Adrian Public Schools, an International Baccalaureate World School currently offers the Diploma Program while being a candidate for the Middle Years Program for ALL students in grades 6-10 and candidate for the Primary Years Program for the students at Lincoln Elementary. Adrian Public Schools is one of only four schools worldwide participating in the International Baccalaureate Open World Schools Pilot offering online IB courses to students anywhere in the world!
Adrian Public Schools has been recognized and studied by national education research groups on school transformation with four schools, Adrian High School, Adrian Middle School 5-6 Building, Alexander Elementary and Prairie Elementary recognized by the State of Michigan for Academic Growth in the Top 5% of all schools and Adrian High School ranked as one of the top high schools in Michigan. In other words, their ability to increase individual student success is better than nearly every school in the state.
Adrian Public Schools is unmatched in technology in Lenawee County. APS has been studied by The Christensen Institute, a national research institute where five separate APS technology programs were highlighted as models for others. The Christensen Institute is perhaps the world leader in studying blended learning models where technology is infused to improve education. Having APS highlighted by this organization is about as great a recognition as possible with regard to technology in education. In May, 2013, eSchoolNews highlighted APS as one of five Tech Savvy Schools APS was cited as one of five schools nationally for its use of educational technologies to engage students and encourage staff productivity. Every high school student receives a personal iPad loaded with a custom developed application called Virtual Locker created in partnership between APS and programmers from Apple and Cisco. Virtual Locker will aid in student, teacher and parent communication. Virtual school is available to students in grades 6-12 via McKinley Education Center, the largest virtual school in Lenawee County. Blended-learning is utilized in all schools and grade levels with technology infused in learning for ALL APS students through use of iPod touches, TI-Nspires, SMART boards, document cameras and mobile tablet devices. The technology compliments the Adrian Instructional Model which includes blended learning using Waterford and Successmaker trackers. The tremendous academic progress is not solely the results of technology but the technology does serve as an instrumental tool to increase student engagement and create smarter assessment, quality of instruction and it creates better systems of accountability.
Adrian Public Schools offers the most comprehensive Arts, Athletic, and Academic Programming offered to students in Lenawee County with financial support from the Adrian Schools Educational Foundation including a strong arts endowment and a $1.5 million endowment campaign to support APS programs and students
Sister Schools and formal exchange programs with schools in Germany (Aventinus-Gymnasium in Burghausen, Bavaria, Germany), Japan, and China along with K-12 foreign language opportunities for students are among some of the wonderful experiences and opportunities at Adrian Public Schools.
YMCA Little Maples Preschool at Lincoln Elementary School is a collaborative effort between the YMCA of Lenawee County, Adrian College and Adrian Public Schools offering an innovative preschool classroom designed by highly qualified professionals. Your child will benefit from a low child to adult ratio. The curriculum is based on ongoing research of children’s learning and development. The teacher education department at Adrian College is partnering with the YMCA and APS to offer the first ever educational preschool class housed at Lincoln. The preschool is a laboratory classroom for the education students at ADrian College. This cooperative arrangement affords Adrian College students the opportunity to learn and work in an early childhood educational environment that engages in best practices derived from the most current research. Adrian College students studying teacher education are conducting lessons at the preschool under the guidance of faculty from the College’s Teacher Education Department. Financial assistance is available through the Family Independence Agency and the YMCA Scholarship Program.
A Latchkey Program is offered at Alexander Elementary School by Pathway Preschool & Child Care. Lincoln, Michener and Prairie students wishing to participate are provided transportation to and from one of the locations. Program times for before school begins at 6 a.m. and after school until 6 p.m.