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About This School

Irvington Community School is a charter high school in Indianapolis. The principal of Irvington Community School is David Nidiffer, whose e-mail is dnidiffer@ics-charter.org. 1,027 students attend Irvington Community School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 1% of the Irvington Community School students are "limited in English proficiency." 56% of the 1,027 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Irvington Community School is 16:1. Thomas Carr Howe Community High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 75% 75%
Multiracial 7% 7%
Hispanic 5% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 13%
Asian 0.4% 0.4%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56% 56%
Limited English proficiency 1% 1%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    We are starting our third year at ICS and are very happy. I am pleased with my sons reading and math skills. The teachers are very accessible to the parents. The elementary students get physical education everyday which is nice. Communication could be improved on the extra curriricular activities we miss out because we only hear about activities at the last minute.

  • (1 year ago)

    My oldest son Elijah is entering the 6th grade in Irvington Community School system. We came to Ics school for 1st grade and been there ever since. I have a 4th grader 3rd grader and my youngest son is entering kindergarden. I also take care of my littke brother who is 7th grade. I am proud to have my children in Irvington Community School. They are truly committed in taking the time to make sure everyone is where they should be personally and if a student needs extra help they make sure that need is met. They also have an amazing Music & Spanish programs. My kids have learned and performed whole songs in Spanish at their Christmas & Spring concerts as young as 2nd grade!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is our third year at the ICS system and we have been very happy here. It is what we needed. Of the things I love most are the cultures art music and Spanish from kindergarten on up and phys-ed daily for the gradeschool and every other day for middle school. Study hall at the end of the day allows for homework club involvement (gardening math pentathalon student council etc) or free tutoring if needed. My children love this school and come home much happier with the day being rounded out by cultures daily exercise and clubs. My children are performing well academically one being in the academic honor society and the others testing well to very well on the state required exams. I guess I take this for granted considering my top "likes" for this school are geared towards happy children! ICS offers K-12 which very important to me in looking at charter schools as an option. We have been in local township schools rural public private and homeshool finding what didn't work and ICS works for us. Long year nice breaks. Dependable people here. Good discipline and tone. I highly recommend it. It has been enjoyable to be a part of this school and its' community pride.

  • (1 year ago)

    My oldest daughter has been at this school from Kindergarten through 3rd grade and I have been very pleased with the teachers communication and close-knit community. Although there isn't AP curriculum when it was discovered that my daughter knew the 1st grade curriculum she was skipped into the 2nd grade half-way through the year. The teachers made the transition successful especially since my daughter is very shy. My only wish would be to see more diversity in the study body and teacher staff.

  • (1 year ago)

    The younger years - we asked for additional reading materials (book list etc) for our son and this was never really provided nor seemed to be heavily emphasized as a result he was behind in reading until 2nd grade. The teachers work hard to work with your student but you have to go to bat for them if they struggle or have special issues such as ADD. I have found heavy communication at the beginning of the year is helpful. Overall it is a pretty decent school smart teachers and a principle who cares. My advice to the school is a heavier focus on reading at the younger level would be appriciated (including how parents can help).

  • (1 year ago)

    We expected great things and instead have found this school to be mediocore. I believe my child is receiving a better ACADEMIC education than he/she would in a local public school but they are FAILING in many other areas. My child's teacher left 2 months into the school year. There has been NO consistency for my child. ICES does not follow their own safety procedures such as checking parent/guardian identification when releasing a child early in the day. We do not recieve pertinent information until the very last minute and as a result we lose out on many opportunities to interact with our child at school functions. The school sent us an inaccurate bill that was TEN times what we really owed. I had to make multiple calls in order to correct this. I wanted to address a complaint with the principal but her name and email are not clearly stated on the website. Overall I am very dissappointed. I wish I could afford to send my child to the local private school which is said to be excellent.

  • (1 year ago)

    New to the elementary school and have been very pleased so far. Both my kids love it.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school was supposed to offer a better alternative to local schools but has financially struggled with poor management in recent years and only managed to be mediocre. What started well has slowly turned into a smoke and mirrors act.

  • (2 years ago)

    A 720 student public charter school grades K-12 High academic standards. AP courses in high school mandatory. Student to teacher ratio16 1. Lottery held in March of each year.

  • (3 years ago)

    This School Has Very High Expactations And Expects Nothing But The BEst From Each And Every Student...I Myself Enjoy This School Even Though It's Hard To Make Friends I Would Highly Suggest This School To Parents.

  • (4 years ago)

    This will be my daughters 5th year at ICS. We love it. She is advanced and they push her. There isn't much "picking on" going on. She is on the same learning level as her friends that go to private schools. The only real issue I've had with the school is they don't give you information in a timely manner. they wait til a few days before to tell you what going on. Besides that it's a wonderful school and she won't go any where else until college.

  • (4 years ago)

    Granted my daughter is only in the Kindergarten there I think they (the staff) work hard to teach her things that she will be able to use in her life. I am anxious to see her grow and I am so proud she is a student of ICS!!

  • (4 years ago)

    This is the best charter school in Indianapolis period! It is also one of the best schools in the entire city. If you are not fortunate enough to live in an area with good schools this is your only real option!!! My children started when the school was brand new and we have moved several times. We now live out of state but if we ever returned to Indy ICS would be my only school choice!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    My name is Sierra and I've been enrolled in this school for 5 years. I am currently in the 8th grade I would recommend send your children to this school because it is very small. And small isn't always a bad thing I have grown up with the kids from this school and they are pretty much like my family. Everybody knows everybody and it is exceptionally quiet during class. I plan to even go to the High school (IPA) next year. The President of the school is very friendly and would be glad to answer any questions you may have.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school great staff and great teachers. They have excellent parent involvement at this school. Parents are always aware of their child's education behavior and overall progress. I am definitely recommending this school to other parents seeking another school for their children. 5 Stars

  • (5 years ago)

    No one can agree with everything 100% of the time. This is a great school. I have 3 children enrolled and we have been there for 4 years now. They are very strict but that is one of the things that I appreciate and like about this school. Every school has problems. It is still a great school!! awoolen

  • (6 years ago)

    After experiencing a lot of problems at an area parochial school it is not only refreshing but very encouraging to finally find a school that actually puts the students best interest first.. The quality of education is superior to any other school I know of in the Indianapolis area. My 6th grade son is happier than he's ever been and looks forward to going to school each day. Kudos to the staff and administrators of a well rounded educational institution. I am looking forward to his finishing his education through high school at Irvington Community Schools.

  • (6 years ago)

    This was the first year for my son he is in the first grade and I can say that they have them doing things that I never knew first grades were doing. I really enjoy haveing him here they are strict but fare and they are their to help all students and they have students of all walks of life and the are not treated any diffrently

  • (6 years ago)

    This is my child's second year. The administration has improved but organization and consistency needs improvement. I have had an excellent experience with most of the m.s. teachers.

  • (6 years ago)

    Favoritism poor quality of middle school teachers and what appears to be adminstrative problems. You don't get student handbooks. Parents can seldom interact with staff members. Unprofessionalism is the rule more than the exception. My experience with this school was extremely disappointing.

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