Indiana Math and Science Academy South (IMSA South), is a K-8 tuition free college preparatory charter school, which is funded by public sources. IMSA is operated independently by a board of trustees under a charter granted by the Mayor’s office of Indianapolis.
IMSA South is a small, structured school in grades K-8. IMSA South delivers a rigorous, innovative educational program, integrating various themes.
:: Curricula: The core curriculum provides students with a rigorous program of studies in the areas of mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. The school maintains high expectations of its students while the administration develops and monitors individual plans for them.
:: Attitudes: IMSA South promotes productive attitudes toward school, work, self and community. IMSA South encourages willingness to sacrifice for the common good of others, as well as for personal fulfillment. Indiana Math and Science Academy South harbors deep respect for family, school and community while encouraging its students to appreciate and grasp the opportunities that life offers.
:: Individual attention: Each individual student at IMSA South is important and his or her abilities are a focal point at all times. Each student at IMSA South is regarded as a unique asset and a vital member of the school community.
:: Participation: Community service is embedded through the curriculum to perpetuate constructive participation by students, parents and staff in the life of the school and the community that surrounds them. IMSA South’s students carry the school experience into the real world through higher education, family, employment, and civic affairs.
:: Reform and accountability: At IMSA, education reform is the initiating and guiding principle. With excellence as a standard, the school must achieve to remain in existence. Accountability is clear. Just as business must adapt itself to new technologies, new demands from its consumers, and the never-ending invention of new products, education must also show constant progress in order to flourish.
Priorities and policy discussions focus on the students. Teachers lead in every sector. Parents and students will be expected to volunteer their time, and participate from the beginning in programs and policy development, including a dress code, code of conduct, cultivation of a healthy and respectful atmosphere in the school, and selection of exploration programs.
Students and staff participate in regular IMSA South meetings and assemblies as a crucial component in the development of school government. IMSA South is committed to modeling new ways of returning tax and private dollars to the classroom keeping overhead costs at a minimal level so that at least three-fourths of total expenditures is at the classroom level.
IMSA South addresses social issues such as drugs, violence, and health at an age appropriate level, through the prism of community service learning techniques. In accordance with its staff, the Board of Trustees establishes the hiring and employment practices of the school. To correlate to their professional colleagues in the business community, teachers receive performance-based pay, as well as professionally designed training and development programs that draw on the most advanced practices.
In order to support all school families, the school is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with academic hours from 8:00 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. (These hours may be adjusted based on need.) Recognizing the enormous stresses of modern life, families are supported in contributing to the success of their children’s education in a manner that enhances family life.
The school stresses an atmosphere of trust, safety, structure, open communication, and ownership through use of community service learning, class meetings, assemblies, workshops, community open houses, student performances, and student/teacher/parent goal setting and assessments. The Indiana Math and Science Academy South is directly accountable to the people of Indianapolis just as in any business. IMSA South is in the community to serve the community.