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Christel House Indianapolis CEO Message: 

Dear Christel House Families,

Welcome back to another exciting school year! I hope this message finds you well and that you and your student(s) are looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead. As I approach my first full year in this role, I am truly excited about the many positive developments happening across the Christel House network.

As we embark on this new academic year together, I want to stress the importance of starting strong and remaining committed to our shared goals. A crucial factor in your child’s success this year will be consistent attendance. Being present and arriving on time every day ensures that our students are fully engaged in their learning and have the best chance to excel. Let’s pledge together to prioritize attendance and minimize absences, knowing that these habits directly impact academic achievement.

This year, we are placing a special emphasis on literacy across all grade levels. Proficiency in reading lays the groundwork for future academic accomplishments. I encourage all families, particularly those with children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, to join us in fostering a love for reading at home. Your active participation plays a pivotal role in enhancing your child’s literacy skills and overall academic growth.

For our high school students, this year represents a crucial stage in preparing for their future pathways. Building a robust academic record is essential for their post-secondary options, whether they are considering college, vocational training, or entering the workforce. I urge you to motivate your high school student to strive for excellence and to take full advantage of the resources and support available to them here at Christel House.

Additionally, I want to extend a special message to our adult students who are pursuing their educational goals alongside their other responsibilities. Your dedication and determination serve as an inspiration to all of us. Whether you are balancing work, family, or other commitments, your decision to further your education is commendable. We are here to support you every step of the way on your educational journey. If you know anyone 18 or older that want to come back to earn their high school diploma, please connect them with us.

Together, as a dedicated community committed to excellence in education, we can ensure that this school year is filled with achievement, growth, and positive experiences for every student. Your ongoing support and partnership are invaluable to us. Let’s work together to make this year the best one yet!

Warm regards,
Emily Masengale

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School CalendarsK-12
DORS

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School Supply ListsAcademy South and Watanabe High School:
English
Spanish

Academy West:
K-5 English
K-5 Spanish
6-8 English
6-8 Spanish 

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HandbooksK-12 Student and Family Handbook:
English
Spanish (coming soon!)

DORS:
English
Spanish (coming soon!)

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UniformsUniform shirts can be purchased online, or in person, through School Zone.
Join us at School Zone on Sunday, July 21 for Christel House Day! 12pm-5pm
5425 N. Keystone Ave, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317-253-7889
https://goschoolzone.com/ (We will send a message to families when it's ready!)

Student Uniform Policy:

Shirts: Polo shirt with the CH logo, or school-approved spirit wear shirt or sweatshirt bearing the CH logo, tucked into pants.
Grades K-5 wear navy blue polos
Grades 6-8 wear royal blue polos
Grades 9-12 wear black polos

Pants: Khaki or black pants, shorts (must not be shorter than three inches above the knee, or skort (must not be shorter than three inches above the knee. Solid navy blue or black leggings or tights may be worn under skorts). 

Shoes: Tennis or athletic shoes

Optional: Grade-appropriate color sweatshirt or fleece bearing the CHI logo, or a solid navy, royal, or black cardigan sweater with no logos or designs. 
Students may wear other school-issued clothing (such as athletic team jerseys or warm-up gear, cheer uniforms, class t-shirts, etc.) as appropriate and approved by the Principal or athletics department. 

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Registration
If you need assistance completing your child's registration please contact the school office or our Enrollment Specialist, Cristian Gomez.
CHA South and WHS: 317-783-4690
CHA West: 317-783-4901
Cristian Gomez: 317-721-2156

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Immunization Requirements
English
Spanish

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Ice Cream Socials
Please join us for our annual ice cream socials! We're switching it up a little this year, and hope it provides a better experience for families. Students will find out their teacher and classroom number from the front office staff, then will be able to take their school supplies to the classroom and meet their teacher. Middle school and high school students can access their lockers (and have time to practice the combination!). Students and families will then go to the gym for the immunization clinic, resource tables, their ice cream, and to ensure all necessary documents have been collected by the school. 

CHA South
Tuesday, July 30th
3pm-4pm: Middle School Orientation in the Auditorium
4pm-6pm: K-8 Ice Cream Social

Watanabe High School
Tuesday, July 30th
5pm-7pm

CHA West
Wednesday, July 31st
4pm-6pm

                                                                                                     

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We Live To Learn.

Our mission is to create empowering opportunities for all students and alumni through an equitable and exceptional education, helping them actualize their aspirations and develop skills that prepare them for life beyond the classroom.

The Education Your Child Deserves: Enroll

Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year is still open.  All applications received after open enrollment will be placed directly on the waitlist. Families Interested in applying should contact our Enrollment Specialist, Cristian Gomez at cgomez@chschools.org or call 317-721-2156.

Athletics

The mission of the Christel House Athletic department is to inspire and equip the athletes of Christel House to excel in athletics while developing character and leadership traits that prepare the student for life after high school.

IndyTeach: Preparing the Next Generation of Teachers

IndyTeach is about one thing - preparing talented college graduates to become exemplary urban teachers. IndyTeach is an alternative teacher preparation program unlike any other teacher prep program in Indiana. Christel House Indianapolis and IndyTeach are committed to helping prepare educators to better serve students. 

Preparation for College and Beyond: College and Careers

Our college and career program works with students to plan for post-high school education and jobs. Whether a student goes to college or straight into a career after graduation, CHA stays in regular contact with that student, either the duration of their time in college, or the first few years of their career.

Christel House DORS: A High School For Adults

Christel House DORS is a tuition-free high school for adults over the age of 18 who still need to earn a high school diploma. Students can earn college credit at Ivy Tech, while completing high school course requirements if they are academically eligible.

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Christel House Indianapolis at a Glance

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We are proud to be one of the first charter schools in the state of Indiana with over twenty years of experience.

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One hundred percent of our graduates receive acceptance into a 4 year college/university.

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We have seven schools across three campuses and currently serve over 2,102 students. 

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Our average student to faculty ratio is ten to one.

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One hundred percent of our educators hold a bachelor’s or master's degree.

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We provide resources and assistance to our students for up-to five years after graduation.