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Sycamore is the only private school in the state of Indiana and one of few schools in the nation where all academics and activities are designed for gifted kids preschool through eighth grade.
Sycamore School exists so that academically gifted children can experience the enriched, accelerated education they need to reach their potential and to lead responsible, constructive, fulfilling lives.
Gifted learners have special intellectual, social, and emotional needs. They need an open, enriched educational environment designed to develop superior thinking skills and the opportunity to complete a broad range of academic and artistic projects and products. The curriculum should offer greater complexity, more depth, and a faster pace than is typical. Students should have stimulating interaction with their intellectual peers and be encouraged to develop the skills and character traits of creative, productive, contributing members of society. Sycamore School values its positive, enthusiastic school climate that supports and nurtures school life.
Sycamore School provides a full-time educational program to meet the needs of academically gifted students. The faculty sets criteria for evaluating students' academic progress, and it promotes and expects the development of personal responsibility, task commitment, self-discipline, independent learning, and respectful conduct. High standards of behavior and performance, as well as high aptitude, are expected.
Sycamore has an ongoing commitment to leadership in developing and improving teaching methods, learning strategies, and curricula in gifted education. Its teachers are dedicated to learning from others in gifted education and to sharing their experience and expertise with the larger community for the educational enrichment of all children.
7/8 KMO Tops at State/Nationals April 9 - The Sycamore 7/8 Knowledge Master Team finished the spring competition with a score of 1625 out of 2000 possible points. This ranked us 1st out of 31 schools in Indiana, and 11th out of 700 schools internationally. Sycamore School is the reigning National Champions in the Small School Division.
Spanish Students Compete on HS Level April 9 - On Saturday, April 18, a compact group of Sycamore eighth-graders competed in the annual State Spanish competition, or Concurso Academico. This event is hosted by the Indiana chapter of the American Association of the Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Even though there is a middle school division at the competition, our students competed at the high school level. Sycamore students competed in all High School Level 2 events, testing their Spanish skills against high school sophomores and juniors. In the "Scrambled Sentences" event two students placed first; in "Vocabulary" one placed third; in "Non-Stop Conversation" two paired groups won 2nd and 4th places; and in "Impromptu Speaking" one placed third.
5/6 Knowledge Masters 1st in State/Nation March 9 - Sycamore's 5/6 team competed in their final Knowledge Masters Open contest of the year on Wednesday, March 18. Sycamore is ranked first in the nation and is also ranked first in the state of Indiana for our school size. Overall, the team finished third in the nation out of 368 schools, including some schools in Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, and Korea. Sycamore's team scored a mere 3 points behind the first place team from a middle school with a student body of 1300 students.
School Hosts MATHCOUNTS Regionals Feb. 09 - On Feb. 12 Sycamore hosted the Indianapolis Region MATHCOUNTS contest. Sycamore placed 3rd out of 27 teams, finishing just 1.75 points from first place. This qualified the Sycamore team for the state competition. One Sycamore student finished in 3rd place out of the nearly 200 students and he also placed 1st in the countdown round. The Sycamore team will be defending Sycamores state championship at Purdue University on March 14. Three students also qualified for the state competition as individuals.
5/6 Knowledge Masters Jan. 09 - The 5/6 Knowledge Master Open team participated in the winter contest, competing against 321 schools across the nation and in Singapore and China. With a score of 820 points, Sycamore placed first in the state of Indiana, 3rd in the nation overall and first in the nation for the Small School Division.
7/8 National Knowledge Master Champs Dec. 08 - The Sycamore 7/8 Knowledge Master team earned the national championship title of the Small School Division in this year's Knowledge Master's fall competition. The team scored of 1553 out of 2000 possible points, ranking them 1st out of 27 schools in Indiana and 14th out of 700 schools internationally.
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