CMS Academics

  • Crawfordsville Middle School believes in providing the highest quality and the most appropriate education to every student. To meet this goal, CMS implements differentiated course offerings, and utilizes data-based decision making to assist placing students in the appropriate course for their individual learning needs. This allows all students to receive instruction that is designed to his/her level of understanding, while still receiving high quality grade level curriculum.


    Crawfordsville Middle School operates on a hybrid block schedule. Math and language arts classes meet everyday, while science, social studies, and electives meet every other day. Courses/blocks are scheduled into what is referenced as either A or B days. 5 class periods meet each day and are 68 minutes in length with five minute passing periods between each period. All students also begin each day with a 25 minute Advisory period. Students are scheduled with a teacher for their Advisory class when they enter 6th grade and maintain the same teacher for Advisory through their 3 years at CMS. Students receive mentoring from the teacher with their academic progress, as well as receive Social Emotional Learning with Second Steps during this time. Students begin their day at 8:40 with Advisory and end their day at 3:45 after 5th period.


    Crawfordsville Middle School implements a delayed start schedule each Wednesday for teacher professional development. Teachers use this time to review data, collaborate with colleagues, and plan and adjust future instructional planning. Students begin their day at 9:20 in Advisory and then have five periods following that are 64 minutes each. The day ends at 3:45 at the end of 5th period.


    Crawfordsville Middle School’s curriculum and instruction is designed to meet the needs of all students. Students with high achievement and motivation for learning are placed in the Accelerated and Enriched (A&E) program for advanced coursework. Non-English speaking students are offered support through our ENL English and Resource classes. Special education students are serviced through full inclusion classrooms, resource classroom supports, or self-contained classrooms depending on their appropriate need of placement.


    Crawfordsville Middle School students are provided core curricula of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. A wide variety of electives are available for students to take in addition to core curricula including, physical education, specialized physical education, band, choir, exploring music, art, journalism, spanish, family and consumer sciences, business technology, computer science, engineering, medical detectives, science of technology, flight and space, and environment and energy. High school credit in the 8th grade is also available to take through the following courses: Algebra I, Spanish I, Health, and Preparing for College and Careers.