Prospective Parents & Students

Last Updated: 9/27/2021 4:37 PM

The Metropolitan School District of Pike Township is an award-winning school district, widely regarded as an education leader for high academic standards, innovative educational programs, state-of-the-art facilities, strong parent engagement, community partnerships, exceptional students and acclaimed educators.

MSD of Pike Township is diverse, with a 91% nonwhite student population, with 855 international students who represent 68 different countries and speak 81 languages. Pike Township is comprised of an early learning center, nine elementary schools, three middle schools, a freshman center, high school and a preparatory academy which serves middle school scholars in need of additional support in the areas of behavior and/or academics, as well as high school students who benefit from an alternative learning environment.

In a city of more than 1 million people, Pike Township is an urban residential community with a population of approximately 72,000 and an assessed value of $3.7 billion. Our district, which is located in the northwest corner of the greater Indianapolis area, is home to families with diverse social, cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Township residents enjoy close proximity to all the excitement of downtown Indianapolis.

We applaud you for searching for the best educational opportunity for your child and hope that this website will serve as a valuable source of information. Please feel free to look more closely at our schools by selecting them from the Schools menu posted above this article. We are extremely proud of our schools and encourage you to contact them directly if you have specific questions, or would like to schedule a tour. Please also feel free to call (317) 293-0393 or email [email protected] if you need further assistance.

 

 

Why should you consider Pike schools?

Pike Township is recognized as a richly diverse community throughout the state of Indiana. The MSD of Pike Township proudly reflects its community's rich racial, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic diversity. Pike schools are multiethnic with a 59 percent population of students of color. The district has more than 760 international students who represent 59 countries and speak 85 native languages.  

The MSD of Pike Township is one of the largest school communities in the metropolitan Indianapolis area, with over 11,196 scholars, from kindergarten to high school. It offers a wide variety of educational programs to support the varied needs of its growing student population. All learners are immersed in a college going culture and, at the high school level, scholars are offered the opportunity to participate in the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program, take advantage of Dual Credit Courses, and encouraged to participate in Advanced Placement courses.

The NCA Accredited Metropolitan School District of Pike Township was one of fewer than 400 public school districts in the nation being honored by the College Board with a place on the 2nd Annual AP®Honor Roll. The 2nd Annual AP Honor Roll is made up of only those public and parochial school districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving or maintaining performance at a very high level of success. Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s Advanced Placement program, because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically-prepared students who are likely to benefit most from AP coursework.  Since 2009, the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township increased the number of students participating in AP from 315 to 555, while improving the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher from 39 percent in 2009 to 40 percent in 2011.  The majority of U.S. colleges and universities grant college credit or advanced placement for a score of 3 or above on AP exams. The list includes 367 school districts across 43 states and Canada.

Pike High School was also selected to participate in the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for Indiana funded by the National Math & Science Initiative. By participating in this initiative the district will receive funding to expand its AP math, science, and English programs. 

The MSD of Pike Township’s facilities are considered some of the most beautiful and technologically advanced in the Midwest. All schools are equipped with state-of-the-art media centers, classrooms, lunch rooms, and gymnasiums. The student to computer ratio for the district is approximately 1.5 to 1, among the highest in the state. Educators and scholars also have access to technology and techno-educational delivery systems; Learner Response Systems; Individualized 1 to1 Technology Professional Development available to teachers when needed or requested in addition to On-Line, On-Demand Professional Development; Interactive Learning Management System that includes collaboration tools for teachers; IPads, Ipods, and Mobile Device Management; Document Cameras; Mobi Tablets; and Distance Learning Access.

The district is comprised of 14 schools: nine elementary schools, three middle schools, and a high school with a separate and completely independent Freshman Center. The MSD of Pike Township has two possible calendar options available to parents - traditional and continuous (year-round). An alternative school, the Pike Preparatory Academy, is available for middle and high school students who benefit from an alternative learning environment. Scholars also have access to exemplary athletic facilities, the Pike Performing Arts Center, a planetarium, and the Community Computer Lab (C.L.E.A.R. Center).

The MSD of Pike Township is one of the largest school communities in the metropolitan Indianapolis area, with over 11,196 scholars, from kindergarten to high school. It offers a wide variety of educational programs to support the varied needs of its growing student population. All learners are immersed in a college going culture and, at the high school level, scholars are offered the opportunity to participate in the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program, take advantage of Dual Credit Courses, and encouraged to participate in Advanced Placement courses.

The NCA Accredited Metropolitan School District of Pike Township was one of fewer than 400 public school districts in the nation being honored by the College Board with a place on the 2nd Annual AP®Honor Roll. The 2nd Annual AP Honor Roll is made up of only those public and parochial school districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving or maintaining performance at a very high level of success. Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s Advanced Placement program, because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically-prepared students who are likely to benefit most from AP coursework.  Since 2009, the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township increased the number of students participating in AP from 315 to 555, while improving the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher from 39 percent in 2009 to 40 percent in 2011.  The majority of U.S. colleges and universities grant college credit or advanced placement for a score of 3 or above on AP exams. The list includes 367 school districts across 43 states and Canada.

  • Pike High School has a full-time college specialist
  • Numerous Pike teachers and administrators have been recognized and received state and national honors
  • Pike offers a quality alternative education and student support program
  • All of Pike Schools currently have NCA accreditation
  • Pike School community developed a five (5) year Strategic Plan that will establish performance goals, give direction on programs and policies, etc.
  • Pike offers a well-rounded early childhood program including pre-school and full day kindergarten
  • Pike offers quality and well-rounded elementary/middle school programs and a comprehensive high school program
  • Pike’s Wellness Program has received state and national recognitions
  • Pike’s wide array of athletic programs are competitive in all areas
  • Pike has seen an increased level of participation in all athletic areas from youth sports programs to high school varsity athletics
  • Pike has established athletic and wellness partnerships with St. Vincent’s Hospital and YMCA
  • Pike was awarded the prestigious federal Carol M. White PEP Grant funding, which over the course of three years, will total $1,720679, and fund a number of wellness initiatives, including community gardens at each schools, fitness centers at our middle and high schools, and climbing walls and parking lot walking tracks at our elementary schools.
  • Pike maintains a quality professional police and security program throughout the district
  • Pike has seen a significant decrease in the number of student suspensions and expulsions as a result of comprehensive positive behavior support initiatives and discipline plans
  • Pike received recognition for our exemplary district-wide discipline plan
  • Pike maintains a competitive compensation package for all staff
  • Pike has secured $25,000,000 in grants since 2003, much of which has supported valuable initiatives for students
  • Pike continues to operate a balanced budget during these challenging times
  • Pike has not cut staff or eliminated programs that support students
  • Pike’s fiscal stability and aggressive debt repayment has led to its very reputable bond rating
  • Board meetings streamed over the internet
  • Pike shares information via a district Twitter account (@PikeSchools)
  • Parent Council
  • Pike parents have many opportunities to have their voices heard by serving on district and/or school organizations/committees
  • Pike parents have access to student information via Skyward and e-Pike
  • Pike adopted the Blackboard Connect system to relay parent notifications
  • Building and district newsletters
  • Updated website
  • Communications officer provides constant dissemination of information
  • Pre-collegiate workshops and conferences
  • Established college going culture throughout the district
  • Use of local newspapers to promote Pike (Top 30, Hall of Fame, State Champions, Budget)
  • Literacy Fair attended by over 1600 participants
  • District and Community-wide Homecoming Celebration
  • Annual Math and Science Fairs with tremendous community involvement
  • Use of marquis throughout the area to announce district news
  • All school board policies are posted on the website
  • Detailed student handbooks distributed to families
  • Blue Ribbon and Strategic Planning committees in place
  • Tremendous level of in-service training conducted by Pike staff
  • Open door administrative policy for effective communication for parents who may have issues 

The MSD of Pike Township’s facilities are considered some of the most beautiful and technologically advanced in the Midwest. All schools are equipped with state-of-the-art media centers, classrooms, lunch rooms, and gymnasiums. The student to computer to ratio for the district is approximately 1.5 to 1, among the highest in the state. Educators and scholars also have access to technology and techno-educational delivery systems such as: Interactive White Boards (Interwrite, Promethean, Mimio); Learner Response Systems; Individualized 1 to1 Technology Professional Development available to teachers when needed or requested in addition to On-Line, On-Demand Professional Development; Interactive Learning Management System that includes collaboration tools for teachers (My Big Campus); IPads, Ipods, and Mobile Device Management; Document Cameras; Mobi Tablets; and Distance Learning Access.

  • Pike’s school community supported and passed a construction referendum in 2010 to build a new Guion Creek Elementary School.  The new school opened in August 2012  
  • The Blue Ribbon Committee was established in 2004 and the Blue Ribbon Plan, including the Facility Needs Matrix, was presented in 2005
  • The School Corporation has addressed the needs identified in the 2005 Facility Needs Matrix at 11 facilities through a combination of bond financings and money from the Capital Projects Fund; all of this funding has caused no increase to the tax rate
  • All of the bond financings have been repaid over a very short term of generally 5 to 6 years.  A typical term for bonds issued for projects by other school corporations is 20 years.  Pike’s aggressive repayment schedule has resulted in interest savings to the taxpayers of approximately $27 million.
  • The 2012 Updated Blue Ribbon Plan identified in the 2012 Facility Needs Matrix will address facilities not addressed during the implementation of the 2005 Facility Needs Matric.  The 2012 Updated Plan will help bring all of the School Corporation’s facilities up to the same level by addressing the needs at College Park Elementary School and Eagle Creek Elementary School in two phases of projects at each of these buildings.  In addition, district-wide facility needs will be addressed in two phases of projects, and the renovation/expansion/update of the High School Pool will be addressed as a separate project funded from the Capital Projects Fund.
  • Two series of bonds (one issued in 2012 and one issued in 2013) for the two projects at the College Park Elementary School will be issued in individual amounts not to exceed $10 million for each series
  • Two series of bonds (one issued in 2014 and one issued in 2015) for the two projects at the Eagle Creek Elementary School will be issued in individual amounts not to exceed $10 million for each series
  • Two series of bonds (one issued in 2012 and one issued in 2013) for the two phases of district-wide facility projects will be issued in individual amounts not to exceed $12 million for each series
  • All projects will be completed and ready for occupancy by the 2016/17 school year, repaid over 5 to 7 years, and without any increase in the School Corporation’s tax rate  
  • Pike’s financing of construction and building improvements has not and will not increase property taxes

 

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