Our curriculum aligns with Indiana’s Academic Standards and vertically across grade levels and content areas with increasing cognitive difficulty at each level. The curriculum is adapted and differentiated based on student needs. Our printed curriculum portfolios document state standards, performance indicators, instructional strategies, required background knowledge and vocabulary, assessments, and resources.
Students in sixth grade are assigned to interdisciplinary teams, while seventh and eighth grade students are on a 7-period schedule consisting of the core subjects: math, science, language arts, composition and social studies. Students also receive instruction in exploratory areas: technology, family and consumer science, art, health, aquatics, physical education/aerobic fitness, experiencing music, and document formatting. In addition, students have the electives of band and/or choir.
Advanced classes are in place in the areas of mathematics and language arts. An advanced mathematics program is offered in sixth grade, pre-algebra in seventh grade, and algebra in eighth grade. An advanced language arts program has been implemented at the seventh and eighth grade levels for students meeting an established criterion. These programs are designed to address the unique needs of the high ability students.
Accenting our academic and exploratory programs are our varied extracurricular activities which may consist of: National Spelling Bee, Student Council, National Geography Bee, yearbook, and interscholastic athletes (football, cross-country, volleyball, basketball, swimming, wrestling, soccer and track).
High Ability Program
As defined in Indiana Code, a Broad-based Planning Committee is developing a specific plan for a K-12 High Ability Program with specific attention to curriculum and instruction, multifaceted assessment, professional development, guidance, and counseling.