quite well beyond grade school and middle school. My experience has been one of Christ centered curriculum and caring faculty and staff. I am grateful that St Pius was an option for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2012

Terrible, Terrible school. My child has all kinds of emotional problems from going here. Do not judge a book by it's cover...the only reason it has high ISTEP scores is because they are very selective about which children they want in their school. Also, way too much homework, my family is held hostage each night over hours of homework. Just be aware, the environment can be very stressful and emotionally detrimental to many children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2012

Do not choose this school for your child unless he/she is absolutely perfect. They do not know how to help children with any type of challenging issues. If you like a school that sends your child to the principal's office for 3 hours at a time for discipline and then leaves them in a room there so they don't have to deal with them (and not telling you), then this is the right school for you! This is not a loving environment. However, the more money you make, the more you will be loved here. They put too many children in one classroom with as many as 27 and 28 in some. After 5 unsuccessful years with a very intelligent child we are leaving this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2010

I luv St. pius and i think even though at one point in time it had some bullying it has now evened out because of our new principal and bullying is not tolerated. St. Pius has a loving enviroment and great teacher who will ork with students intill the have not only understood the material but memorized it in a fun and enchirining way. I ould advise this school to anyone of my friends.


Posted May 28, 2009

My child was bullied continuously at this school for an entire, she was also threatened by her bullier. The principal, teacher and other students and parents were aware...to make a long story short, we are leaving the school and the bully is staying. I am disgusted with this school, and unfortunately, this is not an uncommon event at this 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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

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

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
85%
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 78% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
79%
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 74% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
98%
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 76% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
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

Algebra I

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

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
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

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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

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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
White 1 96% 74%
Hispanic 1 3% 7%
Multiracial 1 1% 4%
American Indian 1 0% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2 N/A 2%
Black 1 0% 12%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1 0% N/A
Source: Manually entered by school official
Source: 2 IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
English learners 10%N/AN/A
Special education 28%N/AN/A
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 10%N/AN/A
Source: 1 IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010
Source: 2 Manually entered by school official

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
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 None
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Four Star School (IN Dept.of Ed) (2012)
  • "A" Ranking (IN Dept of Ed.) (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
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)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

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
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Bill Herman
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (317) 466-3354

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Indianapolis Archdiocesan Curriculum
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Washington Township
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Choir
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Garage Band
  • Girl scouts
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • 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
  • Purple and Gold
School mascot
  • Panther
More from this school
  • Please feel free to call us to set up a school visit. We would be happy to meet you. (317) 466-3361. Thank you. Bill Herman, principal
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
51
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
85

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$4000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Tax credits
Application fee
Yes. $100.
No fee waivers available

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Bishop Chatard High School
Cathedral High School
Various public schools depending on residence area.
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7200 Sarto Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46240
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