Indigo was established in 2005 as a collaboration between parents and the Oak Grove School District. Founding parents worked with OGSD administration to create a developmental, hands on program that taught the whole child. Positive Discipline and constructivist learning became the heart of the Indigo program. The team researched many Progressive Education school models to design a Progressive Ed program as part of the school district. Once the vision was created the challenge was to enroll 60 students grades K-3. Though this was a two year process, in August 2005, we opened our doors. We began with 3 teachers, 3 multi-age classrooms, and 60 kids. Since then, each year we have added a class and have grown into our current K-8 model. In 2011, the first Indigo graduating class left us and those students joined the high school ranks.
The name Indigo was carefully selected by the founders of the program. “I.N.D.I.G.O.” stands for Inspiring, Nurturing, Discovering, Integrating, Guiding, and Opportunities
Indigo is a safe and caring K-8 program designed to educate the whole child. We provide multi-age interactions and constructivist learning activities through a positive discipline approach. This approach is supported by strong parent involvement. Indigo values the unique learning styles, skills and abilities of each child so they will be prepared to make a positive impact on the world.
“I enjoy being at Indigo because it gives me the chance to learn at my own pace.”
- Children learn through a Constructivist Model, which includes discovery, hands-on, minds-on, real-life experiences and developmental practices.
- Learning is enhanced through stimulating and challenging work at the children’s ability level.
- Use of the “whole child approach,” in which all domains of growth; social, physical, emotional, and intellectual, are equally valued.
- Curriculum is integrated and skills are taught in meaningful contexts.
- Enrichment programs enhance academic performance.
- Children’s social-emotional development is supported through teaching them and their families to solve problems using Positive Discipline.
“Indigo approaches education from a different angle than traditional schools.”
- Collaborative– We try to live our logo everyday by working toward a collaborative community where teachers, students and families work together to make education a community passion. Our families understand the importance of involvement, participation and support in all areas of our program to create a community of caring and to provide greater opportunities for our children to thrive.
- Developmental– We take a long term view of learning and understand that everyone develops at their own Our school is an inclusive place where all children feel belonging and significance in their classroom and in the larger community. A place where children’s various developmental levels, learning styles and needs are understood and appreciated and where we all learn the value of seeing and understanding things from different perspectives.
- Whole Child– Teaching is holistic and uses a wide variety of integrated approaches to take different learning styles into account and where multiple intelligences are valued and respected. Social, emotional and academic learning are all necessary in teaching the whole person. Students are engaged learners who are allowed to explore and experiment and where they learn to take charge of their own education.
- Progressive(Flexible) – When listened to and treated with respect, children are naturally curious and independent learners. We want to create life long learners who are capable, productive and who contribute positively to the world. Our classrooms strive for in-depth learning through engagement, integration, adaptability, emergent learning and through best practices so that our students are able to find their passion for learning.
- Respectful– We use the Positive Discipline approach where equal dignity and respect for all is woven throughout the interactions of the community. This approach is both kind and firm at the same time and emphasizes connection before correction when teaching new skills. A positive and encouraging place where we work together to focus on solutions and understand that mistakes are opportunities to learn. Collaborative problem solving, conflict resolution, and social emotional learning (SEL) skills are taught through class meetings, communication lab and Project Cornerstone across all grade levels.
- Hands-on, theme-based instruction is based on the Constructivist Model of learning
- Integrated curriculum emphasizes academic, physical, emotional & artistic growth to develop the whole child.
- Enrichment program includes field trips, science, P.E., music, gardening, visual & performing art, cooking.
- Academic excellence – aligned with State and District Standards to include the core curriculum in literacy, social science, math and science.
- Experienced, credentialed teachers
- Low student/adult ratio
- Half-day or full-day kindergarten
Frequently Asked Questions
- What does a typical day look like?
- Exploration, thinking, reflecting
- Student choice/learning styles
- Differentiated instruction
- Real world experiences
- Students construct knowledge as active participants in learning
2. What Type of Student Strives at a progressive school?
- Students who are intrinsically motivated to learn
- Like an interactive learning environment
3. How do I know if this type of environment will work for my child?
Students who need structure and predictable routines may have difficulty with a busy and interactive classroom. Students will interact with a variety of adults on a daily basis. Children who continuously test boundaries and do best with one adult authority may struggle in this environment. If your student is motivated by grades and extrinsic rewards self-directed activities may be harder to complete as well as open ended tasks.
4. What Special Education Services are Available?
Any Special Education student within the Oak Grove School District, needing pull out services for speech and language or resource support are able to receive services. Our teachers and staff also make modifications in the classrooms for students who have 504 plans. Note that all Special Education services must be provided by your home district.
5. How are behavioral issues handled?
Class meetings are part of the curriculum. This is a place where children learn to be problem solvers. The environment facilitates the treating of children as individuals and creating solutions based on the situation and child.
Teachers also utilize buddy classrooms if a student needs a change of environment or a quiet place to work. Our principal and vice principal are also available to handle situations, that cannot be resolved in the classroom and to provide additional behavior strategies.
6. Is transportation provided?
No. All parents/families need to provide their own transportation. Parents are able to connect with other families in the community to arrange carpooling.
7. What is the length of the kindergarten day?
Parents have the option of a full-day kindergarten or half day. The core academic instruction is taught in the morning and enrichments typically after lunch. Parents who choose the half day kinder option will pick up their kindergartener prior to lunch and the afternoon enrichments. Throughout the year parents, teacher and administration will meet to see if the student on half day kindergarten is ready to transition to full day.
8. How many students are there in each class?
Grades K-3 have 30 students per class. Upper grades may have up to 35 students. The exact numbers depend upon students enrolled.
9. How is the program different from my neighborhood school?
The Indigo program’s teaching and discipline philosophies are what make us stand out. In and out of the classroom you will see hands-on, theme-based instruction that uses the Constructivist Model of learning. Students also benefit from academic, physical, emotional & artistic growth to develop the whole child. Our program also provides enrichment opportunities music, gardening, and visual & performing arts.
10. The Indigo Program shares a campus with Frost Elementary School, what resources are available at Indigo?
Our school office is (located in the portables) found in P4; Cheryl Caton is the school secretary. In 2013 Ms. Genvieve Dorsey (formerly from the Adventure STEM program at Herman Middle School), joined us as Indigo’s separate principal. Also as of 2013, Mr. Villalpando became the principal for Frost Elementary. Indigo shares the health clerk and other support staff. We are also fortunate to have access to the school’s cafeteria, library, and computer lab. Both sides of the community also participate in campus wide events such as assemblies and community events such as the Harvest Festival and book fair.
11. Is Indigo a Charter School?
Indigo is not a charter school. Indigo is a school of choice in the Oak Grove School District. Families must make the choice to attend a school of choice program and agree to abide by the rules of the program.
12. What is the homework policy?
Homework is meant to be a meaningful and supportive extension to work being done in the classrooms. We strive to maintain a flexible policy toward homework to best accommodate students and families.
Homework does vary by grade level and may include combinations journaling, independent reading, skill reinforcement and homework bingos or activity calendars.
13. How does the school approach standardized tests?
Students in grades 2-8 participate is STAR testing. We do NOT teach to the test. Our philosophy is depth over breadth. Our curriculum is based on the state standards and our teachers provide in depth and integrated instruction within the science and social science standards.