Western Boone County Community School Corporation, Celebrating Small School Success
Writer / Amy Adams
Praised for its family-oriented feel, the Western Boone County Community School Corporation serves the residents of rural Boone County and beyond. Approximately 1,680 students attend the three district schools: Western Boone Junior-Senior High School, Granville Wells Elementary School and Thorntown Elementary School.
The $17 million building project at Thorntown Elementary will expand learning spaces, renovate existing areas and improve outdoor amenities.
Recognizing the importance of early childhood education, WBCCSC offers an affordable, academic-based preschool program at both elementary schools following the normal school schedule.
The district’s one-to-one technology initiative provides every student, kindergarten and above, with a laptop. WBCCSC also outfits classrooms with state-of-the-art instructional technology.
Western Boone Junior-Senior High School offers 30 dual credit and Advanced Placement (AP) classes in addition to career and technical education opportunities. Multiple times, the school has been recognized as an Indiana Department of Education “A” School.
“Our students are known by name and provided with big opportunities,” says WBCCSC Superintendent Rob Ramey. “They leave Western Boone as well-rounded individuals prepared for the next step of their journey.”
From their award-winning Future Farmers of America (FFA) program to their four-time IHSAA Class AA state champion football team, WBCCSC offers a wide range of extracurricular opportunities, including 20 athletic teams at the varsity level that allow the Stars to shine.
“We encourage students to participate in multiple activities,” says Ramey. “A multi-sport varsity athlete can also participate in fine arts programs while belonging to a variety of clubs.”
About five years ago, Jeremy and Casey Horn transferred their two daughters into the Western Boone schools since WBCCSC accepts non-resident students.
“After the first meeting with the administrators, I was sold,” says Casey Horn. “I cannot speak highly enough of the school system. My kids love to go to school, and they want to be involved in everything.”
“Western Boone is very community-oriented,” says Leisa Burgin, the art teacher at both elementary schools. “I really feel like we’re a family.”
For the spring art show at Sugar Creek Art Center in Thorntown, Burgin hung two art pieces for each of her nearly 800 students.
“Events like this bring the community together even more,” she says, “because they enable people outside of the schools to see what the kids are doing.”
The Sugar Creek Art Center will be hosting the high school’s Senior Art Show which will be open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. May 5. Community members are also welcome at the Choir Pops Concert at 7 p.m. May 19 and 20. Tickets are $5.
Sign your child up for a Stars summer sports camp at https://weboathletics.com/Registrations.
Find WBSCCS online at https://www.weboschools.org/ and check out the recently-released “Why WEBO?” video at http://www.weboschools.org/whywebo. You can also reach the administration office at 765-482-6333 with any questions.
Address: 1201 N. St. Rd. 75 in Thorntown