ILPs are developed for each student and reflect targeted areas including academics, behavior, work habits, study skills, self-advocacy, and language skills. Testing accommodations are documented on the ILP, along with additional services provided. In the Middle School, parents are invited to four conferences each year to discuss their student's plan and to collaborate with teachers about their student's progress. In grades 7-8, students attend their conferences.
Each student attends small-group academic classes for Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, English and Science. Class groupings are based on the following criteria: standardized testing, trends in areas of strengths/needs, teacher observation and input, psychoeducational evaluation results, language evaluations, previous year’s curriculum, and Middle School screening inventories for Math and Spelling. Instructional practice areas are geared toward students’ individual learning styles.
Advisory groups foster supportive relationships among students and between the student and his/her faculty advisor. Each advisory, comprised of a small group of students and a faculty advisor, meets at the beginning and end of each school day. This group time includes, but is not limited to, organizational skills, time management strategies, character education, goal monitoring, and team building activities. In addition to leading the advisory, advisors also serve as liaisons between the school and students’ families.
Enrichment classes enable students to explore their strengths and interests. Band, Choir, Music Tech, Theatre Tech, Photography, Art, Theatre, Technology Skills, and Physical Education are currently offered during school (options vary by grade level). The Fine Arts are celebrated each semester with concerts that showcase musical, theatrical, and artistic talents. All-school theatre productions are open to Middle School students.
Essential Skills workshops meet once per week during an enrichment rotation. The groups focus on areas that enhance opportunities for success in academic and other activities. Offerings vary from year to year. Topics have included Public Speaking, Learning Styles and Wellness.
Social skills are intentionally taught throughout the school day and during all Middle School activities. Students benefit from specific social skills instruction during boys and girls groups with the Middle School counselor or Social Learning and Leadership program director. Speech-language pathologists also lead pragmatics classes to assist some students in strengthening social interaction skills. Students improve conversational skills during advisory times and through advisor-led discussions during designated lunches. All students are encouraged to attend afterschool activities that are fun and provide opportunities to apply the appropriate social skills in all settings. Field trips also provide occasions for the students to apply skills they have acquired in the classroom to the outside world. The field trips taken throughout the year help prepare students socially for the class trip in the spring.
Middle School support services include afterschool academic support (through Boost), speech-language services, occupational therapy services, social coaching, school counseling, and afterschool tutoring.
Technology instruction is included in an enrichment rotation for all students and integrated into academic classes. The student's MacBook becomes an essential learning tool. Use of the internet is monitored carefully as students explore educational websites for learning and research. Students develop proficiency with computer skills and software applications that correlate with instructional objectives. Assistive technology may also be offered to students needing technological applications in order to more effectively demonstrate their knowledge base.
Developmentally, Middle School is an optimal time to instill the benefits of being philanthropic or the desire to serve others through giving of time, efforts or finances. Students experience firsthand how an individual, as well as a group, can make a difference. Monthly character traits are linked to service learning opportunities as part of the character education program.
Athletic opportunities are offered year-round, and all students are encouraged to participate. Middle School sports often include tennis, cross country, soccer, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and golf.
Field trips are taken routinely during the school year to further develop the connections between the classroom and the world beyond. These experiences help the student to better understand periods and events of history, elements of literature and the performing arts. In the past few years, field trips have included Dyer Observatory, Carnton Plantation, Nashville Zoo, Adventure Science Center, Deer Run, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, The Parthenon, and the Tennessee State Capitol.
Grade-level trips are a tradition for the Middle School. They are designed to provide opportunities and experiences that students would typically not encounter on other trips. All students attend grade-level trips (lengths vary by grade level), and they are typically one of the highlights of the school year for students and teachers alike.
Student Council offers a unique leadership opportunity for students to represent their classmates and plan activities throughout the year. Student Council assists with planning social events, fundraising opportunities, Homecoming, Spirit Week, and community service initiatives for the Middle School.
Each quarter, students’ successes are celebrated during the Success Assemblies. The faculty and administrators recognize student accomplishments in classwork, homework, behavior, attitude, participation, and a variety of other areas. Awards are earned for 100 percent homework completion, 100 percent attendance, 100 percent arrival to school and class on time, and for areas identified in individual classes.
The afterschool program, Boost, is offered Monday through Friday. Boost hours are 3:20-5:45 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) and 2:00-6 p.m. (Wednesday). Visit the Boost section of the website for more details and for online registration.
Located in Brentwood, Tenn., just miles from Nashville and Franklin, Currey Ingram Academy is a K-12 independent, college-preparatory day school for students with unique learning styles and/or learning differences. Since moving to this campus in 2002, the school has welcomed families from 33 states and eight countries who cite the school as their primary reason for moving to Middle Tennessee.
Currey Ingram Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and AdvancEd/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).