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History

The Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School is the first accelerated school in Indiana. An open-enrollment charter school serving grades 6-12, it opened its doors in 2004 in a former grocery store located in the Meadows — a low-income urban neighborhood on the northside of Indianapolis.

From the beginning, the Tindley vision has been to ensure 100 percent of its students gain acceptance to a fully-accredited four-year college or university. With this in mind, every Tindley student is required to complete a rigorous high school program culminating in authentic authentic courses. To date, Tindley has been successful in its mission, sending every single graduate to college.

Throughout the past eight years, the Tindley School garnered a reputation as one of Indianapolis’s most successful charter schools, earning the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award in 2010. A number of prominent politicians have visited Tindley in recent years, including Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and others.

The Tindley School is named for Dr. Charles. A. Tindley, the founder of the Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, and a major figure in the history of gospel music. Dr. Tindley wrote more than 50 hymns, including the iconic “We Shall Overcome” and “I’ll Understand it By and By.”