Whitko Middle School is an extraordinary educational environment where we believe that "...if you work hard, you will get smart!"  Here, we take responsibility for the growth and development of the whole child.  Ultimately, our goals are to:

  • help each child achieve academic excellence,
  • support each child socially and emotionally,
  • challenge each child to reach their highest potential with a rigorous curriculum,
  • engage each child with the latest learning technologies, and
  • ensure that each child is always safe.

Our school community is passionate about ensuring that every child experiences success with learning every day.  We are committed to providing high quality services in all that we do.  To achieve this, each student will participate in a rigorous school and state based assessment and monitoring schedule throughout the year to ensure their academic progress.  This progress is kept foremost in our minds and guides the teaching and learning process.  In addition, specialized programs to support students with learning difficulties or extend students with gifts and talents are devised and implemented by experienced teachers ensuring that students are challenged and achieving to their potential.  All students are also offered a wide variety of extra-curricular, co-curricular, and sports options throughout the school year to enhance their educational experience.

We see ourselves as a community of caring learners who work very hard to create and maintain a safe and nurturing culture.  We promote high expectations for teaching and learning in all academic and extracurricular areas and we foster the development of character using the "best person" and the "golden rule" as standards to live by.

Whitko Middle School serves approximately 350 students in grades 6-8.  Our classrooms and facilities offer contemporary learning environments enriched by the latest in technology to enhance learning and provide a portal to the world beyond the four walls of our classrooms.  We teach to the whole child with teaching strategies that empower students to take ownership of their own actions and learning.  Rigor and relevance in the classroom coupled with our advisory program and student-led conferences lead students to become reflective problem solvers, critical thinkers, and effective decision makers that will prepare them to be college, career, and life ready.

A dedicated and caring staff, enthusiastic students, and supportive parents make Whitko Middle School a wonderful place for children to learn and grow!  At our core, we find that we are guided by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King who said that "...the function of education is to teach one to think intensively and think critically.  Intelligence plus character; that is the goal of true education."

Welcome to Whitko Middle School!

Eugene M. Sweeney, Ph.D.


Whitko Middle School strives:

  • to create life-long learning advocates for self and others;
  • for academic achievement that is rigorous, observable, applicable, and relevant; and
  • for a climate that is positive, academic, safe, and supportive.


The vision for Whitko Middle School is that we will make our school a “blue-ribbon, A-rated” school.

Within the confines of our resources, the vision is centered by:

  • a commitment throughout the school community toward the continuous improvement of learning;
  • a commitment to the social, emotional, physical, and educational well-being of all the young people who attend Whitko Middle School;
  • a commitment to the development of a Professional Learning Community in which the fundamental structure of the school is the collaborative team that works to answer the following questions:
    • What do we want our students to know and be able to do? (Curriculum: developing and maintaining a guaranteed and viable curriculum);
    • How will we be able to determine whether our students know and are able to do what we intend for them to know and be able to do? (Assessment: engaging in ongoing formative assessment to obtain evidence of student learning);
    • How will we teach what we intend so that our students will learn? (Instruction);
    • What will we do when our students do not learn what we intend? (Intervention: providing additional time and support for students who struggle by name and by need that is timely, diagnostic, directive, precise, and systemic);
    • What will we do when our students do learn what we intend? (Enrichment);
  • a commitment to learning by doing and focusing on results;
  • a commitment to the elements of the middle school model including teaming, advisory, flexible scheduling, and exploratory curriculum;
  • a commitment to the engagement of each student in the teaching-learning process in which they attain a voice and learn to take responsibility for their own learning; and
  • a commitment to the enthusiastic and active involvement of parents and other leaders of the community with school personnel in the regular development and assessment of quality indicators with a focus upon the continuous improvement of the school.


The goals of the faculty, staff, and student body of Whitko Middle School are to continually:

  • work to be a positive influence,
  • strive for high levels of achievement, and
  • develop and maintain an outstanding school culture.


We believe that if you work hard at learning you will get smart.


A Whitko Wildcat acts to be a positive influence and attains high levels of achievement by becoming the “best person” and “best learner” that they can possibly become. “Best person” means that they treat others as they would wish to be treated and always do the next right thing. “Best learner” means that they always work hard at learning.  



Whitko Middle School

Eugene M. Sweeney, Ph.D.,  Principal
710 N. St. Rd. 5
Larwill, IN  46764

V:  260-327-3603
V:  574-594-1687
F: 260-327-3805

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