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Inspiring

Excellence

Since 1958


Students at The Stanley Clark School are

inspired toward excellence … in academics,

arts, athletics, and character. These four pillars

form the foundation of everything we do.

We take critical thinking and creativity to the next level in an

environment that nurtures accountability to self and others.

Students discover their unique strengths and passions, are encouraged

to develop those gifts, and leave ready to inspire others.

Our hands-on approach to education and focus on the development

of the entire person has helped launch more than 2,000 alumni

onto a path for success.

Excellence



Early Childhood

Preschool and Kindergarten

Early childhood students learn through

the renowned Reggio Emilia philosophy,

which celebrates children’s natural

curiosity and honors the fact that

children learn best in a context that

values student interest.

Early childhood teachers create an

atmosphere that promotes openended,

process-oriented discovery

and exploration for each child.

The Reggio Emilia inspired classrooms

at Stanley Clark are designed and

organized to facilitate student-led

learning. Comfortable rooms are filled

with accessible materials for students to

explore. The bright, open spaces are full

of natural lighting and offer a connection

to nature. Student work is documented

through thoughtful displays of the

children’s thinking and learning.



EARLY CHILDHOOD

KINDERGARTEN

STUDENTS:

Begin Spanish class

Can play the

violin or cello in

beginning strings

Partner with

4th graders in

a buddy system

Are taught by teachers

who have the flexibility

to tailor curriculum to

match student interest

PRESCHOOL

STUDENTS:

Work with specialized

artists in music, art

and movement

Gain leadership

development through

morning meetings

Develop social and

emotional skills with

free choice play

Begin lab-based

science

“Clark teaches you how to think, how to

grow, how to be the person you wish to

be, how to keep an open heart and an

open mind in new challenges, pursuits,

and discoveries.”

– EMMA SCHULTZ

SCS CLASS OF 2013

PENN HIGH SCHOOL VALEDICTORIAN

CLARK

FACT

An average class

size is 14 students



EARLY CHILDHOOD

REGGIO EMILIA IN ACTION

When one of their classmates moved to

Hungary for a semester, preschool 4/5

students were excited to receive postcards

in the mail from her. The delivery sparked a

rich conversation about how the postcards

arrived. “Maybe in a box and the box was on

a boat,” Max suggested. “Or there are airplanes that carry packages.

I think that’s what happened,” Tate said. “I think it came in a mail truck,”

Dylan added. They even got out the World Atlas and used their fingers

to trace a line from Budapest all the way to South Bend.

The preschoolers examined the postcards to discover what they would

need to make their own. They noticed various aspects of the postcard

like the address and the stamp and learned the importance of each part.

Each student came up with an idea for artwork for the front of their

postcard and chose different media to create them … markers and

paper, Adobe Draw on the iPad; a few even took photos using the iPad’s

camera. Writing messages came next and they talked about the type of

things to write on a postcard. Finally, they were ready to add the stamp

and walk the postcards up front to the school mailbox.

In the weeks that followed, the students continued to explore maps,

digging through various atlases, maps, globes, and even exploring

Google Earth. They hung the World Atlas in the classroom and added

pictures to mark places of significance to them. Eventually they

collaborated in groups to draw their own maps of the classroom

before presenting them to the class.



In lower school, students gain the

foundation for academic success in a

nurturing environment where they are

challenged to do their individual best.

With a strong emphasis on hands-on

and experiential learning, students are

engaged and excited to learn.

Lower School

Grades 1 through 4

Small class sizes allow for personalized

attention and academic programming

that is developmentally appropriate

for each student. Topics are reinforced

through the use of multiple approaches

that incorporate the use of technology

and cross-disciplinary lessons.

Fine arts instruction, physical education,

as well as leadership and character

development play equal roles in educating

the entire child. Students are allotted

ample time for recess and lunch, allowing

them to develop interpersonal and

social skills.



LOWER SCHOOL

“Clark is special because it is an amazing place and is so

welcoming. All of the teachers really get to know the students

and you create friendships that will support you throughout

your middle school career. The opportunities that are given are

so diverse, and you can always find something you like to do.”

– MIA

SCS CLASS OF 2019

LOWER SCHOOL

STUDENTS:

Learn cursive handwriting

beginning in 2nd grade

Study historical and modernday

artists as they explore

art techniques

Participate in band in 4th grade

Share accomplishments and

speak in front of peers at a

Friday Gathering

CLARK

FACT

99% of our students

enroll in college



LOWER SCHOOL

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING THROUGH BANKING

A six-week banking unit served as a practical, hands-on lesson to help 3rd graders

bridge the gap between abstract and concreate concepts of money. Each week, students

earned $2 in play money to “pay bills”, earn interest, or spend. Students promptly

discovered the difference between gross and net earnings when their

“take-home pay” decreased to $1.50 each week after paying rent on their

desk and paying for utilities.

Students used bank registers to track withdrawals and deposits made to the

“bank” and quickly learned the value of interest, earning 5 cents on every

dollar deposited. The registers allowed them to practice balancing, coinciding

with their math unit — introducing addition and subtraction with decimals

for the first time. The banking unit even encouraged good classroom habits. Not

completing homework, forgetting a textbook, or failing to clean up after lunch were

added expenses no student wanted to amass.

At the end of each week, students practiced what they’d learned by shopping at a

pop-up shop, organized by classroom parents. Students withdrew money from the bank

to use for shopping and determined how best to spend their money. Each student had

the opportunity to work as a banker or cashier, both requiring direct application of

new math skills to track transactions.

Not only was the banking unit a great practical lesson in math and money, but the

project supported reading and social studies curricula as well. Students studied

the history of money, reading about the minting process and how the use of money

originated following a time of trading and borrowing. A field trip to a local bank

rounded out the six-week unit, providing students the opportunity to learn about

larger bills and explore the inner workings of a bank.

“I learned about earning interest

in the bank, which I didn’t know

before. I saved money, earned

interest, and finished with the

most money overall.”

– GRIGSBY

SCS CLASS OF 2024



Middle School

Grades 5 through 8

Our middle school students graduate from

Stanley Clark prepared for success in

high school and beyond. They learn

important study skills, engage in

collaborative learning, and manage longterm

projects. A focus on interdisciplinary

projects and exploratory learning helps

students connect topics they are

studying and the world around them.

Our exemplary curriculum challenges

students to delve into a variety of

subject areas, think critically and

creatively, problem-solve, and develop

a breadth and depth of knowledge.

“Clark is truly your home from

the moment you step inside. All

the teachers get to know each

student and want to help them

in every way. ”

– SABINA (PICTURED)

SCS CLASS OF 2019

Students experience drama, visual

arts, and music as part of their regular

curriculum, as well as an extensive

athletic program that is built into

the school day. Our advisory program,

a distinguishing feature of our

middle school curriculum, provides a

comprehensive approach to character

education. Faculty advisors lead small

groups of students through discussion

and activities that promote team-building,

communication, conflict resolution,

and other social-emotional skills.



MIDDLE SCHOOL

CLARK

FACT

“My 5 oldest children have found themselves

very well prepared for their next steps after

Clark. They excelled in public speaking and

were often ahead in math, science, history,

English and Spanish. Clark taught them all

how to manage their time with sports,

homework and large projects.”

— BETH GARATONI

PARENT OF A CURRENT STUDENT

AND FIVE ALUMNI

The Stanley Clark School

draws students from

7 different counties,

with bus transportation

to multiple cities

MIDDLE SCHOOL

STUDENTS:

Participate in athletics

every season

Learn in fully-equipped

science labs

Partake in a semesterlong

etiquette class

Take a drama or public

speaking class each year

Study three foreign

languages

Are 1:1 with Chromebooks

“Clark is a special place because we are

taught by great teachers who help us to be

prepared, organized, creative and logical.

Every day helps shape our character and

teaches us how to be a good person. Clark

is one-of-a-kind!”

– JESSICA

SCS CLASS OF 2019

ENTERED IN 7TH GRADE



MIDDLE SCHOOL

HANDS-ON SCIENCE EXPLORATION

A science field experience in support of an

extensive research project involved a trip to the

St. Joseph River to do water quality testing.

Students pulled on their waders and ventured into

the water to collect their samples. They then tested

the pH, nitrate levels, ammonia, dissolved oxygen

content, and other chemical qualities of the river, accumulating data

for the Hoosier Riverwatch state database. In addition, they collected

a variety of macroinvertebrates.

“We practiced the water tests

in class before going on site, so

I felt well prepared and enjoyed

the process. It was empowering

and gave me the confidence to

know I could accomplish large

projects in the future.”

— JULIA (PICTURED)

CLASS OF 2019

Following the water quality testing, students embarked on a monthlong

Riverwatch research report. Students wrote a scientific paper

breaking down the details of their study, the results of their testing,

and a summary of the health of the river. The project also included a

stream site map, as well as various worksheets, graphs, and charts.

Not only did the students learn a great deal about their

environment, but this long-term project also fostered

time management, organization, and a sense of

achievement. Students learned skills they need to

move forward in their education while also showing

mastery of academic content.



Portrait

of a Stanley Clark Graduate

Our approach to educating children is intentionally

designed to support the best possible outcomes

for each young person who graduates from

The Stanley Clark School.

In addition to an exceptional foundation

in all our curriculum has to offer, our

greatest desire is that our alumni become

exceptional adults.

To this end, we keep the vision we share for

the characteristics we strive to instill in our students

through academics, arts, athletics, and character

development at the core of all we do.

PERCEPTIVE

Values excellence

Demonstrates empathy

and awareness

Establishes goals effectively

Embraces differences

INFORMED

Seeks breadth

and depth of knowledge

Applies relevant information

to problem-solve

Synthesizes new information

Manages ambiguity

Thinks locally and

globally

EMPOWERED

Leads by example

Self-advocates

Communicates with poise

and confidence

Perseveres

Calculates risk

CREATIVE

Appreciates and engages

in the arts

Explores new ideas

Discovers innovative solutions

Contributes diverse

perspectives

Pursues passions

ACCOUNTABLE

Models personal

and digital integrity

Exhibits good sportsmanship

Works well independently

and in teams

Serves community



MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of The Stanley Clark School is

to inspire and challenge students to achieve

excellence in academics, the arts, athletics,

and character in a nurturing environment

that fosters critical thinking, creativity,

accountability to self and others and the

discovery of each student’s strengths

and passions.

3123 Miami Street

South Bend, IN 46614

574.291.4200

www.stanleyclark.org

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Member of NAIS

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