Whitko Community Schools are heading back to school for another year.
The new year brings some changes, but administrators are enthusiastic and ready to start the year with a positive attitude.
It will be the first year since the district consolidated. Whitko Middle School is now closed, splitting the 6th graders between Pierceton Elementary and South Whitley Elementary schools.
The 7th and 8th graders will now be in the same building as the high schoolers at Whitko Junior Senior High School.
The decision came after intense debates, but leaders in the district remain optimistic and continue to push the motto “Two communities, one school.”
Whitko Community School Corporation serves families across Whitley and Kosciusko counties.
The district prides itself on being “big enough to deliver and small enough to care.” The schools’ website goes on to explain that students receive opportunities often associated with a larger school system, while still benefiting from relationships cultivated in a more intimate school setting.
Whitko provides a personal technology device to each student in the district. The elementary schools are Common Sense Technology certified, which means children are taught good technological habits and how to be safe online. The junior senior high school is currently working to attain the same certification.
Whitko High School was also recognized as a Top 5 Most Spirited High School in America.
Eighteen varsity sports and several arts programs are offered to students in the district.
Whitko has also earned back-to-back “A” ratings from the Department of Education, and has a 92 percent graduation rate.
To learn more about Whitko Community School Corporation, visit its website.