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Center for Inquiry School 2

Public | K-8 | 347 students

We are best known for primary and middle years IB program

 
 
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Posted September 22, 2012

The mission of CFI is to develop a community of respectful, life long learners, who use inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, to be socially responsible contributors to a changing global society

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Posted September 19, 2013

My children spent their first early yearsat this school while we lived downtown. Unfortunately we moved away from the district, but we have not forgotten how influential this school has been for us. CFI is a gem in the IPS and entire Indianapolis-area. The education is best described as creative, worldly, and non-conventional. It is an inquiry-based education, and allows children to seek out what interests them and does not judge, but emphasizes a true learning experience. It is not a one-size-fits all approach. We moved to Zionsville, which is one of the best school systems in Indiana (in theory). However, I have found that the education is very traditional, not very flexible, very competitive, and over-crowded. They also do not offer foreign language within the school day, something I feel is very important. That option is available before school, at a very high price. In addition, CFI is very open-door and allows for the entire community to be involved. We have not had that experience here, and miss the opportunity to really get to know teacher and parents. Improvement areas: physical surrounding (no green space) and limited resources because of IPS funding, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

This school is perhaps one of the best school in IPS. My child has flourished and became a true inquirer since she began attending CFI. I would recommend this school to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

CFI is a jewel in the IPS crown. The curriculum is challenging and engaging. The 5th grade IB exhibition was amazing. Our daughter and her friends put so much thought and effort into their issues, I was blown away with the things they tackled. The teachers at this school are phenominal. They are responsive if there are questions or concerns and they know the kids really well. I've also been impressed with Mrs. Hunley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2013

As a parent who sends his children to CFI, I can state without hesitation that the school has a wonderful sense of community. Communication with parents is outstanding, through online systems, parent-teacher conferences, and speedy replies to emails from our childrens' teachers. Every morning our children are greeted with smiling faces and kind words. We enjoy talking with other parents as we pick up and drop off our children. In regards to class size, I found the sizes to be no larger than some of the private schools we looked at, and in some instances, they were smaller. The principal is new, and may seem formal at first, but throughout the year she has proven to be very warm and caring, sitting with the kids during convocations and reassuring one of my children when he had a hard time saying goodbye to us one day. Our kids look up to her and love her visits to the classroom! I am very happy with our children's experience at CFI.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2012

I have been extremely lucky to work at CFI for 12 years. Throughout my time, I have been supported by amazing colleagues, administrators, parents, and community partners. The children I serve are passionate about learning and community service. CFI is more than a school, it is a family.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 11, 2012

We have had kids at this amazing IB school for 10 years, and it is nothing short of remarkable--rigorous, nurturing, diverse, arts savvy, project-based, eco-conscious, entirely focused on the whole child and launching them as inquiring citizens of the world. This is what public education should be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

For five years, I was an at home parent. I've watched my daughter Kayla grow in many ways. I am so very proud of the growth she's already undergoing by attending CFI.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

It's a neighborhood school with an international perspective. CFI focuses on not just the 3 R's, but strives for well-rounded children who come well-rounded adults.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

This is our first year here. I think this school does a great job on student success. They really help each and every student succeed in all aspects of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

The diversity, the teachers, the principle. What is there not to love. My kids love to go to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I attended Center For Inquiry for 8 years and it prepared me for my future. The teachers put a lot of work into their curriculum and collaborate with each other to make lessons that work for everyone. The school is a community where teachers, parents, and students all have a say in what they would like to learn.


Posted September 15, 2009

Center For Inquiry is an award-winning K-8 in Indianapolis. It just received a Blue Ribbon Award from the Dept. of Education for excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2009

I am currently and 8th grader at The Center for Inquiry. I have been attending since the 1st grade, and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about my experience there. The teachers care about their students and want you to succeed. The diversity is great, and the curriculum is challenging.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2008

I grew up in the suburbs of Indianapolis and received an excellent education. I was nervous about sending our child into the IPS school district until I discovered CFI. We are going on three years at the school and I couldn't be happier. The teachers and staff are amazing and any time I've had a concern they have addressed it promptly. What really makes this school though is it's not just the teachers that care but also the parents. There is a very strong community there that is not at all exclusive. Now we just have to figure out high school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2007

Excellent school with high standards for academics and behavior. Teachers and staff are extremely dedicated and enthusiastic. My 5th grader transferred to CFI from another IPS school and the difference is astounding. My children have attended public, private and parochial schools, so we have some perspective with which to compare schools. CFI is by far the best elementary school we have experienced. We feel lucky to be a part of this community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

My grand daughter is attending CFI and we are very happy with the school and staff. I sent all of my children to parochial school so I was a little apprehensive. What a great surpirse! Great programs. Nice to see so many parents (and grand parents!) involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2005

CFI(Center For Inquiry) is a high quality school that offers many extracurricular activities and has a relatively high level of parent involvement. The school is inquiry-based with a focus on the needs and interests of the students. The school has multi-age classrooms. My 5th grader has been there since Kindergarten and feels very secure. She knows the teachers and many of the students in different grade levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2004

This is an excellent school. It has small classroom size and a great teacher to student ratio. My youngest daughter attends this school and loves everything about it. The parents are encouraged to be involved. We are a tight knit community. It also is great that my child does not have to attend another school for middle school. She can attend the same school for 9 years. Next year we are hoping to have a full year class schedule, which will be wonderful for my family. I highly recommend this school. You have to apply early to get in but it is well worth the time.
—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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

45 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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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88%

2011

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
67%

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 79% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Social Studies

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

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

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

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

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 76% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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2010

 
 
100%
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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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 60% 72%
Black 22% 12%
Hispanic 9% 10%
Multiracial 7% 4%
Asian 2% 2%
American Indian 1% 0%
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 42%N/A46%
Special education 21%N/A14%
English learners 4%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Magnet School of Excellence (2010)
  • National Blue Ribbon (2009)
  • Magnet School of Distinction (2009)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Origami club
  • Sewing/knitting club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:10 am
School end time
  • 3:50 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms Andrea Hunley
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (317) 226-3740

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Global
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
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Origami club
  • Science club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
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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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • 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
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Black and Gold
School mascot
  • Panther
More from this school
  • We offer tours of the school every other Friday morning. Please contact us to participate in a tour.
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725 North New Jersey Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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