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James A. Garfield School 31

We are a proud member of the Indianapolis Public Schools community of schools serving grades K through 8.

About Our School

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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!

Our Leadership Team

“Every action, no matter how small, can make a difference.”


Ryan Smith

Assistant Principal

Adrienne Kuchik

What’s Happening at Our School

Our School in Action

School News

Our @JamesGarfield31 Community Garden received a makeover this week. The wonderful staff, administration, volunteers, and especially our scholars worked hard to beautify this area so that classes can utilize this area next year! @ms_siefert @JesseJPratt

Field Day was a blast! Thanks to Ms. Totleben and Mrs. Rozelle-Trinosky for organizing everything! The scholars and staff seemed to enjoy the day. Also a shout out to 7th graders who helped at stations! @ms_siefert @JesseJPratt

On behalf of all the teachers and staff at James A. Garfield, we would like to wish our scholars a wonderful last day and an enjoyable summer! We can’t wait to see our scholar’s smiling faces in August!

Today we said goodbye to 31 amazing and talented scholars as they graduated 8th grade. We are beyond proud of them and wish them all the best in their future endeavors. #bearsforever #futureleaders @ms_siefert @JesseJPratt

What’s Happening at Our District

Priority Initiatives

District News

Kiddos are having a great time in our #myIPS Summer School Program at @LouisRussell48 today! Math assessments are underway. Students got to read a new book if they finished early. Next stop, lunch 🍴🥙😋

Businesses have been rolling in to pick up their donation bins at the Indianapolis Zoo for the 2018 Indy BackPack Attack supply drive. Hoping to have over a 100 companies and organizations! @BackPackAttack @IPSSchools

ICYMI - Commissioner Elizabeth Gore’s connection to #myIPS began as a student and has transitioned to one of the principal voices in the district. She discusses her IPS legacy and goals in the latest edition of our newsletter, The Achiever:

Thanks for sharing our good news @WISH_TV #Daybreak8. Free breakfast and lunch to any child under 18 all summer. Learn more about our meal times and locations here:

Learn more about our Summer Break Meal Service all morning on @WISH_TV #Daybreak8 w/@JoeMelillo8 including a taste test of our breakfast/lunch options and take a tour of the @IPS_BusStopCafe #MyIPSMeals