On Feb. 15, Kindezi’s governing Board, the Neighborhood Charter Network (NCN), decided to not renew its Innovation Agreement for Kindezi Academy at Joyce Kilmer School 69 with IPS after the 2021-22 school year. The Board also voted to return its charter to the Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation.

NCN chose not to pursue a 1-year conditional extension agreement from IPS that would have taken the school through the 2022–23 school year, citing high student mobility, which it said inhibited the school’s high-quality inputs and impacted desired results, and current facility conditions.

On Thursday, Feb. 24, the IPS administration recommended to the IPS Board of School Commissioners to close the Joyce Kilmer building at the end of this school year and seek approval for the following:

  • IPS will create additional seats in the Choice Application Lottery at higher-performing, nearby choice schools for Kindezi families 
  • IPS will create the highest lottery priority for Kindezi families and their rising kindergarten siblings; this will ensure all families receive a seat at a higher-performing, nearby choice school as long as the family applies by April 29 and ranks ten (10) schools below in their application
  • Families are welcome to explore enrollment at nearby neighborhood schools
  • Families will receive IPS-provided transportation to all of the schools listed

On Monday, March 14, the IPS Board of School Commissioners voted to no longer operate the Joyce Kilmer building at the end of this school year.

Questions?

If you have questions about the transition process, please email kindeziacademytransition@myips.org.

Important Information and Resources

There are several ways for Kindezi families to choose their child’s school for the 2022–23 school year. 

School Enrollment Fair
April 6, 2022
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Kindezi Academy at Joyce Kilmer School 69, 3421 N. Keystone Ave.

This is your chance to learn more about the individual school options for the 2022-23 school year and to:

  • Meet school principals and other leaders
  • Engage with members of the IPS special education team
  • Receive on-on-one assistance with the Choice Application Lottery

*Members of the IPS Unified Student Supports team will be on hand to answer special education questions.

Online Enrollment
Families can apply for up to ten (10) schools for the 2022–23 school year through the Choice Application Lottery at https://enrollindy.org or by calling 317.426.3234. Remember to rank your schools. The deadline to apply is April 29, 2022. 

If you have questions about the Choice Application Lottery, email info@EnrollIndy.org. Ask for your message to be forwarded to Bill Murphy.

James Russell Lowell School 51: Grades K–6, 3426 Roosevelt Ave.
(ILEARN: 5.1% ELA and 1.9% Math pass rates)
Distance from Kindezi: 2.1 miles/6 minute drive.

Sankofa Arlington Woods School 99: Grades K–6, 5801 30th St.
(ILEARN: 5.6% ELA and 3.9% Math pass rates)
Distance from Kindezi: 3.3 miles/7 minute drive.

Brookside School 54: Grades K–6, 3150 E 10th St.
(ILEARN: 4.4% ELA and 2.6% Math pass rates)
Distance from Kindezi: 2.9 miles/8 minute drive.

Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School 15: Grades K-6, 2302 Michigan St.
(ILEARN: 8.2% ELA and 6.6% Math pass rates)
Distance from Kindezi: 3.4 miles/10 minute drive.

KIPP Indy Unite Elementary: Grades K–5, 1740 E. 30th St.
(ILEARN: 7.2% ELA and 3.9% Math pass rates)
Distance from Kindezi: 1.1 miles/3 minute drive.

KIPP Indy College Prep: Grades 6–8, 1740 E. 30th St.
(ILEARN: 13.8% ELA and 2.0% Math pass rates) 
Distance from Kindezi: 1.1 miles/3 minute drive.

IPS|Butler University Laboratory School 60: Grades K–8, 3330 N. Pennsylvania Ave.(ILEARN: 39.2% ELA and 28.4% Math pass rates)
-Students gain math, science, language and social studies skills through learning projects on topics of interest as they discover the answers to their own questions.
-2.5 miles from Kindezi/8 minute drive. 

Center for Inquiry School 2: Grades K–8, 725 N. New Jersey St.
(ILEARN: 47.4% ELA and 38.1% Math pass rates)
-Students learn through discussion, writing, reading, collaborative projects and the study of local and world issues. They are developed into internationally-minded individuals.
-4.5 miles from Kindezi/10 minute drive.

Center for Inquiry School 27: Grades K–8, 545 E. 19th St.
(ILEARN: 28.9% ELA and 25.1% Math pass rates)
-Students learn through discussion, writing, reading, collaborative projects and the study of local and world issues. They are developed into internationally-minded individuals.
-3.1 miles from Kindezi/9 minute drive.

Center for Inquiry School 70: Grades K–8, 510 46th St. 
(ILEARN: 51.9% ELA and 37.0% Math pass rates)
-Students learn through discussion, writing, reading, collaborative projects and the study of local and world issues. They are developed into internationally-minded individuals.
-3.2 miles from Kindezi/10 minute drive. 

Center for Inquiry School 84: Grades K–8, 440 E 57th St.
(ILEARN: 69.4% ELA and 63.6% Math pass rates)
-Students learn through discussion, writing, reading, collaborative projects and the study of local and world issues. They are developed into internationally-minded individuals.
-4.3 miles from Kindezi/11 minute drive. 

Cold Spring School: Grades K–8, 3650 Cold Spring Road
(ILEARN: 8.9% ELA and 8.4% Math pass rates)
-Students learn through an environmental education which helps them discover the human impact on nature and how to preserve the earth.
-5 miles from Kindezi/12 minute drive.

Francis W. Parker Montessori School 56: Grades K–8, 2353 N. Columbia Ave. (Open seats in K, 1st and 4th grades only) 
(ILEARN: 10.3% ELA and 4.8% Math pass rates)
-Students learn through self-directed activities on the part of the child and observation on the part of the teacher. It is a highly hands-on approach to learning
-2 miles from Kindezi/6 minute drive.

George Washington Carver Montessori School 87: Grades K–8, 2411 Indianapolis Ave. (Open seats in K, 1st and 4th grades only) 
(ILEARN: 36.5% ELA and 32.3% Math pass rates)
-Students learn through self-directed activities on the part of the child and observation on the part of the teacher. It is a highly hands-on approach to learning.
-3.5 miles from Kindezi/10 minute drive.

Rousseau McClellan Montessori School 91: Grades K–8, 5111 Evanston Ave. (Open seats in K, 1st and 4th grades only) 
(ILEARN: 31.8% ELA and 26.6% Math pass rates)
-Students learn through self-directed activities on the part of the child and observation on the part of the teacher. It is a highly hands-on approach to learning.
-2.5 miles from Kindezi/8 minute drive.

Theodore Potter School 74: Grades K–6, 1601 E. 10th St. (Open seats in K, 1st and 2nd grades only)
(ILEARN: 17.7% ELA and 14.2% Math pass rates)
-Students gain math, science, language and social studies skills through learning projects on topics of interest as they discover the answers to their own questions.
-3.5 miles from Kindezi/9 minute drive.

SUPER School at Frederick Douglass School 19: Grades K–8, 2020 Dawson St.
(ILEARN: 12.6% ELA and 9.2% Math pass rates)
-Students learn and understand through a powerful and energetic philosophy of learning through movement, music and technology.
-6.3 miles from Kindezi/18 minute drive. 

Ernie Pyle School 90: Grades K–6, 3351 W. 18th St. 
(ILEARN: 13.6% ELA and 6.8% Math pass rates)
-Students learn through the basic skills of reading, writing, math and scientific methods, as well as the development of social skills in every learning experience.
-Distance from Kindezi: 8 miles/16 minute drive.

Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School 15: Grades K–6, 2302 Michigan St.
(ILEARN: 8.2% ELA and 6.6% Math pass rates)
-Students learn through a whole child approach that encompasses two-generational supports: social/emotional development and personalized learning.
-Distance from Kindezi: 3.4 miles/10 minute drive.

Frequently Asked Questions

The IPS administration is recommending to the IPS Board of School Commissioners that the Joyce Kilmer site not operate as a school after June 2022.

ILEARN: 6.5% ELA and 4.6% Math pass rate

Yes. Families can apply for up to ten (10) schools for the 2022–23 school year through the Choice Application Lottery at https://enrollindy.org or by calling 317.426.3234.

Remember to rank your schools. The deadline to apply is April 29, 2022. 

Yes. Families will receive IPS-provided transportation to all of the choice and neighborhood schools listed in the choice and neighborhood school tabs and on the English and Spanish one-pagers.

  • An Enrollment Fair for Kindezi families will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. April 6 at Kindezi Academy at Joyce Kilmer School 69. This is your chance to learn more about the individual school options for the 2022-23 school year, and get on-on-one assistance with the Choice Application Lottery.
  • Can’t attend the Enrollment Fair, you can apply online and rank ten (10) schools listed above by April 29, 2022, at https://enrollindy.org/ or by calling 317.426.3234.

For questions about the Choice Application Lottery, email info@EnrollIndy.org. Ask for your message to be forwarded to Bill Murphy.