School Review

A non-sectarian coeducational preschool through eighth grade day school located in north Indianapolis.

List of 10 items.

  • Mission

    "The Orchard School’s mission is to develop and educate the whole child."

    As a progressive, non-sectarian, independent school, Orchard commits to advance each student’s academic success, self-confidence, open mindedness, ethical character, leadership, and love of learning.
  • Cornerstones of an Orchard Education

    • Academic Excellence: achieving high standards through critical thinking, application of knowledge, and problem solving.
    • Behavioral Excellence: developing character and personal responsibility.
    • Progressive Teaching: focusing on the child and engaging the natural curiosity to learn.
    • Diversity and Multicultural Education: inspiring a diverse student body and faculty to learn from multiple perspectives and understand the world.
  • Programs

    • Early Childhood Program comprised of students in the MultiAge and Kindergarten classes.
    • Elementary School comprised of first through fourth grade..
    • Middle School comprised of grades five through eight.
    • Curriculum includes language arts, literature, science, math, technology, social studies/history, Spanish, fine arts, performing arts, health and physical education.
    • Kids Connect, a before and after school enrichment program.
    • Orchard Summer, an exploration and enrichment camp for the central Indiana community.
  • Special Curricular Features

    Special curricular features include the outdoors as a classroom, as well as character education and fine and performing arts integrated into the curriculum.
    Other features include the following: learning support; integrated technology support including a one-to-one laptop program in second through eighth grade; intramural and team sports; service learning; and outdoor education.
  • Academic Accountability and Accreditation

    • Educational Records Bureau (ERB) scores significantly exceed national norms.
    • Curriculum aligned with national standards and proficiencies.
    • Accredited by Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC),
  • Faculty

    75 full-time faculty (14 percent faculty are people of color); 52 percent have advanced degrees; 44 percent have 15 years or more experience.
  • Students

    Approximately 600 students each year (two-thirds early childhood and elementary students; one-third middle school students).

    The student body, 30 percent of whom are children of color, comes from Marion and the surrounding counties.
  • Graduates

    85 percent of Orchard graduates are on honor roll or high honors in high school, many are National Merit Scholarship Finalists; graduates who are known for their success academically and as leaders and ethical young adults.
  • Campus

    Wooded 42.9-acre campus with 153,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility.
  • Affordability

    Applicants are selected without regard to their ability to pay tuition.

    Every effort is made to provide financial assistance, with over two million dollars dedicated to ensure that Orchard remains socio-economically diverse.