About Us


We are a Columbus City School. Admission is through a lottery, with applications due in March. Visit Columbus City School’s website for more information on School Choice. For the safety and security of our students and staff, prospective family visits will be limited to the dates and times posted on the Indianola calendar.

Ours is 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. Click here to read more about Informal Education.

Other features include:

  • Two Gifted and Talented (G&T) Instructors, one serving K-5 students the other middle school students.Three high-incidence resource rooms where students identified as needing more intensive instruction are served.
  • Two full-time tutors, one serving K-5 students and the other serving middle school students grades 6-8
  • Full-time arts staff in visual arts, dance and music
  • Two Multiple Disabilities (MD) units are located in our building.

Enrichment Activities we offer include:

  • Instrumental Music grades 4-8 and Middle School Choir
  • Field Trips and 8th grade class trip
  • Dance, Movement and Choreography
  • Middle School sports including Soccer, Basketball, Track and Girls Volleyball
  • Middle School Drama Club
  • Gifted and Talented Opportunities: Spelling and Geography bees, Battle of the Books, Math Works for Kids, Math Counts, Middle School Debate, Mock Trial and more

Parent Involvement
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) organizes an ice cream social in September and a carnival in the spring, as well as providing financial support for students through the purchase of academic and supplementary educational materials. The PTO hosts quarterly meetings on topics of interest and importance to parents, and sponsors a high school fair in the winter.

Address and Hours of Operation:
251 E. Weber Rd.
Columbus, OH 43202
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Jay Poroda

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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.