From the desk of:
School Director, Kelly Herron
Located in one of Indianapolis’s most underserved communities, the Challenge Foundation Academy (CFA) is a tuition-free, K-5 public charter school, in our eighth year in operation. We are diverse collection of families, educators and volunteers, who commit each year to equipping our 470+ students with the strongest possible preparation for success in Indianapolis’s most demanding, college-preparatory middle and high schools.
CFA employs a rigorous and engaging curriculum aligned to state standards as well as the Core Knowledge scope and sequence of learning topics. Our teachers use a wide breath of effective instructional strategies, innovative tools and technology and a variety of services to challenge and support students to meet ambitious academic goals. We also find creative, engaging ways to involve parents in our work helping students build not only their academic skills but also habits of curiosity, kindness, focus and persistence essential to college and life success.
CFA also is the flagship school in the TeamCFA network of schools. We benefit greatly from the continued support of this foundation as well as collective knowledge and resources of a broad array of local leaders committed to “making magic in the Meadows,” the neighborhood we are working to transform through the power of great schools.
Over the last six years, CFA has built an increasingly strong track record of success. In 2012, 80% of our students scored proficient in reading and math on the ISTEP. Two years ago, Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Tony Bennett, recognized the Challenge Foundation Academy along with eight other schools for the exceptional growth our students made on the state’s high stakes assessment. We are very proud of our school’s accomplishments; yet, we are equally eager to help our students learn even more and score even higher on every measure of student growth and achievement.
In 2013, we received a renewed charter from Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation. Through the tireless work of our team in partnership with the love and commitment of our families, we believe that we can continue to make an even greater difference in the lives of children in our city. We are happy to have the opportunity to continue to do this important work and help ensure every child in our school is safe, challenged and college-bound.