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Winding Ridge Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 600 students

We are best known for our academics through the Arts
 
 

 
 
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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted March 31, 2013

I am proud to say that I have a child who attends Winding Ridge. They have a wonderful focus on the arts that has been great for my little girl. She is a second grader in Miss Gray's class and comes home talking about all the songs, pieces of art, dances, and hands on experiences she learns daily in class to understand new skills math, reading, etc. Her teacher is always challenging her and extending her learning at school and at home. This is what education is all about! Keep up the great work Winding Ridge!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2011

I think it's a pretty good school. I heard bad things about it before, but now that my child goes to this school, it's really pretty good. The teachers care about the kids. My daughter is in the choir focus and she thinks the world of Mr. C!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2011

ASST PRINCIPAL IS NOT A PROFESSIONAL! WE HAD A MEETING! AND HE TRIED TO TELL ME MY HOME IS NOT STRUCTURED! MY NEPHEW HAS BEEN DIAGNOISED WITH A FEW DISABILITIES! AND THERE IS NOTHIN THEY CAN DO FOR HIM! ITS THE PARENTS RESPONSABILITY! THATS WHAT THE FIRST YEAR ASST PRINCIPAL TOLD ME! INSTEAD OF WORKING TOGETHER HE ATTACKED ME!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

Winding Ridge has failed the No child left behind act. The ISTEP scores are really low compared to schools like MT. Vernon. Their idea of placing a child with disabilities in a regular classroom is putting all the students in the same grade with disablilities in the same room no per say normal children. The school racial stats are incorrect. It honestly was a waste of time for K to go to ELC at Winding ridge because she lost more than she gained. My 3rd grader was not helped at all by the teachers. I am home schooling now because all my children learned was to cuss, fight, and be picked on at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2008

My daughter loves this school! She will be starting third grade in the fall and started here in the first grade. The principal is truly caring and the teachers are wonderful and very creative with the children. I have always had a very open line of communication with her teachers and we have worked together to help her improve in certain areas. Some teachers even have a website which allows parents to check the weekly schedule and lets the parents know what the children have been doing. I have been able to email the teacher questions and get quick reponses. The school is fairly new and the office staff is very friendly. I love the fact that there is some cultural and religious diversity at the school and they teach the children sign language and Spanish, etc. All around a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2008

We recently moved from this school district due to our dissappointment with Winding Ridge. Our child was not challenged enough and was being held back. We moved to a top rated school district where we found that our child was actually a bit behind and some catching up to do. We are right on track now, but feel that our time at Winding Ridge was just idle. Nice building, but that's it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2007

nice building wasnt impressed at the instruction
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2007

My son has been at the school since it opened and has learned a lot about leadership and self discipline. Both my husband and I have enjoyed the communication we gotten from the staff here. Whenever we've either had a question or a problem we've been able to get the answer to our satisfaction. Winding Ridge has A+ staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

My daughter was a part of the first 5th grade class last year and I was very pleased with the school. The teachers were excellent and went beyond the traditional curriculum to accomodate for her learning style. She isn't LD, but sometimes needed small group accomodations and more time to fully grasp learning concepts. They recognized this and when she was struggling in math, put her in small learning groups which helped her immensely. The facilities are excellent because the school is newly constructed and well-designed. She also had the opportunity to participate in a 5th grade orchestra and was introduced to the violin. Great experience at Winding Ridge Elementary.
—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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
46%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
43%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
72%
Social Studies

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

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
42%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
11%

2010

 
 
n/a
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

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

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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55%
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25%
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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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
Black 71% 12%
Hispanic 14% 10%
White 9% 72%
Multiracial 6% 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 81%N/A46%
Special education 13%N/A14%
English learners 9%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Magnet School of Distinction (2013)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant (2012)
  • Give with Target Awards (2013)
  • LTSF and Donors Choose (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
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
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drum line
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

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)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:35 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs Alicia Harris
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winding-R
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (317) 964-6809

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Direct instruction
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
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)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Drum line
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Up and Running Club
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Purple, Green, and Blue
School mascot
  • Phoenix
More from this school
  • National Magnet School of Distinction where our focus is Academic Achievement through The Arts THE WINDING RIDGE SCHOOL OF INQUIRY AND THE ARTS: …will develop an appreciation and understanding of the influence of arts in the world, …will focus on inquiry related to a student’s role in the exploration of his/her place in the community, ...will develop inquisitive, expressive, and globally-linked young people who contribute to their school and local community.
School leaders can update this information here.

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