"We are best known for academic excellence."
Students enrolled 641
Hours 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 PM
School leader Mr. Carey Dahncke
Transportation options Yes
District Christel House Academy
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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2717 South East Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225

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(317) 783-4690
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July 31, 2014
The highschool really needs to be separate from elementary and middle school. I am so sick of seeing the older students kissing in the hallways and hanging out at the play grounds making out and hugged up. I dont need this to influence my younger children.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
This school needs improvement. Bullying is out of control and no staff available or willing to do anything about it. As a parent I have tried for years to call attention to the problem and can not figure out if they are overwhelmed or underwhelmed. If sports is important to you they do not have a good program in place.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
Christel House Academy is an excellent learning environment for all children! I love where I work. Yes, everyday is faced with ups and downs but at the end of the day, the impact we teachers are making on student lives is incredible. Every student here is my student and it is wonderful to see them grow and to see their families grow. I love checking in with students I had years prior to see how they are applying their new learning to their everyday lives. We have a solid structure at CHA that provides teachers a straight path to administration. I love that teachers have a voice and the administration has an open door policy and makes themselves available to hear new ideas on how to continue taking our school to the next level. We continue to grow and I'm excited to see CHA continue to make a positive difference in the students that call this place home.

- submitted by a teacher
January 26, 2013
Christel House Academy is not an ordinary school. When I compare my experiences as an educator in other schools, there simply is nothing that comes close to what we have built through hard work and dedication at this school. We have one unified and specific focus and that is our students. We have purposely and thoughtfully put into place specific programs and people to make sure no child slips through the cracks. Our teachers believe all kids can learn and we pride ourselves in implementing innovative, cutting edge instructional strategies that work. Every day I see a level of dedication from the staff that is unprecedented. I couldn t be more proud to be a part of this team and I am excited about what the future holds for our students.

- submitted by a teacher
November 14, 2012
While the school possess an external reputation for all around excellence, I rate this an average school. The quality of elementary education is excellent. However, the middle and high schools face a revolving door of teachers and academic approaches. The staff generally feels overloaded and unheard on issues of greatest concern to them. Ambiguous and situation-based approaches to discipline frustrate students and teachers alike. Staff and students consistently rank "respect" as being low within the school. Over the 2011 summer, a student showed me Facebook posts from other (high school) students inviting them to come to CHA, as it was the "party school." We will offer only the equivalent to an "Honors" degree with few if any waivers granted. This puts students with disabilities at a particular disadvantage. And, while compliant with state law and staffed with very competent educators, the special education department at CHA is constrained to fairly basic services and options for students with the highest needs. Overall, the general view of administration is that CHA is a school of choice, and parents should enroll their child understanding what this means.

- submitted by a teacher
May 12, 2010
I am in the 7th grade. This do reaal good in sports. I play b-ball, volleyball, pep-squad, baseball, and those are just some of the sports. I play the violin. Our music program has grew alot, everyone is involved and we all have fun. There is not alot of bullying everyone is friends. There have been a few more fights this year, then any other. They were all resolved. .I have went to this school since the second year it opened. I have saw alot of changes from different principles, to more sports, and a better music program. I think this school has grown alot over the years. The teachers are really involved, and want to get to know every student. It is a second home and everyone is like family.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 12, 2010
i love this school ! Teachers, students, activities, and more are absolutely wonderful. There have many great changes. And now a high school? Way to go CHA Eagles!

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2010
As a parent that has been at the school since it's 2nd year I have seen it through thick and thin. I have seen programs grow and watched them fall apart through multiple principal changes. I loved the school when Dr. Thompson was there. She kept the kids on track, they were respectful and followed school rules. The first year she was gone the bullying went to a level I had never seen before. Standards for the children are much lower and kids get away with not following school uniform, sagging pants and continued bullying. Most of the teachers are amazing and dedicated. It seems, especially in JR. Academy, that the turn over rate for teachers has been due to unruley students-some teachers leaving after 1 day to a few weeks on the job. CHA is a good school just has a few wrinkles to iron out.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Teachers and staff rock, students are committed and the parents are involved. I also think going from the worst ISTEP scores in the state (2002) to one of the best testing schools (2009) is a very impressive feat!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2009
My daughter has been going to cha since kindergarden..i like and have only had a couple issues that was resloved.. My daughter will go there until high school..

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2009
I am a student at C.H.A and I have been here since first grade. I like this school. It has changed alot over the years. I think that the teachers are a little strict for the older kids. One thing though, we do get alot of freedom and chances to do new things in the school. My friends and I like all the free time we get and we like the sports. We have alot of winning streeks and even make our own tournaments. We just wish the older kids could have some more free time because we work rally hard. We only get an hour including lunch. Thats pretty much some good things that I enjoy.

- submitted by a student
February 27, 2009
I have yet to find anything I don't like about this school. The teachers are great. It seems all the teachers know just about all the kids. One day I was not able to pick up my daughter and sent my mom, they made sure my daughter knew who she was before she released her. My daughter is in Kindergarten and I am so impressed with what she has learned so far. I'm not sure what the normal is to learn in kindergarten but I do know that I wasn't reading in kindergarten. I music program just blows me away. I was so impressed to see how good their music program was.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
I love this school, that are no surprises come report card time, Teachers are excellent and approachable.

- submitted by a community member
October 17, 2008
I come in to volunteer at the school and think it is a great school. The teachers really care about the kids and the principal is aways willing to speak to me. The kids have lots of spirit and the building is beautiful.

- submitted by a community member
August 14, 2008
This school is wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
This school has the best music program I have witnessed. My kids like their school and I appreciate the dedicated teachers. As an elementary school, values are sound and teachers are hard working. As a middle school there is much to be in want as a whole, as there is not much support for discipline and conduct from the Principle. The teachers in the upper grades have to fend for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2006
This is a good school. Teaches are stirk a little becuase Im 7th grade. Go there.

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Christel House Academy - South
2717 South East Street, Indianapolis, IN  46225
(317) 783-4690
Last modified Christel House Academy - South is a Charter school that serves grades K-11
Christel House Academy - South Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews.