*Top: Brookside; bottom left: Cottage Home; bottom right: Englewood*
Paramount Schools are top-ranked, free, public schools that educate K-8 grade students in an innovative environment that instill high expectations for success. Whether attending one of Paramount’s three state-of-the-art campuses or virtual learning from home, families can expect rigorous academics, experienced certified teachers, and support.
Phone: (317) 519-4588
- Brookside (K-8): 3020 Nowland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201,
- Cottage Home (K-4): 1203 E. St. Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202,
- Englewood (5-8): 3029 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201
Q&A with Paramount Schools of Excellence:
What makes Paramount Schools of Excellence unique?
At Paramount Schools of Excellence, the focus on student outcomes paired with enthusiasm for learning, is present in the hallways, on the school grounds, and spills out to the community. Whether attending one of Paramount’s three state-of-the-art campuses or virtual learning from home, families can expect rigorous academics, experienced certified teachers, and support.
As one of the premier performing models in the state of Indiana, Paramount Schools are founded on the firm belief that all students can thrive academically. The schools’ innovative academic approach is focused and proven. It balances students’ hard work and classroom rigor with scaffolded excitement on campus. The foundation of Paramount’s educational design incorporates technology, with irreplaceable teacher interaction and experiential learning opportunities. Paramount’s education framework and hardworking staff have proven to be a successful combination.
What is Paramount Schools of Excellence’s age/grade range?
Paramount Schools of Excellence serves students in K- 8th grades.
What is your enrollment policy? Are there any key dates parents should be aware of?
Paramount participates in Enroll Indy, Indianapolis’s unified enrollment system. Application rounds for the 2021-2022 school year are:
Round 1: October 30 – January 29 (Results released February 23)
Round 2: February 1 – April 30 (Results released May 20)
As long as there is an available seat in a student’s grade level, per Indiana public school policy, student enrollment is based solely on a first-come, first-served basis.
Do you offer financial assistance?
Paramount Schools of Excellence are free, public schools authorized by the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation.
What are the standard school day hours?
The school hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Does Paramount Schools of Excellence offer before/after school care? Does Paramount Schools of Excellence offer afterschool activities?
Paramount partners with the Indianapolis YMCA to provide on-site before, after school and summer care at all three school campuses. The extended service is available in the mornings, beginning at 6:15 a.m. and evenings until 6 p.m. Additionally, Paramount offers students a full array of extracurricular activities, sports, Robotics, tutoring, and summer program opportunities.
Is there a uniform or dress code?
Paramount Schools require students to wear uniforms that consist of a grade designated colored polo shirt paired with either khaki pants, jumper, or skirt. Families can purchase uniform clothing from any retail source.
How many children attend Paramount Schools of Excellence? How many students are in the average classroom?
Total enrollment for Paramount Schools of Excellence is 1,250 students. The maximum class size is 25, with a student to staff ratio of 16.
Does Paramount Schools of Excellence have a homework policy?
Students are responsible for completing homework assignments and projects. Assignments are given outside of the school day to develop students as self-managers and independent learners. The homework load is progressively assigned as the student matriculates into older grade levels.
Does Paramount Schools of Excellence offer support for students with special needs?
Paramount Schools has a comprehensive program for exceptional learners, including educational support for students with disabilities and high ability classes. The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools recognized Paramount as one of four model schools nationwide providing innovative services to students with disabilities.
Paramount’s frameworks dictate that every student will have academic performance goals with the expectation of improvement in each academic and content area. The schools are committed to providing enhanced instruction beyond regular curriculum standards to challenge high ability learners to reach their greatest potential.
What specialty classes / extracurricular activities does Paramount Schools of Excellence offer (gym, art, language, sports etc.)?
Students at Paramount Brookside and Cottage Home have weekly rotating art, music, language, and physical education classes. In addition to math and science, Paramount Englewood students have a third STEAM class. During the Challenge Time class, students are introduced to Design Thinking and partake in design challenges that emphasize experiential learning activities.
Paramount School’s curriculum continually connects theory with practical, integrated experiential learning activities. Onsite Discovery Centers that include a Time and Space Center with a planetarium, an operating farm, and an Eco-Center aligns Paramount’s STEM academics with the practice of applying classroom knowledge with hands-on experiences.
What are Paramount Schools of Excellence’s safety policies?
Keeping students safe is the top priority at Paramount Schools of Excellence. A full-time Director of Safety and Security, along with a School Resource Officer, are on Paramount campuses. All exterior doors are locked, requiring visitors to request to enter, have their temperature taken, and sign in at the reception desk for a visitors pass. Additionally, each school has a full-time nurse and counseling staff.
What extra safety measures is Paramount Schools of Excellence taking during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Paramount families may opt for on-campus or virtual learning, as needed. On-campus, Paramount adheres to Marion County Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Classrooms have capacity limits in line with official guidelines. The schools are committed to wearing face coverings, taking temperature readings, and maintaining physical distancing. Effective cleaning solutions and tools are in place to keep common areas and surfaces as safe as possible. While fully mindful of health concerns, Paramount is back-at-school with confidence and care.
Who should parents contact for more information about Paramount Schools of Excellence?
Families interested in learning more about Paramount Schools of Excellence can contact the main number at 317.519.4588 or by email at [email protected].