Our School

MISSION STATEMENT 


Our mission is to provide a caring, secure educational environment which recognizes individuality and develops respectful, confident and productive citizens, possessing positive character traits and basic skills for lifelong learning.  


LaCrosse School provides a technology rich environment that encourages students to reach their true potential as active, responsible, independent, lifelong learners and productive citizens.


 The Career Success Partnership of Tri-Township CSC provides every student with age appropriate career information and experiences that enable students to make informed choices based on these opportunities.



Narrative Description of LaCrosse High School


LaCrosse School is a school in southern LaPorte County, serving an area with a population of 2773.  Current enrollment is 105 students (9-12).  The school building was constructed in 1915 and the gymnasium was constructed in 1947.  Agriculture is the main land use in this mostly rural district.  While agriculture and trucking are the major local employers, a large number of people commute to work in other communities.  Economically, the area is middle to lower income. In 2019-2020, thirty-six percent of our students received free or reduced lunches.  The community is close-knit and evokes a strong feeling of family.  


LaCrosse School is developing strong strands of curriculum for college bound students and career bound students.  College bound students are given the opportunity to earn over 24 college credits with some of the classes being taught by college professors on the LaCrosse campus.  All students participate in field trips to universities, colleges, manufacturing facilities and industrial settings to broaden their knowledge base about possible careers available to them.  Students can attend vocational classes through a cooperative program and can also participate in a work/study program to explore their career interests.


LaCrosse School continually updates the technology throughout the school.  Our network utilizes 20Mb access speed, classrooms are equipped with projectors and cameras. The school maintains a wireless network throughout the building and the computer to student ratio is 1-to-1 with every student utilizing a Chromebook. Teachers are using Chromebooks and MacBooks.  The school is using Google Classroom as a learning management platform.  This allows the school to communicate effectively with students who miss school due to illness. Also, teachers are using the Zoom platform for virtual students or remote learning in the classroom.


All students are individually monitored for progress toward ISTEP and graduation requirements.  If they fall behind, interventions are put into place to accelerate their learning.  Plato software is utilized for remediation and acceleration purposes.  


Other improvements include:


  1. High School students have the opportunity to enroll in dual credit courses and also to take college courses through the Professor on Loan program through Ivy Tech.  Currently, students have the opportunity to graduate with over 24 college credits. High School students have the ability to earn college credit through our A.K. Smith Career Center cooperative in Michigan City.

  2. Communication with students and parents is enhanced due to the use of School Messenger, Harmony, a student management software, the Remind App,  and Google Classroom.  Push notifications are encouraged for parents to receive continual updates regarding student grades, attendance and discipline.  

  3. The school added an Agricultural Education curriculum, offering students the opportunity of four courses in the strand.  The school also developed an FFA chapter in order to offer additional career exploration for our students.  The classes have been well received by the students and the FFA chapter is very active.

  4. The school has added a Leo Club. The Leo Club is a branch of our local Lions Club that includes high school students. The Leo Club is very active in our community.

  5. The school is in the second year of Computer Science courses. The school will add a third class next school year to create a graduation pathway for students in Computer Science.

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