A Guide for Elementary Parents
What to Expect at Grant
Marion City Schools builds upon its foundation for success at the middle school level as students enter this crucial time between elementary and high school.
Grant Middle School takes student leadership up a level with LEAD, the middle school version of The Leader in Me, and continues with Literacy Collaborative and Next Generational Learning Environments that let students personalize their learning. Students also start talking about potential careers as they prepare for high school.
LEAD at Grant
LEAD is FranklinCovey’s whole school transformation process for middle schools. It customizes the leadership principles and tools in the elementary schools’ The Leader in Me program to fit middle school students’ needs.
The Leader in Me and LEAD both seek to:
- Create a culture of trust and caring
- Empower students to lead their own lives, and make a difference with others
- Provide students tools to better achieve goals
- Develop student voice
Grant Middle School joins Marion City Schools’ elementary schools in adopting The Leader in Me. Staff and students read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and are focusing on a different habit each month. Staff are split into three action teams focusing on leadership, culture and academics. Students learn about creating Wildly Important Goals and keep track of how they are working to meet those goals.
Watch a video about LEAD at Grant
Personalized Learning and Technology
Grant Middle School features the county’s only middle school STEM Lab. The STEM Lab houses the middle school’s robotics program. Instructors Ricardo Lehman and Kristin Tope teach other STEM classes including coding as they strive to interest students in science, technology, engineering and math careers.
Grant students can choose their own elective classes that include Spanish, pre-engineering, robotics, STEM classes, physical education or fitness opportunities, or art courses. Students can also earn multiple high school credits through ELA Literature 9, Algebra I, Spanish I, biology or pre-engineering. These opportunities are available to every student at Grant Middle School.
Grant Middle School offers more athletic programs than most middle school athletic programs in the area. That includes football, volleyball, cross country and soccer and cheerleading in the fall. We have wrestling, girls and boys basketball during the winter. Spring sports include baseball, softball and co-ed track.