Indianola Middle School Fast Facts
The positive learning community of IMS will stimulate rigorous academic growth for all students resulting in productive, contributing citizens prepared for high school success.
- Approximate enrollment of 830 students in grades 6-7-8
- Creation of smaller learning communities through two core teaching teams per grade level that have scheduled times for collaboration
- Student enrichment programs and athletic offerings (see Activities and Athletics tabs)
- School day: 8:10-3:20 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8:10-2:20 on Wednesday
- IMS operates on an Odd Day/Even Day alternate block schedule. Language Arts, math, and social studies are every day. Science is every other day.
- Less than 1% English Language Learner (ELL) population
- Approximately 8% minority student body
- Over 80% of students are proficient as measured by the Iowa Assessment for reading, math, science, and social studies
- Free and Reduced Lunch population of 29%
- IMS 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.
Food Service and Wellness Program
- Gold Level with Distinction award from the Healthier US Schools Challenge organization, placing the program in the top 3% nationwide
- Rock the House 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
- A la carte items can be blocked from a student’s account
Gifted and Talented Programming (G/T)
- R.E.A.D. extension groups four times per week
- Math acceleration available to all grade levels
- Gifted and Talented teachers develop lessons that address the various needs of students.
- Personalized education plan developed depending on the needs of the student
Student Support Services
- Counselors serve the same students as they progress from sixth grade through eighth grade
- Reading Enjoyment Advocated Daily (R.E.A.D.)
- Twenty five 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 level’s exploratory and encore time. These classes are in addition to a student’s regular core language arts and math classes.
- Approved visitors sign in at the office to receive a visitor’s pass. A photo ID is required.
- Office newsletter is emailed on Mondays. Paper copies are available.
- Call the office for all attendance communication and notes from home.
- Materials are delivered to students by the office secretaries or office helpers.
- Please reference the middle school handbook on this website for further information.