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Forest Glen Elementary School

Public | 1-6 | 604 students

We are best known for Spanish language acquisition
 
 

 
 
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Posted March 17, 2014

My son has attend Forest Glen since 1st grade. We have been extremely happy with every aspect of the school. Teachers are attentive and welcome parents in the classroom. Their communication with parents is also exceptional through computer, phone, and Friday folders. Students who follow the immersion program throughout school and graduate end up at the top of their graduating class. They also have experienced a small school environment since they have been with the same 50 students since kindergarten - this also increases parental engagement because we all know each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2013

Well love Forest Glen. My kids are learing Spanish and English at the same time. Outstanding teaches and kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

Forest Glen has an amazing language imersion program, that really gives the kids a leg up in all aspects of cognitive development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2013

This is our third year at Forest Glen and we love it. Our son is in the full immersion program and it is amazing how much Spanish he has learned in three years. The school provides a wonderful multi-cultural and racially diverse environment that we wanted for our children. Families are involved in the school and we couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

we have an amazing school with great teachers and a wonderful family support system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

They have one of the most diverse programs I have seen. They truly welcome each student and help them become their personal best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

My kids LOVE school. This is our first year there and we feel like part of the family. The entire staff is willing to assist. They address your concerns immediately. And the curriculum...words can't express. My firends loved this school and it came highly recommended now I see why. In a word Forest Glen can be defined as 'Extended Family' okay that's two :) I love my children new school and they do too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

I love Forest Glen because of the dedication and support that the teachers demonstrate. Everyone that I have come into contact with has been nothing but supportive towards my sons and I and I really appreciate feeling like they are going the extra mile for all of their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Forest Glen Elementary School is a great school for my daughter to attned. She is learning spanish and expanding her 'big words!' My wife and I are very pleased with Forest Glen and wish all the best in the years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

The school is much like a family to me, my daughter loves getting up in the morning and going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

There are so many great things about our school that it is hard to pick one thing, but I really, really love the feeling of belonging that happens there. Everyone is treated like family. We are very fortunate to have a diverse population, and everyone there is learning a Spanish as a second language.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

I love Forest Glen! I have 2 children in Global and 1 in Immersion. My husband and I feel as if we have won the lottery by going to such an awesome school in a public school system. The atmosphere in the school is exciting. There is so much learning going on about the world. My kids LOVE going to school everyday. All the teachers are there because they love what they do not because it is just a paycheck. The parental involvement is overwhelming. And the principal and her staff are always avaliable if needed. I wish my kids could be there forever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

My child was accepted into Forest Glen and I went in for a tour before the school year. I was a bit disappointed in what I saw in the classrooms. To me, it appeared to be a bit chaotic. I saw a lot of children running around, horsing around, etc in their classes, during class time, not recess. The kind of play I saw should be in the playground. I decided not to send my child to Forest Glen. However, I do know several children that go there and the parent and children both love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2005

This is truly an excellent school with very caring teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2005

I have 2 children (1 in global, 1 immersion) who have completed their 1st year at FG and I am extremely impressed w/ their progress! The faculty really care about&respect the children. My son's Spanish teacher was wonderful about challenging him to reach his full potential and he excelled! My daughter(Kdgn-immersion) started off a little frustrated, however, it is essential that you work closely w/ your child's teacher and learn the curriculum so that you can help them at home. Tutoring for parents/child is readily available.Math pentathlon was great for my son (1st gr.global). The PTA puts on numerous events throughout the year to raise $$ for new playground equipment,they even let the kids decide which they wanted. My children are well-rounded, diversified, and respect all. When the Watoto Children's choir from Africa performed for the children, they were moved! I want my children exposed to such diveristy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2004

Forest Glen is a remarkable school. We have two children in the immersion program and they are doing very well. My oldest child was reading at a 9th grade level of English in 4th grade. There are studies that document children who learn a second language at an early age do excel and pass their peers in many areas, especially standardized tests. The program is not for all kids, unfortunately some parents will not take their kids out of the program when it is recognized by the teachers that the child is struggling. The teacher are a cut above any public school teachers I have seen, they care about the students and the parents are very involved in their childrens education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2004

We have had two children pass through this program and are very happy. The poster above, although entitled to their opinion are not in line with the hard facts. Thirty Percent of the students in Immersion went on to participate in honors English in the 6th Grade. When looking at ISTEP scores, the Immersion population as a whole out performed the mean for the township and showed significant separation. The program is not only producing bi-lingual kids, but also excelling in other areas, including English. The program is not for every student and the faculty does a nice job of identifying who should seek other alternatives. Immersion has been around for over 25 years, so I would hardly consider the kids Guinea Pigs. It is a great program and offers unique opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2004

My children are in the global studies program at Forest Glen and we just love it. Along with a regular elementary curriculum, the children have Spanish classes each day. Also, the children continuosly study foreign countries. The knowledge my children have gained about other peoples, cultures, etc, is invaluable. Another bonus has been that whenever one of my children needed a little extra help (with reading or math), the school automatically offers free tutoring. This is what is meant by 'no child left behind.' This school also offers ESL classes for students who need it. It also offers Spanish classes for parents who would like to be able to speak to their children (aiding schoolwork).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Forest Glen has a spanish immersion program which is not successful for many of the students. The goal of the program is to totally immerse the children in spanish until fourth grade,creating bilingual students lacking no skills in english even though the don't teach english. The students skills are suppose to be equal in both english and spanish leaving no student to fall behind. This program is not teaching students to read and write the english language. Many parents have had to use outside tutoring to bring their children up to grade level in english. They are also tutoring in spanish because the children are struggling. It's not fair to use the students as guinea pigs until the school figures out how to make the program work. The children have to work far to hard and the program is not doing what parents were told it would do.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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81%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%

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 84% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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46%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

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

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%

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

  • 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

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55%
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25%
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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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
White 40% 72%
Hispanic 35% 10%
Black 18% 12%
Multiracial 6% 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 42%N/A46%
Special education 7%N/A14%
English learners 25%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
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)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Dance club
  • Drama club

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • 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)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:35 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs Kelly Jackson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (317) 823-5455

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Spanish Immersion and Dual Imm
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • World Percussion Group
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Spell Bowl
  • Student United Nations
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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
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • International travel opportunities for students at Forest Glen provide cultural and language immersion experiences that will maximize their awareness and appreciation for the world in which we live.
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