Washington STEM Academy receives Family Friendly School designation by Glenda Ritz

A local elementary school has been named a 2016-2017 Family Friendly School.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced 44 schools that were named Family Friendly Schools on Monday afternoon.  Warsaw’s own Washington STEM Academy made the list.  Washington STEM Academy is one of only five schools in the state of Indiana to earn STEM Certification.

The schools were selected based on their commitment to fostering an involvement of families and community in its school, according to the Indiana Department of Education.

“When families are engaged, students succeed,” said Ritz. “As an educator for more than 30 years, I have seen firsthand the impact that families can have on a child’s education.”

The department said the schools must demonstrate a commitment to addressing the academic, physical emotional and social needs of its students. The schools must also promote involvement of families both in school and in the community.

Schools must go through a rigorous application process to be considered. This is the second year of the Family Friendly Schools Designation.  In the first year of the program, sixteen schools received the designation.

The Family Friendly Schools are listed below.

  • Brookview Elementary School (Indianapolis)
  • Career Academy High School (South Bend)
  • Center for Inquiry #2 (Indianapolis)
  • Center for Inquiry #27 (Indianapolis)
  • Center for Inquiry #84 (Indianapolis)
  • Christ the King Catholic School (Indianapolis)
  • Cold Spring School (Indianapolis)
  • Concord East Side Elementary School (Elkhart)
  • Creston Intermediate Academy (Indianapolis)
  • Creston Middle School (Indianapolis)
  • Daniel Webster School #46 (Indianapolis)
  • Eastridge Elementary School (Indianapolis)
  • Frank O’Bannon Elementary School (Hammond)
  • Geist Montessori Academy (McCordsville)
  • Grassy Creek Elementary School (Indianapolis)
  • Greensburg Elementary School (Greensburg)
  • Hawthorne Elementary School (Indianapolis)
  • Jonas E Salk Elementary School (Merrillville)
  • Lake Prairie Elementary School (Lowell)
  • Lakeside Elementary School (Indianapolis)
  • Liberty Park Elementary School (Indianapolis)
  • Lincoln Elementary School (Huntington)
  • Lowell Elementary School (Indianapolis)
  • Lowell Senior High School (Lowell)
  • Lowell Middle School (Lowell)
  • New Haven Intermediate School (New Haven)
  • New Haven Primary School (New Haven)
  • Oak Hill Elementary School (Lowell)
  • Pennsville Elementary School (Pennville)
  • Pleasant Run Elementary School (Indianapolis)
  • Raymond Park Middle School (Indianapolis)
  • Raymond Park Intermediate School (Indianapolis)
  • Rykers Ridge Elementary School (Madison)
  • Silver Creek Primary School (Sellersburg)
  • Stonybrook Intermediate Academy (Indianapolis)
  • Stonybrook Middle School (Indianapolis)
  • Sunny Heights Elementary School (Indianapolis)
  • Three Creeks Elementary School (Lowell)
  • Tri-County Primary School (Remington)
  • Warren Central High School (Indianapolis)
  • Washington Irving School #14 (Indianapolis)
  • Washington STEM Academy (Warsaw)
  • Westville High School (Westville)
  • White River Valley Elementary School (Worthington)