In recent years, we began losing students to homeschooling and online education programs. So we started to think how we could recreate that experience for families to attract new students? We also wanted to better meet the learning needs of advanced students. We started looking at computerized options for blended learning. We decided to create this program: a school within the school. Our goal was to get 10 students involved. In our first year, we have nearly 50 students enrolled. And for next year, we've already seen those numbers double. We'll need to be creative about what the next phase of expansion looks like.
Recruiting students for the blended learning program. We held parents information nights in the community. We used a tremendous amount of social media and promoted the program in the local newspaper. We've made a point to gain buy-in from teachers and administrators--that's what is most important when you start meeting families.
Research the heck out of the different programs/vendors available. The good ones will give you free trials to explore before you start. Start out small, it won't start well if you enroll 100 kids the first week before you know what you're doing.
We are demonstrating leadership in Culturally Relevant Instruction by tapping into our large Amish population and helping enroll students in on-line classes that will help them reach their long term employment goals.
We have been leaders in Getting Started with Blended Learning by creating the piloted environment reaching out to home school families and finding creative ways this public school can accommodate their needs.
We wanted to find a way to keep kids in school. Allowing them flexibility in their schedule and the opportunity to take courses they see value in has drawn an interest.
We have tried to give our Amish population options that don't heavily use electronics, but as our school as gone 1 to 1, they have seemed to embrace the electronic options.
Take your time starting programs small and doing them well.
Northridge Middle School has consistently been recognized as both a Four Star school and an "A" rated school by the state of Indiana and is a nationally recognized Schools to Watch by the National Middle Level Educators Association. We offer a variety of programs for the 1000+ students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. There are three instructional teams made up of four teachers, or team members, at each grade level. The team organization allows for better communication among teachers concerning curriculum and student progress. The subject areas covered in the teams are language arts, social studies, math, science, and expressive arts.
Contact: Mrs. Rachel Vallance
Contact Title: Principal
Northridge Middle School
56691 Northridge Dr.
In 2013-2014 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. GreatSchools Ratings for schools in IN are currently based on 2012-13 results for ISTEP+ and ECA, pending the release of ECA data for 2013-14. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.