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Indian Creek School Turns 40

Oct 31, 2013 12:15PM ● By Cate Reynolds
Indian Creek Lower and Middle School students celebrate the school’s 40th Birthday. Front row, from left: Marissa Nicole ’18, Nicholas Subong ’19, and Addy Mock ’20. Second row: Middle School Associate Head Jennifer Malachowski, Head of School Dr. Rick Branson, Jaiden Sampson ’19, and Lower School Head Amy Benson.

Indian Creek School in Crownsville celebrated its 40th anniversary in September, with more than 605 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade joining faculty members and administrators in a large birthday party that was held during lunch on both campuses. The Solo Choir led Upper School students in singing happy birthday while a large eagle flew around the Lower and Middle School, illustrating the positive energy generated by the school’s mascot. Birthday cakes added a festive element of surprise to lunch that day.

Founded on September 4, 1973, Indian Creek School (ICS) started with four staff members and 33 students in four nursery, kindergarten, and first-grade classes. The enrollment doubled one year later. A Middle School was added in 1977, and the first 8th-grade class graduated in 1979. After many years of growing enrollment, a capital campaign was launched in 2004 that supported the building of a 96,000-square-foot Upper School on a 114-acre campus just a few miles away from the Lower and Middle School. The new campus was completed in 2006, and the first Upper School class graduated in 2008. One example of the strong academic program is the success of ICS students with Advanced Placement (AP) classes and exams. In 2013, 24 students earned AP recognition. Students can apply to participate in the ICS STEM Program and rising seniors can apply to write a thesis in the humanities with a faculty advisor. During the 2012-13 academic year, the varsity boys basketball team and girls lacrosse teams both won divisional championships, illustrating remarkable growth in the athletic program at Indian Creek.
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Indian Creek Upper School students and administrators enjoy the 40th Birthday party for the school in September. From left: Dean of Students Matt McCormick, Upper School Head Gerry Connolly, Katie Hamill ’14, and Eric Egeli ’15.

Indian Creek School’s founding philosophy was based upon the fundamentals of developmental psychology. A rigorous academic program has consistently been offered with opportunities for each student to excel in the arts, physical activities, and leadership. Indian Creek has always prided itself on serving a diverse population. Students attend from all over Anne Arundel County and the region to experience this academically challenging college preparatory education offered in a collaborative, nurturing community.