Ritz Names 'Family Friendly Schools'

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More than 40 schools from throughout the state have been named 2016-2017 Family Friendly Schools. The Indiana Department of Education says the schools were chosen "based on their commitment to addressing the needs of Hoosier students while fostering the active involvement of families and the community."

The IDOE says in order to earn the recognition, schools must demonstrate a commitment to involving families and community members in student education and addressing the academic, physical, emotional and social needs of their students. Sixteen schools received the designation last year, the first year of the program.

"When families are engaged, students succeed," said Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. "As an educator for more than 30 years, I have seen firsthand the impact that families can have on a child’s education. That is why I am honored to recognize (these) schools for their dedication to their students, families and communities in providing a welcoming and supportive environment for a high-quality education."

This year's Family Friend Schools include:

  • Brookview Elementary School (Indianapolis) *
  • Career Academy High School (South Bend)
  • Center for Inquiry #2 (Indianapolis)
  • Center for Inquiry #27 (Indianapolis) *
  • Center for Inquiry #84 (Indianapolis) *
  • Christ the King Catholic School (Indianapolis) *
  • Cold Spring School (Indianapolis)
  • Concord East Side Elementary School (Elkhart) *
  • Creston Intermediate Academy (Indianapolis)
  • Creston Middle School (Indianapolis)
  • Daniel Webster School #46 (Indianapolis)
  • Eastridge Elementary School (Indianapolis) *
  • Frank O’Bannon Elementary School (Hammond)
  • Geist Montessori Academy (McCordsville)
  • Grassy Creek Elementary School (Indianapolis) *
  • Greensburg Elementary School (Greensburg)
  • Hawthorne Elementary School (Indianapolis) *
  • Jonas E Salk Elementary School (Merrillville) *
  • Lake Prairie Elementary School (Lowell)
  • Lakeside Elementary School (Indianapolis) *
  • Liberty Park Elementary School (Indianapolis) *
  • Lincoln Elementary School (Huntington) *
  • Lowell Elementary School (Indianapolis) *
  • Lowell Senior High School (Lowell)
  • Lowell Middle School (Lowell)
  • New Haven Intermediate School (New Haven)
  • New Haven Primary School (New Haven)
  • Oak Hill Elementary School (Lowell)
  • Pennsville Elementary School (Pennville)
  • Pleasant Run Elementary School (Indianapolis) *
  • Raymond Park Middle School (Indianapolis)
  • Raymond Park Intermediate School (Indianapolis) *
  • Rykers Ridge Elementary School (Madison) *
  • Silver Creek Primary School (Sellersburg)
  • Stonybrook Intermediate Academy (Indianapolis)
  • Stonybrook Middle School (Indianapolis)
  • Sunny Heights Elementary School (Indianapolis)
  • Three Creeks Elementary School (Lowell)
  • Tri-County Primary School (Remington)
  • Warren Central High School (Indianapolis)
  • Washington Irving School #14 (Indianapolis)
  • Washington STEM Academy (Warsaw)
  • Westville High School (Westville)
  • White River Valley Elementary School (Worthington)

Those schools marked with an asterisk also received the designation last year. You can learn more about the Family Friendly Schools program by clicking here.

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