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Imagine Indiana Life Sciences Academy West

Charter | K-8 | 616 students

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3 stars

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2012:
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Posted July 13, 2013

My son attends this school and at first i was unhappy with da results of his learning. A There was some bullying going on, but i always had the behavioral specialist take care of it. At the end of da year, my son was above average for his age, i had good rapport with his teacher and da school. He will be attending next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2012

This school seams to lack direction from the principle, teachers, and other staff personnel, All this kids are bullies and the staff do not care and allows it to happen
—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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
24%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
27%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
29%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
60%
Social Studies

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

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
21%
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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
22%
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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

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

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
35%

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

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
n/a

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

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

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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How schools in the state rate:

20%
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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

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 23% 10%
White 4% 72%
Multiracial 2% 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 93%N/A46%
Special education 9%N/A14%
English learners 19%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Grandparent Foster Program Award (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
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)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Clubs
  • Dance club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • 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
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 a.m.
School end time
  • 3:00 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr Keith Marsh
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (317) 297-9460

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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

Don't understand these terms?
  • Science
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • 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

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Butler University ELL Program
  • Lilly Science Coach Program
  • IASP Academic Student Activities
  • Granparent Foster Program
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Purple and Gold
School mascot
  • Eagles
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8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
621
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
800
Students typically come from these schools
Indianapolis Public Schools
Wayne Township Schools
Pike Township Schools

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
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4950 West 34th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46224
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Phone: (317) 297-9100

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