School Details

Center for Inquiry School 2

725 North New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 226-4202
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 347 students 14 students/teacher (IN avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

94%
62%
85%
87%
62%
79%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Indianapolis Public Schools average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
72%
82%
74%
69%
79%
74%
48%
78%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Indianapolis Public Schools average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
61%
78%
79%
76%
86%
81%
39%
67%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Indianapolis Public Schools average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
61%
78%
88%
71%
82%
78%
36%
64%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Indianapolis Public Schools average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
52%
75%
93%
55%
78%
89%
41%
71%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Indianapolis Public Schools average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
49%
73%
90%
55%
80%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Indianapolis Public Schools average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
39%
70%

End-Of-Course (ECA)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Indianapolis Public Schools average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Center for Inquiry School 2 is a public middle school in Indianapolis. The principal of Center for Inquiry School 2 is Ms Andrea Hunley, who can be contacted at hunleyam@ips.k12.in.us. 347 students attend Center for Inquiry School 2 and identify primarily as Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 4% of the Center for Inquiry School 2 students have "limited English proficiency." 42% of the 347 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Center for Inquiry School 2 is 14:1. H L Harshman Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 20%
Multiracial 7% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 60% 21%
Black, non-Hispanic 22% 53%
Asian 2% 0.6%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.01%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42% 84%
Limited English proficiency 4% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    CFI has an incredible family community that work together to provide the students and staff what they need to educated and grow amazing young people. Education and community service are strong tenets.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children spent their first early yearsat this school while we lived downtown. Unfortunately we moved away from the district but we have not forgotten how influential this school has been for us. CFI is a gem in the IPS and entire Indianapolis-area. The education is best described as creative worldly and non-conventional. It is an inquiry-based education and allows children to seek out what interests them and does not judge but emphasizes a true learning experience. It is not a one-size-fits all approach. We moved to Zionsville which is one of the best school systems in Indiana (in theory). However I have found that the education is very traditional not very flexible very competitive and over-crowded. They also do not offer foreign language within the school day something I feel is very important. That option is available before school at a very high price. In addition CFI is very open-door and allows for the entire community to be involved. We have not had that experience here and miss the opportunity to really get to know teacher and parents. Improvement areas physical surrounding (no green space) and limited resources because of IPS funding etc.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is perhaps one of the best school in IPS. My child has flourished and became a true inquirer since she began attending CFI. I would recommend this school to any parent.

  • (1 year ago)

    CFI is a jewel in the IPS crown. The curriculum is challenging and engaging. The 5th grade IB exhibition was amazing. Our daughter and her friends put so much thought and effort into their issues I was blown away with the things they tackled. The teachers at this school are phenominal. They are responsive if there are questions or concerns and they know the kids really well. I've also been impressed with Mrs. Hunley.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent who sends his children to CFI I can state without hesitation that the school has a wonderful sense of community. Communication with parents is outstanding through online systems parent-teacher conferences and speedy replies to emails from our childrens' teachers. Every morning our children are greeted with smiling faces and kind words. We enjoy talking with other parents as we pick up and drop off our children. In regards to class size I found the sizes to be no larger than some of the private schools we looked at and in some instances they were smaller. The principal is new and may seem formal at first but throughout the year she has proven to be very warm and caring sitting with the kids during convocations and reassuring one of my children when he had a hard time saying goodbye to us one day. Our kids look up to her and love her visits to the classroom! I am very happy with our children's experience at CFI.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been extremely lucky to work at CFI for 12 years. Throughout my time I have been supported by amazing colleagues administrators parents and community partners. The children I serve are passionate about learning and community service. CFI is more than a school it is a family.

  • (2 years ago)

    The mission of CFI 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

  • (2 years ago)

    We have had kids at this amazing IB school for 10 years and it is nothing short of remarkable--rigorous nurturing diverse arts savvy project-based eco-conscious entirely focused on the whole child and launching them as inquiring citizens of the world. This is what public education should be.

  • (4 years ago)

    For five years I was an at home parent. I've watched my daughter Kayla grow in many ways. I am so very proud of the growth she's already undergoing by attending CFI.

  • (4 years ago)

    It's a neighborhood school with an international perspective. CFI focuses on not just the 3 R's but strives for well-rounded children who come well-rounded adults.

  • (5 years ago)

    The diversity the teachers the principle. What is there not to love. My kids love to go to school!

  • (5 years ago)

    This is our first year here. I think this school does a great job on student success. They really help each and every student succeed in all aspects of learning.

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended Center For Inquiry for 8 years and it prepared me for my future. The teachers put a lot of work into their curriculum and collaborate with each other to make lessons that work for everyone. The school is a community where teachers parents and students all have a say in what they would like to learn.

  • (5 years ago)

    Center For Inquiry is an award-winning K-8 in Indianapolis. It just received a Blue Ribbon Award from the Dept. of Education for excellence.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am currently and 8th grader at The Center for Inquiry. I have been attending since the 1st grade and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about my experience there. The teachers care about their students and want you to succeed. The diversity is great and the curriculum is challenging.

  • (6 years ago)

    I grew up in the suburbs of Indianapolis and received an excellent education. I was nervous about sending our child into the IPS school district until I discovered CFI. We are going on three years at the school and I couldn't be happier. The teachers and staff are amazing and any time I've had a concern they have addressed it promptly. What really makes this school though is it's not just the teachers that care but also the parents. There is a very strong community there that is not at all exclusive. Now we just have to figure out high school

  • (7 years ago)

    Excellent school with high standards for academics and behavior. Teachers and staff are extremely dedicated and enthusiastic. My 5th grader transferred to CFI from another IPS school and the difference is astounding. My children have attended public private and parochial schools so we have some perspective with which to compare schools. CFI is by far the best elementary school we have experienced. We feel lucky to be a part of this community.

  • (7 years ago)

    My grand daughter is attending CFI and we are very happy with the school and staff. I sent all of my children to parochial school so I was a little apprehensive. What a great surpirse! Great programs. Nice to see so many parents (and grand parents!) involved.

  • (9 years ago)

    CFI(Center For Inquiry) is a high quality school that offers many extracurricular activities and has a relatively high level of parent involvement. The school is inquiry-based with a focus on the needs and interests of the students. The school has multi-age classrooms. My 5th grader has been there since Kindergarten and feels very secure. She knows the teachers and many of the students in different grade levels.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is an excellent school. It has small classroom size and a great teacher to student ratio. My youngest daughter attends this school and loves everything about it. The parents are encouraged to be involved. We are a tight knit community. It also is great that my child does not have to attend another school for middle school. She can attend the same school for 9 years. Next year we are hoping to have a full year class schedule which will be wonderful for my family. I highly recommend this school. You have to apply early to get in but it is well worth the time.

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