New Oaks Academy Middle School opens for students

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 16, 2015) – With schools struggling for funding, enrollment and participation, one new, local school is opening its doors with great hope.

On Wednesday morning, hundreds of kids, parents, community leaders will attend the ribbon cutting at the former IPS school 26, now The Oaks Academy Middle School, on the city’s near northeast side.

Administrators say this is a unique school model because of its specific mix of race and social class.

It’s a private school, but half of its students are from low-income backgrounds, so it’s different than most private schools.

It’s also the only independent school in Indianapolis to replicate successfully.

This started in 1998 and this marks the third campus to open its doors.

The new Middle School for grades 6-8 will receive 117 students from Fall Creek and Brookside lower schools.

They expect nearly 300 students by 2020.

Administrators say their goal was to see what this school could do for a struggling neighborhood.

“We are working with middle school students to insure that they can be successful,” said Andrew Hart, Oaks Academy CEO. “We’re partnered with churches, with neighborhood leadership and parents to ensure that our students are successful in these critical years that prepare them to be successful in high school.”

Click here to learn more about The Oaks Academy.