About Indianola

Indianola Informal is a lottery school within Columbus City Schools. Elementary and Middle School lottery applications are accepted via the CCS Parent Portal. Visit the Columbus City Schools’ website for more information on School Choice. For the safety and security of our students and staff, please contact the main office to schedule a prospective family visit.

Indianola offers an informal program. Teachers plan integrated units using Columbus City Schools’ curriculum and children’s interests to build authentic learning experiences. Together with students, they often plan “webs” that focus on a theme or central question to guide their learning. Visual arts, music and dance play a central role in our curriculum. Teachers work closely with the arts team to create and plan for thematic units, including sharing student work and performances.

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Other features include:

  • Two Gifted and Talented (G&T) Specialists, serving grades three through five in math and reading and grade six math

  • Four high-incidence resource rooms where students identified as needing more intensive instruction are served.

  • Two high incidence tutors, serving kindergarten through eighth grade

  • Full-time arts staff in visual arts, dance and music.

  • Two middle school Multiple Disabilities (MD) units are located in our building.

  • Two Title One reading tutors serving students in grades kindergarten through third grade.

Enrichment Activities offered at Indianola include:

  • Instrumental Music (grades 4-8), Upper Elementary School Choir (grades 4-5), and Middle School Choir (grades 6-8)

  • Field Trips and 8th Grade Class Trip, 7th grade class trip, 6th grade camp

  • Dance, Movement and Choreography

  • Middle School Sports, including Co-Ed Soccer, Boys and Girls Basketball, Co-Ed Track and Girls Volleyball

  • Middle School Drama Club

  • Chess Club

  • Art Club

  • Additional Opportunities: Spelling and Geography Bees, Math Showcase, Power of the Pen, Poetry Slam, Invention Convention, and more.

The Indy Five

At Indianola, our community is expected to follow the Indy Five: We are Respectful, Responsible, Helpful, Kind, and Peaceful. These behavior expectations are one way we use Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to create a safe and supportive learning environment. The video features reflections by ElizaBeth's 4th grade class and Tracey's K/1 class.

Contact Information

Address and Hours of Operation:

251 E. Weber Rd.
Columbus, OH 43202
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Telephone: 614-365-5579

Principal: Brandy Koeth

School Colors: Purple/White

Vision Statement

We, the members of the Indianola Informal School community, believe that all children can achieve academic success. We believe that children enter school as active learners eager to continue the learning process by working with staff, other children, parents and volunteers. To this end, we will provide opportunities where children learn by doing and by interacting with their environment. We will provide strong positive teacher guidance so those children can take responsibility for their own learning. We will provide opportunities for children to express their knowledge and talents through visual art, music and dance. We will provide an environment, which encourages mutual respect and cultural understanding. We believe that children learn best from people who are lifelong learners. Therefore, we will continue providing opportunities for children and adults to learn simultaneously.

The Columbus City School District does not discriminate based upon sex, race, color, national origin, religion, or military status with regard to admission, access, treatment or employment. This policy is applicable in all district programs and activities.