Students enrolled 572
School leader Mrs. Kathryn M. Moser
Transportation options Yes
District Columbus City School District

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251 East Weber Rd
Columbus, OH 43202

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4 stars
Based on 29 ratings

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June 28, 2012
My son attended Indianola from Kindergarten to eighth grade. Indianola is a public school with a staff that works very hard to bring excellent education to all children. I am in the education profession and would highly recommend Indianola to all students. I always felt that the staff put children first and made learning fun and challenging for all children. My son starts high school in fall 2012, and it is very hard to leave a school that treated him like family. The staff worked very well together to create an excellent education for all students.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2012
I am a student going into 5th grade,and if there was a star for 3.5 thats what I would give my school. I love my school because it is creative,has nice teachers,the gifted programs are really fun, and the teachers are very flexible. I am currently looking for a new middle school though, because in science on the OAA we had many questions that weren't even a part of our curriculum, we have to go out of our comfort zone to do music warm-ups, and there are a ton of random roaches that fall on you. I like school overall and would just like to thank my many teachers for there epicness.But will you please teach more science:)lol.

- submitted by a community member
November 19, 2010
This school has been a big dissapointment. Unless you are part of the "Indianola Family" be prepared to be dismissed or patronized by the administration if you have any problems with student/teacher ratio or bullying.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
informal learning is great! our kids love going to school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
This school has consistantly carried the highest reputation in our city. And it has the greatest PARENTS.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 16, 2010
They do a phenomenal of creating a unique and enriching educational experience well beyond many 'traditional' schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
The staff really cares about the students' well-being and create many opportunities for parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Great teachers who are focused on the whole child and individual growth. Wonderful community made up of compassionate parents who love the world and all its children.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
My child has been attending Indy since KD. She is now in third grade! While I was initially concerned that all of the recent building - hopping and rapid growth of the school would diminish what makes the school such a special place, I have since been pleasantly surprised. The school definitely feels less intimate than before, but the teachers and the PTO continue to strive to provide a communal experience for the students. The best part is: my child loves her school. She is excited about learning and she feels free to express her ideas. Our family has had a positive experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Great education, great people, great location. Love it!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2009
Superior parent involvement, caring staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
supportive staff, creative curriculum, lots of opportunities for students

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
Indianola recently received among the highest standardized test scores in the district. As of this review, the program's off to an excellent start in a renovated building. For a program to have performed so well through a rough transition in a temporary building (confusing, cobbled-up physical space, lackluster resources) it is sure to make the utmost of the great resources that the permanent location offers. The Columbus School district is notorious for loosing student population to suburban flight(1971 body of 110.000; 55,000 in 2007). Rather than flee the district in the hopes of a better program, a community has instead galvanized around the concept of 'Quality Neighborhood Schools'. That's the difference. Rather than move individually to where a good school is offered, a community has decided to take it upon it's collective self to create a great school...and it's succeeding!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2009
I love this school! The teachers and staff work hard to give the students a well rounded education to prepare them to be global minded citizens.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2009
Kindergarten is too rigorous and the classes are quite large. One teacher is not sufficient for 28 students. Not a good school if your child needs individual attention.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 16, 2009
I find this school very clique-ish and the parents are judgemental toward those who aren't 'alternative' enough. My child is very happy at Indianola, but I won't be sad to leave.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2009
I attended Indi from Kindergarten all the way through 8th grade. This is a school with an amazing and involved community, and a school that has wonderful academic, arts, and extracurricular programs. The addition of sports teams this year and the completion of the middle school expansion have succeeded in making it even an even more well rounded program. All of my teachers at Indi have understood us as people and students; connected with parents and student alike; met our learning needs; and taught in an effective, interesting, informative, and useful way. I leave Indianola with fond memories and a excellent education.

- submitted by a student
June 11, 2009
What a breath of fresh air- excellence abounds here. Teachers and parents work in concert to make sure these children thrive with individualized programs designed to unearth their talents. With a connection to OSU, they have access to things like Italian classes and photography atypical for any elementary. Lottery is tough- more than 300 waitlisted in Kindergarten each year, but worth going for it. As a UA grad, I wanted something amazing without the attitude, and my family found that here.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2009
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November 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
Indianola is such a great school with a wonderful community a great curriculum really nice techers and we have great arts and now that we have moved to another building we have gym as do other schools. It think its good that we have dance and gym because dance keeps us active and energetic and gym encourages kids because its fun. We have a bigger building but its still not enough. Which is a problem. But overall its great!

- submitted by a student
June 09, 2007
I am a student in 4th grade at this school i just am starting 5th! I do agree that we have such a great community no one is excluded we respect differences and we have the most amazing teachers!but we have a lousy district and a bad school location I am glad we are expanding to k-8 and yesterday was our last day in the building (almost 100 years old!) I don't think our school has as much active/ athletic education as it should have but I think were growing and were becoming a larger group which will change things alot! -mounir lynch

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June 08, 2007
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May 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
Indianola is an amazing public school that is strongly supported by its staff and parents. It is certainly worth the effort of the lottery process. The school was recently expanded to house middle school and will become a K-8 school at a new location. Many exciting changes are occurring and much opportunity is on the horizon to expand informal-type education to older children. This school is really a jewel.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
I am absolutely thrilled that this program is now expanding to a K-8 program. My 4 children are all thriving at Indy and I would never have them anywhere else. The integrated curriculum, cooperative learning, arts integration, informal teaching/learning model is played daily out in this exemplary program. Even with the constraints of district, state and national standards and testing, the excellent teaching staff has managed to cover all that is required and much much more. Parent involvement is a huge part of the success of the school. You will see parents participating in learning experiences, doing guest speaking appearances, and volunteering around the school in countless ways every day. Parents are always welcome even in the middle school level classrooms. No wonder people are applying by the hundreds for a few coveted lottery seats each year. If only the Columbus Public School district would realize how exceptional this school is!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
This was my child's first year at Indianola and most of her experiences have been positive. The informal philosophy is fully embraced so if your child works best in highly structured environments this would probably not be a good match for your child. Although there are many opportunities for parents to be involved if you are new to the school it is somewhat difficult to get with the 'Indy Way of Doing' unless you know another parent who has been at the school. For the most part the teacher's are good at balancing an integrated curriculum. Although the school lacks significant diversity the staff is pretty open to feedback and suggestions. You'll love the principal.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
Indianola is the sole reason we have remained in the district. However, with our move to a swing space which is less than ideal, combined with a 9:30 start time, which is horrible for so many reasons and still amazing to me that it hasn't been overturned by the logic-police...makes our commitment year to year. It is unfortunate that a school with such an extraordinary staff, diverse student body and an active parent group is stuck in such a lousy district. It is the Indianola community that makes it worthwhile in spite of the district it resides in.

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April 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2007
Indianola has a wonderful community and creative approach to the curriculum. My daughter's teachers in K-2 have been fantastic. Dance, music, and art all reinforce or tie to the curriculum, helping students make connections that few other schools make the effort to do. Beware though - high teacher to student ration - 27 students in a class does no one justice. The district is consumed by their own problems and are unable to think clearly about solutions. The school has a 9:30 start time. This goes against all research that indicates elelenmtary students should start first; it goes against parents who work; and is hated by teachers and parents universally. If you can get in, you'll love the school, and probably hate the district.

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March 17, 2006
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September 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2004
My son attended Indianola from grade K-5, from 1991-1997. He is graduating from high school this fall, with an outstanding GPA, excellent ACT results, and is receiving a merit scholarship from the state of Louisiana for full tuition to LSU (we live in Louisiana now). The staff was enthusiastic and motivated. The curriculum was inventive and in-depth. By focusing on the child's needs and interests rather than a rigid structure that all the children 'should' be following, the children flourished. I have lived in the south and the southwest for seven years, and have never seen a school to compare to Indianola. My great regret about leaving Ohio is that my little boy, who will enter K in the fall, will not be able to attend Indianola.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2004
Indianola Informal ES teaches in a child-centered method. The instruction is coordinated between core subject matter and the arts. The parent involvement is outstanding and supported by a very involved PTA. Enrichment activities for students include an award-winning chess team, language, math, science and book clubs.

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Indianola Informal K-8 School
251 East Weber Rd, Columbus, OH  43202
(614) 365-5579
Last modified Indianola Informal K-8 School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Indianola Informal K-8 School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top