Media

Paramount School of Excellence: A modern take on an old neighborhood

No Mean City

In 2010, Paramount School of Excellence opened its doors with a decidedly modern focus: sustainability. Five years later, everything about the building’s façade continues to scream the theme. The grounds feature an urban farm, complete with goats and bees, and multiple wind turbines. Inside the school, the floors are carpeted with recycled material, and recycling bins are everywhere. Against the established buildings in the area, Paramount pops.

And residents couldn’t be happier about it.

here.

Excel Center: Goodwill and second chances on the Westside

No Mean City

The Excel Center on Indy’s west side sprawls across a landscape peppered with pines, tall oaks, and a few surrounding homes. The building gives off 1950s vibes and looks so much like a traditional school, it couldn’t possibly be mistaken for anything else—except it’s anything but. The center, managed by Goodwill Industries, is specifically designed for adults (18 and up) to continue their education, ultimately graduating with high school diplomas and increasing their chances of going on to attend college or find meaningful employment.

Read more here.

Irvington Preparatory Academy: Where students are happy to be themselves

No Mean City

Irvington Preparatory Academy is well-known for its robotics program’s successes, but the school is also highly diverse and academically rigorous.

Read more here.

Charter schools see explosive growth in Indiana

Chalkbeat

An unprecedented expansion of charter schools over the past five years — centered heavily in Indianapolis — is expected to push the number of privately managed public schools in Indiana to 100 this fall for the first time. Advocates are celebrating the breadth of new options for families to choose from, including more good schools in areas where children score poorly on state tests.

Read more here.

Andrew J. Brown Academy recognized by IDOE for “Promising Practices”

Indiana Department of Education

Andrew J. Brown Academy was among several schools recognized by the Indiana Department of Education for its Promising Practices.

Read more here.

Christel House bridges gaps for students

IndyStar

Before Henry Jackson Jr. graduated from high school, Christel House Academy South made a promise to him. Stay in touch with us, the deal went, and we’ll help you out if you need it. We’ll keep you on track, at college or in your career.

Read more here.

New round of grants to expand language immersion in Indiana

Chalkbeat

School language programs that offer kids a chance to learn half the day in English and half the day in another language got an extra boost from the state today. The Indiana Department of Education, which was able to lend more support to the popular programs with a new law creating a dual language immersion pilot program in 2015, doled out more than $500,000 in grants today to schools across the state, including new charter Global Preparatory Academy.

Read more here.

New public art installations from Paramount School of Excellence promote Indiana waterways

IndyStar

Seven public installations, most paid by a ROW grant and inspired by waterways, the environment, community and Indianapolis’ history, were unveiled Friday on Paramount’s grounds, directly across from the Pogue’s Run waterway, near North Rural Street and Brookside Parkway South Drive on the east side.

Read more here.

Years after quitting school for the streets, she wants a job helping kids like here

Chalkbeat

The Chalkbeat staff met Crystal Anderson at the graduation ceremony for the Excel Center’s University Heights Campus. She earned professional certifications in business etiquette, customer service and business leadership through the charter school that gives adults a chance to return for their diplomas. She also earned college credits in English and math. She hopes to get a job working with kids in the juvenile justice system.

Read more here.