James E. Davis School

James E. Davis School is located on the campus of the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home in Lebanon, Indiana. The Children’s Home is a non-profit facility for the treatment of students with a variety of emotional and / or behavioral needs. Most of our students fall in to the general category of “At-Risk” by virtue of the fact that specific and sometimes traumatic circumstances have required them to be removed from their homes.  Some of our students have a long history of failed residential, foster or hospital settings. We also educate students who do not live on campus. These are students who are not in need of a residential placement, but can benefit from a more structured and individualized educational program. These students must go through a vigorous application and interview process to be accepted to James E. Davis School. One of the most important characteristics of the school is our goal to provide for students a continuum of care that is well suited to address their behavioral, emotional, and academic difficulties.

The James E. Davis School moved to a brand new building in the fall of 2015. This building was designed specifically to meet the needs of our at-risk and special needs population. Each classroom design provides a comfortable, efficient, and excellent educational environment. Classroom seating can easily transition from individual learning to small group learning to large group learning. Ample storage and closet space keep the classrooms free of clutter and safe. The building is fitted with camera in every room and the hallways to make monitoring easier. Administration areas are centrally located and can monitor students in each area.

Our Program

The James E. Davis School offers students in grades 6-12 a quality education. The James E. Davis School Middle School serves students in grades 6-8. Middle school students are given coursework in math, science, social studies, physical education, art, and language arts. Middle school classes are kept small in order to provide students with individualized attention and maintain an environment that facilitates learning. In each class, the teacher is licensed in the area that he or she is teaching.  Some classrooms have aides to help student, especially with reading and math issues,

The James E. Davis School High School offers a Core 40 curriculum to students in grades 9-12. Though most students are discharged from our facility and return to their home schools before having the opportunity to graduate with us, we typically have three or four graduate with us each year. We offer both core courses and electives in the following subject areas: math, English, social studies, science, health and physical education and art.

High school students who are 17 years and have very few credits are offered the option of taking TASC preparations classes. For these students, as soon as they begin to show promise on the  TASC practice test, they are sent to a testing facility to take the TASC.

All students are offered after school tutoring three days a week. This tutoring is based on diagnostic and progress monitoring exams that are given to students upon their arrival at James E. Davis School and periodically thereafter. Students can also request tutoring to help them with homework. Special Education students who are struggling with coursework or their behavior also have a special education teacher available to them during school hours and on specific days after school.

All students are also a part of the James E. Davis School Behavior Management System. This system is multi-faceted. It includes a highly effective and therapeutic procedure to help students with their behavior that includes positives, such as material rewards and verbal praise, and consequences for inappropriate school behavior, such as the loss of privileges. This system also provides a thorough documentation of student behavior. This documentation is put into a database that can be arranged into various ways for the teachers and students to analyze and use to construct goals during their advisory periods and monitor progress. Even when student behavior is so disruptive that they must be removed from the classroom, the dean of students at James E. Davis School uses specific de-escalation training tools to disengage the students from their negative behavior and work on more positive replacement behaviors.

Our Core Competencies

We have built our program around creating an environment that promotes academic and behavioral success in our students. Everyone in the building takes an active role and feels responsible to this end. We are willing to accept new ideas and try new strategies to facilitate student achievement. Teachers look at students as individuals, recognize that they have specific needs, and endeavor to meet those needs in ways that are educationally and emotionally beneficial. Through formal diagnostic testing and informal observations, teachers identify student weaknesses and help them to improve academically and behaviorally. Teachers also hold students accountable. Learned helplessness is addressed with students and teachers provide encouragement and motivation, but do not give in to any student’s belief that he or she cannot learn.


Our teachers genuinely care about the social, emotional, and educational welfare of their students. Teachers take a unified stance on discipline as well as reward, making the students’ experience at James E. School a consistent one. We focus on three behavioral core values: Respect, Responsibility, and Productivity. We strive to make meaningful connections with students and encourage them to see the relationship between their choices, their consequences, and their quality of life.


The school has adopted The Teaching Family Model as its primary tool for providing behavior support to students. Though typically used in a home setting, the philosophy lends itself well to teaching students with behavioral and emotional issues. The Teaching Family Model is an organized, fully integrated approach to providing humane, effective individualized treatment and services to students.


The Teaching Procedures are five teaching methods used by teachers to encourage and motivate youths to learn and acquire skills. The Teaching Procedures used include:


1. Effective Praise used to strengthen and reward desired behaviors

2. Teaching Interaction used to correct unwanted behaviors

3. Planned Teaching used to teach new skills and help prevent problem behaviors from occurring

4. Intensive Teaching used as an intervention strategy to help youth manage their anger

5. Problem Solving used to help youth learn to solve their problems in positive ways

School Curriculum

Middle and High School Curriculum


Our math program offers 6th grade math, 7th grade math, 8th grade math, Algebra I, Geometry,  Algebra II, as well as a variety of remedial classes for students who have not yet mastered the skills necessary to be successful in a high school math program.


Language Arts

Language Arts and Reading are taught to our 6th graders, 7th graders, and 8th graders. High school students are placed into English classes according to the level of remediation they require and their grade, which is based on a number of assessment tools. Beyond regular English classes, a number of elective classes are often as well.



Our middle school Science curriculum offers 6th, 7th, and 8th grade opportunities to embrace scientific study through hands-on experiments and a very readable textbook. At the high school level, Earth Space Science, Biology, ICP and Environmental Science are offered to students.


Social Studies

Social Studies is taught to students in grades 6, 7 and 8. The curriculum is broadly based and covers many aspects of American history and world geography. The high school subject choices vary from semester to semester, depending mostly on student need. Subjects include: World Geography, U. S. History, Topics in History, Topics in Social Studies, Current Events, Government, World History, Psychology, and Economics.


Physical Education and Health

Physical Education and Health are taught to students in grades 6, 7 and 8, as well as to the high school population. The emphasis of these classes is individual health. Though time is spent on group activities and learning team sports, the Physical education classes strive to teach students how to maintain an active an healthy lifestyle long after team sports are a part of their daily lives.


Visual Art

Art is taught to students in grades 6, 7 and 8. 2D, 3D, Photography, and a variety of other art classes are taught to our high school level students. Emphasis is in learning how to bring beauty into student’s lives by examining different kinds of art, different periods of art, and different mediums of art.


Indiana Online Academy

(Academic Honors Diploma and Core 40)

Due to the small size of our school, it is impossible to offer every curriculum sanctioned by the state. Students who need classes that are not offered online from the Indiana Online Academy.


Classes that we do not offer include:

Foreign Language


Vocational Education

Contact Us

Contact Us

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Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home

515 W. Camp Street
PO Box 747
Lebanon, IN 46052
phone 765-482-5900, fax 765-482-5942,
e-mail iumch@iumch.org

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