According to local developers and Crown Point Mayor David Uran the quality of schools in Crown Point is one of the city’s biggest draws for new families.
“We’re very family-oriented, and we’re a very safe community,” Mayor Uran says. “The city of Crown Point continues to meet the needs of residents and business owners by providing top notch services including police, fire, public works and parks while the Crown Point Community School Corporation provides our children with quality education.”
Ryan Fleming, principal broker for Fleming Realty who is developing Ellendale Farm Subdivision, says new residents are being drawn to Crown Point because of its excellent schools.
“Hands down it’s the schools,” Fleming says. “The number one thing I hear from everyone is that it is the schools. Our schools are fabulous and constantly ranked high in the state. Whereas other districts did not pass a referendum, this community stood behind its schools and passed the referendum to take care of the schools as an investment and an asset as opposed to looking at it as an expense.” Fleming says for people moving from other areas of Northwest Indiana and particularly from across the Illinois border realize that when you move into a community, especially if you are a family, the priority is making sure that the school district is top notch.
“Crown Point has succeeded in making sure that asset was built and maintained,” Fleming says.
Crown Point School Superintendent Dr. Teresa A. Eineman has much to be proud of. Crown Point schools have been designated as Indiana four star schools four years in a row from 2010 through 2014. “Family Circle” magazine ranked Crown Point 16th in the nation in its “Best Towns for Families category because of its affordable homes, nice parks, low crime rates and top-rated schools.
Dr., Eineman says reflecting the city’s growth spurt, Crown Point school enrollment increased by 200 students this past year and continues to grow.
In a recent power point presentation Dr. Eineman cited the six “C” for which high schools must prepare their students. They are: College, to value and obtain post-secondary education and training; Career, experience, develop and practice professional ethics, attitudes and skills; Citizenship, advocate, initiate and engage in self and community improvement; Courage, demonstrate character and leadership through words, decisions and actions; and Culture, identify, appreciate and respect the perspectives and expressions of diverse people, places and times. Crown Point High encourages these values through a variety of academic, social and cultural programs and clubs.
By the numbers, Crown Point High School students earned 13,000 college credits while in high school over the past three years which translates into a potential savings for parents of $2.3 million in college tuition. Crown Point High School has a graduation rate of 98 percent exceeding the state target goal of 90 percent and the state average of 88.6 percent. In the past five years, Crown Point High School students have earned more than $1.2 million in academic scholarships from the Crown Point Community Foundation. Crown Point has won 41 sectional, 11 regional, two semi state and two state IHSAA Championships. The accolades have been many including designations as a “Spotlight School” by the Indiana Department of Education for innovations that lead the state in college and career readiness programming. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce named the Crown Point School Corporation a “Best Buy” for their highest achieving schools for the lowest amount of tax dollars.
Crown Point High School students and faculty members partnered with the Crown Point Community Foundation for the second straight year to raise money and volunteer for local charities and nonprofit groups. Six different Crown Point High School clubs and organizations worked with specific organizations of their choosing to raise money and volunteer their time.
Executive Director Pat Huber and Ben Ballou, both of the foundation, and Assistant Principal Russ Marcinek coordinated the project. The goals are to provide philanthropic opportunities for students, assist local nonprofit organizations, cultivate a sense of volunteerism and community activism in students and generate a lasting partnership between Crown Point High School and the foundation. Student clubs and organizations included:
• Key Club – sponsored by Heidi Polizotto – paired with Rebuilding Together of Northwest Indiana
• Interact Club – sponsored by Brooke Yeager – partnered with Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids
• National Honor Society – sponsored by Amanda Campos – partnered with St. Jude House
• Student Council – sponsored by Collette Nicolini and Colleen Fano – partnered with Riley Children’s Hospital and Northwest Indiana Relay for Life
Each club sponsored fundraising and volunteer efforts to raise money and create awareness, including a dance marathon, student-teacher Olympics, Mardi Gras Carnival and Halloween Party for community children.
The students raised approximately $5,200 dollars for their organizations, and the foundation donated an additional $4,000 to raise the total to $9,200, Checks were presented to the organizations by each club and the foundation.
Two more clubs created volunteer-based partnerships. Creating a Safe School, sponsored by Ami Marcinek, partnered with St. Claire Health Clinic of Crown Point to hold food and clothing drives, while the National Art Honor Society, sponsored by Lyndsey Sadler, gave art students the opportunity to volunteer at the South Shore Arts' Crown Point Arts Center.