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Public | K-7 | 451 students

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Posted October 27, 2013

Things are pretty poor in every respect. Teachers have to rely on parents to step up and volunteer in the classrooms because there isn't a single teacher's aid from K-8. In some cases some 8thgrade students didn't even have teachers so they were sent to spend the day in kindergarten. Over-worked teachers often yell at the children out of frustration. If a child doesn't eat fast enough, even if they are obviously eating, their tray is dumped and they go back to class hungry. To improve this school, it would have to have an increase of funding to hire teacher's aids. Teachers need to be rotated out of cafeteria duty. Modern pedagogy techniques need to be used instead of relying on old-standard ideas that haven't worked for decades. As for the upcoming 'core' curriculum, I'm a sceptic. Teachers are trained to build curriculum. Assigning one is a bad idea. Even the faculty acknowledge the school's shortcomings. Because my wife and I are interested and involved, and because our child is a bright kid who doesn't necessarily need the extra attention some of the other children require, his teacher expressed surprise that we even put our child in this school. We won't next year.
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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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
43%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
49%
Social Studies

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

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
23%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
16%

2010

 
 
33%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

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

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
n/a

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.

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n/a

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2011

 
 
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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 "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • 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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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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4-7 Average

8-10 Above Average

 

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

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Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more.

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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
Black 85% 12%
Hispanic 5% 10%
Multiracial 5% 4%
White 4% 72%
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 86%N/A46%
Special education 20%N/A14%
English learners 1%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:15 a.m.
School end time
  • 3:50 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms Tomeka Johnson
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (317) 226-3352

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
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
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
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
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150 West 40th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
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Phone: (317) 226-4243

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