Which Schools Indiana Parents Send Their Kids To
INDIANAPOLIS — Parents across the state choose where to send their children.
Indiana schools, organizations, and individuals celebrate National School Choice Week, raising awareness for Indiana’s Choice Scholarship. This scholarship gives parents the opportunity to send their children to a specific school.
“If a family meets certain requirements detailed in state law, then they are eligible for a scholarship that they can apply to a non-public school,” said Holly Lawson of the Indiana Department of Education. .
For Anita Silverman, it gave her the ability to send her children to schools to meet their specific needs. She is a mother of six children, each with their own skills, qualities and comfort zones.
“I live in a school district that has nearly 1,000 students per graduating class, and at that point I realized that this wasn’t the best fit for all of my kids. So my kids graduated there and they did really well, and they’re very successful adults,” Silverman said. “And then my other kids, for different reasons, had to go to a smaller school.”
In the 2021 legislative session, Indiana lawmakers passed an extension of the Choice scholarship. The Indiana Non-Public Education Association says this includes:
- A voucher level of 90%
- Increased Financial Eligibility of Vouchers to 300% Free and Reduced Lunch
- Increase in financial eligibility for the scholarship program 300% tax credit for free and reduced meals
- Increase in the tax credit limit to $17.5 million for 2021 and to $18.5 million in the second year of the budget.
- Creation of a Scholarship Account (ESA) program for students with special needs with the same financial eligibility as the voucher
The Indiana Department of Education keeps track of the schools where parents have chosen to send their children. For the 2021-2022 school year, these are the major transfers for public, charter, and nonpublic schools.
Top 10 Public School Transfers for Parents’ Choice
- Indianapolis Public Schools at MSD Lawrence Township
- South Bend Community School Corporation to Mishawaka School Town
- South Bend Community School Corporation at Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation
- Indianapolis Public Schools at MSD Wayne Township
- From Fort Wayne Community Schools to East Allen County Schools
- From Indianapolis Public Schools to Beech Grove City Schools
- Anderson Community School Corporation at Frankton-Lapel Community Schools
- From Elkhart Community Schools to Concord Community Schools
- Indianapolis Public Schools at MSD Warren Township
- Marion Community Schools in Mississinewa Community School Corporation
Top 10 Public Charter School Transfers For Parents’ Choice
- Gary Community School Corp at 21st Century Charter Sch of Gary
- Gary Community School Corp at Gary Lighthouse Charter School
- From Indianapolis Public Schools to Victory College Prep Academy
- Gary Community School Corp at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy
- Anderson Community School Corp at Anderson Preparatory Academy
- Indianapolis Public Schools at Paramount Brookside
- Gary Community School Corp at Charter School of the Dunes
- Indianapolis Public Schools at Herron Charter*
- Indianapolis Public Schools at Christel House Academy South*
- Indianapolis Public Schools at Matchbook Learning*
Top 10 Non-Public School Transfers for Parents’ Choice
- From Fort Wayne Community Schools to Saint Charles Borromeo School
- From Fort Wayne Community Schools to Bishop Dwenger High School
- South Bend Community School Corp at Saint Joseph High School
- Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp at Evansville Christian Sch Newburgh
- From Fort Wayne Community Schools to Bishop Luers High School
- Perry Township Schools at Saint Mark School
- From Fort Wayne Community Schools to Concordia Lutheran High School
- Fort Wayne Community Schools at Blackhawk Christian Elementary Sch
- South Bend Community School Corp at Marian High School
- Indianapolis Public Schools at Cardinal Ritter High School
To qualify for the Choice Scholarship, families must meet the following income requirements:
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The student must also meet one of the following eligibility criteria.
- Two semesters in a public school stream – Student attended an Indiana K-12 public school (including charter) for at least two semesters immediately preceding the first semester of receiving a Choice scholarship
- “F” public school track – The student would be required to attend a specific public school based on their residence that was assigned an “F” grade. (However, he or she is not required to attend that public school before becoming eligible or to return if the grade is increased).
- Special Education Track – Student has a disability that requires special education services and has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Service Plan (PS).
- Pre-K track – The student has received a grant for preschool education (On My Way Pre-K) and attends kindergarten at the same school that he attended for preschool.
- Pathway to foster care – The student is in a host family.
- brother track – The sibling of the newly applying student has received either a Choice Scholarship or an SGO Scholarship in a previous school year, including a school year that does not immediately precede the school year for which the student is applying for a Choice scholarship.
- Previous Track Scholarship Organization (SGO) – The student has received an SGO scholarship in a previous school year, including a school year that does not immediately precede the school year for which the student is applying for a Choice scholarship.
- Continuous Choice Scholarship Program – The student received a Choice scholarship during the school year immediately preceding the school year for which the student is applying for a Choice scholarship.
To apply for a Choice scholarship, contact the school you want your child to go to. The following schools participate in the School Choice Scholarship:
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