School Profile

Mission Statement

The mission of Indianapolis Academy of Excellence: A Challenge Foundation Academy is to develop students into virtuous American citizens who will become the next generation of entrepreneurs. Indianapolis Academy of Excellence encourages all students to excel within their own frameworks of talent and ambition, to become well informed, and engaged citizens. As a partnership involving students, teachers, and parents, IAE-CFA promotes development of sound moral character, leadership qualities, commitment to the community, and high academic and intellectual standards.



  • Established in 2013, Indianapolis Academy of Excellence will enroll students in grades Kindergarten to Sixth Grade.
  • Located in the Northside of Indianapolis serving a diverse population of students in an area of revitalization efforts led by several Quality of Life programs.
  • IAE-CFA offers a classical education utilizing a 21st Century approach which includes project based learning and blended learning.
  • High academic and moral standards using the Core Knowledge Sequence with data driven daily instruction.
  • A school environment that is safe and places a high value on communication between teachers and families.
  • Dress code to create an environment that is conducive to learning and respect.
  • Integrated history, geography, social studies, and science within the language arts program.


  • Utilizes the Core Knowledge Sequence.
  • Class sizes a maximum of 25 students.
  • Rich literature delivered through the latest technology to support the curriculum.
  • Fully integrated art, music, history, geography, social studies, and science within specific domains of study.
  • Singapore Math compliments our literacy based curriculum and provides a rigorous, proven methodology to excellence in mathematics.

Technology Plan

  • Our students will benefit from 1:1 computing beginning in first grade.
  • The blended learning approach allows our students to experience rich direct instruction, collaborative workshops, and digital learning.
  • Students are able to learn on their individual level to maximize the academic growth when in independent work time each day.
  • 21st Century technology is incorporated throughout the entire school and learning atmosphere.

School Culture

We believe every child will do well if he or she can. Every staff member at IAE is here because they want to serve the students and families in this community. We will do what it takes to help our students succeed inside and outside the classroom.

  • We know building strong relationships with students and our families strengthens social and emotional learning, which leads to academic successes.
  • Each classroom meets daily as a family to discuss character values and social skills such as skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem solving.
  • Each grade collaborates to develop school messages for Bullying Prevention and Kindness.
  • The entire IAE staff and student family meets once a week to celebrate classroom and student successes.
  • To help our students make good choices, we incorporated IAE CARES to proactively encourage safe and educational learning environments throughout our school.
  • We use a common language about school procedures and expectations centered around CARE: Citizenship, Attitude, Respect, and Empathy. The “S” is for Success! IAE CARES involves PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) such as Blaze Bucks to spend in the school store, student jobs, Cadet student leadership positions, Students of the Week, and school contests.
  • We have mentors and mental health professionals onsite to help students process their emotions and the effects their actions have on others. Our goal is to return students to class ready to learn as soon as possible.