• About Indianola Informal K-8:

    Ours is an informal program. Teachers plan integrated units using Columbus City Schools’ curriculum and children’s interests to build authentic learning experiences. Together with students, they often plan “webs” that focus on a theme or central question to guide their learning. Visual arts, music and dance play a central role in our curriculum. Teachers work closely with the arts team to create and plan for thematic units, including sharing student work and performances

    We are a Columbus City School. Admission is through a lottery.  Elementary and Middle School lottery applications will be accepted via the Parent Portal.  Visit the Columbus City Schools’ website for more information on School Choice. For the safety and security of our students and staff, prospective family visits will be limited to the dates and times posted on the Indianola calendar.

    Ours is an informal program. Teachers plan integrated units using Columbus City Schools’ curriculum and children’s interests to build authentic learning experiences. Together with students, they often plan “webs” that focus on a theme or central question to guide their learning. Visual arts, music and dance play a central role in our curriculum. Teachers work closely with the arts team to create and plan for thematic units, including sharing student work and performances.

    Other features include:

    • Two Gifted and Talented (G&T) Specialists, one serving K-5 students and the other serving middle school students.
    • Three high-incidence resource rooms where students identified as needing more intensive instruction are served.
    • Two full-time tutors, one serving K-5 students and the other serving middle school students grades 6-8.
    • Full-time arts staff in visual arts, dance and music.
    • Two Multiple Disabilities (MD) units are located in our building.

    Enrichment Activities we offer include:

    • Instrumental Music (grades 4-8), Upper Elementary School Choir (grades 4-5), and Middle School Choir (grades 6-8)
    • Field Trips and 8th Grade Class Trip
    • Dance, Movement and Choreography
    • Middle School Sports, including Soccer, Basketball, Track and Girls Volleyball
    • Middle School Drama Club
    • Gifted and Talented Opportunities: Spelling and Geography Bees, Battle of the Books, Math Works for Kids, Math Counts, Middle School Debate, Mock Trial, and more
    • Techie Club

    Indianola Informal K-8 Vison Statement

    We, the members of the Indianola Informal School community, believe that all children can achieve academic success.  We believe that children enter school as active learners eager to continue the learning process by working with staff, other children, parents and volunteers. To this end, we will provide opportunities where children learn by doing and by interacting with their environment. We will provide strong, positive teacher guidance so that children can take responsibility for their own learning.  We will provide opportunities for children to express their knowledge and talents through visual art, music, dance and drama. We will provide an environment which encourages mutual respect and cultural understanding. We believe that children learn best from people who are lifelong learners.  Therefore, we will continue providing opportunities for children and adults to learn simultaneously.

     

           Informal Education

    • A community of learners, with a shared philosophy
    • Collaboration and talk valued, students and staff
    • Hands-on, active, opportunities for problem solving
    • Inquiry based
    • Child centered
    • Individualized instruction based on student development and experience
    • Contextual learning based on student development and experience
    • Integrated curriculum
    • Developing responsibility for learning
    • Developing life-long learners, i.e. people who ask questions and know how to find the answers