IST Middle School Immersion



    IST Application Process:
    Our option program enrollment window this year will be in February or March 2022, giving families more time to decide what’s right for them.  IST Informational Night Flyer

    The Institute of Science and Technology is creating the next generation of scientists.

    Imagine. A rich, daily immersion into hands-on science, sparking middle-schooler curiosities and keeping alive childhood fascinations with engineering, life sciences, archaeology, chemistry, discovery and experimentation.

    Imagine. Classrooms led by teachers who not only teach content and skills but who are also trusted advisors whose daily focus is to assist students in the navigation of the increasingly complex challenges of adolescence and, ultimately, college readiness.

    Imagination becomes reality in North Central High School’s middle school expansion model. In this lottery determined program, seventh and eighth grade students from across the district will attend middle school at NCHS, specifically, in the Institute of Science and Technology, the region’s leading STEM facility. Students will remain within the IST and within their own student groups for nearly all of their classes, but will be able to experience a small menu of carefully selected elective courses and some mathematic coursework with high school students from NCHS. At the end of their two-year middle experience at NCHS, students can remain at NCHS, attend a neighborhood high school, or opt into other option programs in the same way any other student in our district can. But they will do so with a dramatic “leg up” in terms of STEM preparation, college readiness, and advisory support. 

    School Day Info:

    • IST Overview Video
    • School day is from 8 a.m - 2:30 p.m.
    • Same bell schedule as high school
    • Six classes consist of accelerated English, accelerated math, advanced science, accelerated history, PE, and one elective (8th graders may have elective with high school students)
    • Sports will have to be played at the home middle school
    • Lunch is eaten in our cafeteria with all students
    • Sample Schedule
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