Principal of Noblesville – Melanie’s Blog

  • Passion, creativity & integrity: meet Dr. Silverman

    Following the departure of the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the fall of 2019, Options Schools was left with an opening in a major role. The search for a new Director of Curriculum and Instruction began immediately and the result was the addition of Dr. Anita Silverman in December 2019.

    A native of central Indiana and graduate of North Central High School, Silverman made an immediate impact with her demeanor and approach to the position. The source? A winding journey that provided a wealth of experience and knowledge along the way.

    A first-generation college student, Silverman started her secondary education at Ball State University, with the goal of becoming a teacher.

    Required to take a speech & hearing test in order to proceed in BSU’s teaching program, a speech impediment prevented Silverman from passing the test and with the Disabilities Act of 1990 not yet in place, Silverman was forced with a choice: forfeit her dreams of working in education or leave the state of Indiana.

    “All I had ever wanted to be was a teacher, I wanted to be just like my elementary school Principal,” said Silverman. “I just picked Ohio State because it was out of state and it was random. I didn’t understand the concept or cost of out of state student fees, I just wanted to go somewhere because I couldn’t teach in Indiana. It ended up being the best decision I ever made.”

    After her time at Ohio State, Silverman learned of an opportunity that would assist in paying her student loans if she spent time teaching in an urban environment. She selected Chicago, packed up a U-haul & off she went. Silverman’s next stop was Thornwood High School, her first experience in alternative education and working with at-risk youth.

    “I was on the south side of Chicago and early on I experienced my first student death, via gang violence,” Silverman said. “After experiencing the funeral, I learned a lot about things I previously knew nothing about and it taught me that I needed to learn about the students. Not many teachers take the time to learn about their students, and we have to take time to do that. That was a big lesson for me at age 23 and ever since, I’ve been really involved in making sure teachers understand what our kids live, not just what they learn.”

    After a five-year span in Chicago, teaching courses that included Family and Consumer Science & Graduation Reality and Dual Role Skills (GRADS), Silverman was ready to return to Indiana. As her family grew with the addition of two children, Silverman wanted them to be closer to their grandparents.

    With courses including Home Economics & Family and Consumer Science having been cut in certain areas, Silverman felt the need to build on her resume and went back to school to earn her Master’s Degree in School Leadership. Silverman’s career then led her to Indianapolis Public Schools, where she served in a myriad of roles, including Dean of Students and Principal at one of IPS’ first alternative schools in 1999, where she realized alternative education was where she fit. Much of Silverman’s time was spent working at schools where “something needed to be done, whether it was an increase in test scores or motivation, that was kind of my niche.”

    That very “niche” has helped Silverman thrive in previous roles, but also makes her a major asset for Options Schools and the students it serves. She also brings a student-first perspective that meshes well with the mission of Options.

    “We have to respect students for being who they are…I can’t ask them to become part of my world and I can’t be a part of their world, we have to be in our world together, and I think that is really important because we have to create our community,” Silverman said. “I think we often make the mistake in forgetting that the younger generation knows how to think, so we have to respect their processes & their mindset. It is our job as educators to introduce us to the world, not to try to change their upbringing.”

    The experience Silverman carries with her also comes from her dissertation, as she earned her EdD from Ball State University in Educational Leadership. Silverman completed her dissertation on the Cultural Competency of Teachers, and despite potential drawbacks to her dissertation topic, Silverman carried on.

    “I was told that there wasn’t much research out there (on the Cultural Competency of Teachers) or that it wasn’t valid, or people don’t care, but now it’s so important to discuss race, and respect, understanding, and that was about 14 years ago,” Silverman said. “I was always told it was going to be a difficult topic and people may not be interested in that topic, but it has been and continues to be an important issue.”

    With Silverman’s passion rooted in alternative education, she has used a creative mindset to present Options students with new experiences.

    “I’ve always been really crafty and learning needs to be engaging for our students & shouldn’t be something that bores them,” Silverman said. “Not all students can learn sitting at desks in rows. I like to stay current with technology, and I like to still be involved with kids to see what I can do to connect with them and how I can help teachers to connect with them. I use drums because I know it can help with emotional regulation and kids are so dysregulated with everything going on in the world right now.”

    Certified by Remo Drums in Healthy Rhythm Drumming Coordination, Silverman discovered the new-found passion in August 2019 and has since used it as a beneficial tool in the classroom, while improving her own drumming skills in her free time.

    Along with the importance of education, Silverman also puts a lot of value in honesty and integrity.

    “I think the best thing we can teach kids is integrity and model that for kids,” Silverman said. “Integrity has always been a big thing for me. It is the one thing you can’t ever get back, once you give someone your integrity, you can’t get that back. Even if you apologize after lying to someone, for example, you can’t just fix it and it’s the same with your integrity. I need to know that when I go to sleep at night, I was always myself.”

    Silverman has loved the ability Options has provided her, to work with multiple schools and have full team involvement, working towards a common goal. Silverman shared that she is looking forward to strengthening and improving the sustainability of dual-credit program partnerships with Ivy Tech, J. Everett Light Career Center and others.

    With the students always in mind, Silverman provided an “old phrase” that she believes speaks volumes in a school setting and serves as a reminder for all educators.

    “They don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”

     


    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Students of the Month – August 2020

    Congrats to our first group of Students of the Month for the 2020-21 school year! Scroll down to read our Q&A with each program’s Student of the Month selection.


    August 2020 Students of the Month:

    • Ben C. (Options-Carmel)
    • Ethan E. (Options @ Growing Minds)
    • James M. (Options-Noblesville)
    • Fazal S. (Options @ BACA)
    • Arianna S. (Options @ HYCA)
    • Lillian W. (Options Indiana)

    Ben C.
    Options-Carmel

    Grade: 12th

    How has the first month of the school year been for you?
    It’s not been bad having to adapt to everything so far & things could be a lot worse, so it has been a good start to the school year.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I like hanging out with my brother and we just talk about cars. I’m a big fan of cars in general, old school cars. Personally, I have a 1994 Jeep that I will soon be working on, but cars are my passion. My favorite car is a Dodge Dart.

    What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
    It’s been a bumpy road along the way, and I struggled with some things, but it’s been a great experience overall and I keep improving.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I’ve enjoyed History like no other class and Steve is a great teacher for it.

    Have you improved in any areas since starting at Options?
    I used to be a crummy person and didn’t really think about other people, but I have really improved at expanding my understanding and knowing there are many perspectives. The friends and teacher support helped me get off to a great start a couple years ago when I was a freshman and I keep growing.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    After I graduate with my diploma from Options, I’m going to apply to positions at three different electric companies in the Line Man role so I can help the storm team and help people in need, like those currently in Louisiana where the hurricane hit. I have been considering this and going into the Air Force, and this is something I could see myself doing.


    Ethan E.
    Options @ Growing Minds

    Grade: 7th

    Do you attend Growing Minds in Columbia City or Fort Wayne?
    I attend in Fort Wayne and this is my second year.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I usually spend free time playing games, but I also like to tell other people interesting stuff like facts from books and things to get you thinking. I also like telling and making jokes. I just like to make others smile and see their happiness. I also enjoy playing difference computer games and watching stand-up comedy.

    What is your favorite thing about Options @ Growing Minds?
    I like that you get to come in person and see the staff, because that has helped me a lot. Everyone here is also really nice and the teachers understand when you need to take a break and take a minute.

    What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
    I would say science and math. I like science more because I enjoy learning about different things, and how they work and might be connected.

    Have you improved in any areas since starting at Growing Minds?
    I’ve learned to focus more, and I haven’t been good at writing, so the structure has helped me get better.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I want to be a stand-up comedian. I like to try to take things that happened to me and turn it into jokes. I got into comedy when I was five and my mom says I told my first joke and I don’t remember it, but she was crying laughing.


    James M.
    Options-Noblesville

    Grade: I’m in 10th grade now, but I’ve been at Options for a few years. My sister graduated from Options in 2018 so I found out about it through her and I started in 7th grade at the same time the Options-Noblesville middle school opened. 

    How has the first month of the school year been for you?
    Pretty good so far.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    What’s “free” time? I work all the time (haha). I have two jobs, I work at McGavic Outdoor Power during the week and I also have my own landscaping business, so I mow other times throughout the week and on the weekends too. That keeps me really busy. It helps that at Options, a lot of the schoolwork is done during the day instead of having a bunch of homework dumped on us every night, so I can use time outside of school for other things like working.

    What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
    It’s great how much the teachers help and care. They’re awesome. At my previous school, it was like the teachers just gave us work & went to sit at their desk

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I would probably say history. Anything with the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam War, always has interested me because both of my great grandparents and other family members have served in the military. Military stuff has always interested me when I was growing up and having Josh (Curry) to teach the subject, it makes it even better.

    Have you improved in any areas since starting at Options?
    I’ve definitely become a lot more friendly and open. Before I started at Options, I used to keep to myself at my other school and not really talk to many people. I can really be myself and not need to disguise myself to fit in.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I will probably go into the Army. Some people thing you might be doing it because you have no other choice, but I want to have a purpose for something, and I want to do something to give back & do my part. It is something that I’ve also been thinking about since I was little.


    Fazal S.
    Options @ BACA

    Grade: 6th

    How long have you been enrolled at BACA and/or Options @ BACA?
    I started one month ago.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I enjoy gardening with my parents and also mowing the law. I like watching Wild Kratts and Odd Squad on television.

    What is your favorite thing about attending Options @ BACA?
    I like being able to see & hang out with my friends.

    What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
    I like math because I’m good at it.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I want to go to college after I graduate from high school. I want to be a doctor and specialize in gastroenterology.


    Arianna S.
    Options @ HYCA

    Grade:  11th

    What is your hometown?
    Hanover, IN

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I like to play soccer and I really enjoy reading books.

    What has your HYCA experience been like?
    Overall, it has been very challenging and has pushed my limits, but it has made me a better person. I have a desire now to go further and gained the confidence to be better. I feel like it is from the environment and how there are such high standards for you and everything you do. They want things to be the best they can be, so with them pushing me and me seeing other people pushing through, it makes me want to be better. There are leadership positions here and that has forced me to gain confidence and lead others. I am currently Group Leader, so I oversee my academic group of 15 cadets and follow certain procedures during the day like marching.

    What have you enjoyed most about the HYCA experience?
    With all of the people here coming from different places and backgrounds, there is just so much diversity and that has been so nice to see. It has helped me realize to be more considerate to others and not everyone experiences things the same, so it has given me a wider outlook on life.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I really like science, and specifically chemistry. It is cool seeing the Period Table of Elements and just knowing everything is made up of those 100 plus elements, but everything is so much more complex than what we might think. 

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    By the end of my time at HYCA, I want to be Cadet First Sergeant, which is the highest-ranking cadet leadership. After HYCA, I am going to graduate from high school in a year & a half, go to college and be in some branch of military because I really like how the military works and its structure. Eventually, I want to be a crime scene investigator in a branch of the military. Before this, I wanted to be in forensic science in some way, but I have realized that I can also serve my country and have that honor as well to be helping the entire country while still doing what I love.


    Lillian Wood
    Options Indiana

    Grade: 12

    What is your hometown?
    I’m located in Greenwood/Center Grove

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    My main hobby is All-Star Cheerleading. I have been doing it for 16 years and love every single thing about it. I also love spending time with friends and family.

    What do you enjoy most about being an Options Indiana student?
    The thing I enjoy most about being an Options student is how it’s best fit for me. All of my teachers have helped me so much, and I feel like it’s what was best for me! The communication is amazing and everyone is so nice.

    Do you have a favorite subject in school?
    My favorite subject in school is English because it helps with reading, learning how to write properly, communication, etc. It’s good for real-life events.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    I have improved in math for sure. Math has always been one of my least favorite subjects, but I feel I personally have done so much better.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    After I graduate, I am going to work for my cousin’s business, hopefully to start my own in the future. My cousin is very successful in what he does. I am also planning on traveling to California to start doing videography/photography.


     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • Q&A with Melanie, Principal of Options-Noblesville

    With the 2020-21 school year underway, we caught up with Melanie Martin-Terrell to see how things have been in her new role as Principal of Options-Noblesville. Martin-Terrell has served in numerous roles during her tenure with Options Schools, most recently as Counselor at Options-Carmel.


    How have your first few weeks been serving as Principal of Options-Noblesville?
    My first few weeks as Principal of Options-Noblesville have been quite enlightening. I have been well received and met some wonderful families and gotten to know staff members and reconnect with former colleagues. I am learning how to navigate the enrollment process and investigate all the changes to the building. My days are full and productive.

    What are your thoughts as you begin a new school year in this role?
    Wow! What a time to take on new responsibilities. I welcome all challenges placed before me. I hope to focus on the school motto of Belong, Believe, Achieve. Our students need to feel accepted, safe, supported, encouraged and educated, and in that sequence. Relationships matter. Students are the number one priority of any school environment and we must see from their viewpoint. While some may disagree with this concept, this is what has been effective at Options.

    You’ve been with Options for over a decade. What’s it been like to see the growth and evolution of Options Schools?
    I am one out of a handful of staff members that have had the pleasure of working at both school campuses, in Carmel and Noblesville. Structurally, the buildings are completely different, but relationally, everything is the same. There are fantastic staff members at both campuses and we all have great rapport within our buildings and now amongst one another, as we are enhancing curriculum standards and providing synchronous instruction. I really believe I have come full circle and that is what makes my journey particularly interesting. I definitely hope to stay connected with all of the students I have worked with. I believe in their ability to succeed and our staff is equipped to assist them along the way.

    What is it about Options Schools that has appealed to you for over a decade?
    Options has a unique school environment that gives a place for students who need something different. Students can be who they are while developing the skills necessary to become productive citizens. To be able to build positive relationships with students is a major part of our motto. If you don’t feel like you belong, how are you able to be successful and feel at home? Once they belong, they can believe that they are capable and able to then achieve and accomplish goals as they move forward in life.

    As you take on this role as Principal, is there anyone you want to acknowledge or thank?
    My parents have definitely laid the foundational work as prime examples of excellent educators. They each had 40 plus years in the field of education. With that, I have ingrained and embraced working with youth. I thank the Options executive team for extending their confidence in me to lead the Noblesville campus. My family has supported me throughout all of my academic endeavors and I greatly appreciate their sacrifices and encouragement

    Is there anything else you want to share or say?
    Let us F.L.O.A.T. through this year and be Flexible, Level-headed, Outstanding, Adaptable, & Triumphant!

     

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • The Current features Options on Westfield cover

    The following article was featured as the cover story in the August 4, 2020 edition of The Current in Westfield. The full Aug. 4 publication of The Current can be found here.

    Another way to learn: Alternative learning provides avenues for struggling students

    By Anna Skinner

    Options Charter School CEO Mike Gustin doesn’t advocate a one-size-fits-all approach to alternative learning.

    “Alternative programming is like any other consumer item you would go out and purchase and try to access,” he said. “There’s options and choices, and what we do in Indiana is, there’s a difference in Indiana coding between an alternative school and an alternative program.

    “They serve uniquely different purposes within the alternative spectrum of student.”

    Although Westfield Washington Schools is refining a new alternative program, Gustin said there’s still a need for Options, and vice versa. Options Charter School broke ground on its Westfield campus last month at the northwest quadrant of Gunther Boulevard and Ind. 32.

    “So within alternative programming, and we are aware Westfield Washington Schools is ramping up some alternative programming, is they focus their programming on one or two types of students, but they don’t provide programming across the bandwidth of alternative learning that might suite the needs of all alternative kids facing challenges,” Gustin said.

    Gustin said Options Charter School works with local superintendents about ways to keep students enrolled in the district.

    “If (students) have something in their school like a co-curricular or extracurricular activity, or if the student has a positive adult relationship, that is a hook for that kid to stay in school and perform well, even though they may temporarily be going through some difficult times,” Gustin said. “That student should stay in school and attend that programming if it’s designed to meet their need.

    “We step into the void when things are absent, when the student doesn’t feel connected to school or the community or has no real connection to the people or programming there.”

    If a student is connected with their district through clubs, relationships or sports, they generally see success within the alternative programming, whereas when those connections aren’t present, the student can feel disconnected in the district and may be better suited for something like Options.

    “To me, the biggest difference really is that when a student is a Westfield student, there are so many different resources we have available in the entire district,” WWS Supt. Sherry Grate Said. “The whole idea is that we are trying to create the best academic experience we can for students and provide a wrap-around, so if a student can stay and we can provide all of those resources to help them be successful, then that’s a huge success.

    “Options is a great partner for us. It’s finding out what’s the best fit for each student, and the more we can keep our students in the Westfield school system by meeting their needs, the better off they are.”

    Connor Reiff completes his Options Charter School assignments at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Submitted photo)

    An Options Charter School example

    Noblesville resident Connor Reiff benefits from Options Charter School education because the alternative learning school is flexible when it comes to Reiff’s medical needs.

    “I have to travel to Stanford (University) for treatment and Southern California for clinical trials to help with my sleep disorders, and (Options) continues to be accommodating over the three years I’ve been there,” said Reiff, 16. “Those three chronic illnesses have kind of affected everybody in my family, and Options accommodated my sister, who sometimes had to fly with us out to Stanford.” 

     

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • Small Groundbreaking Ceremony held for Options-Westfield

    On Tuesday, July 28, a small ceremony was held to mark the groundbreaking of the Options-Westfield campus. In attendance were select members of the Options Executive Team, Options Founders, Options School Board, SA Berg Company, Axis Architecture and the City of Westfield.

    One of three speakers at the event, Options President/CEO Dr. Mike Gustin spoke passionately about the project and shared the following words. “A new building for Options Schools has been a part of our plan since 2014. It’s not just a building, it’s trust that the parents know we will give their kids the very best & trust from the kids in the faculty. This project is all about fulfilling a promise of trust & hope.“

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Options Shares Operational Plan

    Operational Plan (PDF) | Community Data Report

    Options Families & Staff,

    As we approach the start of another school year, we have developed an Operational Plan that allows for adaptations to the number and how often students participate in-person versus virtually in order to be able to adapt as the situation changes regarding COVID-19. We are looking forward to beginning the fall semester on Wednesday, August 5 in Stage 4 of the Options Operational Plan.

    As we continue to work together to get our students back in school safely, we ask that you continue to keep open lines of communication with us and help support and encourage your students to attend, in their selected platform, each day. Attendance is one of the most important components to ensure students are able to continue to learn and do not fall behind. Opening schools during a pandemic requires all of us to be flexible and considerate of each other, and please keep in mind that guidance from state and local authorities can change quickly in this environment.

    Principals will be sending out additional information to families in the coming weeks on plans for Chromebook pick up, schedules, drop-off, arrival, and other program-specific protocols.

    Parents/students have many choices within the Options programs. Please speak directly with your Principal to make any changes to your program option:

      • Brick and Mortar Campuses (Carmel, Noblesville, BACA and Growing Minds) will offer in person and remote options in their day programs. Carmel and Noblesville will continue to offer evening programing with both in person and remote options.
      • Options @ HYCA will continue to operate in person, on site at the Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy and will serve all cadets choosing the high school credit option.
      • Options Indiana (Distance Education) will continue to provide virtual, alternative programing designed to best serve students that need to work on fewer classes at a time and at their own pace. This may be the best program for students/families needing an asynchronous option.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • A Letter to Options Families (June Update)

    The following email was distributed to parents/guardians, students & additional members of the Options family the week of June 15, 2020

    Options Families –

    We hope this email finds you and your families well and enjoying some of this beautiful summer weather we are having in Indiana! It was such a strange and emotional ending to the school year, but we are all working on getting the necessary rest and relaxation to be ready for a new school year come August. We hope your students are as well.

    As you know, COVID-19 school re-entry guidance plans from the CDC, County Health Departments, and the Indiana Department of Education are very fluid right now.  As of today, we are planning to open on time, August 5, 2020, for all programs in-person and virtual.  Student and staff safety are being considered to the highest level as well as the need for everyone to return to some normalcy in their educational platform in order to further develop the strong relationships that make up the backbone of the Options’ educational platform of Belong. Believe. Achieve.  Our teams are taking into consideration the academic and social-emotional needs of our students as we prepare the curriculum for the fall as well.  We are working to provide even smaller group settings than in the traditional model and limit cross exposure yet still allow students the opportunity to return to in-person classes with virtual options for families that need them. The many factors associated with starting school are being discussed and will be shared with families as soon as decisions have been finalized.

    We know you may have specific questions about safety precautions we’ll be taking and what the school day will look like. We’re currently drafting a comprehensive return-to-school plan with input from the various regulatory agencies and will have it ready to share with you mid-July.

    We know this is an unprecedented time and the Options family feels very fortunate to have strong in-person and virtual programming as well as small class sizes, evening programs, special-focused programs, and the most amazing team of teachers, counselors, and administrators working to serve our families in unique and specific ways.  Even before the pandemic, Options has made it our mission to serve every student and every family with strong educational programs that meet their needs exactly where they are and are able to adapt as the student’s needs adapt. We will continue to provide flexible programming as we all navigate our way to the new normal.

    As always, word of mouth is our number one way of sharing with others about our programs. Below is a list of open programs for August 20/21. More information is available on our website. All programs have open seats at the moment, but are filling quickly.

    For more information, visit OptionsSchools.org

    • Options Carmel – daytime and evening programming available grades 6-12
    • Options Noblesville – daytime and evening programming available grades 6-12
    • Options Indiana – virtual programming only, grades 6-12
    • Options @ BACA – located on-site at BACA of Fishers, serves students in grades 6-12 who need part-day ABA therapy and part-day school
    • Options @ HYCA – located on-site at the Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy in Knightstown, IN, serves grades 9-12 who are seeking high school credits/graduation and are participating in the HYCA 22-week program
    • Options @ Growing Minds – located on-site at the Growing Minds campuses in Ft. Wayne, IN and Columbia City, IN, serves grades 6-12 in need of therapeutic support alongside education

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • New Principals & Exciting News for Options @ BACA

    NOBLESVILLE – With the 2019-20 school year complete, Options Schools has announced the appointment of three experienced team members to the role of Principal for Options Schools programs, in addition to the growth of another program.

    Melanie Martin-Terrell will serve as Principal of Options-Noblesville, Adam Barr will serve as Principal of Options @ HYCA and Beth Hodges will serve as Principal of Options @ Growing Minds.

    Martin-Terrell first joined the Options team in September 2007 and has most recently served as Counselor at Options-Carmel since 2018, having dedicated over a decade as a member of the Options team. Barr will transition from Options-Noblesville Principal, to that of Options @ HYCA, and has been on the Options team since 2016. After having held the teacher role with Options @ Growing Minds since early in the 2019-20 school year, Hodges previously served as Director Education for Growing Minds.

    After a successful first year as a pilot program that served 11 students in 2019-20, Options @ BACA had its’ ‘pilot’ tag removed and will provide up to 24 seats for students in 2020-21. With over a decade of experience in alternative education and a member of the Options team since Feb. 2019, Lisa Chandler will continue to lead Options @ BACA as the Program Director.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

    Options @ HYCA is a partnership between Options Schools and the Indiana National Guard Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy in order to provide students with an opportunity to continue progressing towards their high school diploma. Options @ HYCA students are able to continue to earn credits towards their high school diploma while attending HYCA in Knightstown, IN.

    The Options @ Growing Minds program is a hybrid school model for students in grades 6-12 located in and around Ft. Wayne and Columbia City, IN (Allen County). Options @ Growing Minds offers students the relationship-based educational approach unique to the Options schools partnered with the wrap-around services Growing Minds offers its clients.

     

  • 2020 Options Commencement Ceremony

    This video is a celebration & recognition of the Options Schools Class of 2020! This Commencement Ceremony was streamed on Facebook Live on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.


    As a send-off to the Class of 2020, the Options Team shared in there reading of ‘Oh The Places You’ll Go’ by Dr. Seuss.


    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Student Spotlight: Aiden Kirby

    Aiden Kirby, a high school junior at Options-Carmel

    What grade are you in?
    11th. I am going to be a senior next year!

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    Boating, gaming, hanging out with friends, skateboarding

    What is your favorite thing about Options so far?
    The teachers are great, the work is understandable

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    History

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options? Not only with academics, but overall.
    All of my grades went up, dramatically.  School is a whole lot less stressful.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    They are super friendly, they like me as a person, understand my learning challenges and work with me. They are super chill, easy to approach and cool to talk to.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate? If so, please explain.
    I’m doing my dream now. I got a summer job in welding and construction and want to continue that after I graduate. I want to start my own welding company.

    How have your classes been since transitioning to eLearning?
    Good, the teachers are great.

    How have you been maintaining a good schedule while eLearning?
    Yes, up in the morning, do my work so I can go to work or hang out.

    Do you have any tips or tricks for staying productive while eLearning?
    Just get the work done and play hard after.

    Have you & your family been doing anything creative at home to stay active?
    I work out every day. Going forward I will be working every day.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • Take a virtual campus tour!

    Options-Carmel

    (Serving Grades 6 – 12)
    Click here to contact Principal Michael Dunagan

    Options-Noblesville

    (Serving Grades 6 – 12)
    Click here to contact Principal Melanie Martin-Terrell

     

    *** Seats available for the 2020-21 school year ***

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • Options Schools Announces Graduation Plans

    As regulations around the state will prohibit Options Schools from holding a traditional Graduation ceremony at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, this year’s Graduation is going online for an event that will be streamed on Facebook Live at this link: Facebook.com/optionscharterschools/.

    The ceremony can be viewed on Facebook Live on Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Following the conclusion of the 6:30 PM live event, the full ceremony will be available on-demand via Options Schools’ Facebook page.

    Each campus Principal has already reached out to the Class of 2020 to provide information on how students can obtain their cap & gown, along with how they will be able to participate in the ceremony virtually.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Student Spotlight – April 29

    Tori [far left] spends some time at the park with her siblings
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  • Science with Stacie, “A ‘Meme-orable’ Pandemic”

    Options-Noblesville science teacher Stacie O’Flaherty tasked her Earth Space class with a project called “A ‘Meme-orable’ Pandemic.” The results have included some great Google Slide presentations from students.

    “I’ve seen several really excellent submissions from my Earth Space students with some really mature and well thought out remarks,” said O’Flaherty when discussing the work of students. “The perspective of this age group going through the present times is very enlightening.”

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • April 14 Update For Student & Parents

    Parents and Students,

    We hope this letter finds you and your families well as we all continue to Hunker-Down in Indiana and do our part to fight off the pandemic of COVID-19.  On April 2nd, Dr. McCormick, the Indiana State Superintendent of Education, announced that schools will not be allowed to return back to the physical buildings for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Prior to spring break, we shared our plan for instructional days following spring break and that plan has not changed with this announcement.  An explanation of the plan is also included in this letter as well as some additional details for graduating seniors.  

    We returned to eLearning, Monday, April 13, 2020 with all courses now set up in such a way that students may complete at their own pace with the goal of completing all currently assigned courses by May 1.  Students enrolled in the Options-Distance Education, Options @ HYCA and Options @ BACA programs will continue to complete courses according to their individual pacing plans. We are hopeful this will excite students and encourage focused work with the reward of an early summer break!  Teachers will continue to provide direct instruction through videos, virtual office hours, Google Hangout and Zoom meetings, and by appointment for individual virtual help.  

    Dr. McCormick also announced on April 2nd that all graduating seniors will receive acknowledgment in all spring courses in which they are already enrolled to ensure they are able to meet graduation requirements.  Please note, “acknowledgment” is not the same as credit. In order for seniors to earn the transcripted credit in the courses, they must still complete the content and earn a passing grade. We are encouraging all seniors, along with all students, to push forward with their courses and work to complete all coursework on May 1, 2020. 

    Beginning May 4, 2020, through May 27, 2020, Options will run a 4-week credit recovery session for all students that need extended time past the May 1st deadline or that are credit deficient and would like to enroll in an additional course or two.  Advisors and counselors will help students choose appropriate courses and will direct students to fill out this sign-up form.  Sign up forms are not necessary for Options-Distance Education and Options @ BACA students.  In addition, we will still offer summer school, online-only, June 1, 2020, through June 26, 2020.  Students will need to fill out the form for each 4-week term with the courses they wish to take. 

    Dr. McCormick’s announcement does require us to also change how we celebrate together through our spring events such as the spring picnic, prom, and graduation.  Our leadership teams will continue to work together to develop alternative plans and will share more information as we have it ready to share. We are very proud of our students and their continued resiliency!   

    Thank you, again, to each of you for being part of the Options’ family and trusting us to provide your children a sense of belonging in our schools, a belief in themselves, and encouragement to achieve their highest potential. We do not take that gift lightly. Also, our sincere thanks to all the dedicated people at all of the County and State Health Departments, the local and state officials, and to our staff at Options Schools who have been working tirelessly to prepare and plan for our students and families. 

    Point of Contact by Program:

     

    Quick Guide Calendar

    March 30 – April 10 — Spring Break – No School

    April 13 – May 1 — eLearning (Courses now At-Your-Own Pace)

    May 1 — End of Semester 2

    May 4 – May 27 — Credit Recovery Session 1 (Maymester)
    Sign-up Form

    June 1 – June 26 — Credit Recovery Session 2 (Summer School)
    Sign-up Form

    August 5 — First Day for Students, Fall 2020

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • Stacie’s eLearning Update (March 26)

    With Options Schools closed until May 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our educational structure has transitioned to eLearning. With all Options students, teachers and administrators working from home, we wanted to share some blog posts on how the change has been going for different members of the Options family.

    First up is Stacie O’Flaherty, science teacher at Options-Noblesville since 2014!

    How has the transition to full eLearning been for your students?
    Stacie: It’s been easier for some than others. Our students are so close and really great at helping each other. Being isolated is difficult, but I know many of them are reaching out to each other during this time. Many are working hard on assignments and we teachers are on our computers all day, and many of us into the evening hours as well. So, we are able to clarify and explain assignments as needed.

    How has the transition to full eLearning been for you & the rest of the Options-Noblesville team?
    Stacie: We have such a strong group of teachers and counselors. It’s been very challenging for me because I do so much hands-on work in my science classroom and the transition to online is difficult for me. The students are real troopers though. I respect and admire the teachers and all the effort that everyone is putting into reaching out to students and parents to try to keep our students on track for credit attainment. Also, I want to shout out to Elizabeth Essig, our Instructional Assistant and volunteer in the pantry, who has been absolutely heroic in staying in touch with our students who are going through difficult financial times with the quarantine. She is doing so much to get needed food and toiletries for these students and their families.

    What has been the most successful part of eLearning thus far?
    Stacie: The most successful part is definitely how we are all growing and learning to do more online. It’s definitely a learning experience for me, and I know we try to get creative with online assignments. 

    How are you staying connected with your students during eLearning?
    Stacie: We are emailing, Google Meeting, Google Hangout including Hangout audio and video, Google Classroom comments and texting. We have a high school google hangout chat and a middle school hangout chat. We are doing any and all methods to reach as many as often as possible. 

    What have you been doing to keep to a routine while teaching through eLearning?
    Stacie: Definitely have to go to bed and get up on a regular schedule. I know we all have been putting in a good bit of extra time on getting as creative as possible with online assignments and keeping up with attendance and grading. Some of the teachers have young children at home. They really are my heroes.

    Have you & your family been doing anything creative at home to stay active?
    Stacie: You’re going to make me confess that I’m finally getting some use out of the treadmill I bought last spring. I have college students and a working husband. We are working a lot. But, we are also exploring and expanding our cooking skills while we are stuck at home.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?
    Stacie: We teachers and counselors at Options are really all about the students. Our mission is to help these precious young people ‘Belong, Believe and Achieve’ in their academic career and to graduate on time. This quarantine doesn’t change that and there is a lot of love and care still occurring while we are apart just the same as when we are together.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • Student Schedule Following Spring Break (As of March 23)

    Parents and Students,

    The last couple of weeks have challenged each of us in some similar and unique ways. We have been so fortunate, as a school family, to have a group of students and parents that have been patient and incredibly flexible with the changes in learning platforms. We have heard so many positive stories already of how you are all continuing to build community in alignment with our Relationships-First mission yet keeping the appropriate social distancing requirements. We recognize that while this situation is not ideal for students, staff or parents, it is important for the health and safety of our overall community. Our students and teachers continue to show us how resilient they really are!

    We hope you will use the upcoming spring break as an opportunity to rest and heal, both physically and mentally. We know many of you have had to cancel family plans and normal busy schedules have slowed during this time at home. We encourage you to continue to schedule time each day to take care of yourselves and your family as a whole unit. If we are not careful and intentional, we can begin to feel isolated. Your Options family is here to walk with you and ready to help in any way we can. Please let us know if you or your family have any needs with which we may assist.

    Options Charter Schools are on spring break beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, through Friday, April 10, 2020.  We will return to eLearning, Monday, April 13, 2020. At that time, all courses will have been set up in such a way that students may complete at their own pace with the goal of completing all currently assigned courses by May 1. We are hopeful this will excite students and encourage focused work with the reward of an early summer break!

    Beginning May 4, 2020, through May 27, 2020, Options will run a 4-week credit recovery session for all students that need extended time past the May 1st deadline or that are credit deficient and would like to enroll in an additional course or two. If we are able to return to the buildings at that time, this session will run from 8:00 am-12:00 pm each day. If not, we will continue through the eLearning platform.

    At this time, we are holding off on making any decisions about spring events such as the spring picnic, prom, or graduation. We are hopeful we are able to be together again before the end of the year but will follow the lead of our health agencies and government officials.  Summer school will continue as planned, beginning June 1, 2020, through June 26, 2020. If we are able to be in the buildings, this will be held at the Noblesville campus and will run from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Students are able to enroll in up to two courses for summer school. More information and sign up sheets will be sent out in April.

    Thank you, again, to each of you for being part of the Options’ family and trusting us to provide your children a sense of belonging in our schools, a belief in themselves, and encouragement to achieve their highest potential. We do not take that gift lightly. Also, our sincere thanks to all the dedicated people at all of the County and State Health Departments, the local and state officials, and to our staff at Options Schools who have been working tirelessly to prepare and plan for our students and families.

     

    Quick Guide Calendar

    March 30 – April 10 Spring Break – No School
    April 13 – May 1 eLearning, Courses set to At-Your-Own Pace
    May 1 End of Semester 2
    May 4 – May 27 Credit Recovery Session 1
    June 1 – June 26 Credit Recovery Session 2 (Summer School)
    August 5 First Student Day, Fall 2020

     

    Point of Contact by Program:

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Options Schools closure update (March 19)

    As was announced Thursday by Governor Eric Holcomb, all Indiana schools will be closed through May 1 and all state standardized tests have been canceled.

    All Options Schools students will remain on their current E-Learning curriculum at this time. All Options campuses will remain closed, with Spring Break scheduled for March 30-April 10.

    Options will collaborate with Hamilton County school superintendents, along with state and local health officials in order to coordinate a plan through May 1.

    Information and news will be shared once a plan has been prepared.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

  • Options Pantry makes immediate impact amidst school closures

    With more than 200 Indiana school districts having closed in response to COVID-19, students throughout Indiana are experiencing a change in their daily schedule. One of those changes is the access to lunch and other meals that are available to students when at school.

    In an effort to ensure no students would go hungry during the extended break, Options Schools looked to its recently-renovated food pantry.

    With the Options-Noblesville Pantry already in place, the foundation was set to make an immediate impact when staff learned Friday that Options Schools campuses would transition to E-Learning, beginning Monday, March 16. With help from students Symone and Jocelyn, Options-Noblesville Instructional Assistant Elizabeth Essig was able to prepare 100 bags of non-perishable foods. 50 of the bags were transported to Options-Carmel.

    Some of the supplies were provided by the Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank, while others were purchased by Options. In addition to the 100 bags of food, White River Christian Church supplied Options with perishable and non-perishable items for 10 more families.

    With additional supplies remaining, Options teachers and administration will distribute remaining supplies in the following days & weeks.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Options Schools Transitions To E-Learning For COVID-19 Safeguard

    NOBLESVILLE – Amid growing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and a recommendation by the Hamilton County Health Department, Options Schools will close through Spring Break (March 30 – April 10).

    The closure will be effective Monday, March 16 and Options administration will reevaluate the closure prior to April 10. All Options Schools students will transition to an E-Learning format for the remainder of the closure. Options will begin E-Learning for ALL PROGRAMS beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, 2020 for a total of 10 days. Students will access the curriculum from home, virtually. Access to the building will still be allowed, but by appointment only.

    Options administration also announced that all events with large attendance were postponed. The list of postponed events includes: Options-Noblesville Senior Institute Gallery Walk (March 17), Options-Westfield Groundbreaking Ceremony (March 18), Options-Carmel Open House (March 18), Options-Carmel Senior Institute Gallery Walk (March 20) and Options-Noblesville Open House (March 25).

    An email was sent to all Options parents outlining details of the closure and E-Learning Days. The email can be viewed here in its entirety.

     

  • Options Schools Postpones Events For COVID-19 Precautions

    NOBLESVILLE – In order to remain committed to the health and safety of students and faculty, Options Schools has postponed upcoming events with large attendance, through the end of March with the current threat of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

    The list of postponed events currently includes: Options-Noblesville Senior Institute Gallery Walk (March 17), Options-Westfield Groundbreaking Ceremony (March 18), Options-Carmel Open House (March 18), Options-Carmel Senior Institute Gallery Walk (March 20) and Options-Noblesville Open House (March 25).

    As originally scheduled, Wednesday, March 18 will remain an E-Learning Day for all Options students.

    “After consulting with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and local officials, we feel that it is in the best interest of our students and staff to temporarily postpone Options Schools events,” said Dr. Mike Gustin, Options Schools President. “At this time, we do not feel school closure is necessary. However, we are encouraging all students and staff members to practice good sanitation habits and to remain home if they are feeling ill.”

    Students concerned about their own welfare or potential exposure to family members may elect to participate in the Options’ Alternative Classroom Experience and learn from home. Parents should contact their building principal for more information on this option.

    Currently, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any Options Schools campuses. If a case were to occur, Options would notify staff, students and parents from the involved school(s) and follow the recommendations of local, state and federal authorities. In the event schools would need to be closed for an extended period of time, Options would utilize E-Learning Days and postpone in-person meetings for Distance Education students.

    The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on Wednesday. The ISDH and Centers of Disease Control (CDC) have shared guidance based on what is known about the transmission and severity of COVID-19. Per their recommendation, Options administration will continue to collaborate, share information, and review plans with local health officials.

  • Students of the Month – February 2020

    In celebration of our February Students of the Month, get to know the four students that were selected! Each student was selected by their program’s Principal and teachers.

     

    Daelyn Presswood
    (Options-Carmel)

    Grade: 10th 

    When did you enroll at Options?
    Over a year ago in October 2018

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I like to play basketball, play video games & read comic books. I mainly play sports video games like NBA 2K and UFC. My cousin showed me the TV show “The Flash” and that got me hooked on comic books.

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    Definitely the teachers. They make sure to help you succeed and they don’t let you fail. I also like being able to play basketball with friends at school during lunch.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I really like Social Studies with Steve and English with Gretchen. The way they teach and how they approach things is really helpful. I really enjoy reading and working on writing prompts. I also have learned a lot about history.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    I have learned a lot more since I have been here compared to at my old school. Personally, I used to be super serious about everything, but small classes helped me learn how to be a little more laid back.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    They pay attention to each student and take interest in you as an individual because they don’t want to see me fail. Everyone is helpful, even down to our security guard. They try to help in the best way they can.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I’m not sure yet, but I want to do something where I can help other people.

     

    Ethan Howard
    (Options-Distance Education)

    Grade: 12th
    Hometown: Indianapolis

    When did you enroll at Options?
    December 2018

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    My passion is playing video games, making videos and listening to music. I also enjoy learning about airplanes and collecting airplanes. 

    What is your favorite thing about the Options Distance Education program?
    My favorite thing is how I can work any time to fit my schedule. This has made school better because I feel less rushed and can focus on one class at a time.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    My favorite subject is business because it’s interesting and I’m getting good grades in the class. This class is preparing me for my future as an entrepreneur.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    I’ve improved my work ethic and my constructive writing skills. Overall, I am better at planning and managing my time.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    The teachers offer more 1-on-1 help to students to make sure they fully understand. They also help you set goals for yourself.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    After graduation, I would like to make my own company and become a pilot. If I were to make a company, it would produce movies. One day I would like to fly myself to Japan.

     

    Basim Kahn
    (Options-Noblesville Middle School)

    Grade: 8th

    When did you enroll at Options?
    At the start of this school year in August

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I enjoy playing video games, mostly Nintendo games.

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    I actually like going to school. You can voice your opinions; your voice Is heard, and the teachers are funny.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I would say math. I am good at it and it’s kind of easy for me.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    I go to school a lot more now. I didn’t use to go as much.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    They have time to help you and answer questions that anyone has. The classrooms aren’t big, so nobody is embarrassed to ask questions and the work is attainable. 

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    Probably something with building or technology. I like working with my hands and playing video games, so something that has those things would be fun.

     

    Tori Symons
    (Options-Noblesville High School)

    Grade: 10th

    When did you enroll at Options?
    In the middle of this past November

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I love photography and have been doing it for the past two years. I also know sign language and started learning that in 6th grade.

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    I like the extra help from all my teachers. They make time to further help me and make sure we get the best grades we can.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    English is my favorite subject. I love writing, especially poetry.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    I have definitely become more outgoing and I’m better at speaking my own voice. I used to be shyer and I have also improved in math & have a better understanding of it now. The smaller school helps me be more comfortable with speaking up and being in my own skin because you can ask questions without judgment.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    Here they take extra time to help with whatever is needed, even if they have to go over a thing in class again. Having resource teachers help me too because there is more support than I used to have.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I want to be a Sign Language Interpreter and I am planning on going to IUPUI because they have a good program for that.

     

     

     

  • Options Schools sets dates for 2020 Open House schedule

    View Open House Schedule (PDF)

    In order to provide families with the opportunity to see what can be accomplished with a unique and personalized approach to education, Options Schools will be hosting 10 Open Houses in advance of the 2020-21 school year.

    Scheduled for March through May, each Open House will run from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Attendees will be able to tour the respective campus and meet/speak with Options Principals, teachers and other team members in order to learn more about the high-quality approach and small class sizes found at Options Schools.

    Open House Schedule (View PDF)
    Wednesday, March 4 (Carmel campus – 530 W Carmel Dr)
    Wednesday, March 11 (Noblesville campus – 9945 Cumberland Pointe Blvd)
    Wednesday, March 18 (Carmel)
    Wednesday, March 25 (Noblesville)
    Wednesday, April 15 (Carmel)
    Wednesday, April 22 (Noblesville)
    Wednesday, April 29 (Carmel)
    Wednesday, May 6 (Noblesville)
    Wednesday, May 13 (Carmel)
    Wednesday, May 20 (Noblesville)

    Directions to each campus can be found here, while additional information about Options, including “Our Story,” can be found here. 

    Unable to attend an Open House? No problem! Visit OptionsSchools.org to schedule a private campus tour and Principal meeting.

    Applications for 2020-21 enrollment will soon be open to students new to Options Schools. For those interested, a limited number of seats remain available for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Pantry grows to provide additional benefits to those in need

    In an effort to provide students with assistance beyond the scope of education, one Counselor at Options Schools began a pantry program that has grown immensely over a short period of time.

    Started by Options-Noblesville Counselor Devin Hines, the Options Pantry began at the start of the 2018-19 school year, roughly 18 months ago.

    With initial support from Grace Church, the pantry consisted of non-perishable items that were available to students and their families. When Hines left her role with Options in December 2018, the future of the pantry was up in the air before Instructional Assistant Elizabeth Essig volunteered to carry on the cause.

    “It was such a positive thing for all of our students to have access to food and other items, if they ever needed them,” said Essig. “I didn’t want it to end and with my role, I have some time to assist, and I didn’t mind helping since the benefit was evident.”

    Following overseeing the pantry through the end of the 2018-19 school year, Essig not only wanted to see the pantry continue, but grow.

    After learning that the pantry would no longer receive assistance from Grace Church, Essig received a recommendation to reach out to the Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank. With help from Anita Hagen, Executive Director of Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank, the Options Pantry had secured the support it needed to increase its reach.

    “I went with (Options-Noblesville Principal) Adam Barr to meet with Anita (Hagen) and discuss some possibilities,” said Essig. “Anita was really excited to talk about the pantry because of the uniqueness surrounding a school having its own pantry. She came in to look at the space we had, and things took off from there.”

    By moving the pantry’s location to a room in the heart of campus, any interested students could easily access items they needed before or after the school day. Essig also saw an opportunity to increase the benefits of the pantry by expanding selection choices.

    Having started with non-perishable foods, the pantry has since added perishable foods, hygiene products, gently used clothes, a book exchange and educational flyers on vaping, second-hand smoke and other important topics.

    “There have been a number of supporters in addition to Anita and the rest of the Hamilton Country Harvest Food Bank team,” said Essig. “We receive a weekly donation of fresh produce and other perishable items from the White River Food Pantry through Options parent Sarah Reiff. I also was able to obtain monetary donations from a relative and through employee contributions to the Options In Education Foundation. We even have some students bringing in donations.”

    If you are interested in making a contribution to the pantry, donations can include non-perishable foods, hygiene products, books, gently used clothes and monetary contributions to be used to purchase additional items. To learn more how to get involved, email Elizabeth Essig to help make an impact.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Students of the Month – Jan. 2020

    In celebration of our January Students of the Month, get to know the four students that were selected! Each student was selected by their program’s Principal and teachers.

     

    Doug Raub
    (Options-Carmel)

    Grade: 12th

    When did you enroll at Options?
    During my Sophomore year (August 2017)

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I like going to car meets and looking at different types of cars. I also am into live-streaming gaming on Fortnite.

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    I like how you have 1-on-1 relationships with every teacher instead of no teachers knowing you. All of the teachers know something about you and can talk to you because they know you.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I don’t really have a favorite, but I have always liked science.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    They are respectful of students and show trust in people as long as students are honest.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I am looking at enrolling at Lincoln College of Technology to study something automotive-related. I also could work for my dad’s company.

     

    Nicolas Jones
    (Options-Distance Education)

    Grade: 11th
    Hometown: Indianapolis

    When did you enroll at Options?
    September 2019

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I like playing my PlayStation and working on cars and dirt bikes.

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    They are willing to work with you and address your concerns.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I don’t have any favorites. I am just doing my best to succeed.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    Most definitely! I’m more focused & getting more organized

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    They actually care.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I’m waiting to enroll in trade school for mechanics or HVAC.

     

    Jillian Gale
    (Options-Noblesville Middle School)

    Grade: 7th

    When did you enroll at Options?
    At the start of this school year

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I really like art and drawing pretty much anything free-hand.

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    Probably just the friends I have made, the teachers and the other students.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I like math.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    They understand you and take time to hear about your situation and they try to help you through it.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I want to be a teacher. I have wanted to do that for a while because I like helping others and I like kids.

     

    Joey Kitko
    (Options-Noblesville High School)

    Grade: 11th

    When did you enroll at Options?
    I started in September 2019

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I like to learn about business, and I enjoy wrestling. I make business plans in my free time for all types of companies, but mainly in energy and producing products. I have been wrestling competitively since I was four and it is my favorite sport.

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    The respect you get from teachers and the teachers have the willingness to understand situations.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I like math and any business classes.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    The structure is just different and there is some more individual work that lets you work at your own pace.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I am working to save up money to start a business in energy. I want to work with my older brother and he’s also been saving up money.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • Aaron Likens visits Options-Noblesville to spread autism awareness

    An author, speaker, and Mental Health Champion, Aaron Likens spoke to a group of 50 students, teachers and guests at Options Schools’ Noblesville campus on Monday in an effort to raise the awareness and understanding of the autism spectrum.

    The event came together with the assistance of Likens’ sister, Options-Noblesville English and middle school teacher Kimberly Massoud.

    After being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was 20 years old, Likens wrote Finding Kansas: Living and Decoding Asperger’s Syndrome. He was named a 2012 Mental Health Champion of Missouri and dedicates his time to raising autism awareness.

    15 months after his diagnosis, Likens began to write about not only the what of Asperger Syndrome but the why. One thing led to another and eventually he had a book written, Finding Kansas, and is now the Autism Ambassador for TouchPoint Autism Services. His mission in life is to raise the awareness AND understanding of the autism spectrum because there is hope only if parents, teachers, and society understands.

    Following the event, Likens spoke about the day, his motivation & provided some great insight. Watch the full video here.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers a Distance Education program that serves students throughout Indiana. Providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1. With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002.

     

  • Kickboxing World Champion speaks to Options students

    NOBLESVILLE – Actor, stuntman and former world kickboxing champion Jerry Trimble spoke to Options-Noblesville, Options-Carmel and Options-Distance Education students on Tuesday morning at Ivy Tech Community College in Noblesville.

    An inspiration to many, Trimble shared his story of how he was able to overcome bullying and go after his dreams of becoming a World Champion Actor and Stuntman. Using his own life as a blueprint for creating change, Trimble inspires youth to get out of their comfort zone discover their gifts and use those gifts to go after their dreams.

    With students in attendance from both Options campuses and Options Distance Education students having streamed the event, all Options students were able to hear Trimble’s story of overcoming adversity to turn his dreams into reality. Students in attendance also participated in some activities to encourage them to embrace change. Options students & parents interested in re-watching the presentation can email their respective Principal to obtain the website link.

    Following the event, Trimble recapped the event and shared some words of wisdom.

    “My intention coming in here is that I plant seeds of hope, inspiration and empowerment into each of their minds, bodies and spirit,” Trimble said. ” So when they walk out of here, they’ll know they have something special and they can tap into whatever they have. You know, it’s a process and hopefully I share my process with them so they can get something out of it to the point where they’re going, ‘Wow, I can actually, I can do that. I can do what he did. If it’s not becoming a world champion, it’s something else.'”

    The event was also covered by WISH-TV and was featured in Tuesday’s evening news broadcast.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers a Distance Education program that serves students throughout Indiana. Providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1. With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002.

     

  • Paving the way with Senior Institute

    Since Options Schools was founded in 2002, the Senior Institute program has been a strong fixture upon which the foundation of Options has been built.

    Within that program, each graduating senior is required to complete a community service-based learning project that spans the entirety of their senior year and requires at least 30 hours of volunteer service. While the details of each student’s service project may differ, the impact of Senior Institute is a positive one for all students.

    One great example of that impact can be found with Options-Noblesville senior Lainey Welch and how a volunteer opportunity has helped pave a career path. For many students, the biggest obstacle of the Senior Institute project comes with selecting an organization to pair with for their service.

    “When I was thinking about my organization, I decided I wanted to work with Riverwalk Village (Senior Community) because my Aunt worked there for 17 years and I used to volunteer there when I was younger,” said Lainey. “I didn’t know much, but I did know that I wanted to volunteer there.”

    Once Riverwalk was selected by Lainey and approved by her Senior institute teacher Angie Smith, Lainey’s project was officially underway as she began volunteering in mid-September. Lainey’s 30 community service hours were obtained through working with the Riverwalk Activities Director, where she assisted with activities that the residents participated in.

    “After I started volunteering, I just fell in love with the people and wanted to keep doing it even after Senior Institute,” said Lainey. “I formed a strong, natural connection with residents and that just helped me grow in the position.”

    Through hard work and dedication, Lainey was able to extend her stay at Riverwalk Village as she accepted a paid position as an Activities Assistant in mid-November. The stars seemed to align, with the Activities Assistant role having been vacant and Lainey having proven the ability to handle such a position. As an Activities Assistant, she takes part in activities with residents, distributes mail, socializes with residents and assists with other tasks as needed. Lainey has hit the ground running in her new position, but Lainey wouldn’t have it any other way.

    “I really enjoy it,” said Lainey. “I just love seeing the residents happy and I enjoy doing what I can to make them genuinely happy. I work six days a week and I’m not full-time, but I definitely have a busy schedule.”

    While the Senior Institute project has already benefitted Lainey greatly, it isn’t exactly the result she had expected when the school year began in August.

    “I never thought about a career like this before,” said Lainey. “I wanted to be a Biology teacher, but now I definitely think I want to be in Social Services, maybe even something with Psychology or getting by CNA license so I can work as a Certified Nursing Assistant.”

    What other benefits does Lainey see from the Senior Institute project as she now works towards the presentation portion?

    “It just has opened me up to so many different people in different cultures and just having a different sense of what other people might think,” said Lainey. “I feel that I am so much kinder because I have gained a new point of view on things and the residents give me a sense of hope that I can be my most genuine happy self.”

    With Lainey set to graduate from Options in May 2020, she is now shaping her future plans around her role at Riverwalk as an Activities Assistant as she plans to continue in her position after graduation while attending Ivy Tech, before eventually transferring to Ball State University.

     

    In order to continue our efforts of serving students in search of a different approach to education, Options will be hosting a pair of Open Houses in January. The Carmel campus will host an Open House on Tuesday, January 14 and the Noblesville event will be held on Wednesday, January 15. Each Open House will begin at 5 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the respective campus and speak in detail with Options Principals, teachers and other team members in order to learn more about the Options experience.

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & another campus coming to Westfield. Options also offers a Distance Education program that serves students throughout Indiana. Providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1. With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002.

     

  • Two Open Houses set for mid-January

    At Options, every student enrolled comes with an important and valuable story that shapes their individualized learning plan. In order to continue our efforts of serving students in search of a different approach to education, Options Charter Schools will be hosting a pair of Open Houses in January.

    The Carmel campus will host an Open House on Tuesday, January 14 and the Noblesville event will be held on Wednesday, January 15. Each Open House will begin at 5 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the respective campus and speak in detail with Options Principals, teachers and other team members in order to learn more about the Options experience.

    Serving students in grades 6-12 at the Noblesville campus and grades 8-12 at the Carmel campus, Options Schools are free, public charter schools. Providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1, Options was founded in 2002 as one of the first five charter schools in the state of Indiana. Options also offers a Distance Education program that serves students throughout Indiana with an online, web-based platform.

    Location information for each campus is listed below and directions to each campus can be found here.

    Unable to attend an Open House? You can visit OptionsSchools.org to schedule a campus tour and information session for another day & time.

    Applications are still being accepted for the 2020 spring semester as a limited number of seats remain at each campus.

    In addition to brick and mortar campuses in Carmel & Noblesville, and the Distance Education Program, Options also serves students through ‘Options @ BACA’ and Options @ Growing Minds.

     

  • Making the Holidays merry for others

    Since Options Schools was founded in 2002, service-based learning has been a major part of the foundation upon which Options was built.

    In order to graduate from Options and receive a diploma, every senior is required to complete a service-based learning project known as Senior Institute. Through the project, students are expected to leverage the skills that they learned through their practical application experience to complete a project with minimal supervision. The Senior Institute Project provides students with an opportunity to explore an area that interests them, benefit a community, demonstrate prior learning and learn something new.

    At Options, that selfless mindset tends to stretch beyond Senior Institute students and an example of that can be found in a project that is currently in its final stages. With the Holiday season in full swing, multiple groups within Options Schools participated in community service projects to benefit local children and their families. The Options-Carmel and Options-Noblesville campuses have spent the last couple of weeks working with organizations that help make the Holidays special for local families.

    Options-Carmel paired with Foster Fairies, Inc., an organization founded in 2013 to positively impact the lives of local children in the foster care system, primarily by means of fulfilling children’s needs and wishes as well as creating opportunities for individual growth and development. Each Carmel advising group had a child to sponsor for the holiday season.

    Outside of the gift collection for Foster Fairies, another member of the Carmel team helped make an impact with help from a friend in the state of Ohio. Joe Hopper (Options-Carmel Safety Specialist) obtained several boxes full of toys that were donated by a friend who owns Dollar Tree and Dollar General stores in Ohio. The items will be donated to Toys for Tots so they can benefit a number of local children.

    Options-Noblesville paired with the Good Samaritan Network and took part in their annual Holiday iSponsorship program, which directly coordinates a large Holiday Assistance Distribution program in Hamilton County. The program provides basic holiday provisions (Holiday food, clothing, toys, meals, etc.) for countless individuals and families.

    On behalf of Foster Fairies and the Good Samaritan Network, we would like to thank all of the Options families that showed generosity by providing countless items that will help spread Holiday Cheer even further this year.

  • Winter Is Here & 2020 Is Coming! (Adam’s Blog)

    Hello Options Families!

    This first semester has gone by really fast. I am very proud of our students and staff for each showing numerous displays of hard work and dedication throughout this first semester.

    As has become customary at Options, staff have worked to meet students needs and help them meet their goals: academic, social/emotional and behavioral. Students come to campus each day knowing that the teachers and the rest of the staff members truly care about each of them. I can feel the family atmosphere we have created every time you walk through our Noblesville campus.

    A great example of that family atmosphere is really evident within the community service project that is taking place at Options-Noblesville during the holiday season. We have sponsored a local family in order to help them have an enjoyable holiday season.

    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • Full E-Learning Day — Dec. 18
    • Last Day of School Before Break — Dec. 20
    • Winter Break — Dec. 23-Jan. 6
    • Teacher Work Day — Jan. 6
    • Students Return To Class — Jan. 7

    Within our family atmosphere, it always seems that word of mouth is how people discover Options Schools. If you know of someone who is interested in obtaining more information about Options or taking a campus tour, I am always available via email.  I also wanted to make everyone aware of our Student Ambassador Program, which allows students to reap rewards for helping others explore Options. More information can be found here (hyperlink).

    — Adam —

  • Next Up: November

    I know people say this all the time, but it is just wild how the first three months of the school year have flown by, and the holiday season will be here in a matter of weeks! With Fall Break now in the past, we are looking forward to seeing everyone finish the semester and 2019 calendar year on a high note. Our annual Halloween Party will take place Thursday afternoon, so the students and staff are all excited to get in the spirit.

    Yesterday, our Senior Institue students that have already committed 15 hours of community service towards their organization took a trip to Muncie for a visit to the Planetarium at Ball State University.

    Please take note of some important upcoming dates:

    • October 31: Halloween (festivities from 1 PM-3 PM)
    • November 5: Picture retakes
    • November 6: Full E-Learning Day 
    • November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break

    We still have seats available at Options-Noblesville for anyone who could benefit from smaller class sizes and a more individualized approach. Anyone interested in learning more about Options or scheduling a tour can reach me via email at abarr@optionsined.org.

    Enjoy your week & make it great!

    – Adam –

  • A New Year

    Now in the midst of our third week of a new school year, we have had a great start to the 2019-20 school year. There has been a lot of excitement throughout the building… ESPECIALLY from the students.

    I am excited for my first full year as Principal of Options-Noblesville after having served as the Interim Principal for the final four months of the 2018-19 school year. We have a great group of teachers and team members, including some new additions that are off to a great start.

    Seats still remain for the 2019-20 school year, so any interested applicants should visit our website to learn more or submit an application. We’re hosting an Open House on Wednesday, August 28 at Options-Noblesville (4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) and no RSVP is required to attend.

    Any current Options student can also participate in our Student Referral Program and reap the rewards of being a Student Ambassador. There are so many great things going on within every aspect of Options, so I am excited for the upcoming year to unfold.

    Important Dates:

    • September 3 – No School (Labor Day)
    • September 25 – ASVAB Testing

     

    – Adam

     

  • Options expands 2019 Open House schedule

    In order to continue the efforts of serving as many students as possible within the state of Indiana, Options Charter Schools will be hosting six additional Open Houses from July until September.

    Each Open House will run from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and attendees will be able to tour the respective campus and speak with Options Principals, teachers and other team members.

    After hosting six well-attended Open Houses in the spring, Options is adding dates to provide more students with the opportunity to see what can be accomplished with a small, personalized approach to education.

    Open House Schedule
    Wednesday, July 24 (Noblesville)
    Wednesday, July 31 (Carmel)
    Wednesday, August 14 (Noblesville)
    Wednesday, August 21 (Carmel)
    Wednesday, August 28 (Noblesville)
    Wednesday, Sept. 4 (Carmel)

    The addresses for each campus can be found here. 

    Unable to attend an Open House? Visit OptionsSchools.org to schedule a private campus tour and you’ll also have a chance to have any questions answered by an Options team member.

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-20 school year, but space is limited so interested applicants should apply ASAP in order to secure a seat.

    About Options Schools
    As free, public charter schools, Options Schools are designed to support the academic and social needs of students that haven’t found success in the traditional public school environment. At Options, students are encouraged to explore and embrace their individuality in a caring, supportive, and inclusive environment.

    Through small class sizes and an individualized academic approach, the outstanding and highly trained instructors and staff of Options propel students to achieving academic success both in high school and their future endeavors.


  • Continued Growth

    Over the last four months, I have had the privilege of serving as the Interim Principal of Options-Noblesville and have learned a lot in the role. While the time has opened my eyes to what it takes to succeed in the role, I have also been able to utilize my position to build stronger relationships with our students and teachers. Since taking over in February, I have most enjoyed the ability to effect change and growth throughout the entire building.

    When I look back at the 2018-19 school year, I am very proud of our 2019 graduates. It has been so rewarding to see those students go through the process of wrapping up their high school careers, and also working through their Senior Institute projects and presentations.

    Since I joined the Options team in 2016 as a Health & Physical Education teacher at Options-Carmel, it has been a fast-paced journey. Midway through year two, I became the Assistant Principal and Director of Middle School at Options-Noblesville and after starting year three as Assistant Principal, I am ending the year as Principal.

    It definitely has been a whirlwind of changes over the past three years, but I am very proud of where I ended up. I love my team of teachers, students and being able to serve as the Principal of Options Charter Schools-Noblesville.

    As I look to the 2019-20 school year, I am excited to continue my journey as a member of the team as the Principal of Options-Noblesville. I really enjoy being a part of all the growth that can be seen within the students that walk through our doors. Students enroll at Options for various reasons, but they stay with us because they become a part of our family.

    — Adam

     

  • Valedictorian Spotlight: Joshua Swisher

    On Wednesday, May 29, another group will receive their high school diplomas and join the #OptionsGrad Family!

    Options Campus: Noblesville
    Enrollment Date: August 2017

    How did you hear about Options?
    I found it online when I was searching for some other schools. My mom works with exchange students, so she also knows of a lot of local schools.

    What were you thinking when you first stepped on campus?
    Initially, I wasn’t sure about it working. I was shy just like for starting at any new school.

    How do you enjoy spending your time outside of school?
    I have a passion for shuffling playing cards. This summer, I’m traveling to Portland to attend a conference for creatively shuffling playing cards. I also enjoy solving rubix cube puzzles and playing board games. I also know how to play the drums and have been playing for almost seven years. I am totally self-taught and used to play at my church.

    What did you enjoy most about Options?
    The best part was just the opportunity to have a flexible schedule and learn at my own pace. That helped by giving me a big advantage going into college since I already have 12 hours of college credits.

    Did you have a favorite subject or teacher?
    I always enjoyed math because it comes naturally to me since I am detail-oriented and meticulous. It is easy for me to wrap my mind around things because I am systematic and enjoy working with patterns.

    In what areas has Options helped you improve?
    I have certainly improved my self-esteem and my outlook on things. I approach everything with a more positive mindset and have been more social.

    How are Options teachers different than teachers you’ve had at other schools?
    Because there are less students, they can get to know students better and they try to be more personal. They make sure to cater to what the students need to succeed.

    What are your plans and aspirations moving forward?
    I am going to attend Anderson University and study finance as a student in the honors program.

    How does it feel to be one of the top students in your graduating class?
    I found out when Adam called me to let me know and I was surprised, but excited. Right now, I’m mostly nervous for the speech.

    How would you explain “The Options Experience” to a non-student?
    It is a flexible, non-traditional environment with teachers that truly care about their students.

    How has Options helped you prepare for life after high school?
    I took a College Readiness & Careers course earlier this year that had us read a book that was really informative. It was even helpful in preparing me for the college courses I took this year and was a good foundation for me moving forward.

     

  • Salutatorian Spotlight: Kerria Lytle

    On Wednesday, May 29, another group will receive their high school diplomas and join the #OptionsGrad Family!

    Options Campus: Noblesville
    Enrollment Date: August 2017

    How did you hear about Options?
    A friend at my church was a student at Options, so she was the person to tell me all about it. We both were used to small towns and didn’t like being at a big school.

    What were you thinking when you first stepped on campus?
    I remember being really excited when I was driving to campus for the first visit and I was surprised with how the environment was as small as they said. After meeting Jake (Brandau) and Adam (Barr), I just loved everything they said and knew I was going to enroll there.

    How do you enjoy spending your time outside of school?
    I really love art and music. I enjoy making cartoon-type drawing and I just love classic rock, it just puts me in the best mood. I also used to sing at church.

    What did you enjoy most about Options?
    The atmosphere was just so unique and enjoyable. By calling teachers by their first name, things were so much more personal and teachers are able to get to know students for more than just a number in their class.

    Did you have a favorite subject or teacher?
    I really enjoyed taking math classes with Ryan because I have always been good with numbers.

    In what areas has Options helped you improve?
    I was able to grow up a lot and become a better decision maker.

    What makes Options teachers different than previous teachers you had?
    They are all just so invested in the students and they just feel more personal because there is always a mutual respect. The teachers are all great at getting to know the students so they can learn how to relate to them and get the most out of them.

    What are your plans and aspirations moving forward?
    I am starting at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture on May 21. I have always been into makeup and special effects, including hair and beauty makeup, so I want to eventually move to Covington, Georgia where they film a lot of shows and movies. I want to work on special effects on the sets.

    How does it feel to be one of the top students in your graduating class?
    I worked hard so I know I earned it. It is cool to think about and I am definitely happy that it happened.

    How would you explain “The Options Experience” to a non-student?
    Everyone is really, really close because it is a small community and because of that, everyone is just cool with each other.

     

  • Teacher Spotlight: Stacie (Noblesville)

    As part of National #CharterSchoolsWeek (May 12-18), Options is sharing stories about its teachers, students, supporters and more in an effort to help more people #ExploreOptions.

    For Stacie O’Flaherty, the path to teaching wasn’t traditional, but it provides her with a chance to make an impact in a way she had always hoped.

    Having always wanted to do something in science due to her passion for the experiments, she found her calling when she was one of just three girls in her ninth-grade science class.

    “That experience made me want to make science a more approachable subject for girls,” said O’Flaherty. “I guess being a child of the 70’s just made me that way, but I didn’t like that people easily dismissed science because it was viewed as too difficult.”

    Her passion for science led her to study environmental studies in college, followed by a position in an environmental lab where she assisted with work related to the Environmental Protection Agency.

    After taking time away from work to raise her children, the landscape of environmental labs changed, but O’Flaherty’s mission remained the same.

    “I wanted to finish my professional career by helping break down negative stigmas around science and be part of the solution for students,” O’Flaherty said. “I completed a transition to teaching program and became certified by the Department of Education.”

    Her first experience in the classroom came as an Instructional Aid and soon after, she heard about an alternative charter school in Noblesville.

    “I interviewed with Michelle (Walden) and Linda (Cunningham) in August 2013 and the next thing I knew, I was in the classroom for the first day of school,” O’Flaherty said. “That first year was such a blur because I was learning so much each day about Options, the students and being a teacher.”

    Fast forward to today and there’s been a great deal of growth by Options and by O’Flaherty, all of which is made possible by a team dedicated to serving students.

    “We’ve come a long way in five years,” O’Flaherty said. “It is a mission to help as many kids as you can while you’re still on this earth and we have the support to do that. I know we back up the talk because I’m surrounded by people that have the best interest of the students at heart.”

    For O’Flaherty, her role of science teacher stretches far beyond with her mission-minded approach to life. Over the years, she has seen numerous students come through the doors and exit them with a strong foundation for future success and a high school diploma in hand.

    “This is a really special place and we have so many successes,” said O’Flaherty. “We are able to get to know the students as people and that helps us connect with them on a different level. This truly is a school that has every type of student and we come together to form a great environment.”


  • Tamara named Noblesville Student of the Month for April

    Tamara Morrison, a high school freshman at Options, has been selected as the Student of the Month for April at the Noblesville campus.

    Having enrolled at Options during the fall of 2018, Tamara really enjoys the smaller environment of Options and how it has allowed her to get to know every student and teacher on campus. Tamara has noticed self-improvement in a couple of areas since enrolling at Options, including her grades and her willingness to help classmates whenever they need it.

    Science is easily Tamara’s favorite subject in school because of how the experiments allow for hands-on learning and the opportunity to put things to the test. Plus, having a warm-hearted and veteran teacher like Stacie O’Flaherty as a science teacher only makes the experience better.

    Whether it be the welcoming environment or the individualized academic approach, there is plenty that Tamara enjoys about being a student at Options. Not long after enrolling, she realized that the close-knit community was going to help her improve just as it has.

    Outside of school, Tamara is an avid lacrosse player who began playing the sport about two years ago.  With a few years remaining until she graduates high school, Tamara is currently considering cosmetology school.

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  • One month remains…

    With exactly one month until the final day of the 2018-19 school year, the final month is sure to be an action-packed one at Options-Noblesville.

    In case you missed it, we previously sent out a letter about our new arrival & dismissal procedure.

    A new Student Referral Program is also going into effect on May 1, which will help in recognizing students that serve as ambassadors of Options.

    Registration is now open for our Summer School program, which will take place at Options-Carmel in June.

    Important Dates:

    • May 1-2 – ILEARN Biology testing
    • May 1-2 – ILEARN Middle School
    • May 3 – Spring Picnic and Prom (more info to come)
    • May 6-10 – NWEA testing
    • May 10 – Full Day E-Learning (students will be working from home on E-learning assignments)
    • May 17 – ASVAB at Noblesville campus from 9:00 am – 12:00pm
    • May 29 – Last Day of School and Graduation

    All students, including graduating seniors, need to have this form submitted. If your student is graduating, please mark the form indicating they will not be returning next year. The link you will use to fill out this form is on the bottom left side of your Parent Portal in PowerSchool. You can complete it here, but will need your SnapCode in the email we sent earlier today. If you are having trouble, please contact Adam Barr (abarr@optionsined.org) or Michelle Walden (mwalden@optionsined.org).

    – Adam

  • Spring Break is near!

    It’s been another busy week at Options-Noblesville!

    On Tuesday, Options-Noblesville held its first Open House of 2019 and there are more dates in April & June when both the Noblesville and Carmel campuses will be holding Open Houses.

    On Thursday, we had our Senior Institute students take part in a learning gallery on their service-based projects & they are working with a number of great organizations that will really benefit from their volunteer hours.

    With ISTEP & WIDA testing now complete, Part 1 of ISTEP+ Grade 10 testing will run until March 22. The testing window for Part 2 of ISTEP+ Grade 10 will begin on March 25.On Wednesday, March 27 our high school juniors and seniors will take the ASVAB as part of their graduation qualifier.

    Don’t forget, Spring Break is not far away (April 1-12)!

    It may seem far away now, but on Friday, May 3 we will have our annual senior picnic from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Holland Park in Fishers, which will include games, fun, food & more! Senior Prom will take place the night of May 3.

    – Adam

  • Forward, March!

    As the month of February comes to a close, we have had several new additions to the Options-Noblesville family as of late.

    It is always great to see our current students be so welcoming to new students because that inclusive environment just leads to a family atmosphere that is so natural and breeds success.

    We will soon be launching our brand-new JumpStart program which will help students that are not currently enrolled in an education institute. Interested applicants must apply to Options before being eligible for the program and it must be for a grade level that currently does not have open seats (6th-8th grade and 10th grade).

    With the end of another month upon us, we will soon have another opportunity to celebrate students that excelled in a number of areas throughout the month of February.

    ISTEP & WIDA testing is currently underway and Part 1 of ISTEP+ Grade 10 testing will run until March 22. The testing window for Part 2 of ISTEP+ Grade 10 will begin on March 25.

    On Wednesday, March 27 our high school juniors and seniors will take the ASVAB as part of their graduation qualifier.

    We have also announced our 2019 Open House schedule, which includes six different dates from March until June. The entire Options team is excited to meet with prospective parents & students as we work to serve more students, so please spread the word.

    Applications are also still being accepted for those looking to enroll for the 2018-19 school year and we are also already accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year.

     

    – Adam

  • Pizza Party Friday!

    Between some random acts of kindness from our students in the last couple of days and a Valentine’s Day celebration yesterday with students and staff, it has been another great week at Options-Noblesville.

    To close out the week, we held a pizza party for our middle & high school January awards winners on Friday so their accomplishments could be celebrated. This is a new initiative for 2019 that we have started to reward those students that have succeeded in certain areas. I want to thank Jewel and Dan for their help on creating this new program that we are all excited about.

    As we continue to work towards serving as many Indiana students as possible, we will soon be announcing the 2019 Options Open House schedule. We will have six dates from March until June where prospective students and their families will be able to visit each campus and speak with Options team members.

    Important dates to note:

    • ISTEP+ Grade 10 (Part 1) – Testing window will run Feb. 25 until March 22
    • We will be testing Feb. 26th, 28th, March 5th, 7th
    • ISTEP+ Grade 10 (Part 2) – Testing window will start March 25th

    – Adam

  • The new Principal in Noblesville

    Ever since I first joined the Options team in 2016, I knew we could continue to do great things for Indiana students and that is still how I feel as we move forward.

    I cannot go without thanking Mike Gustin and Michelle Walden for believing in my ability to lead Options-Noblesville as the Interim Principal. I am also very appreciative to Jacob Brandau and Camille Scott for their guidance and assistance when it comes to ensuring I was ready to help Options continue to excel from my new role.

    As always, we appreciate when Options students and their families spread the word about what we provide as a free, public charter school. Visit OptionsSchools.org to schedule a campus tour or to get more information.

    I can be reached through email at abarr@optionsined.org.

    – Adam

  • Same mission, new position

    It is with bittersweet emotion that I say goodbye to the school that has been my home for 13 years. I have dedicated my career to helping at-risk youth.

    I have been helping at-risk youth face-to-face, one student, and one problem at a time. I have been lucky to be a part of the lives of countless students as a teacher and principal. They made me smile and cry as well as experiencing the pride that comes with seeing them grow and accomplish their dreams.

    I have also never met a more empathic and determined staff of professionals than the team that I have been working with over the last 13 years. They have challenged me when needed and supported me when things were tough.

    I would not be the leader that I have become without them. While I am sad to be leaving the principal’s chair and all of the day-to-day interactions that have filled my weeks, months and years. I am invigorated by the mission ahead.

    In my new role as the Chief Financial Officer of Options Charter Schools, I will continue helping at-risk youth by finding ways to expand our reach and help bring Options to towns across Indiana. The barriers to success that have blocked our students for years are also blocking students across Indiana and it is our mission to help as many students as we can.

    As I exit stage right from the school, I will be working behind the scenes to ensure your student’s experience at Options is the best that it can be. Thank you for all the support and kind words that you have given me over the years.

    Options Noblesville will now be led by Adam Barr who has been showing me to take over the Principal role. He is mission-driven and will be looking to push Options to be better and more successful. We have made several staffing moves to help build a strong staff around Adam and I am excited for what the students will achieve this semester and going forward.

    Finally, I have a request from everyone reading this. We must, as an Options community, never be shy when it comes to telling others about the great things that our students and staff are doing every day. Join me in continuing our mission of helping at-risk youth across Indiana. Belong, Believe, Achieve.

    Jake Brandau

  • Gobble! Gobble!

    Dear Parents:

     

    On Tuesday Nov. 20th at 1pm we will be having our Options Thanksgiving Dinner. The staff will be making their favorite family dishes and be serving the students a great Thanksgiving dinner. If any of you want to provide a dessert, please email me that your student will be bringing a dessert. We will be releasing at 2:30pm but all students can stay until their normal time and we will be here until 5 for any students that need to stay for their ride.

     

    Reminder: We have posted a survey for our e-learning snow day on the front page of our website, www.optionsschools.org. Please take a moment to complete this survey to provide us with feedback about how it went for you so we can work to make the process better. Thank you.

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

     

  • Fall Break & Field Trips

     

     

     

    As we are starting October, we have a couple dates to remember:

     

    Connor Prairie                        Tues. Oct. 9th

    PSAT testing                            Wed. Oct. 10th

    Fall Break                                 Mon Oct. 15th-19th

     

    Seniors will not have to be at school on Wed. Oct. 10th due to Sophomore and Junior PSAT testing

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Matt and Rob

    Tuesday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Jen, Krista, and Dan

    Wednesday: 3-5pm Teachers: Rob and Ryan

    Thursday: 3-5pm Teachers: Josh and Ryan

     

    School Notes and Information:

     

    Front Office:

    Please notify Bri if you student is sick via email or phone call before 9am each day. If you student is leaving early or arriving late due to a doctor appointment please also notify us so we can accurately record their attendance. If you have any questions about the attendance policy please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

     

    Jen’s Math Class:

    My Algebra class made triangles to show Pythagorean Theorem.  Then they were the teacher for the hour.

     

    Krista’s English:

    We are starting a new unit in English, which is a biography of the students choosing. We are spending extra time learning to cite sources and putting together an MLA formatted work cited sheet.

     

    Krista’s Art:

    In art class, we have been quilling, which is an art form that uses tiny strips of paper coiled into rolls. The rolls are then used collectively to create a form.

     

    Devin:

    18/19 Missing Assignment List Procedures

     

    Turning in Assignments = Good Grades = Earning Credits = Graduation

     

    • All grades will be posted to PowerSchool Monday night
    • Students on the missing assignment list will meet with School Counselor Tuesday morning to discuss missing work and develop an action plan
    • Students choose to do their work as homework, during lunch (T, W, TH, M) or after-school tutoring (Mon-Thurs)- letting them choose allows ownership and helps with taking responsibility for their actions.
    • The list restarts every week, which allows to have a fresh start
    • Students who are on the missing assignment list frequently or who don’t make up work, will be referred to the principal/assistant principal

     

    Student Incentives

    • Each week students not on the missing assignment list will receive 1 snack from school store  
    • Every month there will be a drawing for 10 dollar gift card for students who have not more than 1 missing assignment   

     

    Rob’s English:

    In Novels this week we have started a project involving the creation of an object from the Transformers Universe.  Students will have the ability to be extremely creative yet purposeful for this project. It will involve the said creation along with a presentation covering the importance and history of the object and how it pertains to the Transformers galaxy.

     

    Josh’s Social Studies:

    This week, U.S. History will be looking at factors leading up to the Civil War. Government will be exploring how states relate to one another both inside and outside the Constitution; as well as exploring how new states may be formed within the United States. World History and Geography will continue looking at regional diversity in the United States. Work continues in Indiana History with research project exploring classic American car companies that were based out of the Hoosier State through the 1900’s such as Duesenberg and Studebaker. We will also be hosting a field trip alongside Environmental Science for this class on Tuesday (10/9) to Conner Prairie.

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

  • First month of school fun!

    As we are wrapping up August, we have a couple dates to remember:

    Camptown White River Canoe Trip           Wed. Aug. 29th

    School Picnic Fri. Sept. 7th

    ASVAB Testing for Juniors and Seniors    Fri. Sept. 14th

     

    Camptown Canoe Trip will be from 9am-4pm on Wed. Aug. 29th

    Transportation will be provided by the school

    Permission slips were sent home last week and please bring a sack lunch

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Matt and Rob

    Tuesday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Jen, Krista, and Dan

    Wednesday: 3-5pm Teachers: Rob and Ryan

    Thursday: 3-5pm Teachers: Josh and Ryan

     

    School Notes and Information:

    Front Office:

    Please notify Bri if your student is sick via email or phone call before 9am each day. If you student is leaving early or arriving late due to a doctor appointment please also notify us so we can accurately record their attendance. If you have any questions about the attendance policy please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

    Krista’s English:

    We have been reading “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier” in all my classes. This story chronicles the life of a boy soldier’s, Ishmael Bael, life during Sierra Leone’s civil war and his subsequent rehabilitation in the U.S. He went on to become an advocate for children affected by war. This week we will begin watching “Blood Diamond,” a movie that brings to light the personal struggle of Sierra Leone civilians. Look for a letter that was sent home Friday. We have been working specifically on historical context, author’s purpose, and figurative language.

     

    Krista’s Art:

    We have been working on the elements of art by exploring lines, shapes, forms, texture, and value. Students will be turning in a painting that exhibits the texture of some natural element. So far, I have seen a lot of trees!

     

    Dan’s PE/Health:

    This year is the first year that I will be at both Options locations. I am at Carmel on Mondays, Wednesdays, and every other Friday. I am at Noblesville on Tuesdays Thursdays, and every other Friday. I am co-teaching personal finance with Angie Smith (CTE Teacher at Noblesville) and Study Skills with Lauren Bangs (Special Ed Teacher at Carmel). If you have any questions or are interested in any of my clubs feel free to let me know: dan.cousineau@optionsined.org.

    After School Tutoring/Clubs 3pm-5pm

    Every other Tuesday at Noblesville (PE Club/Tutoring)

    Every other Wednesday at Carmel (PE Club/ Tutoring)

     

    Devin:

    18/19 Missing Assignment List Procedures

     

    Turning in Assignments = Good Grades = Earning Credits = Graduation

     

    • All grades will be posted to PowerSchool Monday night
    • Students on the missing assignment list will meet with School Counselor Tuesday morning to discuss missing work and develop an action plan
    • Students choose to do their work as homework, during lunch (T, W, TH, M) or after-school tutoring (Mon-Thurs)- letting them choose allows ownership and helps with taking responsibility for their actions.
    • The list restarts every week, which allows to have a fresh start
    • Students who are on the missing assignment list frequently or who don’t make up work, will be referred to the principal/assistant principal

    Student Incentives

    • Each week student is not on the missing assignment list they will receive 1 snack from school store  
    • Every month there will be a drawing for 10 dollar gift card. Student who have not more than 1 missing assignment   

     

    Stacie’s Science:

    Science classes are very busy. Environmental science class is studying the effect of regular versus “green” detergent on the sprouting of mung beans. This experiment is long term and open ended. They should grow in their ability to understand scientific experimental and data gathering methods that scientists utilize in order to understand issues affecting our world. Biology class is conducting an experiment to examine the effect of using hand sanitizer versus soap and water on cleaning dirty hands. Ask your students how dirty our hands can get just using our phones and opening doors! ICP is honing their basic science and data interpretation skills for the first few weeks of school. This beginning unit is challenging but our students are rising to it. The Robotics students are getting organized and ready to start building and programming robots. MS STEM students are busy building a structure to demonstrate Newton’s Laws of Motion.

     

    Josh’s Social Studies:

    Social Studies- This week, U.S. History will be covering colonial period, emphasizing how European settlement helped create cultural trends and boundaries that exist to this day. Government will be exploring the core principles of democracy, and by the end of the week we will be discussing the historical foundations of the American system. World History just finished exploring the “Why” of why the subject exists, and is now looking at Human Geography, and how geographers view humans culturally and within our environments. Indiana History is continuing with readings regarding our pioneer history, and in the next several weeks will begin exploring state government.

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

     

  • Testing Time!

    It is time for Part 2 of ISTEP+ testing. On April 16th, 6th-10th graders and 11th graders who have not yet passed will be taking the ISTEP+ test. Please make sure your student is at school by 8:30 if they are testing. 9th and 12th graders will not be testing that day.

     

    ECA begins May 9th for any 12th grader that has not yet passed the ECA test.

     

    Please contact Devin(dhines@optionsined.org) or Jake(jbrandau@optionsined.org) if you have any questions about ISTEP+ or ECA testing.

     

    I am excited to introduce our new administrative assistant Bri Radke. She is taking over for Jesse Dunham. We are sad to see Jesse leave but we wish her the best in the future.

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Matt and Jen

    Tuesday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Dan and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-5pm Teachers: Ryan and Josh

    Thursday: 3-5pm Teachers: Rob and Ryan

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

  • SPRING BREAK!

    IT’S SPRING BREAK!!!

     

    It’s been a long haul but we made it to spring break. When we return we will have 7 weeks left. Those weeks will go very fast and we have several rounds of testing for the different grades.

     

    ISTEP+ Part 2 begins April 16th for 6th-10th graders and 11th graders who have not yet passed.

     

    ECA begins May 9th for any senior that has not yet passed the test.

     

    Devin will be sending schedules over break to all students that will be involved in testing.

    Please contact Devin(dhines@optionsined.org) or Jake(jbrandau@optionsined.org) if you have any questions about ISTEP+ or ECA testing.

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Matt and Jen

    Tuesday: 3-5:30pm   Teachers: Dan and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-5:30pm Teachers: Ryan and Josh

    Thursday: 3-5:30pm Teachers: Rob and Ryan

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

     

  • Options Charter School-Noblesville Jan. 22nd-Jan. 26th Weekly Blog

    It is National School Choice week. This is a wonderful time each year to be thankful for the opportunity that our students have to go to a different school. For parents and students to be able to have options in their school choice is a great thing for all students. While the schools in Hamilton County are very good, that environment is not for all students and school choice allows students to make a change that could potentially change their future in a positive way.

     

    We are now in full swing of the new semester. Students are getting back to business. Our goal this semester is to focus on limiting the amount of missing assignments each student has. We will be using a missing assignment list and we may be asking students to stay after school or work during lunchtime to complete missing work. Please email me with any questions about your student’s current grade or missing assignments. Please make sure you are checking Powerschool for the current grades. The Powerschool link is https://optionsined.powerschool.com/public/home.html.

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that need to complete missing assignments and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

     

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Matt and Jen

    Tuesday: 3-6pm   Teachers: Rob and Dan

    Wednesday: 3-6pm Teachers: Josh and Ryan

    Thursday: 3-6pm Teachers: Ryan, and Rob

     

    ISTEP+ Part 1 will be coming at the end of February for all 6th, 7th, 8th, and 10th grade students. Make sure that your student is prepared to take these important tests.

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

  • Dec. 11th-15th Blog Options Noblesville

    ISTEP+ and ECA testing has arrived

     

    The Junior ISTEP+ testers have had a good week of testing. The Senior ECA testers are next week

     

    All ECA testers have been sent a testing schedule in the mail. If you have not received that, please contact your student’s advisor or you can contact me.

     

    English ECA:  Tues. Dec. 12th at 8:30am, please arrive by 8:20.

    Math ECA: Thurs. Dec. 14th at 8:30am, please arrive by 8:20.

     

    If you are an online student, please arrange to come on the above dates. If you are unable to do that, you will need to schedule an alternate date and time.

     

    Any students that are not taking the ECA tests have the morning off and will be coming to school at 12:45pm on the above dates.

     

    We have 2 weeks to go. Please make sure you are checking Powerschool for the current grades. The Powerschool link is https://optionsined.powerschool.com/public/home.html.

    If you have any questions about if or when your student is testing please call me ASAP.

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

     

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Matt and Jen

    Tuesday: 3-6pm   Teachers: Rob and Dan

    Wednesday: 3-6pm Teachers: Josh and Ryan

    Thursday: 3-6pm Teachers: Ryan, and Rob

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

  • Fall Break is Around the Corner

    Fall Break is coming soon. This is a much needed break for students and staff. Hopefully, when everyone returns we will be able to make a strong push through the rest of the semester.

     

    Lunch Program: We are now doing weekly orders for lunches and it has been going well. Students must place their order by Wed. at noon for the following week. Please make sure you are depositing money for your student to stay in the positive balance. We will send letters home if students are in the negative.

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

    Oct. 11th   PSAT test(Soph. and Juniors.)

    Oct. 16th-20th  Fall Break

    Oct. 27th   Halloween Party 12-2 (Early Release at 2pm)

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. Also our clubs are during this time.  ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

     

    Monday: 3-5:00pm          Teachers: Matt and Jennifer

    Tuesday: 3-5:00pm          Teachers: Rob and Dan

    Wednesday: 3-5:00pm     Teachers: Ryan

    Thursday: 3-5:00pm         Teachers: Ryan and Rob

     

    If you have any questions, please contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

  • Welcome Back!!!

    We hope you had an enjoyable summer with family and friends. We are very excited about the 2017-18 school year, especially our newly renovated campuses! The construction team, administration team, and teachers have been working diligently to make sure our campuses will be ready for students. Please mark your calendars for these very important dates:

    Thursday, August 3–Back to School Night, 5:00-7:30pm

    We will be hosting a Back To School Night on Thursday, August 3 from 5:00-7:30pm at both campuses. It it is absolutely essential that both parents and students attend as we will be updating enrollment information, completing and updating school schedules, distributing chromebooks, issuing parent PowerSchool information, and answering any questions or concerns about the upcoming school year!

    Monday, August 7—First Day of School

    The first day of school is on Monday, August 7. Students, please come prepared with your school supplies and chromebooks charged and ready to go!

  • Options Charter School-Noblesville-6 Weeks Left!!

    I hope everyone had a great spring break. It was great to see all the students back this week. We have a lot of events and testing coming up.

     

    We have ISTEP+ Part 2  in the next 2 weeks for the Sophomores. They will be doing Part 2 of the ISTEP+ exam on Wednesday April 19th and Wednesday April 26th. Any seniors and juniors that have not passed the ECA exam will be taking it on Wednesday May 10th(English) or Thursday May 11th(Math).

     

    Schedules have been sent to each student that is testing. If your student is not taking either the ISTEP+ or the ECA then they will come to school at 12:30pm on Wednesday April 19th, Wednesday April 26th, Wednesday May 10th, and Thursday May 11th

     

    Please contact Melanie or Jake if you have any questions about the schedule. ISTEP+ testing is mandatory for all Sophomores.

     

    Coming Events:

     

    April 14th   White river clean-up

    April 17th   Blood drive

    May 4th     Indians Game

    May 5th     Picnic and Prom

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Tuesday: 3-5:30pm   Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-5:30pm Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Thursday: 3-5:30pm Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

     

  • Options Noblesville

    Hello Everyone, the sophomores did a great job with ISTEP+ testing over the last 2 weeks.

     

    We have a great field trip planned for Wednesday this week. We are going to Ivy Tech from 10:00-11:00  to listen to Jordan Burnham, who is a nationally recognized motivational speaker about depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicide. He has been spotlighted on ESPN and you can look up his name and learn more about what he does. We are sending out permission slips for the field trip so please return them promptly. We will be emailing a copy of the permission form also in case your student did not bring it home.

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

    Monday: 3-5pm          Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Tuesday: 3-5:30pm          Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-5:30pm     Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Thursday: 3-5:30pm         Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

     

  • ISTEP +

    Options Charter School-Noblesville

     

    It is ISTEP+ week for the Sophomores. They will be doing Part 1 of the ISTEP+ exam on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning. Freshman will be doing the PSAT on Wednesday morning. The schedule will be as follows:

     

    Monday and Friday are normal schedule for all students.

     

    Freshman: Tuesday arrive at 10:30am (2-hour delay schedule)

          Wednesday arrive by 8:30am for PSAT test

           Thursday arrive at 10:30am (2-hour delay schedule)

    Sophomores: Tuesday arrive at 8:30am for ISTEP exam

           Wednesday arrive at 8:30am for ISTEP exam

            Thursday arrive at 8:30am for ISTEP exam

    Juniors and Seniors: Tuesday arrive at 10:30am (2-hour delay schedule)

           Wednesday arrive at 10:30am (2-hour delay schedule)

           Thursday arrive at 10:30am (2-hour delay schedule)

     

    Please contact Melanie or Jake if you have any questions about this schedule. ISTEP+ testing is mandatory for all Sophomores.

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Tuesday: 3-5:30pm   Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-5:30pm Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Thursday: 3-5:30pm Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

     

  • Feb. 6-11

    Options Charter School-Noblesville

     

    We are almost ⅓ complete with this semester. This means we will be having a ½ day on Friday Feb. 10th for professional development. School will let out at 11:45am.

     

    Please check PowerSchool for your student to see if they are staying on top of their work.

     

    Please contact Jesse if you need your PowerSchool information to be able to see your student’s grades and attendance. The Powerschool link is https://optionsined.powerschool.com/public/home.html.

     

    If you have a sophomore, they will be taking the ISTEP+ Part 1 tests during the week of Feb. 27th. If you have any questions about these tests or how we are preparing for them please feel free to contact me.

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Tuesday: 3-5:30pm   Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-5:30pm Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Thursday: 3-5:30pm Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

     

  • Jan. 23-27 Blog Post

    Options Charter School-Noblesville

     

    This week is National School Choice Week. School choice is very important to every student that goes to Options or would like to in the future. We exist because of the ability for parents to make the choice of school that works best for their kids. Please contact and thank our Congresswoman and Senator for the work they do to make sure that students will always have this choice. We are going to do a Pizza lunch this Friday to celebrate.

     

    We are starting our 4th week of the semester. Please check PowerSchool for your student to see if they are staying on top of their work.

     

    Please contact Jesse if you need your PowerSchool information to be able to see your student’s grades and attendance. The Powerschool link is https://optionsined.powerschool.com/public/home.html.

     

    If you have a sophomore, they will be taking the ISTEP+ Part 1 tests during the week of Feb. 27th. If you have any questions about these tests or how we are preparing for them please feel free to contact me.

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Tuesday: 3-5:30pm   Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-5:30pm Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Thursday: 3-5:30pm Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

     

  • Jan. 2nd – Jan. 6th Weekly Blog

    I hope everyone had a great winter break and a Merry Christmas.

     

    Please contact Jesse if you need your PowerSchool information to be able to see your student’s grades and attendance. The Powerschool link is https://optionsined.powerschool.com/public/home.html.

     

    The new semester has begun. We received ECA results from last semester. Please contact Melanie if you want to know your student’s score and if they passed.

     

    If you have a sophomore, they will be taking the ISTEP+ Part 1 tests during the week of Feb. 27th. If you have any questions about these tests or how we are preparing for them.

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Tuesday: 3-5:30pm   Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-5:30pm Teachers: Sam, Matt

    Thursday: 3-5:30pm Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

     

  • Nov. 28th-Dec. 2nd

    Options Charter School-Noblesville

    I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break.

    We have 3 weeks to go. Please make sure you are checking Powerschool for the current grades. The Powerschool link is https://optionsined.powerschool.com/public/home.html.

    Next week starts our ECA testing. All ECA testers have been sent a testing schedule in the mail. If you have not received that, please contact your student’s advisor or you can contact me.

    MATH ECA:  Wed. Dec. 7th at 8:30am

    ENGLISH ECA: Thurs. Dec. 14th at 8:30am

    If you are an online student, please arrange to come on the above dates. If you are unable to do that, you will need to schedule an alternate date and time.

    Any students that are not taking the ECA tests have the morning off and will be coming to school at 12:30pm on the above dates.

    If you have any questions about if or when your student is testing please call me ASAP.

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Tuesday: 3-6pm   Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-6pm Teachers: Sam, Matt

    Thursday: 3-6pm Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

    Let your Options work for you,

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

  • Oct. 24th-Oct.28th Weekly Blog

    This week, we are participating in the Ford Driving Skills for Life to promote safe teen driving. On Tuesday, Oct. 25th, we will be doing the Ford Quick Click Challenge which has the students in teams of four and they have to unbuckle, switch seats clockwise, and buckle again until everyone is back in their original seat. The winning team members will receive a t-shirt and $10 Speedway gift card. We will also be submitting a 1-3 minute video promoting safe teen driving. The winning video will receive $5000 for the school.

    Looking ahead, we will be having a Halloween party on Mon. Oct. 31st in the afternoon. All students are encouraged to wear a costume. The staff will be dressed in a common theme. We will have a costume contest, doughnut challenge, cookie decorating, popcorn, and movies.

    We have 8 weeks to go in the semester. It is time to make sure that all students are getting caught up on their missing assignments. If you need access to PowerSchool to look at your student’s grades please email your student’s advisor or call Jesse, our administrative assistant, and she can help you.

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Tuesday: 3-6pm   Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-6pm Teachers: Sam, Matt

    Thursday: 3-6pm Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

    Let your Options work for you,

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

  • Oct. 17th-Oct.21st Weekly Blog

    We are back from fall break.

     

    We are doing the Great Central US ShakeOut on Thurs. Oct. 20th. This is an earthquake drill that is done throughout the Midwest do to the potential for earthquakes on some fault lines in the Midwest. Students will drop, cover, and hold under any sturdy table or desk.

     

    We have reached the halfway point of the semester. It is time to make sure that all students are getting caught up on their missing assignments. If you need access to PowerSchool to look at your student’s grades please email your student’s advisor or call Jesse, our administrative assistant, and she can help you.

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

     

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Tuesday: 3-6pm   Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-6pm Teachers: Sam, Matt

    Thursday: 3-6pm Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

    Options Charter School-Noblesville

     

  • Sept. 26th-Sept. 30th Weekly Blog

    We have a big week for potential college students.

     

    On Monday, we have a visit to Ivy Tech. If your student still needs to turn in their permission slip, have them bring it on Monday morning.

     

    On Thursday, we have a college presentation from Full Sail University. Full Sail is a great arts university in Florida. Their degrees include music, art and design, web and technology, film making, gaming, and the business behind entertainment.

     

    We are close to the halfway point of the semester, please check on your student’s grades on Powerschool to see how they are doing. Call the school if you need your Powerschool information.

     

    Reminder: We have new PM tutoring student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME. If students are missing assignments, have them come to PM tutoring

     

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Tuesday: 3-6pm   Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-6pm Teachers: Sam, Matt

    Thursday: 3-6pm Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

    Options Charter School-Noblesville

     

  • Sept. 6th-Sept. 9th Weekly Blog

    This week is a short week. We will be starting our NWEA tests. These are used to assess each students skill needs for Math, Reading, and Language arts.

     

    Our school picnic is Friday Sept. 9th at 10am-1:30 at Dillon Park in Noblesville. Students can be dropped off at the park at 10 or at school anytime before 9:30am and we will bring them to the park. You can pick up your students at the park or we can bring them back to the school if needed. If you want to donate any food or beverages, please contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org.

     

    Reminder: We have new after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

     

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Tuesday: 3-6pm   Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-6pm Teachers: Sam, Matt

    Thursday: 3-6pm Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

    Options Charter School-Noblesville

     

  • August 29th- Sept. 2nd Weekly Blog

     

    Don’t Keep Us a Secret! Leave a Review!

    Options is having a great start to the year. However, there are more students that may need our help. Please help us connect with them by writing a review in any of the following 3 ways:
    Text “v” to do a Video review

    Text “Y” to do a YELP review              to the review hotline 317-653-6490

    Text “G” to do a Google review

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

    Options Charter School-Noblesville

  • August 22nd-26th Weekly Blog

    The school year is fully underway. Lots of great projects have been started(Silent Films in English, Acrostics in PA2, Types and Systems of Governments around the World)

    Our school picnic is Sept. 9th. If you want to donate any food or beverages, please contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org.

    We are continuing to do Accucess testing this week. Accucess is a diagnostic test that determines the level of each student in Math, Reading, and Lang. Arts. The test gives the teachers insight into what areas the students need to improve.

    Reminder: We have new after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

     

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Tuesday: 3-6pm   Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-6pm Teachers: Sam, Matt

    Thursday: 3-6pm Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

    Options Charter School-Noblesville

  • August 15th-19th Weekly Blog

    Our first full week is in the books. Everyone should have their Chromebook. If they do not it is because I do not have a signed permission form. Please bring in a signed form to get your Chromebook.

     

    We will be doing Accucess testing this week. Accucess is a diagnostic test that determines the level of each student in Math, Reading, and Lang. Arts. The test gives the teachers insight into what areas the students need to improve.

     

    Reminder: We have new after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Tuesday: 3-6pm   Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-6pm Teachers: Sam, Matt and Rob

    Thursday: 3-6pm Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

    Options Charter School-Noblesville

     

  • August 1-5 Weekly Blog- Noblesville

    The first week has been a success. The new renovations are beautiful. We have a great new schedule that the students are getting accustomed too. On Monday Aug. 8th, we will start handing out Chromebooks to all students that have signed a Chromebook policy agreement document.

    If you have not read and signed a Chromebook policy agreement, please come in during school business hours from 7:45-3:15.

     

    We have new after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff.

     

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Tuesday: 3-6pm   Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-6pm Teachers: Sam, Matt and Rob

    Thursday: 3-6pm Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

     

    It is going to be a very productive year.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

    Options Charter School-Noblesville

     

  • Summer is almost over…

    Summer is almost over and the excitement is building for the start of school on August 3rd. We have some new renovations at our school that look great and will make the new year even better. All of our staff is returning from last year and are excited to start the new school year with each student receiving their own Chrome Book laptop to use for school this year. It will make doing and turning in assignments easier. We also have a great new schedule that will help students earn credits that they have missed in the past. If you have any questions about this school year please call me at 414-303-9531 or e-mail jbrandau@optionsined.org.

    Let your Options work for you,

    Jake Brandau