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About This School

James Whitcomb Riley 43 is a public middle school in Indianapolis. The principal of James Whitcomb Riley 43 is Ms Tomeka Johnson. 451 students attend James Whitcomb Riley 43 and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 1% of the James Whitcomb Riley 43 students are "limited in English proficiency." 86% of the 451 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at James Whitcomb Riley 43 is 14:1. St. Thomas Aquinas School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 85% 53%
Multiracial 5% 5%
Hispanic 5% 20%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 21%
Asian 0.4% 0.6%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% 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 86% 84%
Limited English proficiency 1% 14%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Things are pretty poor in every respect. Teachers have to rely on parents to step up and volunteer in the classrooms because there isn't a single teacher's aid from K-8. In some cases some 8thgrade students didn't even have teachers so they were sent to spend the day in kindergarten. Over-worked teachers often yell at the children out of frustration. If a child doesn't eat fast enough even if they are obviously eating their tray is dumped and they go back to class hungry. To improve this school it would have to have an increase of funding to hire teacher's aids. Teachers need to be rotated out of cafeteria duty. Modern pedagogy techniques need to be used instead of relying on old-standard ideas that haven't worked for decades. As for the upcoming 'core' curriculum I'm a sceptic. Teachers are trained to build curriculum. Assigning one is a bad idea. Even the faculty acknowledge the school's shortcomings. Because my wife and I are interested and involved and because our child is a bright kid who doesn't necessarily need the extra attention some of the other children require his teacher expressed surprise that we even put our child in this school. We won't next year.

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