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Indiana 2010 Grant Abstract

Grantee Name:

Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township

Project Name:

Bold Choices, New Beginnings!

Project Director:

Patricia Gerber


(317) 423-8336


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The MSD of Lawrence Township (MSDLT), located in the northeast corner of Indianapolis, Indiana is applying for funding under the Magnet Schools Assistance Program in order to achieve three major goals which will support the mission of the district to “empower all students…to contribute and succeed….in a competitive global community”.

The first goal is improved student achievement. The MSDLT Board of Education recently passed an equity policy with the elimination of the racial achievement gap as the primary objective. Project based learning, creating an instructional match for all students, and rigor and high expectations for all students provide the cornerstones for the instructional program. Instruction that is research-based and focused on 21st Century skills will increase engagement and achievement for all students in the MSDLT.

The second goal is to decrease minority isolation in the elementary schools. The Board of Education also committed to an Elementary Redesign Plan that has as the primary objective balancing elementary enrollments and creating more racially balanced elementary schools.

A third goal is to provide more choice for families as the district moves from having two magnet schools to eleven. This initiative will impact approximately 6650 students in grades 1-6.

The magnet schools to receive funding through this grant include: Amy Beverland and Crestview, Schools of Communication; Brook Park and Oaklandon, Schools of Environmental Studies; Harrison Hill and Winding Ridge, Schools of Inquiry and the Arts; Mary Castle and Sunnyside, Schools of International Studies; Indian Creek and Skiles Test, Schools of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); and Forest Glen, School of Spanish Immersion.

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