Mease and Taft Elementary Schools
Preschool and kindergarten students attend Mease Elementary School. Taft
Elementary School, recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School, houses first
through fourth grades. Highly qualified preschool staff aligns their Creative
Curriculum with the Iowa Learning Standards and the Quality Preschool Program Standards.
Preschool students receive developmentally appropriate instruction that
fosters social/ emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development and
enhance literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology.
Preschool staff utilizes the GOLD program to assess students on 38 research-based
objectives and designs ways to provide necessary supports for all students.
Kindergarten through fourth grade teachers develop and analyze lessons as they
focus on implementing the essential skills and concepts from the Iowa Core. They
support their students’ literacy development. Teachers utilize assessment data to
establish small, flexible groups to provide intervention where needed. The
elementary math curriculum uses the problem-solving approach and emphasizes
analytical thinking with a strong number sense. Teachers utilize an inquiry
approach to engage learners in Social Studies and Science. Elementary students
receive supports through the Extended Learning Program, English Language
Learner, and Special Education Programs.
Wellness is emphasized in physical education and an appreciation of the fine arts
through music and art. Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) is
implemented at both elementary schools. There are common expectations for
classroom, lunchroom, restroom, playground, hallway, and bus behaviors. Students
modeling appropriate behaviors are recognized and celebrated. The school-wide
PBIS Matrix C-A-T-S is displayed throughout the buildings. C-Care about yourself
and others. A-Act responsibility. T-Try your best. S-Stay positive.
Humboldt Middle School
Grades 5-8 are housed at the Humboldt Middle School, which was constructed in 2012
The building has many aspects to accommodate 21st Century Learning, such
as a pods design for the 7-8 and 5-6 wings of the building to provide collaborative
learning. Teachers trained in middle school concepts have an excellent grasp of
effective teaching strategies and help students reach their learning potentials.
Students receive an excellent preparation and exploration base for their continuing
education and developmental needs.
Students experience different exploratory classes in Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Math (STEM). Art, Health, and Agriculture. During “Prime
Time,” students are taught character lessons, get homework help, and enjoy
activities with peers. Seventh and eighth-grade students are active in sports, band,
and choir activities. New clubs form each year to keep students connected to the
school. Children Achieving Total Success (CATS) is a time to provide tailored
intervention to meet all students’ needs.
Humboldt Middle School offers Extended Learning, English Language, and
Special Education Programs to provide students with individualized instruction. Each year
middle school students participate in different community service
projects. Meals from the Heartland has been a long-term commitment. All students
take part in fundraising and packaging meals giving back to the community.
Students also help rake and clean debris up from city parks.
Humboldt High School
Humboldt High School has a history of high ratings with the Iowa School Report.
The board curriculum offerings prepare students for college and career exploration.
In addition to the core areas of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies, students
are offered PE, Computer Science, Art, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Spanish
and five different Career and Technical Education programs in Agriculture,
Industrial Arts, Business, Family and Consumer Science and Health Occupation.
Over 90 percent of seniors enroll in at least one college class before graduation. A
majority of the high school teachers have Master’s degrees. A strong partnership
with Iowa Central Community College allows instructors to travel to the high
school campus and teach courses. On average, students leave high school having
earned 14 college credits. The high school also offers multiple Advanced
Placement courses for students. Career guidance services and education
programming support are made available to all students.
The high school also provides additional support such as the Extended Learning,
Special Education, and English Language Learner Programs. The high school
offers an Alternative Learning Program for the Humboldt Area (ALPHA), where
student credit recovery options are available. Students can participate in 15
different extracurricular activities and organizations. Multiple activity involvement
is encouraged. Over 80 percent of the high school students are involved in at least
one activity. Marching band, concert band, and concert chorale have earned
Division 1 ratings over the past several years. Speech, clubs, and athletics have
received state and national recognition. Humboldt students have won the North
Central Conference All-Sports points race several years in a row.