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Charter School FAQs

A charter school is a public school but it is an independent public school. One that is free from some of the regulations that may stand in the way of achieving educational excellence. A charter school is held accountable for how well it educates its children. It operates under a mandate for high standards and it must deliver. We were granted a charter by the Mayor’s office of Indianapolis and along with the Indiana State Board of Education they must approve the charter schools program.
Any child who resides within the boundaries of Indiana may apply to enroll in IMSA. IMSA is a school of choice and has no neighborhood restrictions.
No. IMSA is a public school that charges no tuition for K through 12th grade.
Enrollment is open to all children regardless of ability, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, ancestry, or need for special services. IMSA has a sibling preference policy, therefore siblings of current students at IMSA are automatically accepted provided there are openings in the appropriate grade level. 
IMSA is a not-for-profit organization that has its own Board of Directors. IMSA is funded by the State of Indiana. There is additional federal and state funding available to charter schools too. Besides such funding, IMSA seeks federal and private grants and receives individual donations, which is tax deductible.
Yes. IMSA has several bus zones that cover central Indianapolis. Please click here to see the Bus Schedule.
Yes, there is a hot lunch at IMSA. All students receive free or reduced lunches. Please click here to see the Lunch Menu.
By Indiana Charter School Law, Charter school teachers are required to be certified or meet all of the following criteria:
  • Have a Baccalaureate degree in subject they teach
  • Five years of experience in the field
  • Professional development participation
  • Enrolled in transition to teaching program

Yes, Uniforms are available to purchase through Schoolzone, the uniform policy is in our handbook.

School hours are from 9:05 a.m. to 4:10 pm.