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St. Richard’s Episcopal School

St. Richard’s Episcopal School provides a timeless, challenging curriculum along with a strong fine arts program and organized athletics that embraces diversity and faith while developing global citizens holistically. Located just north of downtown Indianapolis, SRES offers unique partnerships throughout the city that bring learning to life.

General Info:

Phone: (317) 926-0425
Address: 33 East 33rd St, Indianapolis, IN 46205
Website: sresdragons.org/
Open House Date: Campus Tours are being offered on Oct 31, 2020. Please see our website to rsvp.

Take a virtual tour today. CLICK HERE to view the 1st floor at St. Richard’s. CLICK HERE to view the 2nd floor.


Q&A with St. Richard’s Episcopal School:

What makes St. Richard’s unique?

Since 1960, St. Richard’s has been offering our unique mix of inspired teaching, a rigorous classical curriculum, and a diverse and inclusive school community. We welcome families of all beliefs and backgrounds into our school in keeping with our broad Episcopal foundation. Our students matriculate to various high schools where they are recognized for their intellectual prowess, courteous manners, and balanced lives. Of particular note is our commitment to French language and culture beginning at age 3 as well as Global Readiness, field experiences, and inquiry-based math and science programs.

What is St. Richard’s’s age/grade range?

Age 3 – Grade 8

EARLY CHILDHOOD AGE GUIDELINES FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR:
Before July 1, 2021, 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 share the St. Richard’s community and learning experience with you! To begin the conversation, simply fill out the admissions inquiry form: CLICK HERE.

A member of the Admissions Team will contact you to arrange a customized virtual visit and provide you with answers to your questions as you discover the Dragon Difference.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. Please complete the online application and refer to the admissions timeline for deadlines. 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 is populated by a wealth of diversity in religious, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds and welcomes all family structures — a hallmark since our school opened its doors in 1960.

If you are interested in enrolling your child during the 2020-21 school year, please contact us or call 317-926-0425. Provided there is an opening, an expedited version of the admission process will be implemented. Please contact us if you have any questions during this process. We look forward to hearing from you!

Campus Tours are being offered on Oct 31, 2020. Please see our website to rsvp.

December 31, 2020 – Financial Assistance Application Due
January 15, 2021 – Enrollment Applications Due
Friday, March 12, 2021 – New Enrollment Contracts Offered
Friday, March 26, 2021 – New Enrollment Contracts Due

Does St. Richard’s offer financial assistance?

St. Richard’s provided $900,000 in financial assistance to families in 2019-2020. Financial assistance is granted based on demonstrated need.

To learn more and apply for financial assistance, please visit the School and Student Services by NAIS website. Upon acceptance to St. Richard’s Episcopal School, the business office will contact you to determine if an award will be provided.

What are the standard school day hours?

During Covid 19 times, we have modified our daily start times for a staggered entry schedule:

Middle Division – 8:00 am – 3:20 pm
Lower Division 8:10 am – 3:20 pm
Early Childhood 8:20 am – 3:20 pm

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, if not the majority, of our students remain at SRES beyond the end of the school day or arrive before the traditional start times. Extended day 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. Enrichment opportunities, such as private piano and karate lessons, are also available.

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. for $5 per day.
Aftercare is offered from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. for $10 per day.
Full-time early childhood tuition includes the cost of before and aftercare.
Holiday Care

Our parents often need care for their children provided when school is not in session, and we provide a variety of ways to keep them engaged.

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 involved in less-structured activities, which include a snack, time to play on the playground or in the gymnasium, library/study opportunity, and clubs.

Enrichment Offerings

St. Richard’s carefully chooses a wide variety of after-school opportunities that engage the diverse interests of our students. Registration for Early Childhood swim lessons can be accessed here. These enrichment activities involve contracts with outside sources and change each semester. Some examples: French, art and play, Crouching Tigers, gymnastics, karate, yoga, Harry Potter, and creative writing with Professor Watermelon.

Additional enrichment opportunities, such as private piano lessons, are also available for students at all grade levels.

Before Care 7:00 am – start of school.
After Care until 6:00 pm.

During the reopening under Covid-19, there is no Before Care and After Care runs until 5:00 pm. Some activities have been modified or paused due to safety protocols in place.

Is there a uniform or dress code?

For PreKindergarten, there is no specific dress code or uniform. For Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8, the school follows a Land’s End School uniform, with signature features of a green blazer and tie beginning in Grade 1.

Modifications to the dress code have been made for fall and spring for this year due to increased outdoor classroom time and recess.

How many children attend St. Richard’s? How many students are in the average classroom?

For the 2020-21 school year, 309 students are enrolled.

Class sizes range from 11 – 18 students this year. All Early Childhood classes have both a Lead Teacher and a Teaching Assistant. In Lower Division, two sections of a grade level 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 services 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 pull-out 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.)?

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.

Extended day 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. Enrichment opportunities, such as private piano and karate lessons, are also available.

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.

Enrichment Offerings

St. Richard’s carefully chooses a wide variety of after-school opportunities that engage the diverse interests of our students. Registration for Early Childhood swim lessons can be accessed here. These enrichment activities involve contracts with outside sources and change each semester. Some examples: French, art and play, Crouching Tigers, gymnastics, karate, yoga, Harry Potter, and creative writing with Professor Watermelon.

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
Vex Robotics
Math Pentathalon
Dragonettes
Dragontones
Chamber Orchestra
Singing Dragons
Academic Olympics
Chess
St. Richard’s Givers
Student Government Association
Yearbook
Latin
Math
Student Vestry

Some activities have been modified or paused due to safety protocols in place for Covid-19.

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.
  • Additional Safeguarding Measures
  • 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.

What extra safety measures is St. Richard’s taking during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Please see the campus reopening plan for extra safety measures we are taking during the pandemic. CLICK HERE.

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, at 317-926-0425 x134 to arrange a customized virtual visit and provide you with answers to your questions as you discover the Dragon Difference.

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