Indianapolis Public Schools is Proud to be Public! This week, we had the pleasure of displaying for our community the interesting STEM-focused academic programming along with many other exciting features Cold Spring School has to offer. Thursday, Cold Spring School welcomed The Mind Trust Educational Bus Tour to its beautiful campus.
Parents, educators and community members were treated to a guided tour which offered insights into what sets the environmental magnet school apart and helps students thrive. Visitors received a short presentation from Principal Carrie Scott. Next, they were divided into four tour groups where they received an up-close look at the environmental studies school and its unique curriculum that develops active citizens and stewards of our environment.
“We are excited to be a stop on the Bus Tour,” said Scott. “This is an incredible opportunity for community members to learn about our unique program and the different educational programs IPS offers.”
Though the weather was too chilly to take in all of the interesting outdoor amenities, visitors still got a glimpse of the gardens, greenhouse and other green spaces. They also received a firsthand account of Partners in the Environment (PIE) Day which allows students to spend a day outside with a community partner.
“There was fishing, hiking and making s’mores. It was so much fun,” said Sixth grader Calie R., as she enthusiastically addressed a tour group.
“They’re able to experience their own education through environmental studies and getting outside,” said Principal Scott. “We truly look at the whole child and want to make sure that we are fostering that environmental stewardship because that’s an important skill they need for years to come.”
Principal Scott also emphasized the importance of family and community involvement by detailing the staff’s efforts to build community by hosting family nights, special programs and PTA meetings — among other activities.
School leaders fielded questions from parents about Cold Spring’s transition to an Innovation Network School, which will introduce more science-oriented opportunities beyond environmental studies in collaboration with existing partners Marian University. The change will also allow teachers to have more flexibility with instructional minutes, which should allow Cold Spring students to have more experiences outdoors.
IPS appreciates support from several valued partners that made the Educational Bus Tour a success: La Plaza, 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Inc., The Expectations Project, and United Negro College Fund.
Thursday’s Educational Bus Tour was the eighth in a series of tours hosted by The Mind Trust. Previous bus tours have highlighted George W. Julian Elementary School 57Carl Wilde Elementary School 79Center for Inquiry School 27,  Enlace AcademyArlington Woods Elementary School 99Rousseau McClellan Montessori School 91Phalen Leadership Academy and Brookside Elementary School 54.

Click here to learn more about the exciting programs at Cold Spring.