E3 Charter School

charter school

Carmel values education and envisions starting an all-boys charter high school, grades 6 through 12, in response to some of the problems our community faces in educating our African American students.

Research shows that:

  • African Americans are disproportionately suspended & expelled from Indiana schools

  • Many AA males do not meet the minimum requirements for high school graduation

  • Indiana ranks as one of the 10 worst states in terms of AA males’ 4-year school graduation rates

  • Preparing students for college and post-high school, as early as 6th grade has guaranteed benefits

  • Additionally, in light of the recent high school closings throughout the city, to include John Marshall in our own neighborhood, we see a need to support quality & accessible education for the students of our community. Mt. Carmel envisions a school that will improve the educational achievement levels of African American males by providing an innovative curriculum, which prepares students for progression to post-secondary education and/or other career-focused pursuits.


Mt. Carmel High School will prepare young men for academic excellence and instill a sense of civic responsibility.



Mt. Carmel High School on the far eastside educates young men while providing tools to empower them to live up to their God-given potential.

Values & Philosophy

What problem(s) are we trying to solve? Why do we want to start a charter school?

  • Failure rate of young men; high school dropout rate; complacency of not pursuing education beyond high school

  • Educational system failures, justice system failure, and the school to prison pipeline

  • Limitations to educational access on the Far Eastside

  • Pride

  • Integrity

  • Respect

  • Love of learning

  • Accountability

  • Leadership

  • Honesty

  • Love of Self and Others

  • Honor

  • Self-reliance

  • Community

  • Team/Interdependence

What do we want to be true for our students in terms of outcomes?

  • High graduation rates

  • College and/or career readiness:

    • Enrollment and persistence in post-secondary education

    • Engagement in a career path (vocational trades, certificate programs)

    • SAT / ACT/ AP/ Dual Credit completion

    • Soft skills

    • Internships/work experience

    • Study abroad and travel experiences

    • Technology skills

    • Mastery/excellence in reading, math, & writing

  • Ability to think critically

  • High scholastic pursuits

    • Goal-oriented

    • Love of learning

  • Civic responsibility

  • Lifelong learners

  • Cultural enhancement/expansive view of the world

  • Students are models of academic excellence and good character

For more information on how you can support the charter school initiative and get updates on its progress, please contact, Tanya Johnson at tanyajohnson@mtcarmelindy.org, 317-890-2740 xt. 18. 

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