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Sycamore School

Private | PK-8 | 400 students

We are best known for academics for gifted learners
 
 

 
 

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Posted July 19, 2007

My son will be starting at Kindergarten at Sycamore in the fall and has been there for two years now. there is not enough space here for me to write all of the good things about Sycamore. While other Pre-K programs are learning their colors, Sycamore is challenging kids to dissect owl pellets, learn about the environment, and so much more. It is worth all $13,000.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2007

I would not recommend this school for middle school unless you have a highly and globally gifted child who is self motivated. Their is a lack of leadership and educational supports. Parents are expected to be involved, especially because their are many complex projects to be completed. Unless your child is able to keep up with the homework, extracurricular activites are not possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2007

This is our forth year at Sycamore and we love it. We have had three 'excellent' head teachers and one 'very good' head teacher along with many excellent special subject teachers. Our son comes home excited everyday about what he learned and experienced that day. The challenging curriculum could be a bit too demanding for some children: after all, it is a school for 'gifted kids'. However, we find the school and staff very welcoming, nurturing and supportive. Parent involvement is expected, as with any good school. It IS NOT just 'books focused'. There is a strong focus on the arts and music. Team sports, individual sports, and other extracurricular activities are encouraged to ensure children are 'well-rounded'. Sycamore helps teach children how to think and solve problems. It provides a great foundation for children to succeed in high school, college and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2007

Sycamore is a good PreK, K, and lower school. Note what I didn't say.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 18, 2006

Most parental feedback is positive for Sycamore students up through 3rd grade. After that, the intense academic focus and need for children to 'exceed to succeed' creates incredible pressure for children who are not equally gifted across the disciplines. Teaching styles vary, but generally the approach is traditional--lecture...test. By late middle school, students are performing at least two grade levels above their age, requiring intense parental involvement to support students so they don't fall behind. Be aware that once 8th graders graduate, many area high schools make them repeat much of this advanced coursework. Weak leadership creates a lack of purposeful direction and curriculum innovation, however, a new headmaster is set to take over for 2006-2007. Parents are highly educated and tend to be overly involved just to see that things happen for their kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2006

We are in the middle of our first year at Sycamore (Kindergarten). I couldn't be more pleased! He has such a good time and is learning so much. He has a great sense of ownership and I love the way so many people know him by name.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2005

Sycamore is a community where parents and teachers are invested in their kids' lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2004

Sycamore School offers an outstanding academic program for gifted students. Parental involvement is encouraged for activites which supplement the curriculum. My experience as a parent of both a current student and graduate has been very positive. At Sycamore, students are challenged to think at a deeper level and are motivated by their peers. Nightly homework and periodic projects can be extensive, but students are rewarded for their efforts. Teachers consistently write in-depth comments on report cards and are readily available for conferences. Students and parents are respected by the administration and staff. My graduate's Sycamore experience was one of stretching academically, respecting authority, and accepting students of varying personalities, backgrounds and talents. The small size of each grade level contributes to the welcoming atmosphere of the school and encourages families to become well acquainted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Sycamore is a great concept for differentiated learning for gifted kids. Unfortunately, the hierarchy of administration is very disappointing. Parents would love to be involved because parents started the school but administration keeps it at a polite minimum and in fact is offended when any criticism is made whatsoever. Kids leave Sycamore very well prepared academically for high school but have very negative feelings about it by the time they finish 8th grade. I feel this is mainly due to the 'expected' expectations and little acknowledgment of everyday successes. The teaching staff also varies from outstanding to very poor and is inconsistent. There are even classrooms where aids teach full time when liscenced teachers are absent or off on leave for extended periods of time. The entire focus is academic. Physical, emotional, social, and spiritual developement is overlooked.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 74%
Black 6% 12%
American Indian N/A 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 2%
Hispanic 0% 7%
Multiracial 0% 4%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
English learners 0%N/AN/A
Special education 0%N/AN/A
Source: Manually entered by school official

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
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
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 a.m.
School end time
  • 3:15 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Diane Borgmann
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (317) 202-2501

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School mascot
  • Eagle
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$6000 - $16000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Application fee
Yes. $50.
No fee waivers available

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University High School
Park Tudor High School
Brebeuf High School
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1750 West 64th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46260
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Phone: (317) 202-2500

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