Award Year: 2013

Discovery Middle School

10050 Brummitt Road
Granger, IN, 46530-7264

(574) 674-6010

Sheryll Harper, Principal at time of Nomination

Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation

School Website

Mission

To ensure students show continuous growth by creating a safe, interactive, and rich learning environment where all succeed! Archers AIM High!

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 87%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application

Discovery Middle School is part of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, a suburban
district in northern Indiana with 10,600 students. Discovery serves 883 students in grades
6 – 8 and has always been an innovative, collaborative learning community where the
student voice is valued. Students are taught to combine strong evidence with a passion to
argue their viewpoint. Students demonstrate understanding using contextual vocabulary
in discussions with their peers and in writing assignments. The emphasis is on depth of
knowledge and problem solving.

Teachers collaborate to implement literacy standards that stretch student performance.
Exemplary student work is displayed and celebrated and the school has a culture of high
expectations. An annual One School, One Book event celebrates literacy and brings
students, teachers and parents together in activities that create a community of learners.

A diverse student population is welcome at Discovery with students speaking 21 different
languages. The focus is on preparing students to be successful citizens of a global society.
Six years ago, the school established an exchange program with schools in Anshan,
China and students, staff and parents have travelled to China as well as hosted Chinese
educators and students at home. This program has established strong ties with Chinese
students, teachers and families and opened the eyes of young adolescents to the variety
and richness of the human experience.

Building a safe, caring environment supports student success and Discovery was
among the first to implement a comprehensive research-based anti-bullying program in
collaboration with a local university. The result is a culture of intolerance for bullying
behaviors and a climate that allows every student to excel to his or her full potential.