In the past few weeks, Chalkbeat has written about IPS’s 10 A rated schools, 11 schools that Superintendent Lewis Ferebee has put on high alert because of consecutive F grades and another 27 schools the district or the state have placed on watch lists to monitor their progress.
That’s most of the districts schools, which raised a question — why not summarize the academic status of all of IPS’s 65 graded schools? (A few IPS schools were not given A to F grades last year either because they don’t serve students in the tested grades or because they are too new to have enough data for a grade to be given.)
For parents, students, teachers and others who want to be able to look up just how their schools are performing on state tests, and how they’ve been judged by the state, in one place here is the complete list of all IPS schools. To find out more about each school, see all of the district’s school websites on IPS’s schools page here. For more data and information about the schools, use the Indiana Department of Education’s Compass system to search for test scores, demographic data and more for any Indiana public school. Additional ratings and reviews of public and private school in Indianapolis can be found through the Indianapolis portal of GreatSchools.org.
SCHOOLS RATED A
These 10 schools were rated an A for 2012-13 by the state. For more in depth profiles of the A schools see this story.
Also known as Ernie Pyle Elementary School, School 90 has had a remarkable five-year run of improving test performance. It has been rated an A school for five consecutive years, including twice being honored by the Indiana Department of Education for ranking among the state’s best schools for test score growth. Over four years its ISTEP gains have raised the school’s passing rate to 84 percent last year — more than 10 points above the state average — from 55 percent in 2009.
School 79, also known as Carl Wilde Elementary School, has thrived despite a huge influx of foreign students. About half of the school’s enrollment is learning English as a second language. After consecutive F’s in 2005 and 2006, the school has steadily improved and is now one of IPS’s most consistent high performers, having earned 3 straight A’s. The school is located on the city’s Northwest side Last year 60 percent of its students passed ISTEP.
Also known as Anna Brochhausen Elementary School, School 88 is located on the East side. It had been struggling with three consecutive C’s before it fell to an F in 2012. That led IPS to expand its successful Project Restore program to the school. Project Restore was developed by two School 99 teachers. At School 88, the one year turnaround was tremendous, to 56 percent passing ISTEP last year from 37 percent in 2012. It’s grade jumped to an A from an F.
Crispus Attucks High School
Located downtown, Crispus Attucks was converted back to a high school from a middle school in 2006 and given a medical magnet theme. The school serves grades 6 to 12 and its high school jumped from a D to an A in 2012 and held the higher grade again this year. The high school’s passing rate on end of course exams held steady last year at 80 percent. Middle school students have not fared as well, earning a D.
Located on the East side, School 74 is a Spanish immersion magnet school that is also known as Theodore Potter Elementary School. Its grade jumped from a D in 2012 to an A in 2013. School 74 has earned an A in five of the last eight years. Since 2011, the school’s ISTEP passing rate has jumped to 82 percent — nine points above the state average — from 54 percent.
Also known as Francis W. Parker Elementary School, this North side Montessori-theme elementary magnet schools was rated an F two years ago. It’s one of just three K to 8 schools in IPS. (Ferebee last month said he felt the K to 8 design might better serve middle school students than 7 to 12 community high schools and 6 to 12 magnet high schools.) School 56 has seen a three-year gain in the percent of students passing ISTEP to 78 percent passing last year — exceeding the state average — from 59 percent in 2011.
Also known as Rousseau McClellan Elementary School, School 91 is also a Montessori school on the North side. School 91 has earned seven A’s over the past eight years. Its 82 percent passing rate on ISTEP in 2013 was above the state average, its highest rate in a decade and a seven-point jump over 2012.
Located downtown, School 2 is one of IPS’s three Center for Inquiry schools. The schools are overseen by Chris Collier, who was part of a group of teachers in 1991 who created the original CFI curriculum at School 92. CFI borrows the inquiry approach to study from science, in which students solve problems using experimentation, and applies it to all subjects. School 2, which serves students grades K to 8, has earned an A or B for five consecutive years and its passing rate on ISTEP is on a five year upward trend and exceeded the state average, reaching 82 percent last year.
Another CFI school, School 84 is located in the North side and has earned five consecutive A’s. With 92 percent of its students passing ISTEP, School 84 is the district’s second highest scoring elementary school. In 2013, it reached its highest ISTEP passing rate of the decade. In 2011, School 84 was named national elementary school of the year by the Magnet Schools Association.
Sidener Academy for High Ability Students
This school for students who test as gifted is perhaps IPS’s most unique magnet school. It serves grades 2 to 7 and has earned four straight A’s since it opened in 2008. Last year, Sidener saw 99.6 percent pass ISTEP, ranking it No. 1 in the state. That means it had a higher percentage of kids pass than any of the wealthiest suburban schools in the state.
SCHOOLS RATED B
These eight school earned B grades last year and are not under any special monitoring from the central office.
Broad Ripple High School
Located on the North side of Indianapolis, Broad Ripple is a magnet school for arts and humanities for grades 6 to 12. The school narrowly avoided state takeover in 2012 after six straight years of F grades. Broad Ripple was instead assigned a “lead partner,” or an outside organization to help make changes. Since then, its high school end of course test scores have improved and now are among the best in the district at 68 percent passing.
Key Learning Community Elementary School
Part of a unique, project learning based K-12 school located just west of downtown, the elementary school had a 21-point gain on ISTEP last year to 57 percent passing. That raised its grade to a B from an F.
Harshman Middle School
Located on the East side, Harshman is a magnet school for science, technology, engineering, math and world languages. After four consecutive F grades, Harshman began a resurgence in 2011 under Principal Robert Guffin and now has had consecutive B grades. The school made a big 27-point gain on ISTEP in 2011 and scores have continued to climb to 73 percent passing last year.
Also know as William McKinley Elementary School, School 39 is a neighborhood school on the Southeast side. Last year’s B grade was a big turnaround from an F the prior year. Before that, the school had five D grades in six years. The B was fueled by an 18-point jump on ISTEP to 64 percent passing.
Also known as Brookside Elementary School, School 54 is a neighborhood school on the city’s East side. The school jumped last year to a B from an F the prior year, thanks largely to a 12-point swing on ISTEP to 50 percent passing, its highest rate since 2008. It was the first time in a decade the school’s grade was above a C.
Also known as George W. Julian Elementary School, School 57 is a neighborhood school located on the city’s East side. The school’s grade moved up from to a B last year, its highest grade since 2005, after a string of Cs. School 57’s 64 percent passing rates was a six-point jump over the prior year and the its highest passing rate since 2007.
Also known as Charles W. Fairbanks Elementary School, School 105 is a neighborhood school located on the East side. The school’s grade jumped to a B in 2013 from an F the prior year. Over the past decade, the school has earned mostly D’s. Its passing rate rose 12 points to 51 percent last year, the school’s highest rate since 2007.
Also known as Jonathan Jennings Elementary School, School 109 is a neighborhood school on the Northwest side. It earned a B from the state last year, up from a C the prior year, its highest grade in eight years. The school’s passing rate was 62 percent in 2013, up eight points from the prior year and its highest passing rate since 2008.
SCHOOLS RATED C
These nine schools also are free from any special district or state oversight as long as their grades don’t slip to a D or F.
Cold Spring School
Cold Spring is an environmental magnet elementary school located on the Northwest side of Indianapolis. As recently as 2010, the school was rated an A, but it struggled since then. Cold Spring’s grade fell to an F in 2011 but improved to a C and then a B last year. Three years of test gains have boosted the school’s passing rate to 64 percent last year.
Key Learning Community Junior High School
Like the elementary school at this K-12 magnet school just west of downtown, Key’s middle school grade is on the rise. It jumped to a C last year from an F the prior year. Still, test scores remain low, as just 29 percent of middle schoolers passed ISTEP last year.
Shortridge Magnet Junior High School
Among the city’s combined middle and high schools, Shortridge is an anomaly — its middle school grade outshines its high school grade. The middle school last year jumped to a C from a D the prior year while the high school earned a D. About 60 percent of middle school students passed ISTEP last year.
Also known as Frederick Douglas Elementary School, School 19 is a kinesthetic learning magnet school l for grades K to 8 located on the city’s South side. The school has mostly been rated a C the past five years, with the exception of 2012 when it earned an A. Its grade fell back to a C in 2013. Its passing rate of 56 percent last year was down seven points from the prior year.
Located just East of downtown, School 27 had been struggling when it was designated as the city’s third Center for Inquiry school in 2012. The school has made slow but steady test score gains since then. The school’s grade rose to a C in 2013 from a D in 2012. The school’s ISTEP passing rate improved four points to 56 percent passing in 2013.
Also known as Raymond Brandes Elementary School, School 65 is a neighborhood school on the South side. After a pair of F grades in 2011 and 2012 School 65 raised its grade to a C last year. ISTEP scores have climbed for three years and now stand at 57 percent passing.
Also known as Floro Torrence Elementary School, School 83 is a neighborhood school on the Northeast side of Indianapolis. School 83 has mostly been a C school over the past five years but dropped to an F in 2012 before rebounding to a C again in 2013. Its ISTEP passing rate of 51 percent last year was a three-year high.
Also known as Arlington Woods Elementary School, School 99 is the birthplace of IPS’s highly regarded Project Restore program. After two teachers launched the program at the East side school, its grade soared to an A in 2012 after five years in which it never exceeded a C. In 2013, the school’s grade fell back to a C after its passing rate fell two points to 58 percent.
Also known as Paul I. Miller Elementary School, School 114 is a neighborhood school on the Southeast side of Indianapolis. The school was rated an A in 2011 but fell to a D in 2012 before rebounding to a C last year. School 114’s 63 percent passing rate was its highest rate in five years.
SCHOOLS RATED D
These schools are among those getting extra scrutiny from the district and the state this year in an effort to improve their performance.
Key Learning Community High School
The high school portion of this unique K-12 magnet school has struggled. Located just west of downtown with a long tradition in project learning, a new principal was installed in 2012 and students in elementary grades made the biggest test score gain in the district last year. The high school, however, continued to struggle, earning a D last year after two consecutive F grades. But the high school’s passing rate on state end-of-course exams has made gains four consecutive years, from 7 percent passing in 2010 to 50 percent last year.
Arsenal Tech High School
Arsenal, on the East side, is host to several magnet programs, including career and technical programs and specialized study in math and science. With the exception of a lone C grade in 2011, the school has been rated a D or F for eight years, including a D the past two years. Its passing rate on end of course exams fell five points last year to 42 percent.
Shortridge High School
Converted in 2009 back from a middle school to a magnet high school for grades 6 to 12 and given a magnet theme of law and public policy, Shortridge has made slow and modest progress. The school, located on the North side, raised its grade from an F in 2011 to a D the past two years. Its ISTEP passing rate has plateaued the past two years at 51 percent.
John Marshall High School
John Marshall, located on the East side, has long been a struggling school. In 2012, it received its sixth straight F grade and narrowly avoided state takeover, instead being assigned a “lead partner” organization to help make improvements. Last year, it raised its grade to a D for the first time since 2005. Still, its passing rate on end of course exams remains very low at 25 percent.
George Washington High School
Located on the West side of Indianapolis, George Washington narrowly avoided state takeover in 2011 after six straight years of F grades. The school was instead assigned a lead partner, to help make changes. Its grade jumped to a C in 2012 but slipped to a D in 2013. The school earlier this year decided to adopt the “eight-step process,” a system of regular testing and regrouping students based on their skill levels.
Longfellow Middle School
Longfellow, located on the city’s East side, had three consecutive F grades before it closed and reopened. Now a magnet school with a global learning focus, the school received a D last year. Its ISTEP passing rate has made three years of gains to reach 40 percent last year.
Also called James Garfield Elementary School, it is a neighborhood school located on the city’s South side. School 31′s grade improved from a D to a C to a B in 2012 before falling back to a D last year. School 31 had 51 percent of students pass ISTEP last year, down three points from the prior year.
Also called James Whitcomb Riley Elementary School, it’s a neighborhood school located on the city’s North side. Mostly a C school over the past five years, School 43 moved up to an A in 2012 but fell back to a D last year. Its 49 percent passing rate last year was a four-year low.
Also called Daniel Webster Elementary School, it’s a neighborhood school located in Southwest Indianapolis. The school has a 29-year partnership with Kroger, which buys supplies, supports teacher training and provides volunteers. After four straight years as an A school, its grade fell to a C in 2012 and then to a D last year. Its 56 percent passing rate last year on ISTEP was an eight-year low.
Also called Louis B. Russell Jr. Elementary School, School 48 is located on the North side. Rated a D last year, the school has not been above that grade in six years. School 48 has seen three years of gains on ISTEP, with 45 percent passing last year.
Also called William Penn Elementary School, located south of downtown, School 49 has been consistent — rated a D for six straight years with roughly the same ISTEP passing rate of about 52 percent.
Also called Stephen Collins Foster Elementary School, it’s a neighborhood school on the city’s West side. The school has mostly been rated a D over the past five years before jumping to a B in 2012 and then falling back to a D last year.
Also called Mary Nicholson Elementary School, School 70 is a performing arts magnet school located on the North side. The school was an A in 2011 but fell to an F and has stayed there for two years. Its 55 percent passing rate has fallen for three straight years.
Also called Christian Park Elementary School, School 82 is located east of downtown. The school was an A in 2011 but has earned D’s the past two years. Its ISTEP passing rate was 56 percent last year.
Also called George S. Buck Elementary School, School 94 is located on the city’s East side. After a pair of F’s, it improved to a D last year. Its 55 percent passing rate was a three-year high.
Also called Meredith Nicholson Elementary School, School 96 is a neighborhood school on the city’s Northwest side. The school jumped from an F to an A in 2012 before falling back to a D last year. Its 54 percent passing rate on ISTEP was down eight points from the prior year.
Also called Robert Lee Frost Elementary School, it’s a neighborhood school on the city’s Northeast side. After two consecutive F’s, the school saw its grade jump to B in 2012 but fell back to a D last year. The school had 50 percent of its students pass ISTEP last year and its passing rate has mostly ranged between 40 and 50 percent for eight years.
SCHOOLS RATED F
These schools are getting intense oversight from IPS, particularly the 11 lowest performers singled out by Ferebee for close monitoring earlier this year.
Northwest High School and Junior High School
Northwest narrowly avoided state takeover when it raised its grade to a C in 2011 after five straight years of F grades. Northwest’s grade quickly fell back to an F the next two years. Located, as the name suggests, on the city’s Northwest side, its passing rate on end of course exams fell three percentage points in 2013 from the prior year to 25 percent. Northwest’s High School’s middle school classes collectively were also rated an F the past two years. Its passing rate on ISTEP trended slightly up, to 23 percent passing from 18 percent the prior year, but those rates are very low.
Broad Ripple Junior High School
While the high school has seen improved scores, he performance of middle school students has remained a trouble spot. The middle school saw its grade drop to an F last year from a C and its ISTEP passing percentage also went down slightly to 56 percent.
Crispus Attucks Junior High School
While the high schools has earned consecutive A’s, middle school students have not fared as well. The middle school grade dropped to an F this year, down from a D last year, with 54 percent passing.
George Washington Junior high School
While the high school made some progress since being assigned a lead partner, the middle school has continued to struggle like most other IPS combined high schools. The grade for middle school dropped to an F last year from a D the prior year with 25 percent passing ISTEP.
John Marshall Junior High School
The middle school students at John Marshall have earned consecutive F grades based on its very low test scores. More troubling is the trend line. Last year, just 18 percent of middle school students passed both English and math on ISTEP, a drop from 22 percent the prior year.
Also called Washington Irving Elementary School, School 14 has seen a steady slide in its test performance over the past decade. A neighborhood school located just east of downtown, it was rated an A in 2005. It’s been rated a C three times in the past seven years, but the school was rated an F the past two years and its passing rate on ISTEP is in a four-year decline. Its 41 percent passing rate last year was School 14’s lowest in eight years.
Also called Thomas D. Gregg Elementary School, School 15 is located east of downtown. The school fell to an F last year from a C in 2012 and has remained there. Its 40 percent passing rate on ISTEP has stayed mostly steady for several years.
Also called Eleanor Skillen Elementary School and located on the South side, School 34 fell from a C to a D to an F the past three years. About 50 percent passed ISTEP last year.
Also called Elder W. Diggs Elementary School, School 42 is a neighborhood school on Indianapolis’ North side. It was mostly a C school that fell to an F in 2012 and has stayed there. The school’s 42 percent ISTEP passing rate has barely budged in the past eight years. Its highest rate was 45 percent passing in 2007 and lowest was 33 percent passing in 2009.
Also called Riverside Elementary School, School 44 is a neighborhood school on the city’s North side. The school has not seen a grade above a D since 2005. Test scores at the school made a big drop from an already low 37 percent passing in 2011 to 25 percent last year.
Also called James Russell Lowell Elementary School, School 51 is a neighborhood school on the city’s Northeast side. It was an A school in 2007 and was mostly rated a C before it dropped to an F in 2012. School 51’s ISTEP passing rate of 32 percent has been mostly flat for eight years, with high of 35 percent passing in 2012 and a low of 27 percent in 2008.
Also known as Eliza Baker Elementary School, School 55 is a neighborhood school on the East side of Indianapolis. It was an A school as recently as 2006 but has not had a grade above D since 2008. School 55’s ISTEP passing rate last year was 43 percent. It hasn’t exceeded 50 percent since 2007.
Also called Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School, this neighborhood school on the city’s East side was earning decent grades for several years, including an A in 2010. But it has had three consecutive F grades since then. Its 44 percent ISTEP passing rate is well below the school’s 2008 high of 60 percent passing.
Also called William Bell Elementary School, this North side school has just transitioned into a magnet school. In 2011, IPS partnered with Butler University to create a magnet “lab school” within the building. Following a Reggio Emilia curriculum, the school is growing from preschool and low elementary grades to eventually become a full service magnet elementary school. The transition is part of an effort to overhaul the school, which earned an F in five of the past seven years as a traditional IPS neighborhood school.
Also called Clarence Farrington Elementary School, School 61 is a neighborhood school located on the Northwest side of the city. This school’s grade has been in a steady decline. It dropped from an A in 2007 to a pair of C’s and then a D in 2011. The school has been rated an F since then. The percent of students passing ISTEP at School 61 has hovered around 40 percent passing for eight years, with a low of 34 percent in 2008 and a high of 46 percent in 2009. Last year 42 percent passed ISTEP.
Also called Wendell Phillips Elementary School, School 63 is located just west of downtown. It was an A school as recently as 2008 but slipped from a C to a D to an F the past three years. Just 36 percent passed ISTEP last year, down from 52 percent the prior year.
Also called Joyce Kilmer Elementary School and located on the North side of Indianapolis, it was an A in 2010 but has earned three straight F’s since then. The school made a good jump in test scores last year, to 30 percent passing ISTEP from 18 percent the year before, but it remains one of the district’s lowest performers. The school has not exceeded 35 percent passing ISTEP in six years.
Also called George H. Fisher Elementary School, School 93 is another school that has seen a reversal of fortune. Located on Indianapolis’ Northeast side, School 93 had two A’s and a B between 2005 and 2009. But since then, it has earned three consecutive F’s. Just 30 percent of School 93’s students passed ISTEP last year, down dramatically from 53 percent passing in 2008.
Also called Francis Scott Key Elementary School, School 103 has been a long time poor performer on state tests. Located on the city’s Northeast side, School 103 has earned a D or F six of the last eight years and an F for the past three years. Its grade has never been higher than a C in that period. More alarming, its ISTEP passing rate has been trending down for six years to 22 percent passing last year from 47 percent in 2009.
Also called Lew Wallace Elementary School, School 107 is located on the West side. It dropped to an F last year from a C the prior year. The school’s ISTEP passing rate of 43 percent is mostly unchanged the past five years.