Why Charter Schools

We believe there’s a better way to educate students.

The charter school difference

Charter schools are an evolution of traditional educational models. We kept the elements that were working, and improved upon the deficiencies. Here’s how Career Academy and Success Academy have changed the educational game for families in Indiana.

Different from traditional public schools

 Open to all. The education your child receives in a traditional public school depends entirely upon your family’s address. As public charter schools, Career Academy and Success Academy are open to all Indiana residents, regardless of ZIP code. Why? Because we believe your address shouldn’t dictate the quality of your education.

Approachable and safe. Our student-to-faculty ratios of 9.8 to 1 in the Career Academy High School and 11.3 to 1 in our Middle School are well below the state average of 13.6 to 1. As a result, it’s easy for your student to build relationships in a safe environment where staff and students know each other by name.

Different from private schools

Free. Private schools are expensive. Career Academy and Success Academy are free. That means no application fees or tuition, and free or reduced-price lunches and technology fees for qualifying students. Why? Because we believe your bank account shouldn’t dictate the quality of your education.

Secular. Faith can have many positive influences, but we believe students benefit from a well-rounded secular education. We stress character, effort, and integrity as essential measures of the self, but we do not dictate on ideas of faith.

Diverse. An essential part of education is to experience diversity in background, belief, ethnicity, style, and ideas. 42 percent of Career Academy students self-identity as non-white, and all students come from a wide range of religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. Students are taught that their differences are as important and appreciated as their similarities.

Different from other schools

Career-oriented. From Kindergarten to 12th grade, Career and Success Academy students learn about the expectations in the working world and how to pursue a fulfilling vocation based on their abilities, interests, and personality. By 8th grade, students have already explored many channels of experiential education, and begin to focus their chosen pathways. Why? Because we believe preparing for the future is more important than preparing for a test.

Project-Based Learning (PBL). Research reveals that hands-on learning through creative projects is not only more enjoyable for students, but is highly effective for absorbing, understanding, and utilizing complex material. We use PBL from kindergarten through graduation.