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Tindley Collegiate History

The Tindley Collegiate Academy is an outgrowth of the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School – often referred to simply as “The Tindley School” – Indiana’s first-ever accelerated school.

The Tindley School opened its doors in 2004 in a former grocery store located in the Meadows, a low-income urban neighborhood on the northside of Indianapolis. A charter school for students in grades 6-12, The Tindley School quickly garnered a reputation as one of Indianapolis’s most successful charter schools, earning the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award in 2010.  True to its motto “College or Die,” the Tindley School has so far sent every single one of its graduates to a respected college or university.

In 2011, the Tindley Accelerated Schools was approved to open a second charter school, Tindley Preparatory Academy, a school for middle school boys. Soon afterward came Tindley Collegiate Academy, for middle school girls. While operating under the same accelerated model as the Tindley School, Tindley Collegiate is a female-only campus, with curriculum and teaching techniques designed to meet the unique socio-emotional needs of adolescent girls.