The schools in Indianapolis Public Schools West Learning Community offer excellent academic programs, a variety of extracurricular activities and outstanding community involvement.

James A. Garfield School 31 is a community school where students and parents get involved while engaging in the educational experience. The neighborhood works closely with the school’s Community and Parent Coordinator, Sarah McAfee, on a community garden that was once an empty lot. Recently recognized nationally as a 2014 Action for Healthy Kids Healthy School Hero, McAfee involves students and community partners in maintaining the garden and a chicken coop all while incorporating education about health, nutrition and natural science.

“Families of our students are actually able to take home the vegetables and eggs produced at our school to eat at home,” said Principal Ann Toombs Heiple.

Clarence Farrington School 61 is supplementing learning with fun extracurricular opportunities: basketball, soccer, cheer, dance, song writing, running, girl and boy scouts and extended day tutoring, just to name a few. And a great partnership with Fifth Third Bank supports a Young Bankers Club where bank members work with 6th-grade students to teach them about financial issues.

“Ultimately, the students have the chance to pick a stock and watch each week as it increase/decreases in value,” said Principal Carole Wilson Frye.

Of course, technology continues to play a huge role: Washington Irving School 14 is a STEM school with programs like Science Olympiad, Robotics and Project Lead the Way available. Lew Wallace School 107 has software coding and website design options for 5th- and 6th-grade students. And schools like Riverside School 44, Louis B. Russell School 48, and Eleanor Skillen School 34 have acquired software, iPads and other technology to boost literacy for students.

You can learn more about these and all the great schools in our West Learning Community at the Showcase of Schools event at Circle Centre Mall on November 22, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. It’s a chance to learn about our elementary, middle, high school and magnet options all in one location! We hope to see you there!