Located in Hagerstown, Indiana, the Nettle Creek School Corporation serves 1,096 students from Dalton, Economy, Greens Fork, Hagerstown, Jacksonburg, and Millville. The district includes Hagerstown Elementary School and Hagerstown Junior and Senior High School. The corporation has strong ties to the local community, utilizing the resources and expertise of area businesses to augment the educational experiences of its students and help them achieve their full potential.
Small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratios emphasize personal classroom instruction and hands-on learning experiences. From kindergarten through high school, students will find teachers who believe in them and empower them to discover and follow their dreams. Every student who attends Nettle Creek Schools is known by his or her teachers on a first-name basis. Many teachers have the same student twice in the classroom and again in an extracurricular activity. Because students are in the same building for six years, teachers are more focused on students’ academic and social strengths, as well as any areas where improvement is needed. Students also have access to before, after, and in-school opportunities for extra academic help.
Academic and extracurricular offerings are comprehensive at both the elementary and junior and senior high school level, with 13 dual-credit courses taught by faculty. In 2017, the district had a 96.8 percent high school graduation rate. Nearly 90 percent of the class graduated with a college transcript. According to the Indiana Department of Education’s most recent analysis of Hoosier schools, Nettle Creek was the only school corporation serving Wayne County that earned an A rating and is the only district in the area to increase its overall letter grade in 2018. The IDOE’s accountability grades are based on student performance, student improvement, graduation rates, and college and career readiness.
Students also can take specific college courses online and on a college campus during the school day. Participation in the Model Legislature and academic competitions offers additional opportunities for students to test their skills and knowledge. Organizations involving music, the arts, Future Farmers of America, Business Professionals of America, and more offer experiences for students to compete at the county, state and often national levels. A Golden Tiger Band program provides marching, jazz, athletic, and symphonic performance opportunities.
During their education at Nettle Creek Schools, students are exposed to leadership, conflict resolution, peer mediation, and essential life skills curriculum. An agri-business program gives students the chance to raise fish, cattle, and poultry, along with welding, small engine repair, and auto body painting opportunities.
Academic offerings are enhanced with creative outlets, with students given access to a wide variety of arts-related courses, including 2 and 3-D photography and yearbook production.
Accountability is important at Nettle Creek Schools. Parents, teachers, administrators, and local employers all have a vested interest in student learning and success. Skill development is key, and area business leaders play an instrumental role in ensuring students have the knowledge and skills to compete in an ever-evolving workforce.
This community engagement takes many forms. Business owners may partner with a specific classroom, offering a consistent source of support and academic incentives. Other businesses focus on college and career, providing professional learning opportunities, guidance, and expertise through in-person presentations, mentoring, and workplace experiences.
It is these and other community partnerships that make Nettle Creek Schools truly a place where students are empowered to realize their potential and inspired to grow and succeed.