"We are best known for high expectations & academic success"
Students enrolled 1140
Hours 8:50 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
School leader Mr. Troy Knoderer
Transportation options Yes
District M S D Lawrence Township School District
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7555 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46226

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(317) 964-6200
(317) 543-3355
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4 stars
Based on 25 ratings

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August 24, 2014
I addition to being a teacher here at Belzer, I am also a proud parent. I know that EVERY SINGLE teacher works tirelessly to meet students at their level and work to not only catch them up, but leads them to excellence. It is an uncommon experience to have a staff and principal know every students' current progress and everyone works as a team to improve their overall education. There is not just a single Language Arts or Math or Science or Social Studies teacher charged with helping each student grow academically; but rather everyone has a stake in every students' success, including the custodial staff, instructional assistants, special area teachers and more. We work together and it feels good to teach here, but also to bring my student to school each day knowing the level of effort and high expectations each teacher is putting forth daily in every child's education. Thank you all!!

- submitted by a teacher
February 26, 2014
In case people forgot, EVERYTHING has its pros and cons. Every school is going to have its problems. My daughter just left Belzer last year, she was there for her 7th and 8th grade years. She LOVED it there (as much as a child can love school). One of the things that my daughter loved about Belzer was the principal Mr. Knoderer. She noted how he made a point to know all of his students; he saw a face... he knew their name. He talked to them about how they were doing; he valued them all and their opinions and I think much of the staff fed off of this as well. I've had a few emotional/mental concerns with my daughter due to a great deal of loss in her life and when sharing this with her counselor Mrs. Neal, she showed great compassion, maintained communication with myself and her teachers and helped my daughter whenever she needed it. I cannot say enough how much I've loved Lawrence Township! I hope it only continues to prosper!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2014
Our daughter attended Belzer for 7th and 8th grade. We were very pleased with the quality of her education. The communication from teachers was excellent and consistent. She greatly enjoyed the extracurriculars including band and sports. Belzer prepared her very well to take advanced courses in high school. We are eager for our next child to come to Belzer.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2010
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- submitted by a student
October 11, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 26, 2007
I have 2 sons who attend BMS and 1 son who is now in high school and he also attended BMS from 7th to 8th grade. My personal opinion regarding BMS is that the teachers that my sons have had throughout their tenure @ BMS are good at what they do and seem to be sincere in making sure that the students understand what is expected of them and make sure they retain and understand the information that is being taught throughout the year with lots of different resources. I also like the fact that each grade has a team and that there's 1 teacher that is designated the team leader of the team and on a more regular basis sends emails to the parents upcoming homework, progress reports, upcoming events, etc. Keep up the good work

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 03, 2007
I have two boys in Belzer Middle School and have been fortunate enough to always have a fairly good group of teachers. We have also been fortunate enough to have a few teachers that truly have made a difference for my sons. And my experience with school staff outside of my own children has always shown them to be caring and interested in the best interests.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2007
Belzer Middle School is a great school that provides good education for growing teenagers minds and it also packs lots of fun in the learning activities

- submitted by a student
January 10, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 23, 2006
We have had three children attend Belzer Middle School. My last daughter recently completed the 7th grade. We have had excellent teachers during our tenure. There are many opportunities for student and parent involvement. The counselors are experienced and respond promptly to concerns. I have found that in any school setting that it is essential to be a partner with the school. The students that perform academically, follow the rules, and participate in activities are the happiest.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2006
All I ahve to say is that Belzer Middle School is great. They have good teachers, good security, plenty extra-curricular activities, and good classes. Students learn what they should at a rate they are comfortable with. The normal classes are good for people that learn at a normal rate, while the STRETCH program challenges the students highly, seeing they do 8th grade math. This is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a student
June 26, 2005
This school does offer academic and extracurricular activities. But you the parent's need to get involved with your child. Middle school is a culture shock for us all, my daughter went from F's to A,B honor roll, Avid program, color guard, orchestra and cheerleading and anything that can keep that little mind busy. Belzer has been a learning experience but it's middle school. So quit putting it down and get involved in your childs life, it's not the schools place to raise your kids. Teachers don't get paid enough already, have you looked at their income level ? They don't get paid enought o babysit 25 kids per class.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
I have had mixed feelings about this school. My son had one year that was not very good as far as the teaching, but has had one excellent group of teachers and one average group.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
This school provided the best that they could offer given the financial circumstances. Lack of books, space. The school security is getting better. more police are on school grounds, which seems to have assisted the over the top amount of crimes that occur on a daily basis.

- submitted by a former student
February 13, 2005
As a parent of 3 BMS kids, I have to say that it has been a wonderful experience. My kids loved it there and most of their teachers. No school is perfect and just like the 'real world' they ran into challenging situations, but our kids have gained a lot from being there. The TD classes are challenging - if you let the teachers challenge. My only complaint is that there is clearly a group of parents who 'gang up' on teachers and other parents when they don't get their way. My only advice to them is get over it - you're not gaining anything by putting down others and forcing your way into certain classes or getting your kids put onto teams with 'their friends'. You're not teaching your kids anything by making things easy for them. The world does not revolve around you.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2004
The quality of education is extremely inferior to the schools in the suburbs. It is dangerous and the teachers don't seem to care about their students. TD classes are not even as good as regular classes in other schools. The core subjects are weak. School spirit is strong. The school does not seem very safe to me.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2004
I am a 8th grade student that goes to Belzer, and to me it is one of the best schools ever. Belzer Middle School is one of the first schools to have the Avid Program. This program is a class that prepares students for college. There aren't alot of fights in my opinon, and when there is they call the police and that makes me feel safe. They have a very low tolerance for disruptive students. We have so many parents and helpers and extra curriculum activities that there is hardly anyway to get in trouble. The main reason that the school is a success is because of the principal he is involved in every single student, and mostly everyday he comes and eats in the cafeteria, which shows he cares. This is a wonderful school and I would recommend sending your child here.

- submitted by a student
June 19, 2004
If you want your son/daughter to have an inner city experience-this is the school! TD at Belzer isn't the kind of challenge you think. I think the main emphasis at this school is population management. I think kids with potential would be better served outside of Lawrence Township schools. This is not a school I am proud of.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
I have a son who is going to school, and the teachers are by far do try thier best with him. They have a good staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2004
I have 2 kids in Belzer right now and yes I have heard all about kids being in trouble and the police are called. Well to me that means its safe school that they actually take charge and call the police. Where we came from if my kids got hurt from a kid in his school at school I had to wait and when my kid got home from school I had to call the police. I think like all schools there are good teachers and some that are not so good but that goes for the parents to. When we have kids that do not want to live by the rules and get into trouble we have parents that back them up. I think that belzer is great.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2004
In response to a previous review, I have never seen an arrest or a fight at the school, and I am there once a week. I can't say it never happpens, but the principal runs a tight ship, and I do not worry about my child's safety while at school. My child has great teachers, and she is in the Talent Development program (gifted and talented)and receiving a very good education.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2003
Belzer is not a safe school for teachers or students.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Belzer is a good school. The staff is very high quality, caring about students and their academic success. It is a large school and unfortunately things happen! The scores of the students are higher than average and the students are prepared to go on to high school and college. Parents are given ample opportunity to participate and are welcome in classrooms at any time. Belzer is a safe school. It is much safer than most others. People need to look at the whole picture not just a isolated incident. I moved to the area to be in the Belzer district.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
I have one child attending Belzer at this time and believe it to be an excellent school. I have heard no reports of trouble in the school. They have great academics and extra-curricular activities. I have found the staff to be caring and accessible.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2003
One of the worst schools I have ever seen!It is dangerous. Every time I would visit the school, I would see another student getting arrested or I would see a fight. I would never recommend sending your child to this school because they will not receive a decent education. There are so many other schools that are much better. Even their GATE courses are a joke. I think this school does a real disservice to students unless of course they are in the band. That is the only good thing I would say about the school.

- submitted by a parent
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Belzer Middle School
7555 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN  46226
(317) 964-6200
Last modified Belzer Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Belzer Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews.