Extracurricular activities are vitally important in the development of children. Self-confidence, social skills, peer interaction, emotional skills and specific knowledge of various sports, clubs and opportunities are only a few of the advantages of being involved in extracurricular activities. At ISBVI, staff and volunteers provide comprehensive opportunities and experiences outside of the classroom to engage students allowing them to maximize their potential and have fun. All students are encouraged to take advantage of extracurricular activities that are available.
The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a member of the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind (NCASB) and the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA). Athletics at ISBVI guide students toward a path that combines educational focus with athletic participation. Our goal is to provide a sound, competitive, interscholastic athletics program that offers the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, ethically and socially.
Junior Varsity Athletics
This program provides young students an opportunity to learn sport specific skills, the importance of being on a team, and the opportunity to develop lifetime memories and friendships that involve sports participation. Students who are in 3rd through 6th grades are eligible to participate in the following sports: swimming, goalball, wrestling and cheerleading.
Troop 16 of the Crossroads of America Council meets weekly at the scout cabin located on ISBVI's campus. Boy and cub scout programs provide students with an opportunity to try new things, build self-confidence, experience campouts and provide character building while focusing on the Scout Law; trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
Leo Clubs are an extension of the Lions service organization, which aims to encourage community service and involvement from a young age. Leos meet biweekly on the ISBVI campus working with the Washington Township Lions to promote community service and fostering a lifetime commitment to helping others.
The library offers many different opportunities to engage our students. Students can check out books from all learning mediums – print, large print, braille, and auditory as well as multiple descriptive movie titles. The school librarian offers story time to classes to help reinforce curriculum taking place in classrooms and planned library skills classes at the elementary level. During the evening hours, students spend time studying and reading while having access to computers and printers. Activities such as book club, makerspace, and writing skills also take place during the evening hours.
Being active is key to staying healthy. Walking Rockets promotes active life styles and habits with middle and high school students. Walking Rockets meet daily every morning to walk laps around the middle school quad. Laps are tracked and recorded.
Students learn hands on how to care for a hive, about hive tools, how to care for bees, and how to harvest honey with hives located on campus. For students that are wary of hives, our club offers other options for participation: taste testing different honey, the process of making honey, a bee's life cycle, the parts of a bee, etc.
The Journalism Club is an opportunity for students to be a part of a working newspaper staff. Students write a variety of articles, learn researching techniques and learn elements of Microsoft Publisher. Education and fun o hand in hand in this unique opportunity for ISBVI students.
Ukulele Club is about learning the samll, four-stringed musical instrument that is played by plucking. Students enjoy learning to play and care for the instrument while singing some songs, and making music together as a community.
Makerspace is an area for exploration and creativity. Students in middle school and high school can participate in activities that range from 3D printing, arts and crafts, robotics, tools, and technology. They may also choose to take part in some of the full-time Lego, Take-Apart, or Art stations.
Short Course is an innovative, immersion program available to students in grades K – 12 who attend schools throughout Indiana. Students may attend school on ISBVI’s campus for a one or two weeks a month, as determined appropriate by a student’s Annual Case Conference (ACR) and/or short course staff.
Summer School provides instruction by teachers of the visually impaired to students going into grades 5 - 9 to enhance their vision specific skills. Emphasis has been on the Expanded Core Curriculum math and language arts enrichment. Questions can be directed to Jay Wilson at (317) 253-1481 ext. 140.
EYH Summer Camp
STEP – Student Training and Employment Program
The STEP program is a unique and exciting program that gives students who are blind or visually impaired an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of finding and keeping a job. The program is operated by the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Bosma Enterprises. Students must be residents of Indiana; age 16 – 21; exhibit independent, age-appropriate self-help, daily living, and social interactions; and commit to one complete session. Questions can be directed to Judy Reynolds at (317) 253-1481 ext. 307.