Indianola Middle School Fast Facts
The positive learning community of Indianola Middle School will stimulate rigorous academic growth of all students engaged in a broad spectrum of learning opportunities resulting in productive, contributing citizens prepared for success in high school.
- Approximate enrollment of 830 students in grades 6-7-8
- Creation of smaller learning communities through two teaching teams of core staff per grade level that have scheduled times for collaboration
- Student enrichment programs and athletic offerings are listed in the Student Activity Summary that is located under the IMS Activities tab on the middle school website
- The school day is 8:10-3:20 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 8:10-2:20 on Wednesdays.
- The middle school operates on a Day 1/Day 2 alternate block schedule. Language Arts is every day, while math, science, and social studies are every other day.
- Less than 1% English as a Second Language Learner (ESL)
- Approximate 8% minority student body
- Over 80% of students are proficient as measured by the Iowa Assessment for reading, math, science, and social studies
- 75% of the student body is enrolled in chorus
- 29% Free and Reduced Lunch population
- Middle school built in 1996
- 100,000 square feet addition and renovation project completed August, 2012
- Expanded cafeteria, library, music wing
- New main office, Blake Fieldhouse, fitness room, and classrooms for orchestra, health, Industrial Technology, art, Family and Consumer Science, Life Skills
- Wireless connections throughout the building. New computer lab and renovation of original labs.
- Athletic Complex built in 2010. Additional meeting rooms, concessions, and bleachers added in 2015. Synthetic turf football field surrounded by an 8 lane all-weather track.
- Parking- Loop around the north parking lot for drop-off and pick-up. No parking in-between the parked cars in the center aisles, or on the access road. Bus drop-off and pick-up at the east side loop by the fieldhouse.
Food Service and Wellness Program
- Gold with Distinction award from the Healthier US Schools Challenge organization placing the program in the top 3% nation-wide
- Morning wellness program before school includes basketball, kickball, broom hockey, dancing, walking and a Grab and Go breakfast meal option, in addition to the cafeteria breakfast meal
- Three entrée choices with an included salad bar.
- Ala' cart items can be blocked from a student's account.
Gifted and Talented Programming (G/T)
- Clustered groups within language arts classes. This supporst the further development of compaction, differentiation, and the attention to affective needs.
- Math acceleration available to all grade levels
- The G/T facilitator will be works with teachers to develop lessons that address the various needs of students, including pacing.
- A personalized education plan will be developed depending on the needs of the individual student.
Student Support Services
- A counselor stays with each class as they progress from sixth grade through eighth grade.
- Success Center before and after school provides additional support for struggling students.Reading Enjoyment Advocated Daily (R.E.A.D.)
- 20 minutes of direct reading instruction or leisure reading time for every student, dependent on assessment results. Occurs between 2nd and 3rd period every day except Wednesday.
- Project Reading and Math Support are intensive support classes that occur during each grade levels’ exploratory and encore time. These classes are in addition to a student’s regular core language arts and math class.
- Homework Policy—students call home for each late assignment
- Please visit often! Just sign in the office to receive a visitor's pass. A photo ID is required.
- Office 961-9530. Emailed newsletter on Mondays. Paper copies are available.
- Call the office for all attendance communication and notes from home.
- Materials are delivered to students from the office secretaries or office helpers.
- Please reference the middle school handbook on this website for further information.