Welcome to Central Elementary School! Central is located in the heart of Beech Grove, Indiana on the corner of 10th and Main Street. Our school is composed of all second and third grade students within Beech Grove City Schools.
Central Elementary School personnel are committed to partnering with students, parents, families, and community members to ensure each child is provided relevant learning opportunities, inside and outside of the classroom that help them develop the knowledge, compassion, and character necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world.
Central teachers strategically plan instruction around a balanced framework that ensures student academic growth, achievement, and development. All teachers utilize research based strategies and best teaching practices that are standards based, rigorous, measurable, and that encourage students to thing critically and engage in problem solving activities.
Communication is vital in partnering with you in your child’s success. Please be sure to monitor our social media pages and the Hornet Blast for frequent updates.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or success, please contact me at 317-784-4565.
We are honored that you have chosen Central Elementary School!
Ms. Stephanie Cotter,
Central Elementary School has quite a historical past. The settlement that was to eventually become the city of Beech Grove first established a school for their children in a building that housed a grocery store. Children from all eight grades attended school there from 1907 until 1913. The school quickly became too small so land was purchased and a new building was built. The new building was two-story with ten classrooms, an auditorium, restrooms, and a principal’s office. This was the only school for the town of Beech Grove.
By 1925 several children had moved from the eighth grade into high school. The school board felt the school needed a gymnasium to promote good health habits as well as the sport of basketball. By 1929 they had also built a five-room high school north of the gym. The property now held a two-story elementary school, a gym, and a high school. This served the children very well until the 1930’s when a “new concept” became popular. The new concept was called a Jr. High School which would separate grades 7 and 8 from the elementary school and the high school. A two-story 6-room building was attached to the High School to serve as the Jr. High School.
As the city grew, the school grew. A separate high school was built at a different location and the buildings took the name of Central Elementary School and housed grades 1-6. By the 1970’s it was decided to demolish the old buildings and rebuild in the same location. Only the “beloved” gym was spared. (Many older citizens will tell you tales about the basketball games they played there.) A modern school was designed much like it appears today at 10th street.
Central Elementary has been through a lot of changes throughout its history, but the quality of instruction that it provides has always been “top-notch”. The instructional programs at Central have been observed by visitors from many different states. Beech Grove is proud of the school, the faculty, the staff, and the curriculum. It is truly a prized historical treasure for the city of Beech Grove.