Total Enrollment: 12,500
|Students identified as students with disabilities:||13.9%|
|Students indentified as economically disadvantaged:||45.0%|
|Students identified as minority:||15.7%|
|Students identified as English language learners:||11.0%|
"Test scores have increased in the district as a result of helping all students learn," said Dr. George Van Horn, Director of Special Education. "Universal Design for Learning is our framework for teaching and learning and everything we do is intentional," he added. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is about optimizing learning by reducing the barriers found in curricula, and can assist anyone who plans lessons/units of study or develops curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) to optimize levels of challenge and support to meet the needs of all learners from the start (National Center on Universal Design for Learning, 2012).
Part of our function is to serve the community through partnerships with other businesses and non-profits that give children real-life, authentic opportunities to learn and contribute.
– Dr. George Van Horn, Director of Special Education
Located 45 miles south of Indianapolis, BCSC serves approximately 12,500 students in 18 school buildings (i.e., 11 elementary schools, two middle schools, three high schools, an early childhood center, and an alternative education center). Not unlike other communities, BCSC's demographics shifted from 2002-2003 to 2011-2012 with increasing numbers of English Language Learners (from 1.7 to 11 percent), children receiving free/reduced price lunch (from 31 to 45 percent), and minority children (from 9.7 to 15.7 percent) being served, and more than 50 different languages being represented among the student population. At the same time, the percentage of children receiving special education services decreased from 16.4 percent to the current 13.9 percent, reflecting the district's commitment to intervene early, design and deliver instruction to better meet the needs of all learners, and ensure that students with disabilities receive the majority of their services alongside general education peers.
Bartholomew Consolidated School District Photos