School Details

Indiana Math & Science Academy - West

4575 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46254
(317) 298-0025
4

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-12 541 students 14 students/teacher (IN avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

61%
85%
64%
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
  • Indiana Math and Science Academy average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

38%
84%
47%
84%
24%
74%

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
  • Indiana Math and Science Academy average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
79%
76%
87%
42%
74%

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
  • Indiana Math and Science Academy average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

61%
78%
67%
84%
50%
69%

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
  • Indiana Math and Science Academy average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
74%
67%
81%
60%
69%

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
  • Indiana Math and Science Academy average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

39%
76%
70%
81%

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
  • Indiana Math and Science Academy average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Indiana Math & Science Academy - West is a charter high school in Indianapolis. The principal of Indiana Math & Science Academy - West is Mr Guray Taysever. 541 students go to Indiana Math & Science Academy - West and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 14% of the Indiana Math & Science Academy - West students are "limited in English proficiency." 84% of the 541 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Indiana Math & Science Academy - West is 14:1. Northwest Community High School (9-12) is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 8% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 65% 65%
Multiracial 6% 6%
Hispanic 19% 19%
Asian 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

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

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    my school is a good school with amazing teachers. It also has great extra-curricular clubs to extend learning opportunities.

  • (1 year ago)

    IMSA South is a joke. The school opened and most of the teachers had no books no computers and no phones in the rooms. Smartboards were installed incorrectly and weren't working even when computers were delivered. Teachers had to figure out how to trouble shoot and get everything up and running as there were no IT people on staff. Enrollment changed on a daily basis with very little prior notice. Kids just showed up to class and teachers had to add them to their list. It wasn't like teachers could receive an email due to the fact that there were either no computers or there was no internet connection. The dismissal procedure left much to be desired. To say it was chaotic would simply be too kind. Construction on the rooms should have been completed prior to opening but it wasn't. Picture kids trying to learn in a classroom with LIMITED resources (translation for many teachers even into the fourth week of school no books); no air conditioning no screens in the windows and contractors coming and going repeatedly out of the classroom. Let's not even mention the aimless unorganized curriculum and discipline policies.

  • (1 year ago)

    No one should allow their children to attend this school. They treat kids like adults and they and focus on holding back your children for no reason.

  • (1 year ago)

    Honestly do not send your child to this school if you truly value their education. The teaching is substandard and lagging behind other schools. The teachers do not know how to control their students and the classrooms are chaotic. You are wasting valuable time if you send your child here.

  • (2 years ago)

    IMSA West is terrible. Look at the news stories on this school. A dean was fired for illegal touching they suspend students for simply talking in class and they have no technology. Terrible decision if you put your children here.

  • (2 years ago)

    I would also like to add that 2 of my children attended this school. One in kindergarten and one in 8th grade. My kindergartner is still attending and I am pleased with the elementary side and his teacher.However my 8th grader really disliked the middle/high school side.I finally thought it was best to withdraw him from IMSA West after his 3rd week of attendence and after I began to see that my child was very unhappy there..I was hopeful that this would be a good school for him but I witnessed a lot of unacceptable behavior and disrespect to the teachers/students/parents.Too much class time was spent on behavior issues instead of teaching.I think IMSA West has potential to be a great school but discipline should be taken more seriously (like they promised in the beginning). I am a real parent and this review is my honest opinion based on my true experiences.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a ninth grade student currently attending IMSA. i love this school it offers so many opportunities for college resumes. I am currently in many afterschool activities such as science olimpiad and turkish olimpiad. My turkish teachers are great they treat me very fairly and speak great english. My science teacher is very helpful and willing to help me whenever i need it. we have very diverse teachers. I am currently learning turkish language which you cannot find in many other schools in indianapolis. I am very glad to be here and i plan on graduating from this great school with high academic honors. I love IMSA.

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm a 10th grade student and I love IMSA because of the unique opprotunities that help us prepare for college! I have been attending this school for 3 years. I have joined a group called the Ivy League Mentorship Program (IMP). They give challenging work and we go on free ield trips to places like Chicago and New York. We also have a Turkish class where we are learning the Turkish language and culture. It is very invigorating and challenging but it can be very fun.

  • (2 years ago)

    IMSA West is amazing. Everything here is so student oriented starting from our administration to the janitorial staff. I have never seen a place so focused on making sure their students are not only getting the educational support they need but also the emotional support they need as students go through so many things in their teenage years. I would recommend any member of my family to go to school here and I will also recommend anyone I meet to send their children here as well.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a 10th grade student of IMSA ive been attending the school since its begenning and i can honestly say that with every year that passes The school gets better and better.IMSA is a great school it has excellent classes and the staff is phenomenal when your at imsa you get a feeling that your teachers really care about you imsa offers somthing different than most schools IMSA offers an education unparalled by any other high school we do not have a large campus but we make up for that with advanced classes and technology as well as a multitude of interactive and educational field trips.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am i ninth grade student and i love this school. The teachers are very helpfull and willing to help you with everthing and everthing. Everyone is treated fairly and there is never anyone left behind. There is a real diversity at school. We have teachers from Bosnia and from Russian and Haiti and Turkey. I am enjoying learning new cultures.I am enjoying learning the Turkish language which you can not find in other schools in indianapolis. I am just glad to be here and i am going to graduate from this school. Imsa West! Hands down.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a 10th grader here and I have been attending this school for 2 years now. love my school the teachers are great and very helpful. They care for each and everyone of their students.

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm in 10th grade now i have been here for 4 years now. I like this school because it small and the classes arent crowded. I think the education in this school is great . I catch on so quick. I woud recommend this school to anyone. )

  • (2 years ago)

    This is the best school I ever seen. They have many successful projects. Thank you for your unbelievable efforts.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a current student at Indiana Math and Science Academy. I have the privilege of being apart of this schools first graduating class. I personally love how the staff try to have one on one time with each students. Also the school requires for every teacher to have at least one enrichment and two tutoring times. They have weekly staff meetings to help come with strategic plans so that every student can achieve their goals. IMSA prepares their students for a higher learning and will always get a Pass Plus in my book

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been a student at IMSA for four years. At the beginning the school was not much of a great place but I have to say that over time the school has gotten better. The teachers and a majority of the students are friendly. I would refer this school to many other students struggling in school because it gives extra credits for your Core40.

  • (2 years ago)

    Indiana Math and Science Academy is great school. It's such a great environment to learn in. The school has high standards but it is a great preparation for college.They offer dual credit courses. You can take College Courses while you are at high school. And it is no cost for students. There are so many extra curricular activities to get involved in. The sports student government and all of the clubs they offer are just fantastic. This school provides so many great opportunities for kids to get involved. If you are looking for small size classrooms and small school with same oppourtunities in big high schools you should come to this school

  • (2 years ago)

    Having come to IMSA West from a large privileged school corporation I have been so impressed with how much is being accomplished with limited resources. To do so requires careful consideration of priorities and the fact that there are iPads laptops and Nooks available to all of the classes is evidence that their priorities are in order. The dedication of the teachers and staff is unsurpassed and the engagement of the students is quite impressive! The class of 2012 is on track for a 100% graduation rate and college attendance. IMSA West is a tremendous example of how well school choice works for Indiana.

  • (3 years ago)

    It is a great school and good teaching envorenment. My son has been attending there and we are really happy about the instructors and staff. Thank you and god bless you.

  • (3 years ago)

    DON T SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO THIS SCHOOL! I had the WORST EXPERIENCE EVER with IMSA. As a school professional this school is AWFUL - from Concept Mgmt. all the way down to some of the teachers. The PRINCIPAL LACKS LEADERSHIP. The TRANSPORTATION situation has been A MESS since the first day of school & he doesn't have the guts to fix it. When I complained early in the year he said the school's relationship w/ the bus company was "like a marriage" and we "just have to deal with it". The bus service is running 1 hours behind nobody knows where my child is and the bus service isn't answering the phone? Are you kidding me?!?! Once they dismissed school early without notifying the parents so the driver just dropped my kid off IN A STORE PARKING LOT! That was it for me. IMSA has NO TECHNOLOGY and VERY LIMITED RESOURCES in other areas students need to be prepared for the future. The SCHOOL WON'T COMPLY WITH LAWS REQUIRING THEM TO PROVIDE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR SPECIAL ED. STUDENTS. I was told the principal won't approve the expense. The DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS ARE OUT OF CONTROL! Rather than address the students causing the problems ENTIRE CLASSES are THREATENED WITH SUSPENSION weekly.

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