The MDS high school is comprised of students in 9th – 11th grade (no current seniors). Each class ranges from 4 to 6 students and a one teacher. All teachers are specialized in their area of academics (Math, Reading, Language Arts, Transition, Science, and Social Studies). Students have required classes they are supposed to complete prior their graduation from MDS. All students are required to earn 21.5 credits before graduating. Students are offered a variety of classes, and often have a selection of elective courses they are able to take. Elective courses that have been offered are mysteries of science, family and consumer science, web development, world knowledge, communication and debate courses.
MDS currently follows a 7 period class day. One Friday a month the schedule changes and students participate in a transition program which allows for Deaf community members to speak, college recruiters to present, and other activities to occur that will support our students when they graduate and enter the world. While attending MDS students also have resources such as speech and language therapy, social work, social skills, and study skills. Mainstreaming opportunities are arranged on an individual basis with a nearby high school.
Prom and an international trip occur every other year, on a rotating basis. This year our participating students will go to France for 12 days, partnering with the Indiana School for the Deaf. Hands on Travel will be making the arrangements and leading the trip.
Teachers and students alike are encouraged to integrate technology into their assignments and or lessons, teachers often use a variety of software programs available and equipment provided by the school. All teachers have a SMARTboard in their classrooms. Laptops and iPads portable labs as well as personal devices are used throughout the high school for learning.