1) Is PSOE a free school?
Yes, similar to our local IPS schools, PSOE is a free public school. There may be associated fees with enrollment such as book or activity fees.
2) I don’t live near the school. Can my child attend PSOE?
Yes, any child in Indiana is eligible to attend PSOE. Enrollment is based on availability.
3) Does PSOE offer transportation?
No, PSOE does not offer transportation.
4) What grades does PSOE serve?
PSOE serves Kindergarten through 8th grade students.
5) How can I see the school?
School tours are given every Friday at 10AM (Holidays Excluded).
6) Am I allowed to visit my child at school?
Yes, parents are encouraged to visit the school, but must call ahead to alert the school if they wish to visit the classroom during instructional times. All visitors must sign in at the office and receive a visitor’s pass. For more information, see the visitor policy on the parent center page of this website. Parents can also receive a copy of the visitor policy at the school office.
7) Does PSOE test children to ensure academic growth?
Yes, PSOE uses DIBELS-NEXT, ACUITY, and ISTEP+ (among others) to ensure that instruction is differentiated to varying student ability levels, and that student growth is adequately monitored.
8) Are teachers at PSOE licensed?
Yes, classroom teachers undergo an intensive evaluation process at PSOE and must maintain proper educational licensure within the state of Indiana. PSOE is an at-will employer.
9) Does PSOE have a discipline policy?
Yes. At PSOE, the maintenance of the instructional climate is critical to a child’s ability to learn. When this climate is threatened by inappropriate behavior, the school responds swiftly. Students are held to very high behavioral standards, and behavioral expectations have been normed for all grade levels.
10) Does PSOE offer extra-curricular activities?
Yes. PSOE has a sports program for students in 1st – 8th grade. PSOE also has after school clubs, music activities, and a Green Team.
11) How Does Paramount Make Closing/Delay Decisions?
Paramount is in the center of the IPS district, so our cold weather policy is modeled off IPS policy. PSOE will typically follow IPS in terms of closure and delays, but may close or delay on days that IPS is open due to site-specific concerns related to student and staff safety. When inclement weather strikes central Indiana, the safety of our students, families and staff is our number one concern. The decision to delay or cancel school and activities is not taken lightly by our seasoned leadership team involved in this critical process.
When snow rolls in overnight or in the early morning, local members of the leadership team are on the streets early. Conditions of both main streets and side roads are assessed to get as complete a picture of conditions as possible. Many factors play into making important and timely decisions: amount and type of precipitation, temperature/wind chill, visibility, status of clearing roads, status of clearing sidewalks, refreeze of melted snow/ice from previous day, blowing snow and continued snow in the forecast.
One of the key factors is the safety of students who walk to Paramount. While there is not a hard-set temperature cutoff to determine a delay or cancellation, our leadership team consults the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s wind chill chart to determine potential dangers due to cold weather. As a general guideline, the threshold of 10 minutes to frostbite would lead to cancellation, but the call may be made at less severe temperatures.
By 5:00 a.m., our leadership team compares conditions across the city to agree on a recommendation to share with the Executive Director, who then makes the final decision on delays and cancellations. Our goal is to have word to all families and staff before 6 a.m. to ensure as much time to align work and childcare plans as possible.
The decision to open, close or delay school is the product of a team of professionals doing their best to keep Paramount students and families safe when weather becomes hazardous, which is an example of our commitment of excellence when serving our community. We also want to ensure students are protected from the cold weather on those chilly days when we remain in session. If your child needs gloves, a coat or other winter gear to stay warm, contact the FACT Team to learn more about support services available to our families.