James Russell Lowell Elementary seeks to create a challenging learning environment that encourages high expectations for success through development-appropriate instruction that allows for individual differences and learning styles. Our school promotes a safe, orderly, caring, and supportive environment. We are a caring school community. Each student’s self-esteem is fostered by positive relationships with students and staff. We strive to have our parents, teachers, and community members actively involved in our students’ learning.


The mission of James Russell Lowell is to provide a safe and nurturing school where students, families, and staff are committed to achieving excellence.


Success today, leaders tomorrow.

Our History

IPS James Russell Lowell #51 is an urban elementary school in the heart of Brightwood neighborhood in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our mascot is a tiger and our colors are gold and blue.

School 51 was rebuilt in 2006. It reopened the doors on August 11, 2006 for approximately 280 students, kindergarten to sixth grade. The building was not completely finished at this time. The staff, teachers, and students were housed in one third of the current finished building. Everyone was excited, including the students, as we watched the construction of the new 51. Many of the features in our new building include remnants of the old building. We placed these reminders of the old building in our new cafeteria and gymnasium. Many community members and organizations in the Brightwood neighborhood had input on the design of this great new state of the art building and playground area for our community.

During the second year, 2007, we opened the entire building. Our staff and student population grew to more than 350 students. In 2008, our student population included approximately 480 students. We currently have over 580 students at 51.

As you can see, we are continually growing and educating the students in the Brightwood community. If anyone viewing this website has historical information that should be a part of this page, we want to hear from you. This history will not be complete until we have some information from the years before our reopening.