Two charter schools approved by Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 22, 2013)–  Mayor Greg Ballard’s Office of Education Innovation announced Friday that the Indianapolis Charter School Board has approved applications for two new charter schools.

Indiana Math and Science Academy (IMSA) West , which operates at 4575 W 38th Street, will become a Mayor Sponsored Charter School at the end of the academic year. It is currently chartered by Ball State University. The change in charter authorizer will not alter operations at the K-12, tuition-free, college preparatory charter school, with 592 students attending this year. Two other IMSA campuses in Indianapolis (North and South) already operate as Mayor Sponsored Charter Schools.

All three IMSA schools are governed by a local, independent board of directors and operated by Concept Schools.

Founders Classical Academy will establish a K-8 mixed income school that utilizes a classical curriculum to boost the academic achievement of both high- and low-income students. Founders plans to locate in the Midtown area. The school will be governed by a local, independent board of directors and operated by Responsive Education Solutions.

Founders plans to open in the Fall of 2014 serving 350 students.

“Nothing is more important to the strength of our neighborhoby ods than the quality of our schools,” said Mayor Ballard. “We are pleased that IMSA West will continue to serve students and families on the west side while Founders Classical Academy will provide a new option for families in the Midtown area.”