Superintendent's Message

Parents and friends of Indian Lake Schools, 


It is an honor and privilege to serve the students, staff and community as the school superintendent. The success and quality of service provided by ILS is vital to the growth and prosperity of our region.  The district aspires to “Educate, Inspire, Empower” through collaboration with families, community leaders, and businesses.  Our community and schools support one another to ensure that students have access to academic and extracurricular opportunities that will prepare them to compete in the 21
st century job market.  

There has been a strong commitment to improving the graduation rate, which has risen from 85.2% in 2012-13 to 96.8% on the most recent Report Card.  We are dedicated to increasing student achievement and realize that there is much work to do in this area.  We have allocated resources to provide learning opportunities that are not available in many schools of this size.  Seniors may choose to complete an internship and there are online and blended learning opportunities available in many grades.  There is an extensive College Credit Plus offering with several certified teachers on campus.  Competition robotics clubs at the middle and high school are supported by Honda Transmission.  There is a Builders Club for service at the middle school and Welding and Carpentry instruction at the high school.  Students can also find their niche in Vocational Agriculture and FFA, business courses and Business Professionals of America, or Family Consumer Science and FCCLA.  Art Club, Science Club, Key Club, SADD, FCA, NHS, and various other clubs are available at the high school along with competitive athletic and music extracurricular activities.    

Indian Lake boasts an experienced teaching staff with 13 average years of experience.  Approximately 72% of the teachers hold a Master’s Degree.  We know that teaching goes beyond academics, so there is a strong focus on relationship building.  The elementary utilizes a Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) called the “Laker Zone” and a Leapin’ Lakers jump rope team to promote healthy habits, while the middle and high school also uses PBIS. The high school has an Advisory Period called Laker Time and seniors are required to complete volunteer work prior to graduation as a way to give back to the community.  The district continues to focus on the mental health of staff and students, while also supporting the social emotional skills of our future leaders.       

Indian Lake Schools strives to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars and currently has an operating spending per pupil below the state average.  67.8% of all expenditures are spent directly on classroom instruction, which also exceeds the state average.  We strive to provide a cost effective, excellent educational experience where students can reach their full potential.  

Parents recognize the quality of our school system and we greatly appreciate the fact that open enrollment rates coming in more than doubles the amount of students who open enroll out.  Thank you for your support and for trusting us to educate your child.  


Sincerely,

Robert J. Underwood