Irvington Community School, Inc. is unique as an Indianapolis-area K-12 public charter school system in many ways. Among them:
ICS, Inc.'s three schools are each, by design, small community schools. ICES has three classes per grade level (K-5) and serves 450 students; ICMS serves 243 students; and IPA enrollment is approximately 350 high school students. This intimate learning environment enhances our ability to provide differentiated instruction and innovative programming in delivering outstanding educational services while making a positive lifelong impact on our students' intellectual, emotional, and civic development.
ICS, Inc. established one of the first truly year-round schools in Indiana, offering a 195-day academic schedule for students, along with an expanded daily schedule.
At the heart of our schools is a strong community/neighborhood focus. Our Board of Governors provides guidance on the direction of Irvington Community Schools and its service to the area in educating young people, and our Unified Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) chapter offers welcome input in keeping the schools faithful to the ICS, Inc. mission and vision.
The ICS curriculum is rigorous, intellectually stimulating, and individualized. It prepares students for success as lifelong learners and in their post-secondary education.
With an emphasis on the arts and being physically fit, all ICES and ICMS students participate in Art, Music, and Physical Education multiple times each week. When students enter 5th grade, they are given the choice to expand their music knowledge by being allowed to join band or choir.
In order for students of Irvington Community Schools to be prepared to communicate effectively in an increasingly diverse society, students in 6th - 8th grade receive Spanish instruction multiple times per week, and 8th graders can earn high school credit in Spanish. Beginning in 9th grade, IPA students take Spanish or French and must complete three years of foreign language to be eligible for an academic honors diploma.
At IPA, subject offerings and college dual-credit opportunities continue to expand. Starting with the Class of 2013, all our high school students are required to earn an Academic Honors Diploma in order to graduate from Irvington Preparatory Academy.
Along with the state-mandated ISTEP+ test, ICES, ICMS, and IPA students are tested twice annually with the Northwest Evaluation Association's (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests, a battery of computerized standardized tests focusing on students' reading, mathematics, and language usage ability. The MAP tests provide instantaneous results and track students' progress over time on a continuum.
On the secondary level, students are tested using End of Course Assessments (ECAs) required by the state of Indiana in Algebra I, English 10, and Biology I.