Multiple Pathways and Learning Options in Bartholomew County Schools

Our office recently had the privilege of hearing Dr. John Quick, Superintendent of Schools, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation speak to our Residential and Commercial Agents.  Dr. Quick shared information about the successes of the students and the programs of the school system.   Among the very interesting facts shared, one of those we found most exciting was this:

“The top ten percent of BCSC students outperform the top ten percent in the nation.”

The following is an article appearing in the BCSC Annual Report:

The goal of the BCSC vision of a World-Class Community Learning System is that all learners develop a deep understanding of the world and an intellectual foundation to act and think effectively on that understanding.

At every level of the system we want learners to be intellectually engaged in the learning process.  When learners graduate from this system we want them to be effective communicators, motivated learners, confident and empowered learners, collaborative workers, responsible citizens, quality performers, and responsible family members.

The challenge for this system is to intellectually engage all learners at each level.  This is a difficult challenge as learners who enter the system all enter with a variety of backgrounds.  Add to this the range of variables and the new knowledge and research that confirms that each individual brain operates and processes information and reasoning differently.  All of this has lead BCSC to develop multiple pathways and options for learners to engage their learning styles.

The development of multiple pathways is based on brain research, the changing world, the changing work force, and the changing demographics of our learners.  For these reasons, no one educational path or method of instruction can address all learners in any meaningful way.  The development of multiple pathways and options to address how learners are instructed and assessed is essential if we truly want to intellectually engage all learners in the system.  Multiple pathways and learning options will provide flexibility into the learning opportunities available to students.  By offering multiple paths and options for all of our students, we will continue to prepare our students for the rapidly changing and challenging 21st century.





Academic Challenge/ (AC)

The Academic Challenge/High Ability program is a High Ability – rigorous and robust curriculum using instructional practices that  challenge students who have shown high ability skills in their  primary grade course work.  Admissions to the elementary and  middle school programs are highly competitive.






AP/ACP –  (AP)

Advanced Placement are courses offered through approval from the College Board.  Students can earn college credit by scoring well enough on the AP exam in May.  There is a cost for those exams. (ACP) Advanced College Project offers students dual credit from the high schools and Indiana University by taking a specific approved course and paying the university tuition.  Students must earn a “C” or better for the course to earn dual credit.  These credits usually transfer to most colleges.  Students should research this prior to enrolling.

Career & Technical

Career pathways at the high school level prepare students for Education –    post-secondary education or for the competitive job market demanding high-level technical skills, as well as strong math, science and communications backgrounds incorporating problem-solving and critical thinking skills.  Dual credit agreements are available with IUPUC, IVY Tech, Purdue Statewide School of Technology, Vincennes University, and most clusters offer state and national certifications.

Centers of Excellence –


Borrowed from the business world, this concept allows a more effective use of assets while still allowing individual schools and their students to maintain their identities.  Centers of Excellence provide the best educational opportunities and highest standards for learning environments we can provide for a specific learning discipline.  The Finance Academy, which is held at a site in downtown Columbus so that students have access to the various practicing Columbus financial institutions, is an example of a Center of Excellence.

General Education –

This is the current model and system of instruction that is in place now at our schools.


Early College –

High School students may arrange to take an off-campus course at IVY Tech or IUPUC which can count in their general studies curriculum at the university they later choose to attend.  This credit would primarily transfer to the state institutions in Indiana.  Costs would be the normal tuition charge per college class with scholarships available.


Intellectually Engaged

The learner must be the active worker in the learning process and

Learner –

Not just the passive recipient of information and answers for someone else’s questions.  This engagement must incorporate the skill and habit of learning to learn in order to figure out complex problems and issues.  The learner must develop the ability to apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate while making solid intellectual connections.  The questions learners ask become as important as the answers students give.


This is a curricular program that focuses on interdisciplinary Studies –   studies in an international and global perspective.  The curriculum would include global challenges, various global cultures, global connections and foreign language acquisition.

Magnet School –

Magnet schools or magnet programs are specialized schools or programs that draw upon students throughout the district who are deeply interested in that curricular and instructional focus.

Signature Academies –

These magnet schools have an instructional program that is based on the instructional practice of project-based learning.   Project-based learning engages students in the curriculum by putting the students in a center of a project or problem that requires students to learn concepts and skills in order to complete the project or solve the problem.  Students work in teams and in a technology rich environment to address real world projects and problems and create presentations to share what they have learned.

Small Learning

Small Learning Communities (SLCs) provide close, caring Communities –   environments in a more personalized school setting where students get individual attention.  Research suggests that in larger high schools it is difficult for every student to be known well and feel a sense of belonging to the school.

We wish to acknowledge the contribution of this article  by the BCSC which was used with their permission.

Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum


What would be the best day ever – as imagined by children and “the young at heart”?  The day most children might imagine as the best day possible would be a visit to  Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor & Museum for an irresistable lunch in downtown Columbus, followed by a visit to the Kids Commons – Columbus’ Community Children Museum (just next door) and then a return to Zaharakos for a splendid  ice cream dessert.

Zaharakos was started in 1900 by the Zaharako family who had a ice cream parlor serving homemade ice cream,  lunch and selling candy  One of the highlights of a visit to Zaharakos besides the wonderful ice cream was an opportunity to view the soda bar and the tiffany lamps and see and hear  the pipe organ – all unbelievable and  all beautiful.  As the Zaharakos family ran their business for many years, Columbus saw many changes.  Eventually, Zaharakos was sold to Tony Moravec who remodeled and restored all of the elements of the original ice cream parlor during a two-year period, enlarged the facility to include a museum, totally restored the pipe organ and reopened.    As Zaharakos was reopened, the magnificence of the endeavor was very apparent and visitors from all over the country visit to view and enjoy a soda parlor like none other.  Zaharakos has become a favorite among local residents who frequent the facility often and also a place where receptions, parties and special events are held.

A visit to the Zaharakos website will tell its history and give a lot of information about the events that make Zaharakos so special.


Downtown Columbus Streetscape and Architecture

The restoration of charming  downtown Columbus reflects the city’s history.  These buildings  are in sharp contrast to the Architectual Masterpieces that appear downtown and throughout the City.  Many restaurants of quaint design and theme occupy the area along with small shoppes and weather permitting, outdoor cafes.

Mill Race Park is located downtown and positioned on the shores of White River and features an outdoor theater where many special musical events and festivals are held.

Also located downtown is the Bartholomew County Library where the magnificent Henry Moore Large Arch sits outside on the library plaza. Always believing that you can tell a lot about a city and its priorities from its library, we would be sure that Columbus is indeed special place where the focus is indeed on a Quality of Life uncommon in many places. Also, located down, Cummins Engine Company Corporate Headquarters and the recently completed Mill Race Center, a center devoted to activities for 50 and up!

These are just a few of the highlights of Columbus’ downtown for a visit to Kids Commons and Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum would certainly be a part of a comprehensive tour.   Opening soon, the new Commons will feature the indoor children’s playground, special events center, restaurants – the gathering place of Columbus.

Charming & Quaint – Nashville, Brown County

Having grown up in the Nashville/Brown County area, I always wondered what the attraction was for people. To me, it was just home, nothing special, just where I lived, had family, went to school, worked, and “hung out”. It took moving away, in 1991, for me to truly gain an appreciation for the quaint village, the peaceful lifestyle, and spectacular scenery.

When many people think of Brown County, they think of the Brown County State Park. Indiana’s largest state park is visited by millions each year for camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing, swimming, or horseback riding. Many come to observe the abundant wildlife, or to enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Brown County is most recognized for its magnificent display of fall foliage. In the fall, primarily the month of October, winding country roads are packed with tourists, stopping to observe, or take photos of the colorful displays.  But, locals will tell you, “fall isn’t all” in Brown County. Spring brings abundant displays of Redbud, and Dogwood, mixed with the fresh greens of nature waking up.

Brown County is dotted with various small towns, most of which have unique names; Gnawbone, Bean Blossom, Helmsburg, Peoga, Trevlac. The largest town, and the county seat, is Nashville. Nashville became popular, in the early part of the 20th century, to artists, coming to paint Brown County scenery. Many of them opened studios in Nashville.  Nashville quickly became known as a popular tourist destination. Hotels and restaurants opened, and catered to the many visitors. With no major industry, Nashville relies heavily on the tourist trade. Two major art galleries, many unique gift shops and boutiques, and a wide array of restaurants boost the local economy while serving the many visitors who come to the area each year. However, there are many smaller businesses and industries. For Bare Feet is a popular sock factory that ships uniquely designed socks all over the country.

For recreation and entertainment there are various venues from which to choose, including Brown County State Park, Yellowwood State Forest, Monroe Reservoir, and Lake Lemon. There is a local YMCA, a highly proclaimed library, and various musical and theatrical groups. In addition to this there are many local artisans who create anything from pottery, to jewelry, and offer the items in Nashville shops, or in their private studios dotted throughout the area.

While Brown County is known far and wide as a popular tourist destination, it is also home to the many who have found the quiet, peaceful, laid-back lifestyle attractive. The local zoning officials have worked hard to preserve the quaint, rustic ambience of the Nashville settled many years ago by Hoosier pioneers.

Come for a visit, or better yet, come to stay. The peaceful, quiet, small-town atmosphere is a great place for retiring, or for raising a family. Take it from a native – it’s a great place to grow up!

This article was written by:

Bev and Dave Roberts

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Lakes in Southern Indiana




Columbus is blessed with several lake communities with a wide variety of homes and amenities.  Established neighborhoods like Sandy Hook on the East side of town and the Lagoons near downtown offer moderately priced homes with the convenience of living near schools, shopping and many restaurants but still being able to swim or fish from your own dock or small boat.


Farther east in the county, Shaeffer Lake offers affordable homes on a lovely lake with fishing, swimming, boating and water skiing options.


On the west side of town, Tipton Lakes Community offers three beautiful lakes connected by a series of small channels. All residents, regardless of whether they own lakefront property have full use of all lakes and the marina.  Only non-motorized boats are permitted but summer evenings will find a number of residents in pontoons and kayaks enjoying spectacular sunsets. A number of hardy fisherman are often found ice fishing thoughout the coldest days of winter.


Farther west in the county, Harrison Lake offers  lake living with many residents and non-residents choosing the option of country club membership. Some of the added benefits are a beautiful club house, 18 hole award winning golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts and nature trails.

For those homeowners desiring the features of a larger lake, beautiful   Grandview lake offers water skiing, motor boats, fishing and swimming and many beautiful year around and summer homes. Nestled in the western hills, Grandview Lake  offers spectacular views of nearby Brown County.


For serious water skiers, Sawmill Lake offers lovely homes located on competitive ski lakes. Nearby, Tamerix Lake, Wood Lake and Terrace Lake also have many lovely homes with private wooded lots.


It has been said that once you experience lake living, you never want to leave.  Many residents have moved from one lake to another over the years but simply aren’t willing to give up the added enjoyment of waking up to sunrise over the lake, sipping wine while enjoying a beautiful sunset cruise or just relaxing on an intertube or float on a warm summer day.


Lake property is available in most price ranges so if you’ve always thought you might like to live on the lake, maybe this year is the time to make the move. You may never want to leave.


A video of Harrison Lake appears below.


This article was contributed by:


Jan Brinkman

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Bartholomew County Library & Large Arch by Henry Moore

The Large Arch designed by Henry Moore was a gift to the City of Columbus from the J. Irwin Miller family.  It sits in the middle of the Plaza with the Bartholomew County Library in the background.    The Library is a magnificent structure and offers many services with extensive programming for children.

Harrison Lake Golf Course

There are many golf courses in Southern Indiana, some private, most public,all picturesque.  Columbus is the home of Otter Creek Golf Course, a public golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones who is known around the world for his golf courses.

Columbus Indiana Views from Downtown


A collage of the tower of the beautifully renovated Bartholomew County Court House is a lovely sight as viewed in downtown Columbus.  Nearby, two steeples of First Presbyterian Church and First Christian Church add to the beauty of downtown with its brick-paved sidewalks and lovely restaurants and shops.