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Holy Cross Central School

Private | PK-8 | 206 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $193,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $730.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
No new ratings

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Posted March 1, 2014

This has been a great school for my son. The principal is very involved and super nice! We moved downtown from the suburbs and this is a great alternative to IPS. The only negative is I was told class size would be 20 at the most and now there are 27 first graders which is a large class, the teacher does have a helper though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2013

I would not send my child to this school. There are some wonderful teachers at this school but the politics of this school are a concern. I think that there is a lot of room for improvement.


Posted July 8, 2013

I happen to be very pleased with Holy Cross Central School. The average tuition cost does not reflect the actual cost to parents. The school offers a wide variety of financial incentives to make the school affordable. My neices and nephews attend and receive the Indiana Choice Voucher to help pay for their tuition. As for ISTEP scores, the school has received an A rating by the state and no child left behind. A rating because the students are showing above average yearly growth.


Posted August 11, 2012

To be a private school charging $5000 to $6000 in tuition and showing the majority of your ISTEP scores falling below state averages is deplorable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2012

Great place to send your kids. My kids love the school, the teachers and the principal. Thanks for making this a good place to attend. We love you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2010

parents are involved more than some people
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2009

My son has attended Holy Cross Central School for the past 4 years now. The teachers are very loving and very supportive when it comes to my childs education. I would recommend this school to anyone
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2008

4 stars my children refuse to go anywhere elses, the grades and attention are amazing !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2007

For an inner city choice, the school provides a haven for children who would otherwise be lost in the IPS system. The school struggles with adaptability to gifted students but makes up for some of that with an environment of affection and acceptance. Probably not the best place if your child is doing well emotionally but needs intellectual challenge. But good if you're looking for religious or moral support. Structure is sound but don't expect flexibility.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
44%
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 84% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

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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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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Average


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 50% 74%
Black 1 30% 12%
Hispanic 1 20% 7%
American Indian 1 0% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2 N/A 2%
Multiracial 1 0% 4%
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 110%N/AN/A
Special education 23%N/AN/A
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 189%N/AN/A
Source: 1 Manually entered by school official
Source: 2 IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Top Area Private School (2010)
  • Top Area Private School (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Visual arts
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
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • 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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 a.m.
School end time
  • 3:15 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs Ruth Tinsley
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (317) 638-0116

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Mother Theodore Catholic Acadmies
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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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
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Forest Green and gold
School mascot
  • Tiger
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$5000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Application fee
Yes

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Scecina Memorial High School
Cathedral High School
Providence Cristo Rey
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125 North Oriental Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 638-9068

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