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DeKalb Middle School (1346)

Grades Served:
Grade 6 - Grade 8

Notice on 2019-2020 School Year Data

Due to the widespread impact of COVID-19, the US Department of Education granted Indiana a waiver from annual assessment and accountability requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Information available on this site reflects assessment and accountability determinations from the 2018-2019 school year.

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School Corporation

Overview

Organization Type

School

Principal

Matthew Vince

State Grade

B

Federal Rating

Meets Expectations

School Type

Traditional Public School

Accreditation Type

State Accreditation

County

Dekalb

Note From the School

6th Grade – A Year of Acclimation Approximately 300 students from the District’s four elementary schools continue their educational journey when they advance to the 6th grade – a year of acclimation at DMS.

Emphasis is placed on exposing 6th graders to an experience that recognizes the importance of each student in multiple ways, including mentally, socially, physically, and emotionally.


The curriculum is challenging and exploratory. Students pursue their 6th-grade year on one of two teams- Pride or Legends. Each team experiences aspects of the focus of each elementary school: writing across the curriculum, leadership, global studies, and project-based learning (PBL).

All students are exposed to a consistent curriculum that encompasses reading, writing, mathematics, and science. In addition, all 6th-grade students participate in at least one team-taught PBL class.


7th & 8th Grade

Fusion or Legacy?

Based on each student’s experience in 6th grade, and discussions with parents, teachers, and staff, students in 7th and 8th grades have an option to pursue one of two pathways – Legacy or Fusion.

• The LEGACY Pathway develops student’s leadership skills through the utilization of quality learning principles. Students create a personal vision and mission. They learn to communicate effectively, work together, and develop skills needed to become successful leaders. Students also track their academic achievements with Data Notebooks.

• The FUSION Pathway focuses on the Project-Based Learning (PBL) model of instruction with an emphasis on the use of technology. Classrooms are designed for group projects and collaborative learning. In this pathway, students pursue academic independence, become creative, self-directed learners, exercise leadership and teamwork skills, and celebrate group success.


Both pathways offer students an equal opportunity to prepare for the academic rigor of high school, including the option to take pre-AP courses, advanced mathematics courses, high school credit courses, band, choir, electives, and other

extracurricular activities.

Highlights

Programs

Academic Programs


  • STEM/STEAM
  • Foreign Exchange

Clubs


  • 4-H
  • FFA
  • Academic Competition
  • Cultural Awareness (African american awareness, Hispanic club)
  • Artistic Clubs (theater, visual arts, musical arts, etc)
  • STEM/STEAM (robotics, chess)
  • Leadership (Honor societies)
  • Student Government (Class officers, Homecoming committee)
  • Journalism (Yearbook, newspaper, etc)
  • Kindness/ Friendship clubs

Other Services


  • Tutoring

Athletics

Boys


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling

Girls


  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball