About School for Community Learning

School for Community Learning is a progressive, independent K-8 school in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our school was started in August 2012 by four teachers and 23 families who were committed to teaching freely and showing students how they could affect their communities. We have grown to a staff of 13 with 75 students. Our student-centered classes focus on meeting each child’s academic and social needs and passions. Learn about our teaching approach


Our vision is to create a learning environment that empowers students to be active directors in their education and communities. We work together with families and communities to ensure each child’s success. Our goal is accessible education where no one is turned away because of an inability to pay. Because of this commitment, our school offers need-based tuition assistance and accepts Choice Scholarships. Donations and fundraising efforts close the gap in our operating budget.

Our mission is to discover, recognize and nurture the talents and gifts of each child, graduating students with the capacity, knowledge and social awareness to be actively engaged in their communities.

The following core beliefs guide our practice:

    • We know our students well, and tailor our approaches to meet their aspirations and needs.
    • We help students achieve academic success by encouraging curiosity, investigation and critical thought.
    • We strive to end, in our school, the statistically predictive barriers that race, class, gender and special capacities have on student success and engagement.
    • We instill social responsibility and personal wellness in our culture and curriculum, with an emphasis on sustainability.
    • We teach through a lens of interconnectedness, helping our students know themselves, others, and the world around them.
    • We recognize and honor the diverse histories and experiences of our students, their families and the broader school community.
  • We value kindness, honesty and trustworthiness as crucial building blocks of character.
K-8 School in Indianapolis

We are located in the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood, but our school attracts families from across the city of Indianapolis and the surrounding communities.  We value having a community built on differences and similarities, on bridging gaps, on forming relationships.

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