My daughter LOVES this school after being very unhappy in her public school last year. Her teacher is wonderful and works very hard. The curriculum is great! The school is small and it feels like more of a "community" than an enormous public school. If you are new to home-schooling then be prepared to work hard as your child's learning coach. Having 2 days off teaching every week while your kids are in the learning center is a big plus. If you are a full-time home-schooler wanting to transition to hybrid, be warned that you really have to follow the school's lesson schedule or your child won't be able to keep up on learning center days. I have to agree with other reviewers that the administration has made a questionable choice in implementing the Family Accountability Plan. It is the 10 point system that someone else referred to. It puts extra strain on families and teachers. I would be happier if they found another way to keep the families accountable for their child(ren)'s progress (which I assume they have to do in order to keep their test scores up and maintain funding). Overall we're very happy at this school.
I would have to have to agree with the more current reviews. Hoosier Academy as an institution is horribly mismanaged. Communication is dismal concerning board meetings, minutes and upper management. The upper administration bullies teachers and runs on a system of fear. The people who make the decisions in the system are not even educators. The teachers and principal, however, are caring, wonderful, creative educators who are working under stressful circumstances. We have been at Hoosier Academy since the doors opened, but this year there has been a big shift in the way parents and teachers are treated by the upper administration. If it weren't for the k-8 principal and the teachers, I would have withdrawn my child this year. I'm not sure that we can return next year unless the upper administration changes.
I would have to agree with some of the parents who have commented on recent changes. First and foremost, We have had phenomenol experiences with our teachers both years we have been there. the k12 /ols system last year was very helpful and facilitated assignment completion and recording very well. this year that is not the case. the system has devolved into little more than a monitoring tool, used more to idenitfy potential problem families than in facilitating learning. As is the case in many areas of the State's approach to education, accountability for parents and teachers with little if any for adminstrators or decision/policy makers, facilitating access to dollars rather than achievement (the wonderful formula of butts in seats X days to the power of the istep score) is well in force. While in past years, adminsitration/K12 personnel have been open responsive and personable, this is not the case currently
**Spectacular teachers** but the direction of the school has taken a turn for the worse. HA is in its third year and we've been there since the beginning. The first year was great. small class sizes and curriculum tailored to each child. Last year the curriculum standards got more rigid and this year there are so many new rules, regulations and large class sizes that we might as well go to traditional public school. This year if you accumulate 10 points by missing parent teacher conferences (2pts), attendance (even if sick or hospitalized, you still accrue points), tardiness, missing unnecessary online lectures or a number of other things, your child will be withdrawn. All of this to keep families accountable yet the administration, who is so detached and uncaring, isn't held accountable for anything. We will be leaving after tthe fall semester. Very disappointing.
* Good teachers. * Great K-12 curriculum. * ADMINISTRATORS WHO DON'T CARE ABOUT KIDS OR THEIR FAMILIES. I've watched many of my two daughter's classmates be forced to leave Hoosier Academy because the school does not give any consideration to retaining students when scheduling for the next year. There are several ongoing issues, including students having to retake classes for high school credit because the school did not meet accreditation standards. When problems occur, the administration executes the "ostrich strategy" and sticks their heads in the sand, hoping that by avoiding talking to parents, the problem will go away. My recommendation is to go to another K-12 academy, and avoid Hoosier Academy like a moldy basement.
Our child is an advanced learner that did not fit into our local public school system: he was bored and they would not teach him anything beyond his "grade level". This is our third year at Hoosier Academy, and the change in our child is amazing. Our child's curriculum is adjusted to his ability level. The environment here is very positive and caring, with staff and administration very responsive to the individual kids. A very student centered school. The hybrid model also is much better for our family's lifestyle.
We probably just got a weak teacher but the experience was just okay. If your child is ahead as far as learning capabilities the issue of not being given the chance to supplement isn't available unless you are fully online. Our teacher made the experience really frustrating and we decided not to stay because she decided to loop her kids up to the next school year. She wasn't very positive or supportive and was extremely unaware of how children were treating each other- not well. Needless to say she disregarded my child totally and all of the poor treatment of my child by other students. The rest of the staff is lovely and helpful. The school itself is run wonderfully, I just think we got unlucky with her.
Our child was not happy in our local typical school - he loves it here, and is thriving.
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.
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.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to complete your registration.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to submit your review.
Please click on the link in the verification email we just sent you to complete your change of email address.
Whoops! It looks like we still need to verify your email. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the e-mail? Click the button below and we'll send you a new one.
Thanks for registering. Welcome to GreatSchools, the largest online community committed to improving educational outcomes through parental involvement.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! You haven't verified your email address yet. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the email? Click the button below to receive a new one.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Hoosier Academy - Indianapolis on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
For principals and school officials, we offer a special Enhanced School Profile (ESP) which allows you to update and add information about your school, as well as respond to reviews. If you are a school official, click Continue to start.
Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for your comment to be posted to our site. While you're here, we'd like to invite you to fill out a survey on your school's programs, activities, and extracurriculars. It only takes a few minutes and will help parents get a full picture of your school.
Get started now! You have successfully registered and can now start updating your Official School Profile. The information you provide is extremely valuable in helping parents and students learn more about your school, so thanks for taking the time!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Hoosier Academy - Indianapolis, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.