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About Michigan City Area Schools
- Michigan City Area Schools covers approximately 120 square miles in LaPorte and Porter Counties. Buildings include 14 schools, an administrative office, a transportation/service building, and a plant planning facility.
- Two state-of-the-art elementary schools, Lake Hills and Pine, opened in 2009. Both buildings now serve students as magnet schools, Lake Hills as a magnet school for Science, Engineering, Technology and Math, and Pine as a magnet school for the Visual and Performing Arts.
- Full-day Kindergarten is offered to all students.
- A PreK program for three- and four-year-olds, operated by the LaPorte County Family YMCA and Imagination Station, serves students at six elementary schools.
- Gifted and Talented Centers are located at three elementary buildings (Springfield, Knapp, and Joy) serving GT students in a multi-age classroom setting. Middle schools also offer services for GT students.
- Middle Schools are theme-based, offering a solid foundation in core subjects through a special curricular focus. Barker centers on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Elston is a Center for Cultural Arts; and Krueger centers on Environmental Science.
- Michigan City High School (approximately 1,800 students) is accredited by the North Central Association. Many dual-credit and AP courses are offered, and a Freshman Academy serves students in need of extra support. Interdisciplinary Co-Operative Education, Project Lead the Way Engineering, and four Foreign Languages are among the diverse course options available to students.
- All students (Pre-K through 12) adhere to a "Dress for Success" dress code. Goals of the “Dress for Success” program include building school spirit, emphasizing academics, and fostering a sense of pride among students.
- An Adult Basic Education program provides individualized instruction, credit recovery, and GED test preparation at several sites.
- La Porte County Career and Technical Education, housed at the A. K. Smith Center, serves students from six high schools in the region. Areas of study include automotive technology, health careers, early childhood education, welding, culinary science, cosmetology, construction, advanced manufacturing, electronics/computer repair, and criminal justice (beginning in 2013).
- Numerous school and community events are held at Elston Middle School’s Performing Arts Center. The corporation also offers outstanding athletic facilities, including a newly renovated football stadium (Ames Field), two swimming pools, and a 7,000-capacity high school gymnasium.
- The corporation has a comprehensive instructional technology plan in place and has been recognized nationally for its innovative classroom technology.
About Our Community
Michigan City, Indiana is located on the southern shores of Lake Michigan near the beautiful Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and State Park. The city, which is located in the northernmost section of LaPorte County, is just 55 miles east of Chicago and 10 miles southwest of the Michigan state line. The city’s economy features a sound industrial base accompanied by strong retail, service, and tourist sectors.
Michigan City is a diverse community, offering many cultural events and opportunities to enjoy the fine and performing arts. With a reputation as one of the Midwest’s best resort and recreation areas, the lakefront is a key attraction for all seasons. The historic South Shore commuter line runs several trains daily through Michigan City, along routes to South Bend and the Chicago Loop. Purdue University’s North Central campus is located just a few minutes south of Michigan City, and Ivy Tech Community College serves residents at its Michigan City campus.
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