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Indianola Informal K-8 School

Public | K-8 | 572 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students79%
Female71%
Male85%
Black, non-Hispanic63%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Disabled50%
Non-disabled85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female83%
Male85%
Black, non-Hispanic63%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Disabled57%
Non-disabled90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
Female77%
Male72%
Black, non-Hispanic31%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female85%
Male>=95%
Black, non-Hispanic69%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students73%
Female77%
Male69%
Black, non-Hispanic46%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Disabled30%
Non-disabled83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female91%
Male83%
Black, non-Hispanic73%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Disabled70%
Non-disabled90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students65%
Female68%
Male62%
Black, non-Hispanic36%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Disabled40%
Non-disabled71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students88%
Female93%
Male83%
Black, non-Hispanic69%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female>=95%
Male91%
Black, non-Hispanic85%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students87%
Female90%
Male83%
Black, non-Hispanic67%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled93%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female90%
Male>=95%
Black, non-Hispanic78%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students79%
Female81%
Male75%
Black, non-Hispanic65%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Disabled33%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female92%
Male79%
Black, non-Hispanic85%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Disabled56%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students74%
Female76%
Male71%
Black, non-Hispanic50%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Disabled28%
Non-disabled93%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

In 2010-2011, this school received an Overall Rating of "Above Expected Growth".

Math

Reading

Grade 4AboveMet
Grade 5AboveAbove
Grade 6BelowMet
Grade 7MetAbove
Grade 8MetMet

About the tests


In 2010-2011, the Ohio Department of Education used the Value-Added Measure to show how much growth students made on the Ohio Achievement Test since the last school year. The state expects that student test scores will show an average year's worth of growth compared to test scores from the previous year. Ohio's Value-Added Measure is not the same as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a federal measure which uses different criteria.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

 
99 (2011)
 
97 (2010)
 
100 (2009)
 
96 (2008)

0
60
120

About the tests


Ohio uses the Performance Index to provide an overall indication of how well students perform on its standardized tests each year. The Performance Index scores are based upon how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades 3 through 8 and 10. Schools and districts earn anywhere from 1.2 points for each student scoring at the advanced level to zero points for each untested student. The Performance Index ranges between 0 and 120, with 100 as the statewide goal for all students.

Source: Ohio 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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1-3 Below Average

4-7 Average

8-10 Above Average

 

How schools in the state rate:

22%
of schools in the state are Below average
54%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value-added estimates from the state of Ohio.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 74%
Black 24% 16%
Two or more races 8% 4%
Hispanic 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 2%
Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/A47%
Female 54%N/A49%
Male 46%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 15%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Kathryn M. Moser
Fax number
  • (614) 365-8324

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
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