James A. Garfield School 31We are a proud member of the Indianapolis Public Schools community of schools serving grades K through 8.
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About Our School
Our school community will work in collaboration to prepare scholars to become cooperative learners, responsible citizens and technologically conscious individuals which will enable scholars to be competent in a rapidly evolving culturally diverse society.
With the involvement of key stakeholders, scholars are enabled to reach high levels of achievement through rigorous and relevant instruction.
What Makes Us Unique
- We offer a community garden, a learning garden, and a chicken coop with 8 chickens. All three are completely managed by classrooms in our building. We grow vegetables and harvest eggs, all of which are made available to the Bates-Hendricks community.
- We are also working on building and placing Free Little Libraries around the school property and the community as well.
- This year we began using Restorative Justice and our out of school suspension rates have decreased by 75%.
- We are currently participating in the Food Recovery program with Food Rescue. They have allowed us to formulate a relationship with Horizon House. Instead of throwing away unopened food and drinks, we store and donate them. Each week we donate enough food to serve over 60 meals.
Our Community Partners
We partner with the following organizations to bring our students the best education possible: Big Green, Immanuel United Church of Christ, Bates Hendricks Neighborhood, Northview Church of Carmel, Old Southside Neighborhood, Boy Scouts of America, Diversity Church, Lincoln Center, Southeast Services, Fountain Square Library, Garfield Park, Eli Lilly, and many more!