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CFI School 70, an IB World School


The mission of the Center for Inquiry School 70 is to develop a community of respectful, life-long learners, who use inquiry, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to be socially responsible contributors to a changing global society.

CFI Vision Statement

 CFI is a diverse, equitable, inclusive family of public International Baccalaureate schools whose community members consider multiple perspectives and are inspired to reflect, collaborate, and take action to make a positive impact on the world. 

What is IB?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme encompasses programmes for students aged 3 to 19 to help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. There are more than 1,184,000 IB students at 3,789 schools in 147 countries.

Schools must undergo a rigorous authorization process and continued self-study in order to become an International Baccalaureate World School.

What is inquiry?

Inquiry is a method of learning which encourages students to recognize and state problems, to ask questions about these problems in a manner that allows them to pursue answers, and to recognize that these answers are both the final product and the starting point for further study.

Why should one select an inquiry-based school?

  • Promotes active and motivated learning
  • Builds lifelong learners
  • Is child-centered and relevant
  • Taps into students’ natural curiosity
  • Constructs learning from children’s understanding
  • Allows participation from all levels
  • Develops flexible and adaptive thinkers
  • Directs and focuses student learning
  • Allows children to be independent
  • Encourages respect and acknowledges other people’s knowledge
  • Shows what is and isn’t known about concepts and what misconceptions exist and emerge
  • Allows risk taking, identifies “unknown knowns,” and develops respect for the opinions and understanding of others
  • Is not restricted to any one nationality – it’s universal
  • Allows for different learning styles
  • Builds confidence
  • Promotes learning from other people’s questions
  • Teachers and students are both learners – changes the perception of “teachers”

IB Model Snapshot

Contact Info

Center for Inquiry School 70
510 46th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Principal: Troy Nolan-Watkins
Phone: 317-226-4270