Special Interest Groups — These groups are specifically designed for students who are performing at higher levels and need more advanced academic activities. These groups will participate in local, regional or state competitions. One example of an advanced study group is a science project team that will compete in local and state science fairs. Other advanced study groups will include: Science Olympiad, Math Leagues (American, Continental), Lego League, Spelling Bee, Extreme Challenge Team, Robotics Team, and Power of the Pen.
Annual School-Wide Events — IMSA-West Indianapolis will organize annual school-wide events geared toward the parents, students, and the larger community. School-wide events are critical to building community, school pride, and a culture of collaboration, learning, and excellence. The whole community gets involved in all aspects of events including the planning, marketing, and execution. Some of these events will include:
- Community Breakfast – Each year, community leaders, elected officials, and business leaders will be invited to attend a breakfast at the school and take a tour of the school when it is in session. Guests will meet with students, parents, board members, and staff. This event will engage the larger community and foster community partnerships.
- Annual School Showcase – Students will have an opportunity to showcase what they have learned at IMSA-West Indianapolis. The community will participate in curriculum-related presentations, shows, and games that are interactive and fun. The showcase will be organized to celebrate and share the school’s success with the community.
- International Dinner – This cultural event will involve the community in celebrating diversity and the cultures of the world through food, dance and presentations.
- Honor Roll Parent Dinner – IMSA-West Indianapolis will organize a dinner for parents of students who make the honor roll to recognize the parents’ contribution to the success of their children. Parents and their children will attend the catered dinner, watch presentations, listen to speakers, and mingle with IMSA-West Indianapolis staff.
Field Trips – Resources within the community will be used to enrich the curriculum. IMSA-West Indianapolis will sponsor trips to venues such as Eli Lilly, the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, local colleges/universities, and hospitals to learn more about careers in science, math and technology as well as participate in problem-based learning activities.
In addition, field trips will be planned to a national and/or international destination at a specific point in the curriculum. Both parents and teachers will be encouraged to accompany students on these trips. Concept students and parents have participated in trips to Malaysia, Thailand, Europe, Philippines, Turkey, Africa, Russia, New York City, Washington, D. C., Florida, California, Columbus,Cincinnati, Chicago, West Virginia White River Rafting, Louisville, St. Louis, Science Center at Fort Wayne, Pittsburgh and Niagara Falls.
Trips are on a voluntary basis with parents covering the expenses. Students will fundraise throughout the year to reduce the cost of trips. Students also must meet certain criteria related to GPA, discipline, and attendance in order to participate in such trips. IMSA-West Indianapolis will also have incentives such as discounts on these trips for high GPAs and excellent behavior.