St. Richard’s Episcopal School education provides a transformational experience through our engaging and challenging curriculum while developing global citizens who love learning, embrace diversity and live Episcopal values. Students thrive with small class sizes and personal attention from outstanding faculty as they learn knowledge and values for a lifetime.
Phone: (317) 926-0425
Address: 33 East 33rd St, Indianapolis, IN 46205
Q&A with St. Richard’s Episcopal School:
What makes St. Richard’s unique?
St. Richard’s Episcopal School is the only Episcopal school in the state of Indiana. All are welcome and can find belonging at St. Richard’s. Since 1960, St. Richard’s has been providing a diverse and international student body with an excellent academic foundation rooted in Episcopal values. Our students are encouraged to ask questions, use reason, and learn wisdom, compassion and humility as they practice the skills they need to be global citizens. Students learn to have honest and respectful dialogue across lines of disagreement and difference as they prepare for lives of leadership and civic responsibility.
Faculty at St. Richard’s build lasting relationships with students and families as they implement inquiry based and talent development curriculum to meet students where they are and encourage students to stretch and grow in a safe space. Students at St. Richard’s learn the French language and about the global cultures who speak French from age 3 to grade 6 when they are able to choose French or Spanish and all students take Latin. Students benefit from our location in the heart of Indianapolis with many field experiences and partnerships for learning and service.
Our most recent grade 8 class is a good example of the impact a St. Richard’s education has on our graduates. The St. Richard’s Class of 2021 were accepted into the high schools of their choice, earned over $525,000 in merit financial aid, won multiple National Championships in math competitions, placed 3rd in the country in the We the People constitution competition, and are prepared for their next stage in life with knowledge and values for a lifetime.
What is St. Richard’s age/grade range?
Age 3 – Grade 8
EARLY CHILDHOOD AGE GUIDELINES FOR THE 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR:
Before July 1, 2022, your child should be:
- Pre-Kindergarten: 3 years old
- Junior Kindergarten: 4 years old
- Kindergarten: 5 years old
What is your enrollment policy? Are there any key dates parents should be aware of?
We would love the opportunity to provide a personalized tour to families who are interested in learning more about St. Richard’s. Families are welcome to register for our Personalized Tours on Saturday, Nov. 6 or families can complete the admissions inquiry form here to schedule a tour.
While we have a few spots available for the 2021-22 school year, we are beginning to accept applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Families are invited to complete the online application. Students are selected for admission on the basis of academic potential, developmental and social maturity, school achievement, behavior, and readiness for our program. Our community welcomes families of all types — a hallmark since our school opened its doors in 1960.
2022-2023 Admission Timeline
- Personalized Tours – Scheduled through the admission department throughout the year
- Play-based Observations and Grade Level Assessments – Scheduled through the admission department at various times throughout the year
- January 14 – Applications Due (rolling admission thereafter)
- January 14 – Financial Aid Application Due
- Friday, March 4 – New Enrollment Contracts Offered Electronically
- Friday, March 18 – New Enrollment Contracts Due
Does St. Richard’s offer financial assistance?
St. Richard’s Episcopal School provides financial assistance to families based on demonstrated need. For the 2021-2022 school year, St. Richard’s awarded over $900,000 in financial assistance.
What are the standard school day hours?
Our school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 3:20 p.m.
Does St. Richard’s offer before/after school care? Does St. Richard’s offer afterschool activities?
St. Richard’s Episcopal School is committed to providing a variety of extended day and enrichment opportunities that expand and enrich student life outside the classroom.
Many of our students’ families chose to take advantage of the dynamic extended day program at St. Richard’s. The extended day program provides students a safe, comfortable, and familiar environment and opportunities for individual growth that are congruent with the school’s mission of instilling knowledge and values for a lifetime.
The program includes clubs and service opportunities that add to the overall educational experience. Programs are divided into two sections, one for Early Childhood and another for Lower and Middle Divisions.
Morning care is offered from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Aftercare is offered from 3:45 – 6:00 p.m.
Full-time early childhood tuition includes the cost of before and aftercare.
Holiday Care is offered for families who need care for their children when school is not in session.
Early Childhood Extended Day
The Early Childhood extended day program is organized by day of the week and activity. The students rotate through stations that consist of an activity, a snack, and play time. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the focus is art-based, with students creating a designated craft as their activity. Tuesdays are for “tasting,” and the students cook foods/treats at an age-appropriate level. Thursdays are reserved for exposure to various activities such as swimming, tennis, dance, art. Every Friday, students participate in a variety of group games.
Lower and Middle Divisions Extended Day
Students are able to enjoy a snack, time to work on homework and study, time for physical play, library, and clubs. In addition, families are able to sign up for specific enrichment offerings.
St. Richard’s carefully chooses a wide variety of extended day opportunities that engage the diverse interests of our students. These enrichment activities are led by St. Richard’s teachers or outside organizations who bring programs to St. Richard’s. Examples of enrichment activities include French, art and play, Crouching Tigers (karate), gymnastics, yoga, Harry Potter, creative writing, hand writing, piano, and swim lessons for EC students.
In addition to our formal extended day program, students are able to participate in Indianapolis Independent School League (IISL) athletic competitions and intramural sports.
Is there a uniform or dress code?
For Pre-Kindergarten, there is no specific dress code or uniform. Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8, the students have a uniform which features a green blazer and tie beginning in Grade 1.
How many children attend St. Richard’s? How many students are in the average classroom?
St. Richard’s has around 300 students enrolled for the 2021-22 school year.
Our students benefit from individual attention and strong relationships with teachers due to our class sizes of 10 to 18 students.
All early childhood classes have both a lead teacher and a teaching assistant. Lower division grade levels share a teaching assistant.
Does St. Richard’s have a homework policy?
Early Childhood – No homework is assigned in PreKindergarten or Junior Kindergarten. Kindergarten will have some take home activities or reading to do on occasion.
Lower Division homework is assigned to reinforce, supplement, and complement material covered or to be covered at school. Levels of homework are appropriate to the age and grade level.
Middle Division students can expect homework each day. Assignments range from long term projects, to reading and annotation, to math problems and studying for assessments. Each day ends with a study hall period which allows students to work on their homework, ask their teachers questions, and learn time management skills. Teachers collaborate to ensure students are not overwhelmed with more than 2 assessments in a day.
Does St. Richard’s offer support for students with special needs?
St. Richard’s strives to promote a nurturing community for students to become independent learners, to become self-aware, and to maximize their unique talents.
Teachers use a variety of instructional strategies to meet the needs of each individual learner. Small-group differentiation, hands-on manipulatives, leveled materials, and whole-group learning are used as part of every day instruction. Our small class sizes, maxing out at 18 in Grades 1-8, are optimal for the learning process.
We provide academic and social support that help all students achieve their academic and developmental potential.
Two full-time Learning Support Specialists provide in-class support as well as small group instruction for students in all grades.
Social and Emotional Support
St. Richard’s strives to be a highly diverse and welcoming environment in which all students feel accepted and supported. We make every possible attempt to create a learning environment that engages students’ strengths and effectively addresses areas needing growth including topics related to social and emotional development. Our licensed school counselor provides age-appropriate classroom lessons with topics ranging from relationships, conflict management, naming feelings to suicide prevention, internet safety, and leadership. Students are able to meet with the school counselor one on one or in small groups for help with academic goal setting and planning, college and career readiness or grief, anxiety, and divorce. Our counselor works in partnership with students, parents and outside providers to encourage our students success.
What specialty classes / extracurricular activities does St. Richard’s offer (gym, art, language, sports etc.)?
All students at St. Richard’s take courses in math, English, science, history, and world language. In addition, students participate in physical education, art, music, divinity, library, Latin, and a critical thinking/ problem solving class in grade 5.
St. Richard’s Episcopal School provides a comprehensive athletic program designed to develop healthy bodies, provide a lifelong love of sports, develop sportsmanship amongst its players, and produce athletes capable of playing team sports in high school and beyond, whether for enjoyment or for competition. In Grade 5-8, the students compete in soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track. All traveling teams except volleyball and basketball are co-ed and compete against other local independent schools through the Indianapolis Independent School League (IISL). St. Richard’s also follows a no-cut policy, ensuring that all students have the opportunity to participate.
Prior to Grade 5, St. Richard’s offers intramural basketball and soccer for students in JK-Grade 4. Coaches are frequently parents who volunteer for the opportunity. The intramural programs are each divided into two divisions, each shaped in accordance with the different sizes, physical capabilities, and knowledge of the students. This program introduces competitive athletics focused on teaching young athletes key lessons: introducing general knowledge of the sport, learning to play as a team, embracing good sportsmanship, and learning to extend their efforts. Along with improving their athletic abilities, they develop a positive self-image as the coaches nurture their perception of physical activity as an enjoyable experience.
Clubs offered in Middle Division: Students are invited to propose and lead clubs that are of interest to them.
- Vex Robotics
- Math Pentathlon
- Diverse Dragons
- History and Geography Bee
- Girls Who Code
- Chess Club
- St. Richard’s Givers
- Green Team
- Student Government Association
- Girls Adventures in Math
- Latin Club
- Math Club
What are St. Richard’s safety policies?
- St. Richard’s Episcopal School works diligently to ensure the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of the students.
- A Student Resource Officer from the Indianapolis Police Department is on duty from from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and then after school until all members of the community have left at the close of the day and the building is locked.
- A licensed school counselor is employed by the school to focus on our student’s social and emotional development and well-being.
All access points to the school are gated and locked. Visitors must buzz in to enter and sign in.
- After arrival and dismissal times have closed, both the front door and outer gymnasium door are locked.
- St. Richard’s has several licensed School Safety Specialists on staff kept up to date on best practices through the Indiana Department of Education and the Department of National Homeland Security.
- Emergency Procedure Plans are posted in each classroom.
- Regular fire and tornado drills are scheduled monthly.
- St. Richard’s also has procedures in place in the event of a lock-down and means for contacting parents in case of such a situation.
- CPR training and certification are required yearly for faculty and staff.
School personnel are required to participate in Safeguarding God’s Children.
- The school employs a staff member to address minor injuries, distribute medications, and assess whether parents should be contacted.
- Efforts are also made at St. Richard’s to create a safe social-emotional environment.
- Faculty and staff meet regularly to discuss the social and emotional needs of each child.
- Middle Division faculty are QPR (a suicide prevention program) certified.
What extra safety measures is St. Richard’s taking during the COVID-19 pandemic?
St. Richard’s has an engaged and diverse Health Taskforce helping us craft policies to maximize students time in school. A few measures we have implemented include bipolar ionization scrubbers in our HVAC system, increased air exchange rates for all rooms, portable air cleaners, increased sanitizing frequency, and physical distancing of furniture. In addition, everyone in the St. Richard’s building is masked, there are frequent hand washing breaks and easily accessed hand sanitizer stations. Most importantly, through transparent communication and consistent reflection, policies are updated based on data and scientific review.
Who should parents contact for more information about St. Richard’s?
We would love the opportunity to share the St. Richard’s community and learning experience with you! Please contact Cherie Bowen, Head of Early Childhood and Lower Division and Director of Admissions, at 317-926-0425 or click here to schedule a personalized tour.