Options Debuts Student Referral Program

NOBLESVILLE – With the addition of a new student referral program, both current and prospective students of Options Schools will have opportunities to be recognized for taking an active role in growing the impact of Options.

This program was created in order to acknowledge those students and families that continue to promote Options by spreading the word about how we serve students. Through this new program, students will be able to earn an assortment of items that include lunch account credit, Options gear and more.

The program will go into effect on May 1, 2019.

How it works:

1.) Who can participate?
Any student who is currently enrolled at Options Charter Schools can participate in this program.

2.) How do we take part in the program?
In order to receive rewards, you must spread the word about Options Schools to your neighbors, friends and co-workers. Tell them what you love about Options and encourage them to schedule a tour. For every student you refer to us that attends our school for three months, the referring student will receive a $10 lunch credit!

3.) How are the different recognition levels determined?
Each new student, along with the student who referred them, will also receive Options gear. Lunch credit will be capped at $50 for each student, even if having referred more than five students. The student with the most referrals on March 1 and October 1 will also receive an Options Prize Pack, which will include Options-branded gear and more. (Value of prize pack contents will be less than $50)

4.) When will lunch credit be applied to each student’s account?
At the beginning of each month, qualifying students will have credit added to their lunch account.

5.) How will Options know a student was referred?
The school has a question on our online application asking, “How did you hear about Options Charter Schools?” The applicant should note the first and last name of the student who referred them.

For additional information about the program, email Andrew Piper.




“Take Action” for the Charter and Innovation Network School Grant Program

As the budget bill makes its way through the General Assembly, we wanted to make all parents & students aware of an opportunity to have their voice heard.

Charter schools are public schools that do not receive any local property tax revenue. Traditional public schools receive roughly $3,200 per pupil in local property tax dollars to cover expenses for buildings, transportation, maintenance, insurance, etc. Charter schools must divert a portion of their state tuition support dollars to pay for these items, resulting in less funding for teachers and other classroom expenses that directly impact students.

While HB 1001 will not completely close the funding gap, it will raise the charter grant from $500 to $1,000 per pupil which is a positive step towards more equitable funding for charter school students.

Those interested in having their voice heard can submit an email here through a quick and easy process.

As always, feel free to personalize the text of the email. Sharing personalized stories that showcase the positive impact of school choice is a very powerful form of advocacy. Just click anywhere in the “Message” box to add comments.

Your support & participation is greatly appreciated!

NWEA Testing headlines latest announcements

Have you heard the great news?! We are pleased to announce that we will be purchasing land for our new school in Westfield, Indiana!  I will be sharing more detailed information soon.

Please note the important dates/announcements for January/February:

  • NWEA Testing, January 22-January 31 — All students will be NWEA testing daily.  Please make sure your student is present so that we can complete testing in a timely manner.
  • Opt-Out ISTEP+ Forms, Friday, February 1 — All junior and senior students who would like to pursue a CTE pathway or take the ASVAB in lieu taking the ISTEP+ will need to have their parents complete the “Opt-Out” form by Friday, February 1 at noon.  If we do not have an Opt-Out form for any junior or senior, they will have to take the ISTEP+ Test.
  • ISTEP+ Practice Testing, Tuesday February 5 — All sophomores and first time ISTEP+ students will be taking the practice test.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email our school counselor, Melanie Terrell, mterrell@optionsined.org.
  • President’s Day (NO SCHOOL), Monday, February 18
  • ISTEP+ 10th Grade Testing, February 25 – 28 — All sophomores and first time ISTEP+ students will be taking the ELA and the Algebra ISTEP+ test from 12:30-3:00pm daily.  It is absolutely essential for every sophomore to be present and ready to test.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email our school counselor, Melanie Terrell, mterrell@optionsined.org.

We will continue our half-day Friday dismissals at 11:45 a.m.

That’s all for now! Have a super warm January & February!

– Camille –

Board of Directors Approve Westfield Land Purchase

For Immediate Release

January 15, 2019

NOBLESVILLE – Last night, the Options Charter School Board of Directors took a historic step by a fulfilling a promise that was seven years in the making. By voting unanimously to purchase land in the Westfield area for a future campus location that will serve grades 6-12, Options is moving towards a more stable and secure future.

The opportunity to purchase land provides the organization with the ability to shift from leasing its facilities to owning, therefore cementing Options even further in the landscape of Hamilton County and the Indiana education system.

“I am so thankful to all of our board members for everything they do for Options on a daily basis and everyone in the Options family is excited about last night’s news,” said Options President Mike Gustin. “Since we were founded in 2002, there are many people that helped put us on the path to success that we are on now. This is another step in the right direction as we continue to work towards our goal of providing high-quality, alternative education to more students across Indiana.”

October 2018 Carmel Student of the Month

Hello! My name is Kandyce and I am a junior at Options Carmel. I transferred to Options Charter School because I felt like I was running out of options academically. Prior to transferring I struggled with learning in a large classroom and my grades were suffering. I really love the small classroom sizes here and the personalized help I receive from my teachers. My grades are better than they were at my previous school, too! In my free time I enjoy listening to music, drawing, photography and cooking.

November Student of the Month

Pilar McPherson is in the 11th grade at our Carmel campus. She was chosen as our October 2017 Student of the Month because she is a hard worker, active in classroom discussions, puts in the time necessary to be successful, sets a good example for the other students and is genuinely kind to all of those around her. Here’s a little insight on her journey to Options: Hi, my name is Pilar and I am a junior at Options Charter School in Carmel. I live with my grandma, aunt, mom, 3 dogs, 2 cats and a bearded dragon. In my spare time, I like to play softball, go shopping, and play/spend time with Thor (my bearded dragon). My grandma discovered Options in the middle of my sophomore year when I was really struggling at my old school. In most of my classes I had Ds or Fs and I felt as if the teachers had no interest in helping me. Options is the opposite of my old school. Every teacher at Options is there to help you understand and excel in your studies. The teachers also get involved in your every day life and take the time to ask how your day is going, how you are feeling and really care about each student. I am so glad I found Options and now make As and Bs in my classes and actually enjoy going to school.


English rocks

I’m Gretchen Taylor and this is my 11th year teaching English at Options! I’m excited for another year of teaching and to tell you a little about what’s going on in my classes.

All of the core classes (English 9-1, 10-1, and 11-1) started out by writing a three paragraph story about a topic of the student’s choice. The students then spent a day revising their stories and then read the stories that other students in the building had written. The students did not know who had written which story and were asked to offer a compliment, a suggestion, and a rating to each writer. The classes are then moving on to reading our first novels for the year.

In addition to those classes, I’m teaching a short story class. We’ve started off the year by reading the short stories that several famous authors wrote in response to the children’s book The Adventures of Harris Burdick. Today, the students started reading “Another Place, Another Time,” which deals with time travel as the 4th dimension. Next week, the students will be responding to the story by writing their own stories involving time travel.

I’m also teaching a Themes in Literature class that is focused on fairy tales. We started off by examining some of the myths about fairy tales, such as the fact that while they are normally thought of as children’s stories, in reality they are often quite gruesome and unacceptable for small children. As we continue, we’ll be studying specific fairy tales including Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and – of course – Cinderella as well as several lesser known fairy tales.