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🎒 Get schooled
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The IPS District contains the most schools by far.|Photo by INDYtoday team
We know we’re in the heat of summer, Indy — but if you’re new to the city, have kids getting ready to enter school in the fall, or plan on changing schools — then this guide is for you.

Marion County has 11 public school districts with 132,000+ students. We’re giving you the 411 on enrollment, student-teacher ratio, tuition, and more for the area’s major school districts. And don’t worry, there won’t be any homework.

Before we dive in, here are a few fast facts about schools around the Circle City:

School will be back in session before we know it, Indy.


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Beech Grove City Schools, 5334 Hornet Ave., Beech Grove
  • Number of schools: 6
  • Number of students: 2,837
  • Student-teacher ratio: 20:1
  • No. 50 most diverse school district in Indiana
  • 88.6% graduation rate
MSD Decatur Township, 5275 Kentucky Ave., Indianapolis
  • Number of schools: 11
  • Number of students: 6,709
  • Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
  • No. 24 most diverse school district in Indiana
  • 88.2% graduation rate
Indianapolis Public Schools, 120 E. Walnut St., Indianapolis
  • Number of schools: 76
  • Number of students: 31,000
  • Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
  • No. 15 most diverse school district in Indiana
  • 70% graduation rate
MSD Lawrence Township, 6501 Sunnyside Rd., Indianapolis
  • Number of schools: 17
  • Number of students: 16,414
  • Student-teacher ratio: 19:1
  • No. 70 best place to teach in Indiana
  • 93% graduation rate
MSD Warren Township, 975 N. Post Rd., Indianapolis
  • Number of schools: 15
  • Number of students: 11,612
  • Student-teacher ratio: 11:1
  • No. 2 best school district for athletes in Indiana
  • 86.5% graduation rate

City Guides are presented by Life In Indy.
What is the average public school student to teacher ratio in the US?

A. 10:1
B. 15:1
C. 17:1
D. 25:1
Thursday, June 20
  • Pilates in the Plaza | Thursday, June 20 | 6-7 p.m. | Lugar Plaza, 200 E. Washington St., Indianapolis | Free | Bring your own mat + get ready to sweat, stretch, and strengthen your body on the plaza.
  • Tinker House Taco Takeover | Thursday, June 20 | 6-9 p.m. | Provider at Tinker House, 1101 E. 16th St., Indianapolis | Cost of purchase | Enjoy a laid-back evening with delicious food, good company, and a welcoming atmosphere on a pet-friendly patio.
Friday, June 21
  • BUBBLES UP! Let’s Celebrate Jimmy Buffett | Friday, June 21 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael, 1 Carmichael Sq., Carmel | $48-$73 | Celebrate the “King of Cool” in an intimate entertainment setting with food and drinks.
  • Adult Night at Freedom Springs | Friday, June 21 | 8:15-10:45 p.m. | Freedom Springs Aquatic Center, 850 W. Stop 18 Rd., Greenwood | $20 | Enjoy an adults-only night with wine, craft brews, live music, and water fun.
Saturday, June 22
  • Garden Soiree to benefit The Villages of Indiana | Saturday, June 22 | 4-7 p.m. | Former Indy Taxi Cab Company, 1520 N. Alabama St., Indianapolis | $45 | Lush gardens, live music, hand-crafted cocktails, and a seek-and-find mural await guests attending this third annual event.
Sunday, June 23
  • Indianapolis Indians vs. Iowa Cubs | Sunday, June 23 | 1:35 p.m. | Victory Field, 501 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis | $13-$32 | Get there early for pre-game Yoga in the Outfield led by Studio YOU Yoga.
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This artistic experience is a stroke of genius
Join the City of Carmel for an exciting community craft project.|Photo provided by City of Carmel; GIF created by INDYtoday
Calling all visionaries: Your summer plans just got a lot more colorful, thanks to the Carmel Arts & Design District.

We’ll paint you a picture

Recognized as the Midwest’s premier arts and design destination, the Carmel Arts & Design District is a vibrant center home to 200+ businesses, including:
  • Art galleries
  • Design showrooms
  • Boutiques
  • Creative service providers
  • And more
As an Indiana Cultural District (read: a distinction given to areas with a high concentration of cultural assets), this area promises a unique artistic atmosphere that will stimulate your senses.

Stroll along Main Street and Range Line Road to explore emerging + established artists, sculptures, renowned facilities like the Indiana Design Center, and more.

You’ll want to pencil this in

On the second Saturday each month, visitors can enjoy live music, artist talks, and activities during Meet Me on Main from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Heads up: The next event is Saturday, July 13.
News Notes
  • The city is looking for proposals from developers for several properties on the near northeast side. The Department of Metropolitan Development envisions the remaining ~30 acres of the Sherman Park area to be a catalyst for job creation and reinvestment. Proposals are due Wednesday, July 10 at 12 p.m.
  • Guggman Haus Brewing opened its new location at 46th Street and College Avenue yesterday, June 19. To celebrate, you can enjoy its 46th St. NEIPA — brewed just for this taproom. The location has a small, family-friendly indoor space with a pet-friendly outdoor patio. See its hours.
  • There’s a new cafe in Carmel providing a feline-friendly experience. Pawz Pet Cafe (481 Gradle Dr.) offers boba drinks and a sanctuary for adoptable cats. Visitors can hang out with the cats for $10-$18 or adoptions start at $75. (IndyStar)
  • The Madam Walker Legacy Center is hosting its third annual Legacy Fest block party on Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. — just in time for the completed Cultural Trail expansion on Indiana Avenue. The free event will feature musical performances, food trucks, vendors, and family-friendly activities.
Feel Good
  • Kelli and Chris Duke matched online four years ago and decided to take their relationship to the next level. They got married in front of the Eiffel Tower... the one in Indy. Indiana Sports Corp had a callout for couples, so Kelli submitted their story and they were chosen. (WRTV)
  • In Tuesday’s newsletter, we said The Shadow Lounge is opening in the former Capri Italian spot at 2380 E. 54th St., but it’s actually the former Marco’s Restaurant & Lounge. Capri Italian Restaurant moved from that location to 2602 Ruth Dr. a long time ago and is still alive and well. Apologies for the confusion.
  • NBA Free agency begins in under two weeks. What should the Pacers be thinking when it comes to the power forward position in free agency? Locked On podcast host Tony East breaks it all down.
    • ~20. That’s the average class size in the University of Indianapolis MBA program. With nearly 50 years of experience, UIndy offers a top-ranked curriculum, flexible course options, and a faculty dedicated to personal attention. See if UIndy is a fit for you.*
    🌱 Budding growth
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    A location for this new concept hasn’t been shared, but we’re getting underground vibes. |Rendering via @thebotanicalbarindy
    The Botanical Bar announced that it’s planning to expand — just as it’s celebrating its storefront’s second anniversary at 1103 N. College Ave. Over the course of two years, the minority, women-owned business has become known as a local favorite for tropical plants, plant care tools, and home + wellness goods.

    In addition to the brick and mortar, The Botanical Bar specializes in creating custom plant design installations for homes, offices, restaurants, and boutiques.

    For this new concept, owner Victoria Chantel envisions a unique new coffee, wine bar, and plant shop that will be a vibrant community hub where visitors can enjoy a drink surrounded by greenery.

    To help make this dream become a reality, she’s launching a crowdfunding campaign. It has a goal of $100,000, and as of Wednesday, June 19, $715 had been pledged so far.

    The campaign ends on Saturday, Nov. 30. Learn more + support.
    The Buy
    A dependable, comfortable running short — like Lululemon’s Hotty Hot High-Rised Lined Shorts (are those fun summer colors we see?).
    The Wrap
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    The renderings for The Botanical Bar’s new concept are stunning — so I really hope this project comes to life. I didn’t see anything about a potential location, so this begs the question: Where would you like to see this coffee, wine bar, and plant shop located? I’d love to see it on the near west side or maybe in the new Phase II of Bottleworks. Let us know your thoughts.
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