School Details

Belzer Middle School

7555 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46226
(317) 964-6200
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 1140 students 18 students/teacher (IN avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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

In 2013-2014 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. GreatSchools Ratings for schools in IN are currently based on 2012-13 results for ISTEP+ and ECA, pending the release of ECA data for 2013-14. 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 2014
  • M S D Lawrence Township School District average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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

In 2013-2014 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. GreatSchools Ratings for schools in IN are currently based on 2012-13 results for ISTEP+ and ECA, pending the release of ECA data for 2013-14. 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 2014
  • M S D Lawrence Township School District average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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End-Of-Course (ECA)

In 2012-2013 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 2014
  • M S D Lawrence Township School District average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Belzer Middle School is a public middle school in Indianapolis. The principal of Belzer Middle School is Mr. Troy Knoderer. 1,140 students attend Belzer Middle School and identify mostly as Multiracial; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 8% of the Belzer Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 65% of the 1,140 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Belzer Middle School is 18:1. Hoosier Academy - Indianapolis is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 46% 41%
White, non-Hispanic 31% 34%
Hispanic 15% 17%
Asian 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3% 0.1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65% 59%
Limited English proficiency 8% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    Belzer is a great middle school. The staff is caring energetic and works hard to help students succeed. In addition to the core classes of math language arts science and social studies students are encouraged to experience other areas of interest whether that's music broadcasting/journalism foreign languages Project Lead The Way or health and wellness. There are lots of electives for students to pursue. Additionally students are eligible to take math science and foreign language classes for high school credit.

  • (5 months ago)

    I have a son and daughter that attend the 7th grade at Belzer. I am very pleased with the quality of education they are receiving and equally pleased with the staff including the principal asst. principals teachers counselors front office staff and the janitorial staff. Everyone works as a team and sincerely cares for all students and are respectful toward one another as well as the students and parents. I would like to add that it is very important as a parent to remain connected to our children in their every day school Acadia and activities as well as with the school staff members. After all it does take a village! Parent involvement is paramount to the success of every child in every school!

  • (9 months ago)

    I have a daughter that attends Belzer. She was having a pretty tough time adjusting to middle school socially. She is supported by the staff of her difficulties daily- she has a plan of care for times that she feels apprehension and anxiety. From the social worker and school counselors. I truly appreciate the care and concern that the staff- and teachers has handled her situation. I was very hesitant to allow her to return after she reported some bullying going on as well. But life has its unpleasantness. After we alerted the proper staff members of the situation matters we're handled very discreetly. I was pleased with the outcome of the whole ordeal. Being a parent to a teenager is very challenging. But when I know I can count on her school to be an advocate for every child there I have so much peace. The whole school is unique and truly care about the kids well -being.

  • (10 months ago)

    I addition to being a teacher here at Belzer I am also a proud parent. I know that EVERY SINGLE teacher works tirelessly to meet students at their level and work to not only catch them up but leads them to excellence. It is an uncommon experience to have a staff and principal know every students' current progress and everyone works as a team to improve their overall education. There is not just a single Language Arts or Math or Science or Social Studies teacher charged with helping each student grow academically; but rather everyone has a stake in every students' success including the custodial staff instructional assistants special area teachers and more. We work together and it feels good to teach here but also to bring my student to school each day knowing the level of effort and high expectations each teacher is putting forth daily in every child's education. Thank you all!!

  • (1 year ago)

    In case people forgot EVERYTHING has its pros and cons. Every school is going to have its problems. My daughter just left Belzer last year she was there for her 7th and 8th grade years. She LOVED it there (as much as a child can love school). One of the things that my daughter loved about Belzer was the principal Mr. Knoderer. She noted how he made a point to know all of his students; he saw a face... he knew their name. He talked to them about how they were doing; he valued them all and their opinions and I think much of the staff fed off of this as well. I've had a few emotional/mental concerns with my daughter due to a great deal of loss in her life and when sharing this with her counselor Mrs. Neal she showed great compassion maintained communication with myself and her teachers and helped my daughter whenever she needed it. I cannot say enough how much I've loved Lawrence Township! I hope it only continues to prosper!

  • (1 year ago)

    Our daughter attended Belzer for 7th and 8th grade. We were very pleased with the quality of her education. The communication from teachers was excellent and consistent. She greatly enjoyed the extracurriculars including band and sports. Belzer prepared her very well to take advanced courses in high school. We are eager for our next child to come to Belzer.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have 2 sons who attend BMS and 1 son who is now in high school and he also attended BMS from 7th to 8th grade. My personal opinion regarding BMS is that the teachers that my sons have had throughout their tenure @ BMS are good at what they do and seem to be sincere in making sure that the students understand what is expected of them and make sure they retain and understand the information that is being taught throughout the year with lots of different resources. I also like the fact that each grade has a team and that there's 1 teacher that is designated the team leader of the team and on a more regular basis sends emails to the parents upcoming homework progress reports upcoming events etc. Keep up the good work

  • (8 years ago)

    I have two boys in Belzer Middle School and have been fortunate enough to always have a fairly good group of teachers. We have also been fortunate enough to have a few teachers that truly have made a difference for my sons. And my experience with school staff outside of my own children has always shown them to be caring and interested in the best interests.

  • (8 years ago)

    Belzer Middle School is a great school that provides good education for growing teenagers minds and it also packs lots of fun in the learning activities

  • (9 years ago)

    We have had three children attend Belzer Middle School. My last daughter recently completed the 7th grade. We have had excellent teachers during our tenure. There are many opportunities for student and parent involvement. The counselors are experienced and respond promptly to concerns. I have found that in any school setting that it is essential to be a partner with the school. The students that perform academically follow the rules and participate in activities are the happiest.

  • (9 years ago)

    All I ahve to say is that Belzer Middle School is great. They have good teachers good security plenty extra-curricular activities and good classes. Students learn what they should at a rate they are comfortable with. The normal classes are good for people that learn at a normal rate while the STRETCH program challenges the students highly seeing they do 8th grade math. This is a wonderful school.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school does offer academic and extracurricular activities. But you the parent's need to get involved with your child. Middle school is a culture shock for us all my daughter went from F's to A B honor roll Avid program color guard orchestra and cheerleading and anything that can keep that little mind busy. Belzer has been a learning experience but it's middle school. So quit putting it down and get involved in your childs life it's not the schools place to raise your kids. Teachers don't get paid enough already have you looked at their income level ? They don't get paid enought o babysit 25 kids per class.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have had mixed feelings about this school. My son had one year that was not very good as far as the teaching but has had one excellent group of teachers and one average group.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school provided the best that they could offer given the financial circumstances. Lack of books space. The school security is getting better. more police are on school grounds which seems to have assisted the over the top amount of crimes that occur on a daily basis.

  • (10 years ago)

    As a parent of 3 BMS kids I have to say that it has been a wonderful experience. My kids loved it there and most of their teachers. No school is perfect and just like the 'real world' they ran into challenging situations but our kids have gained a lot from being there. The TD classes are challenging - if you let the teachers challenge. My only complaint is that there is clearly a group of parents who 'gang up' on teachers and other parents when they don't get their way. My only advice to them is get over it - you're not gaining anything by putting down others and forcing your way into certain classes or getting your kids put onto teams with 'their friends'. You're not teaching your kids anything by making things easy for them. The world does not revolve around you.

  • (10 years ago)

    The quality of education is extremely inferior to the schools in the suburbs. It is dangerous and the teachers don't seem to care about their students. TD classes are not even as good as regular classes in other schools. The core subjects are weak. School spirit is strong. The school does not seem very safe to me.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a 8th grade student that goes to Belzer and to me it is one of the best schools ever. Belzer Middle School is one of the first schools to have the Avid Program. This program is a class that prepares students for college. There aren't alot of fights in my opinon and when there is they call the police and that makes me feel safe. They have a very low tolerance for disruptive students. We have so many parents and helpers and extra curriculum activities that there is hardly anyway to get in trouble. The main reason that the school is a success is because of the principal he is involved in every single student and mostly everyday he comes and eats in the cafeteria which shows he cares. This is a wonderful school and I would recommend sending your child here.

  • (11 years ago)

    If you want your son/daughter to have an inner city experience-this is the school! TD at Belzer isn't the kind of challenge you think. I think the main emphasis at this school is population management. I think kids with potential would be better served outside of Lawrence Township schools. This is not a school I am proud of.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have a son who is going to school and the teachers are by far do try thier best with him. They have a good staff.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have 2 kids in Belzer right now and yes I have heard all about kids being in trouble and the police are called. Well to me that means its safe school that they actually take charge and call the police. Where we came from if my kids got hurt from a kid in his school at school I had to wait and when my kid got home from school I had to call the police. I think like all schools there are good teachers and some that are not so good but that goes for the parents to. When we have kids that do not want to live by the rules and get into trouble we have parents that back them up. I think that belzer is great.

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