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Is private school right for your family?


Healthy habits start at home


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Everything you want to know about selecting a private school




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“Is private school right for our family?”

A private decision

Bethesda Chrisitan Schools.....................18 Bishop Chatard High School......................3 Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School............8 Cardinal Ritter High School...................... 21 Cathedral High School............................. 27 Covenant Christian High School............. 20 Fortune Academy.......................................10 Greenwood Christian Academy................10 Heritage Christian School...........................7 Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)...................... 23 Kingsway Christian School.......................12 Lake Forest Academy................................18 La Lumiere School................................... 25 Lawrence Township.................................. 24 The Oaks Academy................................... 26 The Orchard School...................................17 Park Tudor School.......................................4 Providence Cristo Rey High School............................................... 23 Roncalli High School.................................14 St. Richards Episcopal School..........................................................11 Scecina Memorial High School.................................................. 5 Sycamore High School..............................19 University High School..............................13

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any parents ask this question, whether their child is in preschool or high school. To help find the answers, we reached out to local privateschool educators and administrators.


when they should be listening to lectures? Of course, school leaders say. But teaching them how to use technology wisely is one reason it’s allowed. “We believe that having technology in the classroom and learning how to use it in a responsible way is 100 percent a collegepreparation program,” Webster said.

Money matters

Smaller classes

Private education often costs more than public school. Yet private-school administrators urge families to reach out before writing off an institution as too expensive. “We always try to tell people just to apply,” said Julie Barthel, vice principal for curriculum and instruction at Cathedral High School. “It’s a huge piece of our mission. We want diversity here. We raise more than $2 million to give out for tuition assistance.” To be considered for financial aid, parents should apply the fall before the child will attend school. “Independent school admissions officers will talk about a wonderful family they met in May, when all the money has been awarded,” said Nancy Webster, director of admission for University High School. Even when tuition comes at full price, many families consider it a good investment. Some cut corners elsewhere, opting to drive used cars and take “staycations” to keep expenses in check.

Tech-smart classrooms

Park Tudor has iPads in younger classrooms and a 1-to-1 iPad program in middle school, and high schoolers can choose an electronic device. Technology is used extensively in the learning process at Heritage, said Brenda Klingerman, principal of the elementary and intermediate schools and director of academics. “Our goal is to integrate technology into the curriculum in a seamless fashion, hitting those 21st-century critical skills,” she said. Plugged-in students may Skype with students on the other side of the country or use technology to simulate a laboratory experiment. They can opt to load machines with flashcard apps or electronic textbooks, if that works for them. Are students tempted to check social media or distract themselves with games

Park Tudor’s student-teacher ratio is 9-to-1, a dramatic distinction between classrooms that contain 30 or more children. “Our small class sizes mean that our teachers get to know their students very well, are able to understand their strengths and weaknesses and tailor their instruction accordingly,” said Cathy Chapelle, director of strategic communications at Park Tudor. “Our students receive a great deal of individualized attention.”

events, and all can observe the atmosphere and see how staff and students interact. “(Private school) is like any other purchase you make,” said Duane Emery, vice president for enrollment management at Cathedral High School. “You usually test it out first.” Admission requirements vary by school. Some require an entrance exam; others schedule interviews and ask for letters of recommendation. Be prepared to submit your completed materials as soon as they enrollment period opens. “Get everything in as soon as you can,” Webster said. ●

Tailored classes

Private schools must meet certain standards, but they can offer some flexibility in their educational programs. “Since we are independent, we have freedom to develop our own mission, define our curriculum and determine how best to assess student performance,” Chapelle said.

Scores add up

Private-school students often score higher on standardized exams and other assessments. At Heritage Christian, for example, 75 percent to 80 percent of students taking Advanced Placement classes score a 3 or higher on course exams -- the benchmark necessary to earn college credit, said Dr. Jeff McMaster, director of secondary curriculum. The Indiana average is 45 percent to 50 percent. Park Tudor’s average composite ACT score for recent graduating classes is 28, compared with a statewide average composite in 2013 of 21.7, Chapelle said.

Apply yourself

Families should begin looking into private schools at least a year before their student will attend. Educators advise parents to go beyond the website and sign up for a tour. Prospective students can shadow a peer for a day. Parents and students can attend school

Religious training Many private schools are founded on faith. In schools like these with a religious affiliation, students may begin each day in prayer or attend a weekly worship service. Yet students and their families don’t necessarily have to have a faith background to attend the school and benefit from it, educators say. Cathedral High School launches its school year with a “Mass in Slow Motion.” Students are introduced to the Mass service and the history behind its traditions. About half of Cathedral students are not Catholic, said Julie Barthel, vice principal for curriculum and instruction, so this step ensures no one is left out. Non-Catholic students may receive a blessing during Holy Communion. “You don’t know who is and who isn’t Catholic,” Barthel said.


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Bishop Chatard High School, a faith-filled community By Julie Young For Custom Publications


t Bishop Chatard High School, no child is left behind. From day one, they are welcomed, educated and empowered by dedicated teachers and infused with the habits associated with the Catholic educational process. Ultimately, they are inspired to strive for excellence in and out of the classroom.

present materials on interactive displays, creating a responsive environment for students. “The space is less of a library and more of a space conducive for creativity and critical thinking,� Taylor said. Bishop Chatard is no stranger to implementing technology on campus. It was Indiana’s first Catholic school to use the Canvas Academic excellence Open House learning-management system “We have committed When: Thursday, to promote interaction resources to keep our educators Nov. 6, 2014 between students and on the forefront of best 5:30 - 8 p.m. teachers, and this year marks practices and innovation. the third anniversary of its 1:1 We have weekly professional iPad classroom initiative. development sessions, and attend and “The implementation of Canvas, the present at nationwide conferences, iPads and the collaborative learning including InstructureCon in Utah,� said Ann space all came from the teachers, who are Taylor, vice principal of academics. “We committed to challenging themselves and embrace the needs of 21st-century learners students to use innovative methods to so they can achieve the highest level of achieve excellence,� Taylor said. performance.� Bishop Chatard’s most recent illustration of a 21st-century learning environment is the transformation of its traditional library into a technology-rich collaborative learning and media center. Teachers can

Learning, leading and serving

Bishop Chatard is committed to offering a genuine Catholic education. To achieve this mission, the school focuses on providing

Bishop Chatard High School â?Ż Enrollment: 678

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atholic schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the largest provider of faith-based education in Indiana â&#x20AC;&#x201C; unite faith and educational excellence through gospel values, high academic standards, prayer and sacraments. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis serves more than 23,500 students in 57 Catholic elementary schools and 11 high schools. This includes nearly 16,000 students in 31 elementary and seven high schools in metropolitan Indianapolis. All Catholic schools in the 39-county archdiocese are state accredited, and most are additionally accredited through AdvancED. All are staffed by licensed educators. Archdiocese of Indianapolis schools welcome students who qualify for the Indiana Choice Scholarship vouchers, which help offset tuition costs for families who meet the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial criteria. Some


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families enrolling in Catholic schools for the first time and those already enrolled may be eligible to receive an Indiana tax-credit scholarship through the Institute for Quality Education, Inc., which may qualify students for vouchers. The composite graduation rate for the high schools exceeds 95 percent, with more than 98 percent of grads pursuing higher education â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 91 percent of them in four-year colleges. The U.S. Department of Education has recognized Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as National Blue Ribbon Schools 23 times since 2003. Since the inception of that program in 1985, 26 archdiocesan schools have earned a total of 32 Blue Ribbon designations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; more than any other diocese in the nation. Learn more about Archdiocese of Indianapolis Catholic schools at www.archindy.org/oce. â&#x2014;?

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ark Tudor School has a reputation for providing a rigorous college-preparatory program, yet itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equally successful at nurturing students from age 3 through high school. With small class sizes and an experienced faculty, teachers are able to know Park Tudor students deeply and help build on their strengths. Bonnie Stewart, fifth-grade humanities teacher, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to get personal with the kids to know where their strengths are and what their passions are. The personal connection is one of the best things about Park Tudor. As teachers weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re expected to make those connections with kids, to get to know them and understand them.â&#x20AC;? With a history stretching back to 1902 and an expansive, 68-acre campus on the north side of Indianapolis, Park Tudor offers students opportunities to learn in an environment steeped in tradition. Yet the school has a modern mission to help students become confident and resourceful lifelong learners. All Park Tudor students benefit from: â&#x20AC;˘ World language and fine arts education at every grade level. â&#x20AC;˘ Acclaimed Global Scholars program for

juniors and seniors. â&#x20AC;˘ Innovative use of technology, including a 1-to-1 iPad program in middle school. â&#x20AC;˘ Educational travel programs. â&#x20AC;˘ Community engagement opportunities. â&#x20AC;˘ Access for juniors and seniors to the Global Online Academy, a consortium of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading independent schools, with a mission to translate intellectually rigorous curriculum and excellent teaching into online programs. â&#x20AC;˘ Character education focused on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core values of integrity, intellectual engagement, respect, responsibility and resourcefulness. Park Tudor students become well equipped to succeed in the future. In 2013, graduating seniors were offered more than $10.5 million in college merit scholarships, and 98 percent are invited to attend one of their top three colleges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe in achievement and excellence, but we also understand that children need to experience a balance between academics, the arts and athletics,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Matthew D. Miller, head of school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Park Tudor offers a breadth of experiences to our students, enhancing our reputation as one of the finest independent schools in the country.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2014;?


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Scecina Memorial High School


cecina Memorial High School has been leading central Indiana students toward excellence since 1953. The school’s core values call for students to attain educational excellence, become lifelong learners and live as servant leaders in the footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina. The Catholic school’s namesake was an inspiring leader and priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, who faithfully served God and country as a military chaplain in World War II before dying at sea in 1944. “We are committed to every student’s success,” said Joe Therber, president. “We want to invest in every child. Our Catholic identity, vision and values encourage us to do that.” Small class sizes – with just 15 to 18 students per teacher – allow Scecina to support each student individually. The school recently developed an initiative called the Crusader Success Plan. “Through our guidance department, every student will create a plan for what they want to focus on in high school and after,” Therber said. “The plan will help them decide what kind of college or university they want to attend and then select a school that lines up with their life goals. We then work back from that and figure


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Scecina Memorial High School Location: 5000 Nowland Ave., Indianapolis Phone: (317) 356-6377 Website: www.scecina.org

The school: ❯ Enrollment: 430 ❯ Average class size: 22 ❯ Student-teacher ratio: 13-to-1

Scecina recently added dual-credit courses out the academic studies they need to pursue in accounting and marketing and added a and the kind of volunteer work they can do, to vice president of technology to its staff. This be accepted to the college they want to attend.” individual is responsible Scecina schedules a resource for helping staff integrate period for each student every Open house technology more fully into the school day, Therber noted. Thursday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m. teaching and learning process, “Every student has a To learn more about the and for ushering in a new personalized time every day of open house, call 356-6377. initiative to put computers in the year. This allows the student the hands of all students. to get personalized attention Scecina’s administrators and teachers are from any teacher they may want to talk to or excited to introduce a biomedical sciences a guidance counselor. It can also be used as a program. The four-year track offers far more study period. Crusader Success Plan meetings than traditional material. Students now get to happen during that time,” he said.

2014 class achievements: ❯ Average GPA: 3.2 ❯ Academic Honors diplomas: 42 ❯ Total scholarships awarded: $7.6 million among 82 seniors work interactively and think about health care in more advanced ways than is typical for high school classrooms. “We’re in the second year of our biomedical sciences program, which is a partnership with Project Lead the Way,” Therber said. “We expose students to hands-on applied learning in curriculum and lesson plans that pertain to careers in health care and human body systems.” ●




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Healthy habits start at home


rom smart eating to consistent scheduling, students should strive to develop healthy habits in every environment, especially at home. Positive modeling and reinforcement at home will put students on a path to lifelong success.

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“Parents need to stay informed and be involved at all times,” said Brenda Klingerman, academic director for Heritage Christian School. “Parents need to model and encourage positive behavior to keep students motivated.”

clubs and fine-arts organizations can offer excellent opportunities for kids to build skills and develop motivation, self-discipline and teamwork. Participation can have its advantages on college applications and for students’ personal enrichment, but it can have drawbacks, too. “You have to budget your time just like you balance your checkbook,” Klingerman said. “It’s easy to get overextended, and parents have to help make students balance their time between studying, activities and making sure there is plenty of family time.”

All about balance

Diet and exercise matter

In our hustle-and-bustle society, distractions are everywhere. Students can find themselves pulled toward social media, mobile devices and other time wasters. Technology is an integral part of education today, and students are using electronics and the internet for homework. But balancing device usage is important to avoid procrastinating and encourage success. “While students need to use technology in their daily studies, it is important to monitor their time using technology and ensure they still get a healthy dose of face-to- face interaction,” Klingerman said. Balance is perhaps the key to success in all facets of a student’s life. Many choose to enhance their academics by participating in extracurricular activities. Athletic teams,

The need to maintain balance isn’t just about time. Balance also is vital to diet and exercise. Children need regular exercise to maintain a healthy metabolism. The right mix of foods also can help. “Parents should strive for a good variety in their student’s daily diet,” said Maureen Beck, R.D., St. Vincent Hospital. “Well-balanced meals that always include a protein-rich food and a carbohydrate-rich food will help provide lasting energy.” The day should begin with a healthy breakfast, still the most important meal of the day. Incorporating the right foods into

breakfast will set up a student’s blood sugar and metabolism for the day. As with any meal, breakfast should include a food high in protein and one high in carbs. Combinations as simple as eggs and toast or yogurt and toast are easy and quick options. “Protein foods help to maintain a consistent blood-sugar level, and carbohydrate foods help provide energy,” Beck said. Parents should add the same mix of carbs and proteins when packing snacks and lunches. Proteins like beans, peanut butter, cheeses and lean meats are excellent choices. Pair up those proteins with carbohydrate foods like breads, fruit and milk. Vegetables shouldn’t be left out; parents can find creative ways to get reluctant kids to eat them. “Blending vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower and adding them to spaghetti sauce is a great way to incorporate more veggies into a meal for kids who may resist eating vegetables in their traditional form,” Beck said. Balancing time, diet and exercise are essential to help students grow and learn. Through positive modeling and involvement from parents, children can enjoy a life of good health and great success. ●

Top 5 brain foods

Students need the right foods in their diet to increase their likelihood of academic success. These five foods will have your children on the path toward a strong memory, good concentration and great brain function. Eggs. Eggs are an overall great source of protein, and the yolks contain choline, which assist in memory. Having a breakfast of eggs and breakfast for dinner once a week are two great ways for parents to boost a student’s diet. Peanut butter. Peanut butter contains healthy fats and is another great source of protein. Spread some peanut butter on a banana for a healthy treat full of energy. Dairy products. Milk and yogurt are packed with protein and B vitamins, which aid the growth of brain tissue and healthy enzymes. Cheese sticks make great snacks or lunch add-ons. Oats. Make oatmeal a breakfast choice in cold months to provide fiber and numerous vitamins and minerals, which help young brains operate at full capacity. Colorful vegetables. Meals should feature a rainbow of colors. Vibrant veggies like tomatoes, carrots and spinach are great additions. These veggies are packed full of antioxidants to keep brains healthy and strong as they develop.


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Heritage Christian School By Deb Buehler For Custom Publications


eritage Christian School offers strong academics for children from prep-kindergarten through 12th grade. Students have abundant opportunities to develop academically and spiritually in a campus setting that encourages superior achievement. “We offer an education from a decidedly Christian perspective,” said Lisa Abbott, communications coordinator. “There is a real emphasis on faith-based education, reflected in teaching, modeling and cultivating spiritual growth with students and in relationships between students and teachers.” Spiritual growth is emphasized in every grade level through daily Bible instruction and weekly chapel services. Not associated with any one denomination, the Heritage student body currently represents more than 250 churches. The school’s international program attracts high school students from around the world.

More than surviving

Every school year, Heritage selects a school-wide spiritual theme to motivate and

Open house

Heritage Christian School

2014 open house: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 6 – 8 p.m.

❯ Enrollment: 1,200 ❯ Average class size: 20-26 ❯ Class of 2013 achievements: Average SAT score: 1719/2400 Average ACT score: 26/36 College attendance: 99% Average GPA: 3.54/4.0 AP Scholars: 14 National Merit Scholars: 8 qualifiers Total scholarships earned: $7.5 million All figures are based on the 2013-2014 academic year.

Learn more about Heritage Christian School by attending the upcoming open house. Or contact Carlee Ingle, (317) 849-3441, ext. 215.

Location: 6401 E. 75th St., Indianapolis Phone: (317) 849-3441 Email: info@heritagechristian.net Website: www.heritagechristian.net

Check Heritage Christian School’s website, www.heritagechristian.net, for future open house dates.

inspire students. This year’s focus is “Thrive.” It comes from John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The Heritage community seeks to help shape the way students view the world by focusing on Biblical instruction, Abbott said. Students are taught and prepared to grow their faith on campus and then share their beliefs in the community and the world beyond. Heritage has built a strong track record of achievement in fine arts and athletics. The

school offers 17 IHSAA Class 2A sports, and the Eagles are the state’s reigning champions in girls basketball. Heritage recently received the SupportMusic Merit Award designation from the NAMM Foundation in music education. In the area of fine arts, the school offers instruction in strings, band and choir, with theater classes and dramatic productions. For nearly 50 years, Heritage has been providing students from central Indiana and far beyond a comprehensive education encompassing the mind, body and

spirit. From spiritual growth to academic achievement and athletic excellence, Heritage has proven to be an outstanding environment to successfully grow, train and support students. ●

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Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School By Angela Parker For Custom Publications


s Indiana’s only Catholic Jesuit school, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students. “Brebeuf Jesuit is a school for everyone,” said Fr. Jack Dennis, S.J., president. “While I believe Brebeuf’s reputation has always been grounded in an extremely rigorous academic curriculum, we are also a strong faith-based community that engenders student leadership, reflection, discernment, prayer and critical-thinking skills. I am continuously amazed by the breadth and depth of our student body.”

Diversity Brebeuf is rooted in Catholicism but welcomes students from all religious traditions. Half of the student population typically comes from non-Catholic backgrounds, such as Buddhism, Protestantism, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam. But diversity is about more than demographics at Brebeuf. It’s genuinely about creating an environment in which every individual feels welcome and affirmed. Service “I have never worked at a Jesuit school Community service is another top focus quite like Brebeuf,” Dennis said. “While the in a Jesuit education. Brebeuf students are lens through which we approach education expected to volunteer at least 40 hours is Catholic and Jesuit, our student body during their junior or is woven together into a senior year and many seamless garment. exceed this expectation. Open house “Last May, a senior who Together they serve about When: Sunday, has been raised in the Jewish 60 central Indiana Nov. 2, 2014 tradition told me that his agencies, including clinics, Noon – 3 p.m. experience at Brebeuf Jesuit hospitals, schools, youth Where: 2801 W. 86th St., gave him ‘an appreciation for centers, nursing homes Indianapolis my own heritage, faith and and women’s shelters. Info: (317) 524-7050 background.’ In other words, Brebeuf also sponsors he has never felt different from Online: www.brebeuf.org service trips to El Salvador, his Catholic and Christian Kenya, South Dakota and classmates, and he is respected New Orleans. for who he is and what he “Community service and justice are believes. To me, that is what true Jesuit cornerstones of a Jesuit education, and they education is all about.” are foundational to all of the world’s great Brebeuf’s diversity initiatives and religions,” Dennis said. “We emphasize these programs are intended to create an open, at Brebeuf Jesuit as a way of empowering accepting environment. To achieve this our students to proactively be aware of the goal, the school observes many ethnic community and underserved around them. celebrations and events. Several co“Every Thursday, a group of four or five curricular clubs have been founded to students and a couple of faculty and staff promote diversity. During quarterly members travel to the Dayspring Center to Diversity Dialogues, students explore serve lunch and engage in conversation with topical issues and respectfully share the residents. This is often done outside of divergent opinions. their required service hours.”

Co-curricular interests Brebeuf’s athletically inclined students can participate in 17 different sports. About 85 percent partake in one or more sports before they graduate. As the Braves, they compete as Class 3A members of the Indiana High School Athletic Association and have won five state championships in the past five years. Students also can choose from more than 50 co-curricular clubs. “While Brebeuf Jesuit has strong athletics, performing arts and countless clubs, I find that the student culture and landscape is not unnecessarily influenced by any one of them,” Dennis said. “We know that many of the same students who are running cross-country or playing lacrosse are also members of the concert band and orchestra, acting in the school plays and serving as admissions ambassadors.”

Financial aid Providing the best education for children can strain a family’s finances. To help offset the cost of private schooling, Brebeuf Jesuit awards nearly $2 million in need-based financial aid each year. “It is a privilege at Brebeuf Jesuit to

welcome students of every socioeconomic background into our community with open arms,” Dennis said. “We come to know and love our students for the personal gifts and talents they bring to our community. Hopefully they learn from one another how to better be a ‘man or woman for others,’ which is the motto of every Jesuit school.” ●

At a glance

❯ President: Fr. Jack Dennis, S.J. ❯ Principal: Greg VanSlambrook ❯ Enrollment: 763 ❯ Student/teacher ratio: 12-to-1 ❯ Accreditations: Independent Schools Association of the Central States, Indiana Department of Education ❯ Advanced courses: 21 Advanced Placement, 16 honors, 2 dual-credit ❯ Annual tuition: $15,500 ❯ 2014 – 2015 financial aid: $1.8 million ❯ Graduation rate: 100 percent ❯ College attendance: 100 percent ❯ Class of 2014 scholarships: $11 million



Choosing to attend Brebeuf has been a breath of fresh air. Everyone always feels like they can be themselves, creating a fantastic, diverse community. Devin, Class of 2016


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POSSIBILITIES... e h t e r plo Educational Excellence in a Christ-Centered Environment

Greenwood Christian Academy’s academic program reflects a strong emphasis on excellence in every detail. The faculty & staff are dedicated to Christ-centered teaching. Our goal is to prepare our students for college, for life and for service to the Lord.


reenwood Christian Academy is the largest nondenominational school for students from preschool through 12th grade on the south side of Indianapolis. It also is Johnson County’s only private school. The academy’s mission is to provide an excellent education for all students in a Christ-centered environment.

Location: 835 W. Worthsville Road, Greenwood Phone: (317) 215-5300 Web: www.gcak12.org

take the exam is 1650. The academy’s rich fine arts program enables students to develop their creative interests and express themselves through drama, choir, band and visual arts.

Open house: Thursday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.


Greenwood Christian Academy

Greenwood Christian Academy takes pride in its mission to develop students socially, academically, spiritually – and physically. Students can choose to compete in soccer, cross-country, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, bowling, track and field, golf, baseball and softball. As a bonus, the academy’s sports programs compete as part of the Indiana High School Athletic Association. To discover all that the Greenwood Christian Academy has to offer, visit the open house on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.gcak12.org. ●

Academy highlights: • Accredited by the state of Indiana • Indiana School Choice participant • Licensed Christian teachers • 14 varsity sports, including competitive programs for students in grades five through eight • Math club, student council, Spanish club and robotics club • 23 Honors diploma recipients in 2014

Greenwood Christian Academy begins to develop students from the earliest ages. Elementary students use the A Beka Book curriculum, which has a strong academic foundation while building Christian character. High school students can take Advanced Placement and dualcredit classes, with the option to earn the Core 40 or Honors diploma. The academy has an impressive 100 percent graduation rate, with every student going on to pursue a higher education. The average SAT score for students who

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Fortune Academy

Fortune Academy serves students First-12th grades with ADD/ADHD and language learning differences such as dyslexia & dysgraphia. What we do: • Direct instruction with a 6 to 1 student to teacher ratio. • Teach using the Orton-Gillingham approach. • Build upon each students’ strengths. • Remediation in areas of weakness. • We offer both College Preparatory and General Diploma track degrees • Fortune Academy is ISACS accredited. We are now one of only thirteen schools in the country Academy of Orton Gillingham certified. • Ranked 18th in the Top 50 Best Private Special Needs Schools in the United States by Masters in Special Education Guide 2014.


Call today to schedule a tour! Fortune Academy 5626 Lawton Loop East Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46216 (317)377-0544 www.thefortuneacademy.org

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A+ academics

• State Accredited • Excellent Christian environment • Members of the IHSAA • 100% Graduation Rate • Core 40 and Honors Diplomas • Extra-curricular activities • K-4 – 12th Grade • Independent and Non-Denominational IS-0000023510

Greenwood Christian Academy


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ortune Academy has been helping central bright. They just learn differently and must be Indiana children reach their full potential taught in a diagnostic and prescriptive manner for 13 years. Located near historic Fort with multisensory direct instruction.” Harrison, the academy serves 90 students from The school is accredited by the Independent first grade through high school. Class sizes Schools Association of the Central States and are small, with six students per teacher in the is one of just 13 nationwide accredited by the lower school and no more than 12 per teacher Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners in high school. and Educators. The OrtonFortune Academy is Gillingham method, Fortune Academy unique because it specifically called the “gold standard” Location: 5626 Lawton serves students who’ve been of reading instruction, Loop E. Dr., Indianapolis diagnosed with language incorporates visual, auditory Phone: (317) 377-0544 challenges like dyslexia, and kinesthetic learning auditory processing disorder strategies. Fortune Academy Web: and dysgraphia. also ranked 18th of the top www.thefortuneacademy.org “Dyslexia affects one in 50 best private special-needs every five people across the schools in the nation in this country. For Indiana, this equates to 300,000 year’s Masters in Special Education Program school-age children facing some level of a Guide. learning difference. Dyslexia affects families “Our students are met where they are and and teachers in every classroom,” said Andrea individually assessed three times a year to Corey, director of development. ensure academic success,” Corey said. “The “At Fortune Academy, our target student has weight of trying to ‘cover up’ one’s learning an average or above-average ability to learn, difference is removed, which frees the child but falls behind in one or more academic areas, to set realistic goals. That in turn fosters selfsuch as reading, spelling or writing. These esteem, and their gifts and talents are revealed. students are often misunderstood as being lazy This is what produces academic success and or uncooperative, when in fact they’re quite confident, competent learners.” ●


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St. Richard’s Episcopal School


hen St. Richard’s Episcopal School opened in 1960 at 33rd and Meridian streets, it welcomed a single kindergarten class of 18 students. Founded as the first integrated independent school in Indianapolis, St. Richard’s continues today as a welcoming community with a racially, socially and ethnically diverse population of more than 350 students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. The school strives for academic excellence through a classic curriculum and innovative teaching methods. It also provides preparation and knowledge in the areas of faith, leadership, civic responsibility and global readiness. With an average class size of 16 and a student/teacher ratio of 10-to-1, St. Richard’s offers personal attention to each learner. A rigorous academic curriculum includes three world languages, public speaking and leadership opportunities, a strong fine arts program and organized athletics, all designed to promote success for each student. Forming students of outstanding scholastic achievement and noble character is a longtime hallmark of St. Richard’s. The


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school’s newly redesigned Early Childhood Program uses brain-based research and proven instructional practices to lay a foundation in math and literacy skills. The program features unique field experiences, community partnerships, year-round offerings and a full-day curriculum, with part-time options also available. Building a lifetime of success starts from a child’s earliest years and lasts far beyond the doors of St. Richard’s. Graduates have

earned an array of honors, including more than $324,000 in merit-based scholarships in 2014. Many begin their freshman year testing into advanced world language and math courses. “When our junior kindergartener brings home artwork inspired by Mark Rothko or Native American sand paintings, quizzes us on our knowledge of anything from the solar system to the lifecycle of insects, is eager to share with us the latest song he

has learned in his French or music classes, performs in front of the school during assemblies or chapels, or narrates his latest class field trip or playground adventure over dinner, we know that everyone at St. Richard’s is truly passionate about what they do, and that teachers and students continually work together to sustain a strong community of shared teaching and learning experiences each and every day,” said Aaron Dziubinskyj, parent of a current student. ●




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Excelling with special needs By Shauna Nosler For Custom Publications


hen you’re the parent of a child with special needs — physical limitations, dietary restrictions, medical conditions or emotional concerns — you want to take extra care to prepare your student and yourself for each school day. And while there’s no one perfect way to plan for all potential circumstances, you can help ensure everyone involved in your child’s education is equipped to be supportive. For parents of students with special needs, Julie Hight, director of educational support services at Heritage Christian School, offers these helpful tips. Be your child’s best advocate. Professionals can support students, but parents should be the primary voice. Seek out a school that can help identify your child’s needs as early as possible so you can arrange for the right resources. Ask questions. The only way to find out what’s available is to ask. Ask questions of guidance counselors, principals, teachers and nurses. Don’t assume that services and

programs will — or won’t — be offered to your child. Inquire about referral processes for special services. Heritage Christian School helps parents and students identify learning differences through tests and screenings, which begin in kindergarten and extend through high school. Every kindergartener is screened for learning readiness. Through programs like the Search and Teach program, parents can identify educational needs before their kids become frustrated. Become an expert on your own kid. If a medical condition is present, research the potential impact on your child’s daily routine. Look for a school that will strive to understand different needs and make accommodations as necessary. If a child is diabetic and has blood-sugar issues during a test, for example, that could negatively impact his performance. A reasonable accommodation would be allowing that student to retake the test.

Set up your student for success. Build your child’s confidence by choosing the right learning environment. Heritage Christian School’s National Institute for Learning Development educational therapy program, for example, offers individualized help for those with average-to-superior intelligence who have learning differences. ●

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Do your research. When a child is diagnosed with a learning difference, understand the academic, behavioral, social

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and emotional impact. As you identify your child’s learning strengths and weaknesses, you’ll become better able to communicate with and support teachers.

Need advice? Turn here

Community-based resources are available online for parents with special-needs children, including the sites listed below. ❯ Children and Adults with AttentionDeficit/Hyperactivity Disorder www.chadd.org ❯ National Resource Center on AD/HD www.help4adhd.org ❯ ADDvance www.addvance.com ❯ LD Online www.ldonline.org ❯ Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support www.aspergersyndrome.org ❯ National Center for Learning Disabilities www.ncld.org ❯ National Institute for Mental Health www.nimh.nih.gov

Kingsway Christian School


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hy choose Kingsway Christian Christian based programs in all grade levels. School? KCS partners with families Our students participate in daily Bible to offer an excellent education that classes, and are offered technology courses, is life-changing and honors God. art, drama, choir, band, physical education, “My parents made the sacrifice for me to Spanish, as well as academic competitions, attend KCS and it gave me a Christian based extracurricular sports and activities. education where what I was learning at home Our “real” credentials are our students. was the same I was learning at school. I want We want our students to be well-adjusted, my child to experience that as well.” explains prepared to serve God and the community Stacy Miller, alumni and current parent to a and be equipped with biblical decisionKCS kindergartener. making skills that will guide them KCS began in 1977 with two teachers and throughout their lives. twenty-five students in first through fourth Alan Hughes, administrator of KCS, grade. Now there are over 70 full employees answers why as well… “By choosing a and approximately 600 students in preschool Christian education, parents make a through eighth grade. conscious choice of Dr. Roc Byrd had this to say, Family Preview Night sacrificing for their children “All 6 of our children either to experience an educational When: Friday, Nov 14 from attend or are alumni of KCS… 7-9 p.m. system that is based on God’s we will have had children at Truth. That is a wonderful Where: 7979 E. Co. Rd. 100 KCS 25 consecutive years. investment in each student’s N., Avon, IN The greatest asset is the fact future.” that the teachers are coming Kingsway offers tuition along-side the parents to teach them about assistance, financial aid, student discounts, the significance of Christ in their lives and and participates in the Indiana School Choice using the curriculum to show how God has Voucher Program. To learn more about influenced every academic discipline.” Kingsway Christian School, visit our website Kingsway uses state approved and at www.kingswayschool.org. ●


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chools like University High School are hard to find. Imagine a place where teenagers are accepted and respected for who they are, where teachers are as friendly and approachable as they are qualified, where every student visitor is greeted with an enthusiastic round of applause. Imagine a place where students are looking toward college and earning millions of dollars in scholarships but also are living meaningful lives today. This place is University High School. With 280 students in grades nine through 12, University High School is known for offering a personalized education in a welcoming community. Yet big things come with University High School’s size.

Big possibilities

Daily community meeting. Each day, all students and staff gather for a 15-minute community meeting. This time is used to recognize achievements, share creative endeavors, announce news and grow closer. January term. For three weeks in January, regular classes are suspended while

students focus exclusively on a topic of their choice. J-Term courses, designed to mimic a college intensive, cover everything from 3D printing to archaeoastronomy. Inclusive clubs and sports. Inclusive clubs and sports ensure that no student has to specialize in just one thing at age 14. Wellrounded students are empowered to play sports, start clubs and explore their creativity at University High School.

Big hearts

One-on-one mentoring. Mentoring is tangible proof of University High School’s commitment to personalized education. All students have a faculty or staff mentor to meet with every other week throughout high school. By the time students graduate, they are more comfortable talking to trusted adults and advocating for their own education. Values-driven community. University High School is built on six core values: creativity, diversity, commitment to excellence, personal responsibility, stewardship and mutual respect, support and trust. Student commitment to these






values allows the school to function without bells or locks on lockers. Zero tolerance for bullying, hate speech and exclusion is monitored as much by students as by teachers.

Big results

College-preparatory education. University High School offers more than 20 Advanced Placement courses. Of the 316 AP exams taken by students in 2014, 77 percent were a score of a 3 or higher. Four-year college counseling. At University High School, college counseling begins the first week of school, concentrating on finding the best fit for each student. The results are impressive. The 68 students in the Class of 2014 were awarded $11.2 million in merit scholarships, and 96 percent of students were admitted to their first-choice college. ●


About University High School ❯ Enrollment in grades 9 – 12: 280 ❯ Student/faculty ratio: 11-to-1 ❯ Merit- and need-based financial aid available: $1.4 million ❯ Rolling admission program ❯ Now scheduling shadow visits for eighth graders

To learn more about University High School, contact Nancy Webster, director of admission, at (317) 733-4475, ext. 102.


B E L I E V E “I, like many of my classmates, chose to attend University because of this warm and inviting culture. Coming from a large public middle school made the prospect of being universally accepted and supported by my peers quite enticing. At University, I found that the strong and welcoming community allowed me to reach my full potential and truly become a leader within the school.” B R I A N C L A S S O F 2 0 1 4

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Tradition of excellence

❯ Roncalli is the only state accredited high school in the state of Indiana to receive a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award by the U.S. Department of Education on three separate occasions. ❯ The class of 2014 earned more than $20.7 million in college scholarships. ❯ The class of 2014 included 11 National Merit Scholars. ❯ Roncalli will offer 20 advanced placement courses for which students can earn college credit in the upcoming school year. ❯ Every Roncalli student performs more than 150 hours of community service prior to graduation.


or the past 45 years, the students and faculty of Roncalli have amassed a record of academic and extracurricular achievement that is unparalleled in Indiana. • Roncalli remains the only high school in the state to have been recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education on three separate occasions. • Roncalli is one of five high schools in the nation to be honored by the U.S. Department of Education for its exemplary service learning program. • Four faculty members have earned the Indiana Teacher of the Year award for their particular subject area. “These benchmarks are met through an unrelenting commitment to our belief in the divine giftedness of each individual student,” said Joe Hollowell, Roncalli president. “Our mission is to help our students discover their gifts and inspire them to use those gifts in service to the world.” The academic accomplishments of the staff and students continue to reach new heights. In the first year private schools were eligible, Roncalli was designated a Four Star School by the Indiana Department of Education. The class of 2014 earned more than $20.7 million in merit-based college scholarships. And last year 24 students earned a perfect score on the SAT or ACT — an all-time high. Roncalli is noted for its academic excellence as well as it outstanding extracurricular offerings. Academic state

and national championships, athletic state championships, vocal and instrumental winners in the arts and statewide community service awards – all have become commonplace. “It’s the nature of our society that most people know of our athletic successes,” Hollowell said. “Not as many people know that in eight of the past 11 years, we’ve had students win the top prize in the country in a nationwide architectural design competition. Our students are excelling in all fields of endeavor.” Chuck Weisenbach has served as the principal of Roncalli for 19 years. “We know from research that the student who is engaged in activities outside of the classroom is the student most likely to succeed,” Weisenbach said. “The life lessons learned in these pursuits – self-sacrifice, discipline, teamwork, the ability to bounce back from defeat – these are some of the most important lessons anyone can learn. We have so many teachers, coaches and moderators who are all at the top of their profession that it makes for an outstanding environment for young people to grow and learn.” Roncalli’s abundant successes have attracted unprecedented interest and growth. To accommodate growing enrollment, the school community has raised more than $20 million to renovate and expand the campus. Plans call for the addition of six new classrooms for the next school year. School officials and board members also are implementing a strategic plan for future growth and development.

“It’s an exciting time to be engaged in the life of the school,” said Anne Frye, chair of the board. “We are thankful to have so many dedicated partners throughout the community.” ●

❯ The class of 2014 performed over 51,000 service hours during its four years at Roncalli. ❯ 17 Roncalli students have been named Indiana Academic All-Stars. ❯ 62 percent of the 2014 graduating class received Indiana Academic Honors Diplomas. ❯ In the past 22 years, Roncalli students have collected more than 1.5 million canned food items for the poor. ❯ Roncalli awarded more than $950,000 in need-based tuition assistance to RHS families for the 2013-2014 school year. ❯ Over 115 students participate in a comprehensive special needs resource program — S.T.A.R.S. — that addresses the needs of students with learning and physical disabilities. ❯ Award-winning Roncalli faculty include the former winners of the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Educator of the Year; World Languages Teacher of the Year; Prelude Award Fine Arts Teacher of the Year; Learning Disabilities Association of Indiana Teacher of the Year; Administrator of the Year; Indiana English Teacher of Year; and the Archbishop O’Meara Pro-Life Award winner.


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Roncalli High School is a Catholic high school that embraces our student’s God-given gifts to help them develop faith-based goals and morals so that they may fulfill their intended vocation in life. Through challenging our students in academics, the arts, athletics and service, they develop the habits and discipline necessary to make a lasting contribution to the world.

Take a closer look. Open House - November 6, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. RONCALLI.ORG IS-0000020435



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Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk:

Making the most of parent-teacher conferences


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f all the teams a school might have, none is more essential than the parent-teacher team. Whether students are in elementary, middle or high school, the parent-teacher conference is critical in gauging and guiding progress. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parent-teacher conferences are an important part of an ongoing partnership between teachers and parents,â&#x20AC;? said David Barber, middle-school assistant principal at Heritage Christian School. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teachers can be a great resource and a source of tremendous encouragement to parents.â&#x20AC;? These one-on-one conversations allow parents and teachers to learn about a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strengths and struggles at home and school. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also an opportunity to identify ways both sides can contribute to the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success.

When meeting with families, teachers can share:

Sharing information

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Parent-teacher conferences are a time for sharing. Parents can share observations of the child at home, not just about academic issues, but also interests, behaviors and interactions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teachers need to hear what the parents see at home, what they feel their childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strengths are, what growth they see,â&#x20AC;? said Glenna Lykens, head of lower school at Sycamore School. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Often, parents can help shed light on something that may confuse the teacher, and vice versa.â&#x20AC;?

t4USFOHUITUIFZTFFJOBTUVEFOUT academic, social, emotional and behavioral progress. t0CTFSWBUJPOTPGJOEFQFOEFOUHSPXUI t"SFBTPGDPODFSO TVDIBTMFBSOJOHJTTVFT that may need evaluation. t"OFDEPUBMJOGPSNBUJPOUPIFMQQBSFOUT see who their child is in the school setting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think having a parent walk in a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoes and see the reality of his or her day helps the parent better understand some of the challenges the child faces,â&#x20AC;? said Kathy Keyes, English department chair at Cathedral High School.

The Harvard Family Research Project recommends parents use this checklist to prepare for conferences: t3FWJFXZPVSDIJMETXPSL HSBEFTBOE progress reports. t5BMLXJUIZPVSTUVEFOUBCPVUIJTPSIFS progress.

t5BMLXJUIGBNJMZNFNCFST BGUFS school staff and mentors about your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strengths and needs. t.BLFBMJTUPGRVFTUJPOTUPBTLEVSJOH the conference. t5IJOLBCPVUXBZTZPVEMJLFUPCF involved in your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education.

Who needs them?

Whether the student is acing every assignment or struggling to keep up, parent-teacher conferences are important for all. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each student starts at a different place of knowledge and strength, but each student deserves opportunities for individual growth throughout the year,â&#x20AC;? Lykens said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to teachers to provide the guidance and differentiate the instruction to meet those individual needs and help students grow in their learning.â&#x20AC;? .FFUJOHFBDIPUIFSJOQFSTPOFTUBCMJTIFT a connection and sets in motion a relationship of cooperation on the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behalf. "DDPSEJOHUP#BSCFS i*GCPUITDIPPM and home are working in unison, students succeed every time.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2014;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;My goal is to help the parent understand my expectations and how we can work together to make the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience both valuable and positive.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Kathy Keyes, Cathedral High School

Volunteering in the classroom

Volunteering at your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school has far-reaching effects. Children whose parents volunteer at school have better attitudes and do better academically. Teachers are able to focus more on teaching, and parents gain insight that help them support their children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonderful when parents have opportunities to be a part of the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; learning,â&#x20AC;? said Glenna Lykens, head of lower school at Sycamore School. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great for students to see parent involvement, too.â&#x20AC;? Scholastic.com identifies a few ground rules for serving as a welcome, helpful volunteer. First, contact your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teacher to ask how you can help. Discuss your preferences and talents as well as the teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. Once your interest and the opportunity have been matched, find out the volunteer protocol at school. Some might allow new volunteers to simply check in with the receptionist. Others require applications, medical documentation, fingerprinting and criminal-record checks. Remember, the classroom is the teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s domain, so wait until youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been introduced before interacting with students. Volunteers who are self-starters and can work independently are a great help. Just be sure to clear your plans with the teacher or the school and stick to the guidelines. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a stay-at-home parent or work full time, you can contribute to your childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teenagers might not always be excited to see their parents at school, but they do love that their parents care enough to want to be part of their world,â&#x20AC;? said Kathy Keyes, English department chair at Cathedral High School.


The Orchard School

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Lego Robotics helps to motivate and teach The Orchard School students about STEM concepts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; science, technology, engineering and math.


eachers at The Orchard School are experts when it comes to engaging students and fostering a love of learning. This is because Orchardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich history goes back more than 90 years, when nine Indianapolis women put into practice the philosophy of John Dewey. Dewey was rebuffing a system where kids were seen as empty vessels, ready to be filled by teachers who possessed all the knowledge. The nine women didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want that for their children. Like Dewey, they wanted children to be actively engaged in the learning process. Those insightful women founded The Orchard School in 1922. Since then, Orchard students have been persevering, creating, working with diverse groups of people and becoming more actively involved in their own learning. For decades theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been practicing 21st-century skills. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-quality experience begins with an excellent early childhood program. The preschool, multiage and junior kindergarten programs offer a safe, engaging and stimulating environment. Focus is placed on the cognitive, emotional, social and physical development of young children. Exceptional and passionate early childhood educators continually design and refine their program. They set challenging, achievable and age-appropriate developmental goals for each student. According to a new Orchard parent, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have learned about our children from

the inside out. We are learning to respect, appreciate and motivate the individual and stand back and watch them paint the sky with their talents. Thank you for introducing us to our children this year.â&#x20AC;? The sentiment echoes what many Orchard parents say. Highly skilled teachers from preschool through eighth grade are masters at getting to know children and motivating each one to be successful. The depth of the teacher/child relationship is acutely evident on graduation day. Every eighth grader gives a speech; time and again, students choose to thank the teachers who inspired them. Many education leaders are calling three-dimensional printing a revolutionary, innovative technology that can introduce new learning and understanding methods. Orchard has not one but four threedimensional printers. The process used to print objects helps with all facets of STEAM â&#x20AC;&#x201D; science, technology, engineering, art and math. The technology is another method that gets students excited about learning, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another example of Orchardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exceptional program. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 42.9 acres serve as an outdoor classroom. Last winter, first graders buried bottles of water in the snow at different levels to learn about insulation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; yet another example of Orchard teachers igniting excitement about learning. The Orchard School is located at 615 W. 64th St. near Holliday Park. â&#x2014;?









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Bethesda Christian Schools


7950 N. County Road 650 E., Brownsburg www.bethesdaschools.org â&#x20AC;˘ 317-858-2820

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he mission of Bethesda Christian Schools is to partner with parents in developing students who are confident in their academic abilities and their spiritual beliefs. Bethesda teachers seek to accomplish this by integrating the truth of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Word into all subject areas and activities. Bethesda is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and the Association of Christian Schools International and is a member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association. Bethesda Christian Schools offer a wide variety of academic and extracurricular opportunities for students. Options include AP courses, school dramas and musicals, sports for boys and girls, after-school clubs, art competitions and the Indiana State School Music Association. Bethesda is proud to offer hands-on learning environments in the preschool and elementary levels. Small class sizes enable teachers to meet the needs of every type of learner. Teachers can provide

individual attention for students who struggle academically as well to those who excel and need extra challenges. Younger students are taught to read using the triedand-true phonics approach, combined with more progressive methods focusing on self-expression. Through these techniques, Bethesda has goal to produce students who fall in love with reading. Instructors help each child develop advanced literacy skills that are fostered in upper-school language arts courses. From the unified social atmosphere to lifelong relationships between students and teachers, Bethesda creates an environment where God is honored, every child is valued and students care about each other. Above all else, Bethesda Christian Schools produce graduates who are sound Christians and are prepared to serve their families, their communities and their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in whatever way He may direct them. â&#x2014;?

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ake Forest Academy opened its 158th academic year on Aug. 25, welcoming 131 new students in a longstanding tradition known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;All-School Handshake.â&#x20AC;? In about an hour, more than 600 hands were shaken, as every student, teacher and staff member was individually greeted. Each year this special custom begins building connection and community from the first moment. The past decade marks a period of significant growth and transformation at this coeducational, college-preparatory institution. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to be a leader in 21st-century education with a dedication to excellence in the classroom and a commitment to educating global citizens,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. John Strudwick, head of school. LFA has expanded its commitment to global academic experiences, enrolling students from around the world. Enrollment has since increased from 300 in 2001 to 435 in 2014, with students coming from 34 countries and 16 states. Fully 100 percent are accepted into four-year colleges and universities; popular destinations for recent grads include University of Illinois at

Urbana-Champaign, New York University, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Chicago, Brown University, Emory University and Washington University in St. Louis. The Campaign for LFA, 2004-2014, raised more than $68 million, enabling the school to increase its endowment and transform the campus. The school now has dedicated state-of-the-art facilities for academics, arts, athletics, student dorms and faculty housing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Academic technology initiatives represent the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longstanding commitment to providing the very best educational experience and continue the academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tradition of preparing students for the challenges and rewards of their time,â&#x20AC;? said Phil Schwartz, dean of faculty and curriculum. The cornerstone of LFAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mobile technology platform is the 1-to-1 iPad program, launched in 2011, which enhances learning and encourages the development of 21st-century skills. LFA will continue to focus on developing global citizens through unique educational experiences within a diverse and caring community. It all begins with a handshake. â&#x2014;?


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Sycamore School By Shauna Nosler for Custom Publications


t Sycamore School, educating gifted kids is our mission and our passion,â&#x20AC;? says Susan Karpicke, Ed.D., director of admissions and school counselor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Very bright learners face the challenge of finding a school where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK to be themselves. At Sycamore, being smart and loving to learn are the norm.â&#x20AC;? Parents have reported that no other school in the metro area can compare to Sycamore, Karpicke added, with its excellent curriculum, diverse student body and fabulous teachers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have found it to be an incredible learning environment in which students are treated with respect and empowered to be the best they can,â&#x20AC;? she said.

12 traits of a gifted child

Lots of parents wonder if their child is gifted. Here are 12 key indicators.

1. Early language development. 5. Sense of humor. Did your Located at 64th Street and Grandview Drive, Sycamore School has been challenging students since 1995. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our alums tell us that many of the skills that helped them succeed in school and in life were learned in Sycamore classrooms,â&#x20AC;? Karpicke said. In a recent survey, one parent responded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grads flourish wherever they go next. Their track record speaks to the enormous experience and preparation they receive at Sycamore.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2014;?

Grades: Preschool (age 3) through eighth grade Enrollment: 412 Average class size: Preschool, 15 - 18; first - eighth grade, 20 Student/faculty ratio: Preschool, 5- or 6-to-1; first - eighth grade, 10-to-1


Does he or she show signs of advanced vocabulary and language usage or early reading without formal teaching?

2. Excellent memory. Does the

child accurately recall events and details?

3. Persistent curiosity. Does

he or she have an insatiable appetite for learning? 4. Rapid learning. Does your child master concepts easily?

child see humor in situations at an early age? 6. Intensity. Is he or she passionate about areas of interest?

7. Long attention span. Can

your child attend to areas of interest for long periods?

8. Sensitivity. Is your child

emotionally sensitive or intuitive? 9. Keen skills of observation. Does your child like to watch

Faculty: 100% of lead teachers have or are completing high-ability licensure Tuition: $8,600 - $15,950

Accreditation: Independent Schools Association of the Central States Phone: (317) 202-2544

Financial assistance: 14% of students receive need-based assistance

Email: skarpicke@sycamoreschool.org or eharrison@sycamoreschool.org

Diversity: 40% are people of color

and understand before participating? 10. Preference for older playmates. Does your child prefer to be with older kids or adults? 11. Perfectionism. Does your child like to do things correctly the first time? Does he or she expect a lot of him or herself? 12. Strong sense of morality and justice. Does your child strive for fairness? Is he or she compassionate? Open house: Oct. 12, 1 - 3 p.m. Tours: Tours offered most Wednesdays; call to arrange Web: www.sycamoreschool.org



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Covenant Christian High School Matthew VanTryon 2013 Covenant Alumnus, Sports Editor, Butler Collegian


ou have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go …”

Oh, the places you’ll go

My four-year journey at Covenant Christian High School was a winding, twisting, turning road. It had ups and downs, peaks and valleys. I wouldn’t change any of it for a minute. I came into school as a freshman in 2009, the shyest of shy, more likely to be found behind a book than in the middle of a social cluster. I might still be that way were it not for a school that encouraged me to take a different turn. I’ve always loved sports. Yet I’ve never set foot in the batter’s box, never stepped up to the free-throw line or felt the pressure of a penalty kick coming my way. I was born three months premature with a litany of health complications that have prevented me from playing the games I love.

So I chose another route

7525 W. 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 317.390.0202

A few months after I began school, I approached Scott Flatt, head coach of the varsity basketball team, and asked if he needed a team manager. He said, “Welcome aboard.”



Four years later, I knew I’d made the right decision. From exhilarating wins to crushing losses, from countless hours in the laundry room to late nights on the bus, these components all played a part in taking me from someone trying to find his way to someone shedding tears as my senior season came to a close. I did the same for the baseball team. The spring afternoons spent on the baseball field mark some of my most enjoyable afternoons as a Warrior. Of course, that experience had its share of home runs and strikeouts. A 0-10 loss on the road paired with a long bus ride home is hardly fun. But the no-hitters and sectional championships, the come-from-behind wins and the around-the-horn double plays reinforced why I love America’s pastime. I spent countless hours on the hardwood and in the dugout, but I made other memories in my two-hallway school. I was in the show choir for two years. I wrote for the student newspaper. I helped build the webcast from the ground up. When the whirlwind came to a close, I’d come a long way from the freshman who hesitated to say a word. Oh, the places I went in my time at Covenant. I will continue to go places, but part of me will remain a Warrior. I am a Warrior, and this is my story. ●


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Cardinal Ritter High School By John Adams for Custom Publications

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ardinal Ritter High School is on the Serving well fast track to provide all students with Cardinal Ritter has a long history of giving abundant opportunities to achieve back to the community, which parallels its academic excellence while also opening mission to encourage all students to live their eyes to the diverse ethnic, social and out their faith publicly and share their gifts spiritual backgrounds they’ll encounter after and talents. Students as well as their parents graduation. The Catholic school, located on volunteer each school year. the west side of Indianapolis, “We do a tremendous also helps to prepare students amount of work in the area of Open house for success at the next levels. service,” Hoy said. “We have Learn more about Cardinal an amazing commitment Ritter High School by to helping our students Looking ahead attending an open house understand the importance on Thursday, November 6, “We have worked to create from 7 to 8 p.m. Parents of serving others. Our service a biomedical track at Cardinal and students can tour the learning committee reaches Ritter,” said Jo Hoy, principal. campus, meet teachers and out and is visible throughout “Our courses range from staff, and get answers to the west side of Indianapolis their questions. Advanced Placement classes and beyond. in biology and chemistry For more information, “They’re currently helping contact Katy Myers and have provided a lot of to provide food services for at (317) 927-7825 or opportunities for students family shelters. So we’re very kmyers@cardinalritter.org. who want to move into those much hands-on as it pertains fields after they leave us.” to service.” ● Class offerings at the high school include, among others, AP calculus, physics, government, Cardinal Ritter High School introduction to engineering, personal Location: 3360 W. 30th St., finance, business law and web design. Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter students also can learn Phone: (317) 924-4333 Spanish, Latin, Arabic and Chinese. The Web: www.cardinalritter.org school’s dual-credit programs enable juniors School facts and seniors to earn college credits while ❯ Enrollment: 652 they’re still in high school. ❯ Average class size: 22 “Five adjunctive professors teach on our ❯ Student-teacher ratio: 17-to-1 campus, and they are affiliated with local ❯ 2014 graduation rate: 98% universities such as Indiana University, Ivy ❯ College attendance: 95% Tech and Marian University,” Hoy said. ❯ Average GPA: 3.21 (entire school) The dual-credit programs also help ❯ 2014 Academic Honors diplomas: 62 students and their families save on the costs ❯ Indiana School Choice participant of college tuition. ❯ Namesake: Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter, “Close to 40 percent of our juniors born in 1892 and ordained in 1917, and seniors are enrolled in dual-credit was best known for his work in classes. That provides nearly $240,000,” in desegregation. He was appointed the tuition savings, Hoy estimated. Even more first Archbishop of Indianapolis in 1944. impressively, the graduating class of 2014 ❯ Mascot: Raiders leveraged their education to earn nearly $7.5 million in scholarship money.








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Take note:


Everything you want to know about selecting a private school for your family For Custom Publications

Your options are many.


ndiana has 822 private schools, according to the Private School Review. More than 200 are located in metropolitan Indianapolis. Having so many excellent choices close to home ensures that you’ll find the ideal fit for your family. But arriving at the right decision can seem overwhelming and downright stressful at times. Take a look at these key points to help narrow your focus and arrive at the right private school.

The time is now.

For most families, the application process begins the year before a student is set to start school. The sooner you begin, the better your student is positioned to gain admission and access financial aid.


Translation: Do you speak Chinese?

You may be looking for particular academic options for your student: Advanced Placement courses, dual-credit programs, foreign languages, even the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. A number of course options can help students earn college credits in high school and bypass 100-level courses at the next level, saving the cost of pricy tuition. Ask schools for a list of required and optional classes.

Are students required to wear uniforms?

Some private schools require full uniforms. In other schools, dress codes – with khaki or navy pants and collared shirts – are a popular compromise.

Can I afford it?

Take a look at your household income and determine the amount available each month for tuition, books and any extras, like uniforms, commuting costs and extracurricular activities.

I’m looking for a school that reflects my family’s faith.

In Indiana, 82 percent of private schools are affiliated with a particular faith, according to Private School Review. Once again, you have many choices of environments that focus equally on academic and spiritual growth. Can my children attend a school with a faith background different from our own? Private schools work to attract a diverse student body. Most faith-affiliated schools seek and welcome students of other religions.

What about fine arts, athletics and extracurricular activities?

Can I qualify for scholarships?

The allowable household income for financial aid is much higher than parents many realize. Most private schools offer tuitionsupport packages to attract families from a range of income levels. Begin checking into all of the options the fall before your student will start school. Remember, the Indiana Choice Scholarship program helps low- and middle-income families afford the cost of private-school tuition.

In public schools, these programs tend to be the first items cut when the budget shrinks. Yet private schools view athletics and activities as essential to a balanced education. Private schools strive to offer dozens of sports, clubs and activities for range of interests and abilities. Art, drama, music, interschool and intramural sports, special-interest clubs and community service projects are some of the activities available to students and their families.

Small, medium or large?

Do you imagine your children in small classes with plenty of personal attention from teachers? Or in a large environment with lots of variety, diversity and stimulation? Each child has a different learning style and thrives in a certain type of environment. When you’re searching for a private school, you no doubt can fit a place with the ideal surroundings for your student.

Can I take a tour?

Private schools welcome visitors. Call ahead to schedule a tour. Then make a list of your questions to be sure you walk away with all of the answers. You may want to inquire about these topics: Application process Financial aid Student/teacher ratio Annual and daily schedule Average class size Dress code Standardized test scores Graduation rate College-placement test scores Course options Disciplinary procedures Homework expectations Available tutoring and support Lunch options Field trips


ISACS Admissions Fair

By Angela Parker for Custom Publications hether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re knee-deep in Faculty, alumni and current students from private-school brochures or just each school will be on hand. Parents and beginning to consider preschool prospective students can ask questions and options for your toddler, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the third schedule campus visits. annual ISACS Admissions Fair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If at all possible, bring your student,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re totally Emery said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not required, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all unfamiliar with independent schools and about making a connection with the school. want to learn more about them or youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter what age the child is or if very familiar but want to get more detailed families have multiple children. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great information from a specific school. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll all way to learn about several schools at the be there in one location,â&#x20AC;? said Duane Emery, same time.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2014;? vice president of enrollment management for On Monday, Oct. 6 these nine Cathedral High School. area schools will be present at the The fair is a convenient way to learn Independent Schools Association of more about local schools accredited by the the Central States Admissions Fair: Independent Schools Association of the Central States. More than 230 independent â?Ż Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School schools from 13 Midwestern states belong â?Ż Cathedral High School to ISACS. â?Ż International School of Indiana â&#x20AC;&#x153;As independent schools in the â?Ż Midwest Academy Indianapolis area accredited by ISACS, â?Ż The Orchard School we are peer institutions,â&#x20AC;? Emery said. â?Ż Park Tudor School â&#x20AC;&#x153;Though our missions are slightly different, â?Ż St. Richardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal School we all go through an accreditation process â?Ż Sycamore School thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit more rigorous than other â?Ż University High School of Indiana accrediting processes.â&#x20AC;?


2014 ISACS Admissions Fair When: Monday, Oct. 6, 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:30 p.m.

Where: Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel 11925 N. Meridian St., Carmel

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Meet representatives from nine private, independently governed schools and find out why an independent school might be the right option for your student. Financial aid information will be provided by individual schools.


M O N DAY, O C TO B E R 6 6 TO 7 : 3 0 P M


Renaissance Hotel 11925 N. Meridian Street Carmel, IN 46032


Contact Duane Emery at 317.968.7360 or demery@gocathedral.com for more information. The schools listed to the left are members of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). Learn more at www.isacs.org.

Providence Cristo Rey High School


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sk yourself this question: Which high Study and institutional advancement. school has more than 190 students One of the reasons, Densborn said, is the working in professional jobs at 62 distinctive corporate work study program -Indianapolis companies? Before you answer, the hallmark of the Cristo Rey Network. know that the companies August Mack President are highly recognizable: Eli Geoff Glanders has been a Open house: Lilly, AIT Laboratories, Fifth corporate work study partner Thursday, Nov. 6, 6 - 8 p.m. Third Bank. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also since the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founding Sunday, Nov. 9, 2 - 5 p.m. highly respected: Barnes & in 2006. He said the school At a glance Thornburg, Shiel Sexton, St. does much more than build Vincent Health. â?Ż 60 graduates in the knowledge and skills. At Providence Cristo Rey â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are providing last four years High School, students who these young adults with â?Ż 100% college want something more find opportunities to increase their acceptance a challenging, college-prep faith, change their lives and â?Ż $4.7 million in education that also prepares change the communities where university scholarships them with valuable work we live,â&#x20AC;? he said. and financial aid, not experience, good habits, The wages students earn are including Pell Grants time-management skills used to offset the cost of their and 21st Century and a resume. school tuition. For families Scholars â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our students are to qualify for admission, they â?Ż 95% remain in college outperforming their peers must meet income guidelines. on standardized test scores, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our incomparable college entrance exams, high school academic success and work-study program graduation rates, college acceptance rates, make Providence Cristo Rey the best college graduation rates and college degree affordable option for students who want to attainment,â&#x20AC;? said Kathryn Densborn, the attend college,â&#x20AC;? said Joseph P. Heidt, president schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice president for corporate work of the private Catholic school. â&#x2014;?

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Lawrence Township







Raising the bar





By Shauna Nosler for Custom Publications

Lawrence Township schools provide excellent venues for learning, but they’re also helping to raise the next generation of philanthropists, scholars and athletes.


Lawrence Township serves about 15,000 students through four early learning centers, 11 elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools and a center for innovation and technology.

Philanthropists ❯ Through the Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart events, students raised $38,703.11 for the American Heart Association. ❯ Fall Creek Valley Middle School students raised nearly $8,000 to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Learn more about the district at one of these events: Lawrence North and Lawrence Central Recruitment Day Tuesday, Nov. 11 • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Lawrence North and Lawrence Central Community Open House Thursday, Nov. 13 • 6:30 – 8 p.m.












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Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township 6501 Sunnyside Road, Indianapolis (317) 423-8200 • www.LTSchools.org


ocated in the northeast corner of Indianapolis, Lawrence Township is home to 95,000 residents as well as Fort Harrison State Park and Geist Reservoir. It’s also the site of the nation’s only school district with a full magnet structure choice. “With families from widely diverse cultural, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, the Lawrence community values and embraces diversity as one of its greatest strengths,” said Dana Altemeyer, communications coordinator for the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township. “Throughout Indiana, Lawrence Township is recognized as a ‘lighthouse’ school district.” This reputation comes from having an award-winning staff, accomplished administrators, high-achieving students, a supportive community and innovative programs, including the STEM curriculum. “STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Altemeyer said. “Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on realworld applications.” The 10th largest school district in Indiana, Lawrence Township serves about 15,000 students through four early learning centers, 11 elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools and a center for innovation and technology. To learn more about the district, mark your calendar for these events: • Lawrence North and Lawrence Central Recruitment Day, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. • Lawrence North and Lawrence Central Community Open House, Nov. 13, 6:30 - 8 p.m. ●

❯ Sunnyside Elementary second graders brought in $1,739.25 for Riley Hospital for Children. Scholars ❯ The 2014 immersion class received diplomas from the Spanish Ministry of Education. ❯ Of 26 different Advanced Placement tests taken by students, Lawrence North had 57.4 percent of students score 3 or better; for Lawrence Central, the percentage was 44.1. ❯ The high schools’ combined graduation rate is 87 percent. ❯ The McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology biotech team won first place in the Indiana High School Biotechnology Consortium research competition. Educators ❯ Lawrence Township has a teaching staff retention rate of 93 percent. ❯ 52 percent of teachers have a bachelor’s degree; 48 percent have a master’s degree. ❯ Township teachers have won Miliken Educator Awards and Teacher Creativity Fellowships and been named Hubbard Life-Changing Teacher Award finalists. Athletes ❯ The Lawrence Central girls’ team won the Indiana track-and-field title. ❯ Lawrence North alumnus Mike Conley, Jr., was awarded the NBA Sportsmanship Award.


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La Lumiere: Realizing a vision of excellence For Custom Publications


n 1963, when La Lumiere Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founders envisioned an alternative local Catholic high school in northwest Indiana, they took a courageous leap of faith. The group believed that an all-boys boarding school modeled after East Coast prep schools could be successful in the Midwest. While the school attracted influential families from the area, for years it remained a best-kept secret. Celebrating its 50th anniversary last year, La Lumiere School is preparing to embark on the next 50 years. And the founders are delighted to see the school thriving. La Lumiere now is co-educational. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The school has succeeded beyond our expectations,â&#x20AC;? said Andy McKenna, Sr., one of the founders. With its placement in the woods of La Porte, Ind., near Lake Michigan, La Lumiere is a viable option for Midwest families who wish to provide their sons and daughters a boarding school experience. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proximity to Indianapolis is very attractive, as parents can stay connected by attending athletic contests, art performances, family activities and school ceremonies. La Lumiere has possibly experienced the most growth of any prep school in the country over the last decade. Modeling the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best independent prep schools, La Lumiere has evolved its programming. Its vision of excellence includes enhancing its curriculum and faculty while adding facilities to meet studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; growing needs. What has not changed during its growth from just over 100 students in 2004 to an

enrollment of 230 in 2014 is its culture of connection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Lumiereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distinctive features are its community and the culture we have created. Throughout our growth, we have maintained an environment where everyone knows everyone,â&#x20AC;? said Michael Kennedy, headmaster, and a member of the class of 1986. La Lumiereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s combination of school size and the breadth and depth of its academic programs are distinguishing characteristics not found in many high schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our size allows each teacher to know each student. The deep and genuine respect our students and faculty build and our rigorous yet collaborative learning environment have a proven long-term effect,â&#x20AC;? Kennedy said. As La Lumiereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leaders look ahead to the future, fundamental to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success is the ongoing development of the areas of excellence, where distinctive programs allow for studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; passion for learning to be discovered and nurtured. These areas are designed to provide intensive educational opportunities for students in critical subjects and co-curricular offerings, reinforcing an unparalleled college-preparatory program and further distinguishing the La Lumiere experience. The result is extremely wellprepared students enrolling in great colleges and achieving even greater lifelong success. La Lumiere School is no longer a best-kept secret. â&#x2014;?


â&#x20AC;˘ 88% of La Lumiere Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Class of 2014 earned over $6 Million in Scholarships â&#x20AC;˘ Our 54 graduates had 231 acceptances to 124 different colleges

Open House

Saturday, October 18, 2014


by October 10, 2014 admissions@lalumiere.org 219.326.7450

College Preparatory Boarding and Day School, La Porte, Indiana.




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The first steps toward college


reparing for college is a big deal at local private schools. Beginning in the freshman year of high school, students are advised to take courses that lead toward college admission. Guidance counselors begin meeting regularly with students to discuss future plans. They make sure students understand the notion of a transcript and the importance of an excellent SAT score. Throughout the school year, students hear from alumni and college reps. They attend college fairs and take field trips to area campuses. They may enroll in Advanced Placement classes, which give students a taste of college-level work and can even give them college credits. “We have 21 AP courses and five dualcredit courses,” said Julie Barthel, Cathedral High School’s vice principal for curriculum and instruction. “Students can be exposed to the rigor of college while they’re here.” College preparation goes beyond completing applications and reviewing SAT study guides. High school courses begin to nudge students to be more proactive and

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independent. Educators encourage students to use their free time wisely. Students learn to read textbooks more efficiently and take effective notes. “Our goal of providing students with the best possible college-preparatory education affects the way we approach curriculum,” said Dr. Jeff McMaster, director of secondary education at Heritage Christian School. The relationship between students and adults is perhaps one of the more understated benefits of private schools like University High School, where every student is paired with an adult mentor. Students meet individually with their mentor for about 30 minutes every other week for four years. In that time they might talk about college plans. They might talk about personal issues. Or they might just talk. There’s benefit in these conversations, said Nancy Webster, University High School’s director of admission — just as there’s great benefit for students in these relationships. By the end of four years, even shy students have spent hours talking to adults. They’re not afraid to approach and discuss issues with older individuals – a sure advantage at the

next level of education. “When our kids go to college, they are the kids leading the charge to a professor’s office hours, because they’ve done this,” Webster said. “Knowing how to communicate with your teachers and professors is something we foster here.” ●

“We have 21 AP courses and five dual-credit courses. Students can be exposed to the rigor of college while they’re here.” —Julie Barthel, Cathedral High School’s vice principal for curriculum and instruction

The Oaks Academy



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he Oaks Academy was established 16 years ago to provide a classical education for elementary-age children in downtown Indianapolis. The Christcentered school exists to serve children of diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, preparing them to succeed in rigorous secondary educational programs and demonstrate spiritual, social and emotional maturity. The school is open to any student, along with a supervising adult — parent, extended family member or friend — who desires a rigorous, interactive education. Students who are admitted with remedial needs are welcomed and assisted as necessary. Oaks Academy students represent the metropolitan Indianapolis community, and the school serves families across all income categories. Most reside in Marion County, yet many are willing to drive considerable distances to attend. The school’s diverse population is a powerful dynamic that empowers all students. Almost half — 49 percent — are Caucasian, 37 percent are African American and 14 percent are Asian,

Hispanic or biracial. Nearly 85 percent of students receive scholarship assistance provided by faithful donors, who support the $3 million scholarship fund. The Oaks Academy’s approach to education is effective with all students, regardless of their background. Students are considered capable of the “duty and delight” of learning and are given appropriate support for success. The curriculum is based on a philosophy guided by a historic timeline that integrates subjects and emphasizes reallife exploration extending beyond the classroom. Since opening, The Oaks Academy has graduated more than 200 students. Most attend the best high schools in Indianapolis and go on to four-year colleges and universities. While standardized test scores are not the focus, results are competitive with the nation’s best schools, and nearly 100 percent of eighth graders pass the Indiana high school graduation test. The Oaks Academy invites Indiana families to experience true education. ●


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Cathedral High School By Angela Parker for Custom Publications


n 1918, Cathedral High School established an educational foundation for enhancing students’ spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth. Since then, the school has built upon, expanded and improved that foundation, which makes the introduction of the new “Cathedral 360” program the latest building block in a dynamic learning environment. The Cathedral 360 Personalized Education Experience will ensure that students make the most of their high school years. Enhanced academic guidance, data-based decision making, a four-year leadership development curriculum, social involvement and service programs will ensure that individual needs and goals are understood. As a result, students’ high school experience can be customized accordingly. “We’re getting to know our students even better by personalizing their experience,” said Duane Emery, vice president for enrollment management. “We want to meet their needs as individually as we possibly can.”

Guidance and academics

Emery said the increased course offerings and intensified counseling are expected to lead to higher standardized placement test scores, college credits when graduating high school and more college scholarship dollars for Cathedral students. “They’re already high, but we want to make them even better,” he said. “This is a good example of building on an existing strength — an enhancement of an already strong aspect of our school.”

Leadership training For example, frequent communication The leadership component of Cathedral with a designated guidance counselor will 360 is the implementation of a four-year enable students to solidify their goals and leadership development program based on plan their high school experience. In fact, a program called “Habitudes” by Dr. Tim this year’s incoming freshmen met oneElmore. It will on-one with their cover issues such guidance counselors as self-awareness, before school even Get to know Cathedral self-leadership and began. Students Open House: Thursday, Nov. 13, 5:30 – 8 p.m. leadership of others. will have the same Location: 5225 E. 56th St., Indianapolis Phone: (317) 542-1481 “We’ve been two counselors Website: www.gocathedral.com/openhouse developing student throughout their leaders for years, but high-school career, Information Nights: Each fall, Cathedral High School hosts informal gatherings in not with a program both an academic current families’ for anyone who wants to know that is nationally counselor and a more about the school. To reserve your spot, recognized,” Emery college adviser. contact Maribeth Cloud at (317) 968-7370 or said. “It’s going to Academically, mcloud@gocathedral.com. become a universal Cathedral expanded Shadow Days: Eighth-grade students are language among the the number of invited to visit Cathedral and spend the day Cathedral student STEM classes attending classes with a freshman who has body.” (science, technology, similar interests. To schedule a shadow day, The school’s engineering and go to www.gocathedral.com/shadow varsity football math) it offers coach, Rick and added preStreiff, already has engineering and implemented Habitudes in his program and robotics courses. The school is undergoing will oversee its school-wide implementation. renovations that will double the size of the Students will learn about Habitudes as part band room and increase space for the more of the school’s Irish Counties Program — a than 50 fine arts classes taught at Cathedral.

small-group environment in which each student is part of a “town” of about 20 students that is led by two or three faculty and staff members.


Cathedral High School is one of 15 high schools in the U.S. that have a formal affiliation with the Brothers of Holy Cross. Being a Holy Cross school means focusing on the development of the whole student by providing opportunities for spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth. “The programs under the Cathedral 360 umbrella support the holistic development of the child,” Emery said. “We’ve revamped our service program in line with the Cathedral 360 program.” Each year, students select one service site where they will complete their service requirements. Freshmen serve 10 hours per year; sophomores serve 15 hours; juniors serve 20 hours and seniors serve 25 hours. “Cathedral 360 sounds like a lot, but it’s really just an enhancement of things we are already doing,” Emery said. “We want to meet students where they are at the time of enrollment then improve their experience and outcomes. We call it ‘adding value’ to their experience. If we can take a student beyond what was predicted, we have served that student well.” ●

At a glance

❯ Enrollment: 1,293 ❯ Student/teacher ratio: 13-to-1 ❯ Average class size: 19 ❯ Diversity: 73 percent Catholic, 21 percent ethnic minorities ❯ Accreditations: Indiana Department of Education, Independent Schools Association of the Central States, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ❯ Curriculum: International Baccalaureate, honors, college prep, Advanced Placement, language support ❯ Technology: iPad 1-to-1 campus ❯ Graduation rate: 100 percent ❯ College acceptance rate: 100 percent ❯ Activities: 120 clubs, organizations and athletic teams; 99 percent of students participate in one or more activities; 400 students participate in fine arts and performing arts.




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LEADERSHIP ALONG WITH ALGEBRA? The future needs young people with leadership skills, no matter what the major, the profession, or the life goal. Imagine how Cathedral’s new leadership initiative could help your student learn both self-mastery and how to work with others. Find out more about our new four-year leadership curriculum, part of the Cathedral 360 personalized education experience. Visit gocathedral.com.

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