Carpe Diem-Meridian Students Earn 96% Overall Pass Rates on ECA Exams

Carpe Diem-Meridian, a tuition-free public charter school for middle and high school students that opened in August 2012, is pleased to announce their 2012-13 testing results (ECA) as provided by the Indiana Department of Education, as well as from the Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measure of Academic Progress (NWEA-MAP).

On the Indiana ECA exam (End of Course) Carpe Diem-Meridian students who met the standards had100% pass rates on the Biology I and English 10 exams and 90% pass rates inAlgebra I. Students who exceeded standards scored “Pass Plus” rates of 29% in Biology 1, 60% inAlgebra 1 and 67% inEnglish 10.  The scores of the students who took the five NWEA tests(Reading, Language Usage, Math, Science-General, Science- Concepts) in August 2012 and again in May 2013 reflected an average growth of three (3) years school-wide in Reading andLanguage Usage, and in Science-General and Science-Concepts.   In Math the average growth was four (4) years school-wide. These scores exceed the Carpe Diem Learning Schools’ historic average of two years of curriculum completed in one school year.

“Our goal in our first year at Meridian was a simple one,” comments Principal Mark Forner, “to deliver extraordinary academic results, and we feel we’ve achieved just that. We are very proud of our kids and their performance.”

In addition to the ECA exams and the NWEA-MAP tests, Carpe Diem uses the online digital curriculum Edgenuity and teacher assessment to inform student instruction.  “When it comes to data, there is ‘no blame, no shame and NO EXCUSES’,” Forner comments. “All students can learn and must learn, and it’s our job to see that they do.”

The Carpe Diem Learning Schools (CDLS) blended learning model has an eight-year record of academic achievement, student success, and productive work environment for teachers and students.  It takes the best of face-to-face instruction, digital technology and extended learning opportunities to boost student achievement.  The inaugural CDLS school opened in 2005 in Yuma, Arizona, followed by Carpe Diem-Meridian, and in August 2013, Carpe Diem-Aiken will open as the first public charter sponsored by Cincinnati Public Schools.

Carpe Diem-Meridian, 2240 North Meridian Street, is currently enrolling 6th-12th-grade students for the 2013-2014 school year.  Carpe Diem-Meridian is tuition-free.  Interested families may enroll through the website,, or contact the school directly at 317-921-7497.


Carpe Diem Learning Systems (CDLS) consults, manages, operates and builds high quality, cost-effective, innovative charter schools, with high student success rates. CDLS leverages technology, information, and human resources to ensure the financial viability of a superior learning system that assures all its students will be career ready and college prepared. Carpe Diem Schools are tuition free public charter schools located in Yuma, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Cincinnati, Ohio.