Award Year: 2018
Inspire learning through an unparalleled academic approach and transform communities by changing lives.
- Black/African American: 47%
- White: 27%
- Hispanic: 16%
- Two or more races: 10%
- ELL: 7%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 88%
Paramount School of Excellence is a public charter school located in the heart of Indianapolis. Paramount serves a diverse group of students in a holistic, standards based, results driven environment. Earning an 'A' rating from the State of Indiana for the past four years, Paramount's students are prepared both academically and emotionally for what comes next in their lives.
As a k-8 school, Paramount ensures all its students are performing at or above grade level from a young age. Partnering with local high schools, Paramount tracks the progress of its graduates to ensure they have the tools necessary for lifelong success.
Though sitting firmly in Indianapolis' urban core, Paramount has a fully functional farm onsite to teach students how natural environments function. Through 'sensory integration', students learn how humans can connect to their environment in ways that create a more sustainable ecosystem. The students help plant and harvest fruits and vegetables, assist in beekeeping, collect eggs from the chicken coop, and milk the six dairy goats every morning.
Paramount is also home to the Time and Space Discovery Center, a space science learning facility located on the 2nd floor of the school. Housing a state-of-the-art planetarium, this NASA Museum Alliance facility brings outer space to the students who may one day be the first to walk on Mars. Each student participates in a Time and Space Discovery Center program at least once every nine weeks for a 90 minute, standards based interactive lesson.
Focusing on the ‘whole student’, Paramount staff work with each student on an emotional level, so no matter what a student’s home life may be, that student will always feel welcome and loved in school.
More than 700 students are enrolled at Paramount, and each and every one of those students has an opportunity for a world class education that didn’t previously exist in the Brookside neighborhood.