Students at West Side Middle School perform at a high level of academic achievement. Statistics about West Side can be found on the Indiana Department of Education page.

While at West Side, students are required to complete two years of the following:

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Students will have the choice of the following elective classes, depending on grade level:

  • Art
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Industrial Technology (7)
  • Math Problem Solving (7)
  • Preparing for College and Career (8)
  • Communications
  • General Music (8)
  • Health (8)
  • Science Problem Solving (8)


Media Center

West Side Middle School is home to an incredible media center – a fun place for students, staff and volunteers to gather, collaborate and research. Equipped with the latest technology, as well as a highly-trained staff, guests of the West Side media center will find a world of opportunity awaits them. For more information about the West Side media center, including the online catalog and research sites, please visit: West Side Media Center


Performing Arts

West Side Middle School boasts one of the top middle school music programs in the state. West Side offers music curriculum to all seventh and eighth grade students who elect to be in band, orchestra, or choir. These applied music year-long courses are designed to deliver a curriculum aligned to the National Music Standards and the Indiana State Music Standards.
Music students are exposed to a wide variety of music from classical to pop. Groups and individuals compete in ISSMA Contest events each year and have a reputation for continued excellence. Currently there are over 300 students enrolled in the bands, orchestras and choirs at West Side.


National Junior Honor Society

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is more than just an honor roll. The Honor Society chapter establishes rules for membership that are based upon a student’s outstanding performance in the areas of: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Character, and Citizenship. These criteria for selection form the foundation upon which the organization and its activities are built.

  • Scholarship
    • 3.8 (cumulative GPA for the first 2 trimesters of 7th grade)
  • Service
    • Volunteers, dependable and well organized
    • Works well with others
    • Is always willing to accept responsibility and in a cheerful, courteous way
    • Helps carry class participation and offer to help others who need assistance.
    • Renders any service to school or others even at the sacrifice to themselves
  • Leadership
    • Good problem solver, promotes school or class activities
    • Dependable in leadership role
    • Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals
    • Demonstrates academic initiative
    • Person who exemplifies positive attitudes about life
  • Character
    • Upholds principals of morality and ethics
    • High standards of honesty in all phases of school and personal life
    • Shows true respect for others (adults and peers)
    • Shows real concern for others well being and seeks to help others in need
    • Shows courage to stand up for what is right
  • Citizenship
    • Has high regard for justice
    • Understands importance of civic duty (whether at school or in community)
    • Understands and practices the principles of democracy (such as equality of all students’ ideas in the classroom).

Following notification, an induction ceremony is held to recognize newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance in all five criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held during the school year and participation in chapter service projects. Students or parents who have questions regarding the selection process or membership obligations can contact  the Guidance Department by phone at (574) 295-4815.




  • West Side Middle School has a talented team of guidance counselors who are dedicated to the academic and life success of our students. This team understands the many challenges faced by middle school students and is prepared to help. West Side Middle School guidance counselors help students:
    • With school
      • By helping students decide which classes they want and need to take
      • By exploring problems with school work and suggest effective study habits
      • By helping students learn to organize their time so they can manage class assignments, exam preparation, and after school activities
    • With career planning
      • By identifying students’ talents and ways to develop them
      • Helping students learn more about various careers
      • Helping students evaluate career interest and choices
    • With relationships
      • By listening to students’ thoughts and feelings in a confidential setting
      • By helping students get through difficulties with parents, friends, or teachers
      • By helping students make decisions when they aren’t sure what to do
    • With life
      • When students are just “not happy” – helping them figure out why and how to bounce back
      • Helping students learn how to adapt to changes – good and bad – that sometimes come along in life
      • Assisting students as they develop awareness of and respect for self and others through the use of life skills and lifelong guidelines