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James Russell Lowell School 51

We are a proud member of the Indianapolis Public Schools community serving grades Pre-K through 8.


Welcome to James Russell Lowell Elementary, located in the heart of the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood. Here, we provide a safe, inspiring environment that encourages students and staff alike to achieve their fullest potential. With the “Rebuilding Stronger” plan, we’re transitioning into a Montessori school beginning the 2023-24 academic year. The mission remains the same – to cultivate a love for learning, an international perspective, and respect for individual differences and learning styles in every child.

Under the leadership of Principal Christine Rembert, we’re proud to continue our Life Skills program and excited to add Autism programming in the 2023-24 school year. We’re also looking forward to our merger with the Montessori program at Francis W. Parker School 56, combining strengths and resources for a comprehensive Montessori approach.

Beyond academics, our school is an energetic hub of activity, encouraging students to explore their interests through clubs like chess, Scouts, karate, yoga, and IPS Athletics. We also provide additional resources such as a Shalom Health Clinic and Family Food Pantry to support our students and community.

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This is a wonderful opportunity. We hope you will take advantage of it.IPS invites parents/guardians to the Groundwater Approach Equity training provided by Racial Equity Institute on Feb. 27 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.The Groundwater metaphor helps internalize the reality that we live in a racially structured society, and that is what causes racial inequity.➡️ myips.org/blog/district/save-the-date-ips-groundwater-training-for-ips-parents/ See MoreSee Less
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Join us for IPS Family Academy Session 3!We’re hosting a Literacy, Math & STEM Fair in partnership with RISE INDY at Northwest Middle School 📚🧮🧑‍🔬Register ➡️ myips.org/blog/district/ips-hosts-the-family-academy-literacy-math-stem-fair-in-partnership-with-… See MoreSee Less
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🌒 On April 8, 2024, at 3:06 p.m., central Indiana will be plunged into mesmerizing darkness as a rare total solar eclipse unfolds. The celestial ballet of sun, moon, and earth will create a breathtaking spectacle lasting 3 minutes and 46 seconds. While the next eclipse is in 2044, Indianapolis won’t witness totality until 2153, a 129-year wait. Don’t miss this celestial marvel – join the Crossroads of America Council for a camping weekend capped with eclipse viewing at our scenic camp properties (Camp Belzer, Camp Krietenstein, Ransburg Scout Reservation, and Camp Belzer).Choose your spot now for an unforgettable experience under the cosmic canopy ➡️ scoutingevent.com/160-Registerecplise2024 See MoreSee Less
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Vote with your feet at Staff Meeting this morning. We’re looking at what kind of organization are we and how are we focused: Inward Focused on my results, Outward Focused on our results we are focusing on Our results. I am blown away by the commitment of this staff, how we are coming together and working shoulder to shoulder for our students! #WatchUsWork See MoreSee Less
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Camptown Thanks for providing an opportunity for our Middle Schoolers to have an experience they never have had! Rock Climbing at The Crux today! See MoreSee Less
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At James Russell Lowell Elementary, we believe in the power of student-centered teaching and the importance of learning how to learn. With our Montessori approach, we aim to foster an environment that helps each child to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. We encourage our parents and community members to be active partners in this exciting journey.

As we transition into a Montessori school, we’re more committed than ever to our core values of being responsible, respectful, and safe. We’re proud of our diverse ethnic student body and our collaborations with organizations like Salesforce, IUPUI, Ivy Tech, Art with A Heart, Boy Scouts of America, and several others. Join us as we move forward, stronger and wiser, shaping the leaders of tomorrow.