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Key Learning Community (9-12)

Public | 9-12 | 55 students

Multiple Intelligences

 
 
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Posted June 23, 2012

My son made great progress at Key this past year. He started out not wanting to go to school, but during the middle of the year something flipped. He loves POD and flow. POD is an elective where students can study a subject (like dinosaurs, gardening or ukeleles in depth). Flow is a structured environment where he can learn about Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences and his strengths.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2010

Make sure you know what you are getting into, before you send your child here. Academic rigor is non-existent. There is no grading system currently in place, so students have no desire to excel. No sports teams of any kind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2009

I am currently looking for another school for my 8 yr old son..The teacher and the assistant principal hate to admit when the parent is right and the facilty is wrong..They are more concerned on the nit picking then the true learning. I feel some of the teachers are there to get a paycheck and go home not really interested in the kids..And I am looking before my son is farther behind than he is now
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

There is an insufficient amount of quality teaching. A lack of a real grading system seriously hinders a student's ability to understand his or her progress. A year round schedule prevents students from having more time with friends in a traditional schedule. The school in general has gotten away from its core values of a unique,quality, and equal education for each and every student.


Posted November 26, 2008

I'm a previous student of Key Learning Community and I have to say that I think the school did a lot more good than harm. Yes, we did have a massive amount of freedom, and a lot of students did take advantage of that freedom, which is unfortunate but also inevitable. Give them and inch they will take a mile. But the incorporation of all intelligences helped us to understand and focus on our strengths as well as work on things we weren't so good at in equal incriments. Like myself, I am a very musical person. In my traditional elementery school, music was a once a week, 30 minute 'special'. At Key, I was able to have music class every other day for 80 minutes. I loved it! The same goes for every class in the school. I would have no worries about sending my children there.


Posted October 3, 2007

KLC is a well-intentioned school with dedicated faculty. They really believe their method is best. Between my 2 kids we spent 8 years there. My children gained self confidence from the experience, and the ability to give public presentations. However, the academics are sadly lacking. When we finally moved our kids to other schools, they were both far behind. My high school son had to take a full year of (non credit) remedial math and a study skills course to catch up. My younger son had to repeat 5th grade. Although there are positive aspects of the KLC/Gardner philosophy, KLC needs to adapt the program for the real world. Not every child is 'intrinsically motivated.' Some will simply slack off and work the system if there are no significant consequences. IPS should provide more oversight of KLC and change the program for the better. I wish them well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2007

I have to say that I am extremely disappointed with Key. I have a son that was in a gifted and talented program prior to attending Key that was looking forward to the challenge of their very unique facility. He found instead a hostile learning environment in the classroom where children are constantly misbehaving without true discipline. There are certain areas that have been a blessing for him-art, music, etc. have been wonderful with exceptional teachers. I am currently trying to find a private school(at my sons request).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2006

I am very disappointed with the Key Learning Community program. I feel my children grades 10 and 3 aren't being challenged academically. Parents seeking a school for your children, I would recommend you keep looking!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2005

Actually there are 4 schools in our district that are year-round and several others in the state. However, this is the only multiple intelligences school in the state--an education philosophy developed by Howard Gardner of Harvard. I have two children who have attended since kindergarten and are thriving in this environment. This is a long-term, non-traditional approach to education that relies on more than simple memorizing or rote learning. It is experiential in nature, encouraging the students to figure out the lesson through experiment, group learning, discussion and discovery. This approach is much closer to college learning--as are the projects they must complete each semester. The absence of testing is replaced with semester-long projects that are completely student-directed. They are an enormous part of the student's evaluation. Overall, I'm thrilled with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2005

this school is a terrible learning facility. the whole school is a mockery. i can understand the projects but they dont have any grades and the children are given too much freedom. they deserve some but then they will expect just as much freedom with us. the children dont even have to do work they can get through school without doing anything at all, the only reason they cant is to graduate and if they dont do any work then they will just dropout anyway!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2005

I can't believe no one has rated this school yet. It is excellent all around. Have two children here. Only school in Indiana that is on the year round calendar.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
12%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
4%
English

The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
35%
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

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

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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Starting College

How many graduates from this school ...


Enroll in college immediately after high school graduation1

This school

 
 
68%

State Average

 
 
64%

Need remediation, or help strengthening basic skills2*

This school

 
 
50%

State Average

 
 
31%

First year

How well prepared for college are these graduates?*


Average first year GPA (out of 4.0)2
2.4
This school
2.6
State Average

Average number of units completed in first year2
14
This school
30
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Sticking with it

How many college-going students...*


Enroll in college for a second year3

This school

 
 
85%

State Average

 
 
75%
1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
2Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
3Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2010-2011
* Of those that went to Indiana public postsecondary institutions

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 67% 12%
White 25% 72%
Hispanic 5% 10%
Multiracial 2% 4%
American Indian 0% 0%
Asian 0% 2%
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 76%N/A46%
Special education 38%N/A14%
English learners 6%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Key Learning Community Middle Schools
Colleges most students attend after graduation IU Bloomington
IUPUI
Ivy Tech
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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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
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
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:10 a.m.
School end time
  • 4:10 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms Sheila Seedhouse
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (317) 226-3049

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
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
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Cub scouts
  • 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
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
School colors
  • blue, silver
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Key Learning Community Middle Schools

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
IU Bloomington
IUPUI
Ivy Tech
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
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Indianapolis, IN 46221
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