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Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence (SENSE)

Charter | K-6 | 376 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $72,700. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $740.

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5 stars

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

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Posted April 3, 2014

I have no complaints about any of the staff i have worked with. i am very pleased with my children's progress. to bad there isnt more involved parenting, but alot of people in this part of town dont have thier priorities in line
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

My children actually enjoy going to school! Wow!!! What a great feeling! When dropping off children to school there are teachers who open the doors for your children to get out. How nice is that? Pretty nice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2011

My name is Avrie. I have attened Se neighborhood school lof excellence (s.e.n.s.e. for short). I have sucsessfully graduated 6th grade!!! and now attened Indianapolis lighthouse charter school. I was so excited to go to middle school but now...I have never wanted to go back anywhere in my life more than i do now!!! There is great teachers,great lessons, preporation for colledge.. awards for kids that earn them (example: students who earn perfect attendence all year and odnt meiss one day from the first day of school go to inicredible pizza adn go shopping with 75-100$ wow) that school is everything and if u dont send your child there.... you are making the most massive (learned the word massive from miss imel 6th grade) mistake of a life time!!! did i mention good books (the hunger games) and awesome food !!! there is mad science(mr. strolberg 5th grade) as i said good books (ms. imel, 6th grade ms.hamlow, 6th grade MS.WILLAN 5th grade) great p.e. (mr neitz) movie making for the 6th graders in art (mr phillips) great principal and assistant principal (mrs. smith mrs white) great counceler (rm horseman) great secretary (mrs stweart ) and awesoem staff (mrs fahrner and mrs hines!!!!
—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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
49%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
39%
Social Studies

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

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
30%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
27%
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 "C".
  • 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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of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
25%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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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 58% 72%
Hispanic 16% 10%
Black 13% 12%
Multiracial 13% 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 94%N/A46%
Special education 17%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)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Top Gainer Award (2011)
  • Indiana Literacy Grant (2012)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • IU Health PlayWorks (2013)
  • BraveHeart (2012)
  • Gleaners (2012)

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
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)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • 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
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms Kristie Sweeney
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (317) 631-4401

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Direct instruction
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Standards-based
  • Workshop Model
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
  • 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)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Limited
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Music room
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Farm Bureau
  • Southeast Neighborhood Development
  • Southeast Community Center
  • Fountain Square Merchants
  • IU Health
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Gardening
  • Urban 4H
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
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
  • 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
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • black, red
School mascot
  • Shark
School leaders can update this information here.

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8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
375
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
500
Students typically come from these schools
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1601 Barth Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203
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Phone: (317) 423-0204

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