About Irvington Community Schools
- What are the schools' hours?
- Irvington Community Elementary School: The school doors open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Classes begin at 8 a.m. Our first release is at 3 p.m. for grades K-2. Our second release is at 3:20 p.m. for all students. We have a 4 p.m. release for all students who have stayed for clubs, tutoring, or After Care (managed by the YMCA).
Irvington Community Middle School: The school doors open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Classes begin at 8:15 a.m. Our first release is at 3:35 p.m. We have a 4:15 p.m. release for all students who have stayed for clubs or tutoring. After Care (managed by the YMCA) begins following the 4:15 p.m. release.
Irvington Preparatory Academy: The school doors open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m., and the school day concludes at 4:30 p.m. Students with a "C" or better in all classes may be released early at 3:45 p.m., while those with any "D's" or "F's" are required to stay for tutoring until 4:30 p.m.
- When was ICS established?
- Irvington Community School was established in 2002. The dedicated school building at 6705 East Julian Avenue opened in 2003 as a K-8 facility. In 2006, Irvington Community High School opened at 6040 East Pleasant Run Parkway South Drive, beginning with a freshman class and adding a gradel level each consecutive year. Continuing the growth of ICS Inc., for the 2010-2011 school year, the corporation signed a 15-year lease with the city of Indianapolis for the use of the former Children's Guardian Home at 5751 East University Avenue. The building became the home of Irvington Preparatory Academy, the renamed ICS high school. That same school year, we moved grades 6-8 to the Pleasant Run facility, with 2010-2011 being our middle school's inaugural year. Classes were expanded from two per grade level to three for the new Irvington Community Elementary School (now K-5), established in the former K-8 building.
- How many students attend ICS?
- Irvington Community Elementary School: 450 students.
Irvington Community Middle School: 243 students.
Irvington Preparatory Academy: 350 students.
- What is a charter school?
- A charter school is a tuition-free public school that provides educational programming for any grade or grades, K-12. Charter schools are typically nonprofit by design. Charters are granted by entities in Indiana such as the Indianapolis Mayor's Office of Education Innovation (charter sponsor of ICS Inc.) and Ball State University and are renewed on average every five - seven years. A key distinguishing point between charters and traditional public schools, the charter itself is a performance contract between the school and its sponsor that outlines the school's mission, programming and goals, assessment methods, student population served, and success measurements. If a charter school does not meet the agreed-upon performance measures, its charter can be revoked.
Irvington Community School Inc.'s three schools are considered extended year, with extended school days. Charters are schools of choice, meaning that parents have the option of applying to enroll in the school and are not assigned to a charter school as a result of their home address, as school districts traditionally operate.
We pride ourselves on the quality of teachers who work in our schools: energetic, engaging, and innovative professionals who are passionate about education and preparing children for their futures -- every step of the way. Our teachers provide their students a well-rounded education featuring a challenging and rich curriculum. As a key part of our charter, Irvington Community Schools' culture classes include music and art, and all students receive physical education. Foreign language is also emphasized at ICS, with Spanish taught to all 6th-8th grade students, and high school Spanish credit is available for 8th graders. Moreover, three years of foreign language -- either Spanish or French -- is required by IPA for an academic honors diploma. And because "community" is part of our name, parental involvement is essential to the educational mission of the school and our ongoing success.
Our charter holds us accountable for both our academic results and fiscal practices to a number of entities, including the Mayor's Office of Education Innovation, the ICS Inc. Board of Governors, the Indiana Department of Education, and the parents who choose us as their preferred provider of their children's education.
- How are Irvington Community Schools funded?
- Approximately 92 percent of ICS funding is through federal, state, and local funds. Funding is calculated based on where each student lives consistent with charter school law in Indiana. Principally, 58 percent of the total funds are provided by the state, 27 percent comes from local property taxes, 6 percent from various federal programs, and the remaining 9 percent from parent receivables for purchased items such as lunch and our Before and After Care Program.
- What is the average size of each class?
- Each class averages 25 students.
- Does ICS have athletic programming?
- ICS Inc. believes that sports enhance the classroom experience by furthering students' opportunities to develop a greater collaborative spirit while sharpening athletic skills and improving physical fitness. Team sport offerings per school are as follows:
- Irvington Community Elementary School: Boys and girls basketball
Irvington Community Middle School: Volleyball, cross-country, boys/girls basketball, track and co-ed soccer
Irvington Preparatory Academy: Volleyball, co-ed soccer, cross-country, men's and women's basketball, softball, baseball, men's and women's track
- How can parents get involved with the school?
- Parents are encouraged to get involved with the school on a number of levels. Because "Community" is central to our name, we believe that parents should partner with the school in their children's education. They can do so by making sure their Irvington Community School students are staying current with assignments, studying regularly for tests, attending school daily and on time, and behaving themselves according to school values and policy.
Parents are also expected to get involved with their children's school. At the beginning of each school year, parents sign The Irvington Way, promising to commit to a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer work. Getting involved is easy: opportunities include attending school events such as choral and band performances and athletic contests. And we have many volunteer needs and welcome your involvement! For more information about volunteering, please contact the ICS PTSA.
- What is your school's discipline policy?
- Irvington Community School Inc. administers a progressive student behavior management philosophy, methodology, and techniques in keeping with "discipline with dignity," a concept advanced by leading experts in the field of education, including Richard Curwin and Allen Mendler, coauthors of the book Discipline with Dignity for Challenging Youth.
Central to our behavior management effectiveness is timely parental contact. When a student is presenting consistent if not serious misbehavior issues, ICS Inc. Behavior Coaches are in frequent contact with the child's parents. Parents are also asked on occasion to attend Behavior Referral Board meetings. In this unique group dynamic, the misbehaving student meets with his/her parents, behavior coach, and, given the circumstances, perhaps the school counselor, a teacher, and/or a member of school administration. This framework of community concern has proven to be the most effective mechanism to involve parents intimately in their responsibility for their children's behavior while at school as well as to emphasize to our students in a compassionate yet firm way what we require from them behaviorally as ICS students.
Of note, ICS Inc. does not offer an alternative schooling program. However, as of the 2015-2016 school year, Irvington Community Middle School and Irvington Preparatory Academy refer students who are at risk for explusion to the Francis Marion Academy (317-226-4268), an alternative charter school.
- Can parents visit their children's classroom?
- Irvington Community Schools encourage parents/guardians to be involved in the education of their children and thus allows parents/guardians to visit their students at school. Parents/guardians are welcome to visit the school at any time and may observe their student's class(-es) if desired. To ensure the safety and security of our students, ICS requires that parents/guardians wishing to observe a class at ICS for a time exceeding the length of a typical class, subject-specific section/lesson, or classroom event (1-2 hours) meet with school administration prior to their visit to discuss the duration and purpose of their visit. Parents/guardians should avoid interfering with lessons or coaching of their children during the visit, and should only interact with their ICS student.