South Montgomery School Corporation is made up of one high school (grades nine through 12), one junior high school (grades seven and eight) and four elementary schools (grades kindergarten through six).
Southmont High School
has an enrollment of 630. Academic excellence has resulted in five National Merit Scholar winners, a state and nationally recognized agricultural program, and an award-winning band and choral program. Over 175 courses are offered, including dual- and advanced-placement classes, technology and vocational coursework, and 20 varsity-level sports programs. Seventy-five percent of the class of 2006 went on to attend post-secondary programs. Other offerings include an Academic Honors Diploma and Academic Team competitions, along with over 20 clubs and honor societies. Technology and vocational programs include CISCO, HVAC, auto mechanics, law enforcement, radio and television coursework, and cosmetology. SHS students’ pass rate on the ISTEP is 77.6 percent, which compares very favorably to the state average of 66.4 percent for the 2006–2007 school calendar year.
Southmont Junior High School
has an enrollment of 375. A focus on academic excellence has earned the school Four Star Status in three separate school years, the most recent being 2003–2004. The school also boasts a 97 percent attendance level over the past seven years. At SJHS, the traditional school day includes a student advisory program. Instructional methods include grade-level interdisciplinary teaching teams, interdisciplinary units, innovative curricula and teaching to the standards. A Civil War re-enactment for eighth graders and service-learning projects make for a well-rounded learning experience. Academic team competitions, academic awards program and mini-achievement awards programs are held throughout the school year. There is also a “student recognition of the month” event. High school credit for algebra, computer lab access, a distance-learning facility and guidance programs are all available for students. Students can participate in 12 sports programs and 18 clubs and groups. SJHS had a 77 percent ISTEP pass rate in 2006; the state average was 72.6 percent.
Ladoga Elementary School
has 172 students and is another Four Star School within the South Montgomery School Corporation. Art, music and physical education are all a part of academic instruction at Ladoga Elementary. General education intervention and intensive early intervention services are provided, along with full-service inclusion and Title 1 services. An emphasis is placed on language arts and mathematics. Educational field trips are part of the comprehensive curriculum, which has included trips to Chicago and St. Louis. Special programs include Just Say No, the DARE program, Character Counts and a Violence Prevention program. There’s also a Jump Start tutoring service, a resource room and a peer mentoring program. Football, basketball, volleyball and track are some of the athletic programs available.
New Market Elementary School
has 562 students and emphasizes its Primary Guided Reading program and Student Success process, along with its art, music and physical education programs. Football, basketball, volleyball, track, wrestling, swimming, dance and cheerleading are all part of the physical education component here, which includes traveling sixth grade boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. Flexible scheduling is provided for grades four through six, and departmentalization incorporates sixth grade. Special instruction here includes the Just Say No club, Student Council, the DARE program, Character Counts and Student Assistant Team. Other programs are full-service inclusion, after-school tutoring, peer tutoring and intensive early intervention. There’s a Student Ambassador program, an ESL Mentoring program and a student bookstore. A First Grade Teacher Friend program is hosted at this school, along with a Community Mentorship program.
Walnut Elementary School
enrolls 215 students. An emphasis is placed on language arts and mathematics instruction, along with art, music and physical education. Sports include basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, football and track. Phonics instruction is provided for primary grades, and field trips are arranged to provide enrichment to curricula. The school has full-service inclusion, a resource room, a computer lab and a library, which is staffed full-time. The school promotes positive behavior and attitudes, supported by such programs as Just Say No, DARE and Character Counts.