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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
Merle Sidener Gifted Academy School No. 359 is an above average, public, magnet school located in Indianapolis, IN. It has 351 students in grades 2-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 91% of students are at least proficient in math and 98% in reading.
2424 Kessler Blvd E Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46220
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Merle Sidener Gifted Academy School No. 359 Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
98%
Percent Proficient - Math
91%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$46,442
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$865
National
$949
Median Home Value
$129,300
National
$184,700

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
351
Free or Reduced Lunch
36%
0%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.3 responses
0%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.3 responses
0%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.3 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
100%
25%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.4 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.4 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.4 responses
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Merle Sidener Gifted Academy School No. 359 Reviews

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Sidener was a very exciting and fun experience for me. I have made so many great friends and have learned from very good teachers there. The environment is very inviting and happy. The level of the classes we took were challenging, but it only gave us a head start on high school. The time I spent at Sidener was the filled with some of the most funniest and best times of my life! I loved the people I had the opportunity to grow up and laugh with!
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Sidener was definitely a good change for me. The teams are wonderful, and all clubs and classes are fantastic. It doesn't take long before you find you're school family. There are "cliques" for sure- but not in a bad way. Everyone welcomes you with open arms. The opportunity for experience and change is one that is not comparable. The teachers are fantastic people who make you feel like you have a home away from home!
I loved how close all the students got to be with each other. We grew up together and had each other’s backs and still communicate in high school. I also loved the challenges set forth for the students. We were pushed to do our best. It’s one of the reasons why I try so hard in school now. I would like to see more extracurricular activities going on though.