Academics

Carmel Clay Schools offers middle school students an exemplary standards-based instruction focused on the four core areas: language arts, math, science and social studies. All students participate in world language, technology, and fitness while having the opportunity to take elective courses.

Honors, Special Education and English as a Second Language services are available to students. Counselors, Student Service Coordinators, and School Resource Officers are available to all students. 

Our state of the art facilities are equipped with computer labs, media centers and fitness centers. Outstanding teachers have been trained in research-based instructional methods, resulting in Carmel Clay students becoming lifelong learners.

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Grading Scale

A 93%-100%
A- 90%-92%
B+ 87%-89%             
B 83%-86%             
B- 80%-82% 
C+ 77%-79%
C 73%-76%
C- 70%-72%
D+ 67%-69%
D 63%-66%
D- 60%-62%
F 0%-59%

AVID

AVID Overview

AVID is a program that began in 1980 to support students in learning how to academically perform at their best, participate in challenging curriculum, and prepare for entrance into a four year college or university upon graduation. AVID is growing every year! Today, AVID impacts more than 1.2 million students in 44 states and 16 other countries/territories. AVID students must have the desire and determination to do what it takes to accomplish their goals and make dreams of success a reality. It is a rigorous elective students commit to for one year in the middle school and requires support from parents, teachers, and the student to be successful.

AVID Goals

 

  • Utilize basic organizational skills
  • Maintain good test scores & GPA
  • Learn self-advocacy skills
  • Employ academic interventions
  • Develop speaking skills
  • Research colleges & careers
  • Explore self-awareness
  • Participate in challenging classes

Who are AVID students?

To enter the program, students may fit into one or more of the categories below.

  • Must be a current 7th or 8th grade student (6th grade has a 9 week exploratory option)
  • Average to above average GPA
  • Passing ISTEP and NWEA scores
  • Good attendance and discipline record
  • Potential to take and pass college level or advanced courses with support
  • Have a strong desire to advance their education and attend college in the future

What does a typical week in AVID look like?

AVID is a year-long elective class. Students receive academic instruction in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. Students also receive support in note-taking skills, study strategies, organizational support, and involvement in a college-going culture. In a typical week, students work on tutorials, binder evaluation, and AVID curriculum. AVID also includes speakers, field trips, team building, and other motivational activities.

What are tutorials?

AVID believes in giving students the tools necessary to find solutions on their own. Therefore, tutorials are facilitated using the Socratic method of inquiry. Once each week, students bring to class questions from their academic classes and work in small groups, facilitated by college students and adult tutors, and utilize their class notes, textbooks, and peers to solve their problem. The objective is to ensure students understand how to find their point of confusion in academic lessons, articulate this to their group, collaborate effectively with peers, and use inquiry and higher level thinking skills.

What is WICOR?

The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. All lessons utilize WICOR strategies, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. These are the major components any successful student will need to master for a post-secondary education. AVID strategies and methodologies are not only used in the AVID elective, but all content areas.

ENL

CCS ENL

The Carmel Clay Schools' English as a New Language (ENL) program is committed to educational excellence and continuous achievement for all English language learners. 

The ENL program at Carmel Clay Schools serves over 500 students. We have over 64 languages represented among our student body from 89 countries across the globe.

The goal of the ENL program is to raise the English proficiency of all students of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) to that of native English speakers at their respective grade levels. Once a student becomes fluent in both basic communication skills as well as academic language, the student is exited from the program. 

Carmel Clay Schools employs certified teachers, as well as instructional assistants, to provide direct ENL instructional services as well as support in the general educational classroom to students in the program. The ENL teachers also work in collaboration with other school faculty and staff members to develop appropriate instructional experiences to enable ENL students to attain their full potential.

High Ability

Overview

In keeping with the mission of Carmel Clay Schools to effectively meet the educational needs of all students, rigorous programs are provided for high ability students whose general intellect and academic achievement are significantly beyond their peers.  These programs provide differentiated curriculum and instructional strategies especially designed to help high ability learners meet their individual potential.

Multiple delivery systems meet a variety of student needs ranging from specific academic strengths to general intellectual giftedness. Students may receive differentiated instruction within the regular classroom for subject specific strengths. In Middle School, Honors courses in English/Language Arts and Mathematics are designed for students with content specific academic strengths that are two or more years above grade level. Advanced Math placement is also available to qualified students in grades K-8.

Advanced Math

An Advanced Mathematics sequence of study is offered for students who have mastered their grade level standards and are prepared to be accelerated to the next course (one year above grade level). Students in this sequence of study complete Algebra I in eighth grade and earn high school credit. To qualify for Advanced Mathematics courses, students must earn the required scores on a standardized achievement assessment, such as NWEA, district end-of-course assessments and course grades.

Honors Math

Honors Mathematics courses are designed to accelerate and enrich high ability students whose instructional level is at least two years above grade level. Honors Mathematics courses offer differentiated curriculum, materials, and instructional methods and focus on advanced content, problem solving, and critical thinking. Students currently enrolled in Advanced Math may qualify for Honors Math by earning the required scores on a standardized achievement test, such as NWEA, and district end-of-course assessments. 

Most students in the Honors Mathematics sequence of study complete Honors Pre-Algebra, Honors Algebra I, and Honors Geometry, although a few may complete additional courses as commensurate with their ability. Students earn weighted high school credit for Honors Algebra I and Honors Geometry.

Honors Language Arts

Honors English/Language Arts courses offer differentiated curriculum, materials, and instructional methods and focus on advanced content, problem solving, and critical thinking.

To qualify for Advanced/Honors courses students must earn the required score(s) on achievement, ability, and/or qualitative assessment(s).

Special Education

CCS Special Education

Carmel Clay Schools provides services for students with disabilities, ages 3 through 21. Students are determined eligible for special education through a multidisciplinary evaluation coordinated by a school psychologist.

Working closely with families, teachers and administration, the district is committed to educating the student in the least restrictive environment. The majority of students attend their neighborhood schools and to the maximum extent appropriate, unless their Individual Education Plan (IEP) requires some other arrangements, is educated with their non-disabled peers.

Special Education Contacts

Mrs. Lindsey Doherty
Creekside Middle School Special Education Department Chair

Dr. Jay Arthur
Director of Special Services

Mrs. Maggie Merriman
Assistant Director of Special Services

Ms. Amy Roberts
Assistant Director of Special Services

Mrs. Tammy Thornbury
Assistant Director of Special Services

Mrs. Michele Soultz
Executive Secretary

Mrs. Jenny Clark
Compliance Officer

Mrs. Tammy Dixon
Data Entry Specialist