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What A-F Grades Mean For Focus And Priority Schools

Generally speaking, the release of A-F grades this year brought good news; the amount of schools receiving A’s went up while the number of F’s handed out was the lowest in the last few years. This good news continues for schools on the Department of Education’s focus and priority schools list.

(Search our sortable table of 2014 A-F grades for all Indiana schools.)

First, a primer on how a school gets on the priority list and how they can be removed from it:

Priority Schools

The 2013 list of priority schools contained 174 schools. Following the criteria above, 16 schools will be removed from the priority list this year, and 34 schools could be removed from the list next year if they earn a C or B.

Below is a sortable table of the 2013 priority school list with comparisons to its 2014 and 2012 scores.

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School Name
School Corporation
2014 Grade
2013 Grade
2012 Grade
Academy for Innovative StudiesEvansville Vanderburgh Community School CorpFF-
Achieve Virtual Education AcademyMSD Wayne TownshipFF-
Allen ElementaryMarion Community SchoolsDFF
Anderson High SchoolAnderson Community School Corp.CDD
Arlington Community High SchoolEdPower ArlingtonFF-
Arsenal Technical High SchoolIndianapolis Public SchoolsDDD
Austin High SchoolScott County School District 1CDD
Austin Middle SchoolScott County School District 1AFC
Bailly Preparatory AcademyGary Community School CorporationBDD
Benjamin Franklin Elementary SchoolSchool City of East ChicagoFFF
Beveridge Elementary SchoolGary Community School CorporationFFF
Bloomingdale ElementaryFort Wayne Community SchoolsCDD
Blue Ridge Primary ElementaryCommunity Schools of FrankfortFFD
Brook Park Elementary SchoolMSD Lawrence TownshipCFD
Brunswick Elementary SchoolGary Community School CorporationFFF
Career Academy at South BendCareer Academy at South BendFFF
Caze Elementary SchoolEvansville Vanderburgh Community School CorpFFF
Cedar Hall Community SchoolEvansville Vanderburgh Community School CorpDDF
Central Middle SchoolKokomo School CorporationCFF
Central Noble Middle SchoolCentral Noble Comm School CorpBDF
Chamberlain Elementary SchoolGoshen Community SchoolsBFD
Charles N Scott Middle SchoolSchool City of HammondCFF
Charter School of the DunesCharter School of the DunesFFF
Christel House Academy SouthChristel House Academy SouthBFA
Christian Park School 82Indianapolis Public SchoolsCDD
Clarence Farrington School 61Indianapolis Public SchoolsDFF
Clifty Creek ElementaryBartholomew Consolidate School Corp.DFF
Columbia ElementarySchool City of HammondBDF
Community MontessoriCommunity MontessoriDDD
Crispus Attucks Med Mgnt Jr HsIndianapolis Public SchoolsFFD
Damar Charter AcademyDamar Charter AcademyFFF
Daniel Hale Williams ElementaryGary Community School CorporationAFD
Daniel Webster ElementaryGary Community School CorporationDFF
Decatur Discovery AcademyMSD Decatur TownshipDDD
Decatur Middle SchoolMSD Decatur TownshipCDF
Dexter Elementary Evansville Vanderburgh Community School CorpCFF
Donald E Gavit Middle/High SchoolSchool City of HammondCDD
Dr Bernard C Watson Academy For BoysGary Community School CorporationCFF
Dunbar-Pulaski Academic & CareerGary Community School CorporationFF-
East Chicago Central High SchoolSchool City of East ChicagoCDD
East Chicago Lighthouse CharterEast Chicago Lighthouse CharterDFD
Edgewood ElementaryMichigan Area SchoolsDDF
Elder W Diggs School 42Indianapolis Public SchoolsFFF
Eleanor Skillen School 34Indianapolis Public SchoolsBFD
Eliza A Blaker School 55Indianapolis Public SchoolsFFD
Elston Middle SchoolMichigan Area SchoolsFFF
Elwood Community Middle SchoolElwood Community SchoolCDD
Eminence Jr-Sr High SchoolEminence Community School Corp.CDD
Emma Donnan Middle SchoolCSUSA DonnanFFF
Emmerich Manual High SchoolCSUSA ManualFFD
Evans SchoolEvansville Vanderburgh Community School CorpAFF
Excel Center For Adult LearnersExcel Center for Adult LearnersFFF
Fall Creek AcademyFall Creek AcademyFFF
Fariview Elementary Monroe County Community SchoolsFFF
Francis Scott Key School 103Indianapolis Public SchoolsFFF
Gary Lighthouse Charter SchoolGary Lighthouse Charter SchoolDFF
George H Fisher School 93Indianapolis Public SchoolsFFF
George Rogers Clark Middle/High SchoolSchool City of HammondDDD
George S Buck ElementaryIndianapolis Public SchoolsDDF
George Washington Comm Jr HSIndianapolis Public SchoolsFFD
Glenwood Leadership AcademyEvansville Vanderburgh Community School CorpFFF
Gold AcademyMSD Decatur TownshipDFD
Grandview ElementaryFayette County School Corp.BDD
Green Meadow Intermediate ElementaryCommunity Schools of FrankfortFFD
Greene IntermediateSouth Bend Community School Corp.CFD
Guion Creek Middle SchoolMSD Pike TownshipDDF
Hammond Academy of Science & TechHammond Academy of Science & TechBDF
Hammond High SchoolSchool City of HammondDDD
Harrison Primary CenterSouth Bend Community School Corp.FFF
Hattie B Stokes Elementary SchoolLebanon Community SchoolsCDD
Heltonville ElementaryNorth Lawrence Community SchoolsBDD
Henry W Eggers Elementary/MiddleSchool City of HammondCFD
Highland Middle SchoolAnderson Community School Corp.FDF
Highland Park ElementaryMonroe County Community SchoolsBFC
Hoosier Academy Virtual Charter SchoolHoosier Academy Virtual Charter SchoolFFF
Hope ElementaryFlat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp.BDF
Indiana Connections AcademyIndiana Connections AcademyDDD
Indiana Math & Science AcademyIndiana Math and Science AcademyBBF
Jacques Marquette ElementaryGary Community School CorporationFFF
James Russell Lowell School 51Indianapolis Public SchoolsDFF
Jefferson ElementaryGary Community School CorporationFFF
John J Young MiddleSchool City of MishawakaBDD
John L McCulloch Junior High Marion Community SchoolsCDF
John Marshall Community High SchoolIndianapolis Public SchoolsFFF
Joseph Hess Elementary School City of HammondDFF
Joseph L Block Jr. High SchoolSchool City of East ChicagoFFF
Joyce Kilmer School 69Indianapolis Public SchoolsFFF
Justice Thurgood Marshall IntermediateMarion Community SchoolsBDF
Kenwood Elementary SchoolSchool City of HammondADF
Key Learning Community High SchoolIndianapolis Public SchoolsCFF
Knox Community Middle SchoolKnox Community School CorpCFF
Lake Ridge Middle SchoolLake Ridge SchoolsCDD
Lena Dunn Elementary SchoolWashington Community SchoolsBDF
Lew WallaceGary Community School CorporationFFF
Lew Wallace Elementary School City of HammondCDD
Lew Wallace School 107Indianapolis Public SchoolsFFC
Lincoln SchoolEvansville Vanderburgh Community School CorpFFF
Lodge Community SchoolEvansville Vanderburgh Community School CorpFFF
Louis B Russell Jr School 48Indianapolis Public SchoolsFDF
Madison Consolidated Jr High SchoolMadison Consolidated SchoolsDDD
Madison Primary CenterSouth Bend Community School Corp.FFF
Maple Crest Middle School Kokomo School CorporationFDD
Maplewood Elementary SchoolMSD Wayne TownshipAFF
Marshall Intermediate CenterSouth Bend Community School Corp.DFD
Martinsville West Middle SchoolMSD Martinsville SchoolsADD
Mary Beck ElementaryElkhart Community SchoolsFDF
Mary E Nicholson School 70Indianapolis Public SchoolsBDD
Maywood ElementarySchool City of HammondCDF
McClelland ElementaryMSD Wayne TownshipAFD
McGary Middle SchoolEvansville Vanderburgh Community School CorpDFF
Medora Elementary Medora Community SchoolsBDF
Medora Jr & Sr HighMedora Community SchoolsDFF
Miami Middle SchoolFort Wayne Community SchoolsDDD
Monroe Primary Center FSouth Bend Community School Corp.FDF
Monrovia Middle SchoolMonroe -Greeg School DistrictCDD
Monument Lighthouse CharterMonument Lighthouse CharterCDD
Morton ElementarySchool City of HammondCDF
Navarre Intermediate CenterSouth Bend Community School Corp.FFD
Nora ElementaryMSD Washington TownshipCDF
North Wayne ElementaryMSD Wayne TownshipBFF
Northridge Middle SchoolNorth Montgomery Community SchoolsCFC
Northside Middle SchoolMuncie Community SchoolsCFD
Northview Middle SchoolMSD Washington TownshipCDF
Northwest Community High SchoolIndianapolis Public SchoolsDFF
Northwest Community Jr High SchoolIndianapolis Public SchoolsFFF
Nuner Primary CenterSouth Bend Community School Corp.DFD
Options Charter School-CarmelOptions Charter School-CarmelFFF
Options Charter School-NoblesvilleOptions Charter School-NoblesvilleFFF
Padua AcademyPadua AcademyFFA
Parkview Middle SchoolGreater Clark County SchoolsDDD
Perley Fine Arts AcademySouth Bend Community School Corp.DDF
Pettit Park SchoolKokomo School CorporationCFC
Ralph Waldo Emerson School 58Indianapolis Public SchoolsCFF
River Valley Middle SchoolGreater Clark County SchoolsDDD
Riverside School 44Indianapolis Public SchoolsFFF
Sarah Scott Middle SchoolVigo County School CorpDFD
School NameSchool Corporation2014 Grade2013 Grade2012 Grade
Shawnee Middle SchoolFort Wayne Community SchoolsCFD
Shelburn ElementaryNortheast School CorpDDD
Shortridge Law & Public Policy Mg HSIndianapolis Public SchoolsCDD
Smith Academy for ExcellenceSmith Academy for ExcellenceFF-
South Side High SchoolFort Wayne Community SchoolsDDD
Southwestern Middle SchoolSouthwestern-Jefferson Co BF-
Stalker Elementary SchoolsNorth Lawrence Community SchoolsBDD
Stephen Decatur ElementaryMSD Decatur TownshipDDD
Stonybrook Middle SchoolMSD Warren TownshipCDD
Stringtown ElementaryEvansville Vanderburgh Community School CorpCDD
Suncrest Elementary Community Schools of FrankfortFFD
Sutton ElementaryMuncie Community SchoolsBDF
Theodore Roosevelt Car &Tech AcademyEdison Learning RooseveltFFF
Thomas A Edison ElementarySchool City of HammondBFF
Thomas Carr Howe Community High SchoolCSUSA HoweFFF
Thomas D Gregg School 15Indianapolis Public SchoolsDFF
Thurgood Marshall Leadership AcademyThurgood Marshall Leadership AcademyCF-
Timothy L Johnson AcademyTimothy L Johnson AcademyFDD
Tippecanoe Valley Middle SchoolTippecanoe Valley School CorpDFC
University Heights Prepatory AcademyUniversity Heights Prepatory AcademyDDD
Valley Mills ElementaryMSD Decatur TownshipBDD
Wabash Middle SchoolWabash City SchoolCDD
Warren G Harding ElementarySchool City of HammondDFD
Washington High SchoolSouth Bend Community School Corp.DDD
Washington Irving ElementarySchool City of HammondDDF
Washington Irving School 14Indianapolis Public SchoolsDFF
Washington Middle SchoolEvansville Vanderburgh Community School CorpFFF
Wawasee Middle SchoolWawasee Community School Corp.BFD
Wayne High SchoolFort Wayne Community SchoolsCDD
Wendell Phillips School 63Indianapolis Public SchoolsFFD
West Side Leadership AcademyGary Community School CorporationFFF
Westlake ElementaryMSD Wayne TownshipBDD
William Penn SchoolIndianapolis Public SchoolsDDD
Wilson Middle SchoolMuncie Community SchoolsFFF
Wm A Wirt/Emerson VPAGary Community School CorporationCDD
Wolcott Mills Elementary SchoolLakeland School CorporationBDD
Xavier School of ExcellenceXavier School of ExcellenceFFC

Source: Indiana Department of Education

A few school districts whose struggles we’ve documented the last few years saw growth this year. Indianapolis Public Schools had 11 schools move up one letter grade, most often from an F. Gary Community Schools had five of its focus schools improve from a D or an F last year, with two entering the A and B categories this year. Other school districts with noticeable growth across the board of their priority schools were MSD Wayne Township and School City of Hammond.


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