Crichfield and Indian Trail named 4-Star schools


Crichfield and Indian Trail Elementary School were both named 4-Star schools by the Indiana Department of Education for the 2015-2016 school year. Only 28 schools in NW Indiana made the list.

This is the fourth time Crichfield has been named a 4-Star school in the last seven years, including the last three years, and the second year in a row for Indian Trail.

“We are proud of the parents, students and staff members for working together to achieve this distinction,” Mark Francesconi, LaPorte Community School Corporation superintendent, said.

This distinguished honor requires school to meet different criteria including being an “A” school, test at least 95 percent of students on ISTEP English/Language Arts and Math, have a combined ISTEP pass percentage in top 25th percentile for each grade tested, and have a combined percent passing both ISTEP in the top 25th percentile for each grade tested.

“I am so proud of my staff, students, and parents. It is truly an honor for all of our hard work. This has been a goal of mine since the day I was named principal of this fine school,” Kim Rehlander, Indian Trail principal, said.  

With the increased pressures of testing, ever changing educational mandates and fluctuating benchmarks for school accountability, Indiana schools have been under scrutiny, making this distinction even more impressive. Teachers and administration have worked tirelessly to ensure students’ needs are being fulfilled all while meeting requirements passed down from the IDOE.

“My staff is amazing. Our greatest strength is everyone is involved in and takes ownership of the success of every student in this building. We’re a family. Our school, from parents to student to staff, works together to make this place what it is,” Donna Biggs, Crichfield principal, said.

In the end though, 4-Star school or not, LPCSC schools are not working for an award. They are working for the students.

“It’s not about us passing ISTEP. It’s about us putting all our energy into making the kids the best they can be. I am honored to be a 4-Star school, but it’s just the cherry on top. I already have the cupcake,” Biggs said.

Crichfield and Indian Trail will be recognized at the August school board meeting.


LPCSC 4-Star Schools:

2015-16: Crichfield and Indian Trail
2014-15: Crichfield and Indian Trail
2013-14: Crichfield
2012-13: Kingsbury
2011-12: Crichfield
2010-11: None
2009-10: None