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Hoosier Academy - Indianapolis

Charter | K-12 | 540 students

Best known for our individualized learning plans and award winning curriculum.

 
 

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3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted December 11, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2010

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 If it weren't for the k-8 principal and the teachers, I would have withdrawn my child this year.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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2010

**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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2010

* 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

Our child was not happy in our local typical school - he loves it here, and is thriving.
—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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
83%

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94%

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84%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
66%
Social Studies

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

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
63%
Social Studies

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

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
52%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
47%
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

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
43%
English

The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
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

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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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The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

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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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SAT participation

64%

Average SAT score

1027

Graduation rate

35.9%


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

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of graduates taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 72%
Black 18% 12%
Hispanic 4% 10%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Asian 2% 2%
American Indian 0% 0%
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 22%N/A46%
Special education 17%N/A14%
English learners 1%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Traditional Brick and Mortar
Colleges most students attend after graduation Indiana-Weslyn
Indiana University Purdue
University of Indianapolis
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Nurse(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 None
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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
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Music
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • 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
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms Sue Davis
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (317) 495-6020

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
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
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Nurse(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
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • None
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Game club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Science club
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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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Elementary Learning Center 5640 Caito Drive Indianapolis, IN 46226 Middle/High School Learning Center 2855 N. Franklin Road Indianapolis, IN 46219
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Students typically come from these schools
Traditional Brick and Mortar

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Indiana-Weslyn
Indiana University Purdue
University of Indianapolis
College preparation / awareness offered
None
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5640 Caito Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46226
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Phone: (317) 547-1400

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