The staff and students at St. Susanna School were thrilled to find out they reached Indiana Four Star designation by the Indiana Department of Education. Hendricks County schools have been earning this status for some time and now St. Susanna has the same bragging rights.
“This is the first year St. Susanna earned Four Star,” said Karen Hosek, the school’s acting principal and pre-school teacher. “This is a major accomplishment for us. Non-public schools are held to a higher standard. We have to earn 11 to 17 points higher per grade level.”
Hosek was named the acting principal when Kristy Keith took maternity leave earlier this year. Keith and Hosek are very proud of the staff and students.
“Thank you all for your commitment, dedication, and love for our students,” Keith wrote to the teachers in an e-mail. “It is because of you and your hard work that we were able to achieve this distinction.”
The IDOE established the 25th percentile cut score for combined passing percentages of English/language arts and mathematics, as well as the percent of students passing both for all grades tested. In addition to meeting these criteria, all Indiana Four Star schools must meet the 95 percent student participation rate.
“St. Susanna has earned other academic honors but this is the first time for Four Star,” Hosek said. “We are so very happy. We have purchased some popsicles and we will be holding an outdoor celebration for all the kids. Without their hard work, this could not have happened.”
St. Susanna School has an enrollment of about 330 students in pre-school through eighth grade. The majority of the students are from Plainfield and Avon but children represent many school districts. Many of them go on to attend Ritter High School or their local public school district.