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When Damilola Adesanya moved to Indiana, she knew she wanted to go back to school. She had been attending college in Nigeria, but she wasn't able to transfer her credits from home. A friend recommended Christel House DORS, the adult high school. "I didn't want to go back to high school," she admits, "but let's give it a try." Today she's a nurse - and continuing her education. 
 

When Damilola Adesanya moved to Indiana, she knew she wanted to go back to school. She had been attending college in Nigeria, but she wasn't able to transfer her credits from home. A friend recommended Christel House DORS, the adult high school. "I didn't want to go back to high school," she admits, "but let's give it a try." Today she's a nurse - and continuing her education. 

Damilola started at DORS in 2018. “My goal was to go to college and have a career,” she says. She focused her efforts, taking dual-credit classes such as math and English through Ivy Tech Community College. Graduating DORS in 2019, Christel House offered Damilola support, providing help with college tuition. “I’ve always wanted to be in a medical field,” she says. Nursing was the best choice. She graduated in December 2021 from Ivy Tech with a nursing degree and was recruited to work at Eskenazi Health. Enrolling at IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis) Damilola is continuing her studies with a goal of working in critical care. She is considering what she wants to do. “I have options – should I get my masters and become a nurse practitioner or go back to medical school?” She pauses and thinks about her choices and smiles. “I don’t want to stop learning.”  

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We have a new mobile app!

We Have a New Mobile App

We’re thrilled to announce the new app for Christel House Indianapolis! It’s everything Christel House, in your pocket.

With the new app, you can access school events, news updates, and even emergency notifications. Download the app on Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.schoolpointe.in_christelhouseindianapolis or iPhone https://apps.apple.com/us/app/christel-house-indianapolis/id1585195602 

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Is your kiddo up-to-date on their vaccines? 

Did you receive a message that your child is not up to date on their vaccines?  In an effort to help families get their students up to date on vaccines, Christel House will be hosting free immunization clinics at Christel House Academy- West on July 27th from 4:30-6pm and at Christel House Academy- South/Manuel High School on July 28th from 4:30-6pm. If your student needs a vaccine, walk-ins are welcome at both locations! Please click through the photos to find alternate times, dates, and locations of other free immunization clinics nearby. Also included is a copy of the parent education that was sent home with all 5th grade students in May. This education discusses the TDap and Meningitis vaccines that are required for all incoming 6th graders, as well as information on the HPV vaccine. If you have any questions, please contact the school at 317-783-4901. Thank you!



¿Recibió un mensaje que su hijo no está al día con sus vacunas? En un esfuerzo por ayudar a las familias a poner al día a sus estudiantes con las vacunas, Christel House organizará clínicas de inmunización gratuitas en Christel House Academy-West el 27 de julio de 4:30  a 6pm de la tarde y en Christel House Academy- South/Manuel High School el 28 de julio de 4:30 a 6pm de la tarde. Si su estudiante necesita una vacuna, las personas sin cita previa son bienvenidas en ambos lugares. Haga clic en las fotos para encontrar horarios, fechas y ubicaciones alternativas de otras clínicas de inmunización gratuitas cercanas. También se incluye un folleto educativo para padres que se envió a casa con todos los estudiantes de quinto grado en mayo. Este folleto educativo comparte más información de las vacunas TDap y Meningitis que se requieren para todos los estudiantes de sexto grado, también información sobre la vacuna contra el VPH. 

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con la escuela al 317-783-4901. ¡Gracias!

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For nearly six years, Helene Rodriguez has dedicated evenings teaching Level One ESL (English Second Language) courses at Christel House DORS. Night classes offer adult students a chance to earn high school diplomas.

For nearly six years, Helene Rodriguez has dedicated evenings teaching Level One ESL (English Second Language) courses at Christel House DORS. Night classes offer adult students a chance to earn high school diplomas. “They work 10, 12-hour shifts, then rush to get to class – straight from work,” says Rodriguez. “They’re committed to learning.”  

Rodriguez says she tells students it’s okay if they’re a little late to class. “As long as you’re here, that’s what’s important.” DORS welcomes many students, including those that have immigrated to the United States. Rodriguez estimates 80% are learning English so ESL classes are in high demand. She notes some start with no English skills but adapt quickly. “It’s just so rewarding to see how they start with me, at Level One, and then the next thing they’re taking high school classes and getting ready to graduate.” She says the pandemic has been a game-changer for teachers and students.

For many of the adults, doing homework using a computer has been a revelation – and an opportunity to learn critical technical skills. “We’ve had adults that didn’t know how to turn on a computer. Now, in addition to learning a language, they’re learning how to use technology.” Rodriguez is proud of the opportunities DORS provides. “I was fortunate to have been born in the United States,” she says. “My parents are immigrants – I’ve always been passionate working with immigrant populations.”

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Earning her diploma wasn’t easy but she never gave up! 

"My journey began in 2000 when I failed a GED test," admits Andrea Webb. Twenty-two years later, in a commencement address she gave to over 150 adult high school graduates in Indianapolis, Webb proudly accepted her diploma. "I'm grateful I discovered Christel House DORS."

Earning her diploma wasn’t easy.  “A friend recognized my potential and my struggles with achieving my high school diploma,” Webb says. “She recommended Christel House DORS.” For Webb, it was important to find a program that best fit with her demanding work schedule.  “I will always remember how all the teachers and counselors encouraged me to not give up and supported me in every way possible,” she says. While Webb started the program in 2014, she earned her final required credits in 2022. “I left a couple of times but returned in August of 2021. Each time DORS welcomed me back.”  

Webb never gave up. “To all my peers, don’t give up on yourself and keep coming back and working towards your goal, no matter how hard the task may appear or how long it takes.” As she finished her speech, she announced she was starting a new job on Monday. “A high school diploma was a requirement of being hired. So, here I stand, Andrea Webb, high school graduate. I finally did it!”

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