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Christel House Academy honored with Indiana Achievement Award

The Robert K. Greenleaf Center has recognized Christel House Academy (CHA) as a 2013 recipient of the Indiana Achievement Awards (IAA). The prestigious award recognizes Indiana’s nonprofits for exemplary practices and demonstrated effectiveness.

“Striving for excellence is a quality deeply imbedded in our organizational culture,” said Christel DeHaan,Christel House Founder & CEO. “Christel House Academy is honored to be among the 2013 Indiana Achievement Award Winners. Christel House embraces the concepts of servant leadership and social responsibility through collaborative partnerships within the community, by working with parents to develop capacity and by empowering teachers to transform the lives of our students.”

Chartered by the Mayor of Indianapolis, CHA serves more than 600 inner-city students from kindergarten through high school. CHA has been recognized for its efforts to close the achievement gap among traditionally underserved and at-risk students. The school has achieved AYP every year it has been assessed, has consistently received the Indiana Department of Education’s highest rating, was designated as a "School to Watch" by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and was one of 10 high-poverty schools in the nation to be recognized as a MetLife Foundation-NASSP “Breakthrough School” in 2012.

The IAA winners were judged by a coalition of Indiana foundation, nonprofit, and business leaders. The entrants were evaluated on qualities which included impact, innovation, board governance and funding. Additionally, the winning organizations were expected to embody the characteristics of servant-led organizations by the way they serve their colleagues and communities.

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