Lake Ridge New Tech Middle School is located in Gary, Indiana. We are found in the Calumet Township area, one of 11 townships located in Gary, Indiana. Calumet Township is one of the largest of the state’s 1006 townships. It is located in Lake County in Northwest Indiana. The population of Calumet Township is 120,000, which comprises the City of Gary and the unincorporated areas. According to the 2010 Census, the township has a total area of 68.71 square miles of which 61.38 square miles is land and 7.32 square miles is water. The demographics of the community include a 23.2% White (non-Hispanic), 69.5% African American, 0.2% Asian, 5.6% Hispanic, and 1.2% are Bi-Racial.
Lake Ridge Middle School is an 8-Step Process School and uses a curriculum based on the Indiana Academic Standards. Lake Ridge School Corporation has utilized the teaching and administrative staff to develop, review, and adapt a standards’ based curriculum. Curriculum pacing guides are located in classrooms, the school office, and online. The curriculum is used to support teacher understanding of the state standards and provide opportunities for consistent use of standards language within content areas and across grade levels. As a New Tech school, LRNTMS is incorporating 21s t Century Skills (1:1 computing, project-based learning, and empowering students to learn) through the New Tech model. Curriculum programs include language arts, reading, math, social studies, science, music, art, physical education, health, and practical arts. At Lake Ridge New Tech Middle School we live by our mission of “changing learning, changing lives, and inspiring life long possibilities” as we prepare our students to be successful in our growing world of technology.