As a parent whose has done it all -- homeschool, public school and online school -- I think Hoosier is a great mix of each. The staff is amazing and work really hard. Sure, as with any program Hoosier has its flaws, but overall, I'd recommend Hoosier in a heart beat. My daughter decided to go to public school for high school and academically, she's doing outstanding. I believe Hoosier is the reason why she's doing so great academically in public school now.
I love this school! My daughter has been in Hoosier Academies since 2nd grade (she is now a 7th grader). We have been with both the hybrid and Virtual school. I prefer the fully virtual school, my daughter is home safe and sound, and is attending school 6 hrs per day. She has live classrooms that she attends for her core subjects. There is live help from a teacher when she needs it, and plenty of group activities if we choose to attend. She is also required to do the ISTEP just like brick and mortar schools. I am so grateful to have the choice for my child to attend Hoosier Academies!
This is a review for the K-6 hybrid school. This is our family's second year at Hoosier Academy and we love it. I have a Kindergartener, a 2nd grader and a 6th grader in the program. The K12 curriculum is very well rounded and my children enjoy it. My 2nd grader loves learning about ancient Rome in his history lessons, my Kindergartener is learning about different counties in Europe and my six grader loves learning about Ancient civilizations in his history lessons especially ancient China. This school requires a lot of parental involvement with the younger grades, this is something to consider if you decide to choose Hoosier Academy. Also, this is a public school; as such you are still required to do state testing. While doing this program gives you a lot of flexible this is not homeschooling, it's schooling at home. You have to make sure your staying on pace with the curriculum and not get behind, you can work ahead as well if your child is a fast learner. You have to keep track of your attendance every school day as well which isn't hard at all if you log it on-line when your child finishes their lesson. Hoosier Academy is a lot of hard work but totally worth it for my family.
HA is awful. I have two very advanced students that needed challenged, however we ended up overwhelmed and very disappointed. It felt like a waste of time after being bombarded by numerous K-Mails everyday and the plethora of nonsense required to deal with on a daily basis, it left little to be excited about. Study Island is now required so we can prep for ISTEP tests - yet another waste of time. Our children just felt so overworked and frustrated in the end it wasn't even worth it. Take it from me - these are uncaring and rude individuals running the Indianapolis school and we left after it was clear things were only getting worse. Steer clear if you value your sanity.
My daughter attended her freshmen year and had no issues. Sophomore year was different. She could not log onto her Kmail and calls to her advisor yielded "We'll look into it". Then the computer would get boot her out of class and it would not register her attendance. Calls to her teacher yielded "send us a Kmail". Eventually they sent a letter stating due to her attendance, or lack thereof, she would be considered withdrawn from school unless we called. Calls were never answered and messages were never returned. then they sent us the labels to return her supplies.
My daughter attended Hoosier Academy the school year 2011-2012 and had no issues,. This year, however, was different. Her computer quit working in November. We saved all school work to a flash drive waiting for a new computer. We are still waiting for the new computer and the teachers are not allowed to accept her work on flash drive, so therefore my A/B student is now complete Fs. 20 some emails to the principal and superintendent had no results (plus numerous phone calls). My daughter no longer attends and I would advise any one considering this program "DONT DO IT". No consideration for the student or the stress it causes the family.
I take a great liking to this school. I've been at Hoosier since I was in the second semester of 8th grade, having had terrible experiences at my previous school, and am now in 11th grade. The classrooms are considerably compared to most other high schools, and there's sort of a community feeling to it (pretty much everyone knows each other). In my roughly three years of being here, I have never once seen another student bully another, and the students tend to be pretty acceptant of other students' differences. I find that the teachers are dedicated in helping the students and often have very creative methods of teaching. However, considering it largely revolves around internet and computer use, you really have to be motivated to learn things. Easier said than done oftentimes! I have to agree with most people on here that the school can be really unorganized and it can get pretty frustrating. I'd have to say the positives outweigh the negatives.
This has been the best thing to happen to my son. His grades have improved, his social skills have improved and he is graduating a year early. The teachers as well as the administrators expect nothing but the best from him and when he doesn't give it, they remind him and help him get back to it. They are some of the most supportive teachers and staff that I have had the pleasure to encounter, and I have had children in school for more than 15 years. They are not perfect in everything, but I believe they are trying constantly to reach perfection, and when a small problem arises, they make every attempt to rectify it. As far as the curriculum, it is far better than a 5 star traditional school that my children were attending. I also find it much easier to keep up with what he is doing and not doing because of the immediate access to the gradebook-it lets me know if he is struggling or falling behind right then and there, and usually with immediate notification from the teacher-the teachers do not let the grade become an F before making contact-that is a big plus itself. I just can't say enough good things about our experience and they definitely outweigh the bad.
We love this program and the involvement required. The teachers at this school are top notch and seem to really think outside of the box. The family like culture that comes from the approach this school takes is perfect for my family.
It is extremely frustrating to communicate with this school if you need anything administrative. The phone system is a runaround. We have no report cards or high school transcripts yet from Spring semester, and it is August. The fax number they give to get the transcripts from goes through but a reply is never sent. During the school year, you feel very alone and disconnected from the school, although very connected with your own child, thereby sharing their frustrations as well. The school is not keeping up with the pace it is growing and is very disorganized. The k12 email system and programs are very cumbersome and slow. The teachers are average, but you never see them, so connecting is difficult, and they have way too many students to help any individually. Elementary students get little feedback from teachers, and use too many animated lessons. I'd say this is OK for students who are highly self-motivated, independent, and advanced, with a high tolerance for frustrations with computer problems. They also started my children late, expecting them to catch up. Foreign languages use teachers not in Indiana, & computerized language programs, and are easy to fall behind in.
We are finishing our second year at Hoosier Academy. The teaching staff is above average and work hard for the success of their students. The K-12 classes are challenging. Since students are home schooled as part of their education, there is a high level of parental involvement. If you want a quality education for your child and are willing to be involved with their education, I would recommend this school to you. If you have older children, there is a middle & High school program. They also have a totally virtual program that many home schoolers are using.
This is a great combination of homeschooling and public school. The curriculum and expectations are higher than a regular public school. It is important the parents are dedicated in order to make this successful for their child. This is our first year but, so far so good! The teachers seem very devoted and we are very happy with our decision.
The school is a great compromise between home schooling and public schooling. I feel like my kids are getting a better education then they were in traditional public schooling. It allows for each student to have their individual needs addressed. From the gifted, to the kids that need a little help, as well as the kids that are just in the middle, it has been a great fit for us!
Being at this school for two years now, my family loves the school. Yes, being a first year parent can be tough, but after a few months you get the full swing of it. Hoosier Academy is a great school for challenged students. Every teacher, student, and staff member truly cares about each other. This isn't a school with a caste syestem and many bullies; it's a place students can call home. -A student
As a brand new Hoosier Academy family I find it to be very disorganized and overwhelming. I have 2 students attending. They email constantly with 1-4 attachments on almost every email. I like the teachers, but feel that instead of making the program easy to follow they just pile on more instruction for the learning coaches. There has to be a better way than just further complicating things! Instead of having the offline assignments laid out and easy to follow you have to do an entire elluminate session to get to the assignment. This would be ok, but I was told we can pace ourselves and use the pacing guide as just that a guide. In reality we are so behind that I don't know what to do. I have just gotten an email from his teacher about an assignment we didn't turn in. My son's first day was last week, due to being a late starter, and they expect the first week of school work to just be piled on top of the other work. They have all of their classes on top of the I-step preparedness study that is done on study island, which is also required. I just don't understand how we can do all of it in one day. I'm losing my mind, and anxious that I'll get my kids kicked out of school.
Our experience was nothing like the last review submitted. We were at Hoosier Academy Indianapolis for 3 years. Each year they have made changes that were both a surprise and that took them farther away from the format the school began with. This format, of course, was the whole reason we chose HAINDY in the first place. We stuck with it, hoping things would improve, but the leaders obviously have an agenda that they are working toward, and it has nothing to do with what most of the parents I have spoken with want. We are now leaving, along with several wonderful, quality families. One of the saddest things we saw happen was the way the "ones in charge" got rid of people working at the school with no real explanation, and never giving students a chance to say goodbye. The first headmaster was well-loved by the children and families, but was replaced over the second summer. The second headmaster also became well-loved, and was replaced in the middle of the year. Some of the other staff were let go with no explanation. Yet one of those "in charge" has a very abrasive personality, and stays on. . . . .
We love Hoosier Academies Indianapolis! The teachers and staff are in constant communication with us as parents. In fact, we communicate on a daily basis through special KMails. The school strives to help each child be successful and they provide many avenues to achieve that. The teachers work hard and work with the parents, as a team, to educate the children. We have the art of technology at our fingertips, both at home, with live elluminate classes online and at school with Smart Boards in each classroom. The families have many opportunities to get to to know each other and allow social time outside of school with the many activities planned by the school staff. Each year, the school gets better and changes are made, as needed, to continually improve for the better.
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
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