Recognizing the importance of these formative years, the MSD of Pike Township has strengthened middle school, grades 6-8, academic rigor to continue building the foundation for an educational environment committed to academic excellence. This environment is responsive to the unique needs of adolescent learners and includes: challenging curricula, student engagement, critical thinking for deeper understanding, and opportunities that allow students to reach their full potential.
The adopted class schedule for middle schools increases academic rigor through expanded instructional time and consistent curricula throughout all district middle schools. College Prep and other accelerated courses are offered in the four core academic subject areas. Math and language arts remediation classes are offered to students during the school day, as well as high school level math, integrated science and Spanish courses, and choices of related arts classes and other STEM electives. Students performing at advanced levels may also benefit from participation in the Honors Program (High Ability), and will continue to benefit from the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses offered at Pike High School. As Pike continues to expand STEM learning opportunities, additional courses are being developed such as Project Lead the Way for Grade 8 students interested in STEM college and career pathways.
The Indiana General Assembly revised Indiana Code 20-30-4 as of July 2008, requiring 6th grade students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) to develop an initial graduation plan. The initial graduation plan is completed via Naviance, a college and career readiness solution used in the MSD of Pike Township.