School Information

Grant Middle School is dedicated to preparing students to transition to high school. We do that by stressing academics and leadership while working with students to identify their interests and encourage them to start thinking about college or careers.

Student leadership

Students start studying Stephen Covey's The Leader in Me in elementary school. Grant Middle School continues that focus by introducing students to LEAD, the middle school version of The Leader in Me.

Grant and GEAR UP at Marion City Schools collaborate to organize three leadership days that encompass The Leader in Me's "7 Daily Habits" and explores career interests. Students also attend monthly leadership breakfasts that give them a chance to meet representatives from the community and discuss their goals.

Each student is encouraged to set goals and keep a leadership notebook that tracks their progress towards those goals.

Career exploration

GEAR UP at Marion City Schools works with students to identify possible career interests. GEAR UP advisors use Naviance, comprehensive K-12th grade college and career readiness software, to align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals.

The goal is to start students thinking about college and careers so they have a better idea what high school courses they need to take to accomplish their goals.

Representatives from area industries, businesses and organizations attend leadership days to answer students' questions about career pathways available in the area.

Innovative learning opportunities

Grant Middle School strives to offer rigorous and innovative learning opportunities for all students.

Literacy Collaborative, a research-based program dedicated to improving students' reading skills, is used in both elementary schools and middle school. Instructors go through training to tailor writing and reading instructoin to students' individual needs.

Next Generation Learning Environments personalize learning and use technology to interest students in learning. Students receive whole class, small group or independent learning to fit their learning style.

Grant Middle School features a STEM learning center that teaches subjects like robotics, forensics, and coding. Instructors Rick Lehman and Kristin Tope focus on introducing students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses that may spur their interest in related fields.

Seventh and 8th graders can choose their own elective classes that include Spanish, pre-engineering, robotics, STEM classes, physical education and fitness, and art classes.

Students can also earn multiple high school credits through English (ELA) I, Algebra I, Spanish 1, Biology or Pre-engineering.


Kirk Ballinger


Kirk Ballinger

Assistant Principal

Danielle Emans

Assistant Principal

Terrie Turney

Assistant Principal

Adam Hennessy