Two ADI charter schools announce plans to close

INDIANAPOLIS - Two more Indianapolis charter schools will close their doors after announcing plans to relinquish their charters this week.

On Friday, ADI Schools, Inc., which operates the Andrew Academy and Padua Academy charter schools, announced its plans to relinquish the charters for both schools at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

The announcement comes just one day after another Ballard-sponsored charter school, Flanner House Elementary, announced it would close in September over ISTEP+ cheating allegations.

Both ADI schools, whose charters were sponsored by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, have operated since 2010.

“We have worked the past four years to provide a quality education to the children of these communities,” said Marc Guess, president of the ADI Board of Directors. “We are disappointed that we didn’t reach the goals we had set, but our focus has always been to do what is best for the students.  We believe these changes will allow for better opportunities for these children and their families.”

According to Department of Education data, only 31.7 percent of Andrew Academy students passed both the spring 2014 English and math ISTEP+ tests. The pass rate among third graders was just 17.4 percent.

Padua Academy fared only slightly better with an overall ISTEP+ pass rate of 39.7 percent.

The statewide average for ISTEP+ pass rates in public schools was 80 percent.

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis, which owns both school buildings, is expected to reopen a Catholic school at the Padua Academy site.

In a release, Peggy Elson, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese, said it plans to work with the Indianapolis Office of Education Innovation to identify another charter management organization for Andrew Academy.

Elson said placement assistance would be made available for all current students of both schools. 

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