As Indian Creek School approaches our 50th anniversary, we have had the opportunity to take a deep look at what sets us apart from other schools. From Indian Creek’s inception as a Lower School, through its years as a PK-8 school, and into the current Pre-K through grade 12 community, our culture of kindness, commitment to well-being, and pursuit of educational excellence have stood out as key components of the ICS experience.
During my years at the School, I have witnessed the ICS culture in action as our students, faculty, and families worked to unify two campuses into one school community. I have been proud to see how these traits helped ensure that ICS students continued to be cared for, connected, and challenged during an unpredictable past few years. And I continue to see these qualities prevail as the school springs forward into its vibrant next 50 years. There’s real momentum at ICS these days, and our culture of kindness, care, and excellence are the inspiration.
We have a mantra at ICS. When we ask “Is it kind?, Is it true?, Is it necessary?”, it’s a reminder that the actions of an individual impact the experience of others. It’s important for all of us to be welcoming, inclusive, and attentive to what others express. Revisiting the mantra balances us in moments when we may have lost our focus and prompts us to lead with kindness and creates a culture where we all feel a sense of belonging and are able to be our authentic selves.
We also believe that well-being is integral to a quality education. Indian Creek has always placed emphasis on seeing the “whole-child,” and providing a well-rounded student experience. Rooted in our long-standing Human Development curriculum and strong advisory system, a focus on physical, mental, emotional, and social health can be found in every aspect of the School. ICS students and alumni consistently cite the quality of the relationships they have with their educators as the most important part of their experience at ICS.
The quality of student-teacher relationships and a focus on the future enhance the educational experience at ICS. Simply put, Indian Creek students and faculty pursue excellence at extraordinary levels. Indian Creek students strive to be their best in and out of the classroom. Indian Creek faculty strive to provide the best education for their students, incorporating innovative best practices into their teaching. As ICS students and faculty pursue excellence, so does the school. This can be seen through Indian Creek’s most recent curricular developments, including the establishment of a Pre-K Nature Center, a focus on Project-Based Learning at the Middle School, and the introduction of an Advanced Placement Seminar and Research sequence at the Upper School. We’re proud of these initiatives because they represent our desire to offer outstanding programs to our students that are age-appropriate, current, and high-quality.
Please come visit Indian Creek to witness the Vision in action. We hope to see you soon.
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