Templeton Multi-Age Learning for Students


CONTACT:         CINDY MILLER  cmmiller@mccsc.edu   812.330.7700 x53010
DATE:               August 29, 2019

(Bloomington, IN) – Students who attend Templeton Elementary School have some options when it comes to classroom structure. Unique to Templeton are multi-age classrooms as well as “single grade” traditional classrooms.

“We have a class for every learner,” said Templeton Elementary Principal, Becky Mungle, who has seen the success of this structure in her second year as principal. 

In addition to traditional first, second and third grades (all the way up to sixth grade) – Templeton also provides classrooms serving students (K-2) or (3-4) and (5-6). All of these types of classrooms are available to address the unique learning style and needs of each individual student.

“As educators, we know these kids because we see them in the classroom all day, so as a team, we evaluate such elements as learning styles or how they interact with other students, and then we make decisions as to what type of environment will provide them the greatest success, “she said.

Risë Reiner and Kevin Gallagher have been teaching in multi-age classrooms for nearly 20 years. “One of the strengths of this type of learning is that we have relationships with students over time,” said Reiner. “All classrooms are trying meet the needs of students where they are, and this has proven to be a very successful model.”

Templeton currently has approximately 500 students and has a wait list for families wanting this type of classroom opportunity, and like other schools around the Monroe County Community School Corporation, has a dedication to inclusion, diversity and global learning. The philosophy is that education doesn’t just happen in the classroom, it happens in their school garden, on the playground at recess and even in the cafeteria as kids are able to try different types of foods. 

Mungle concluded by saying, “We want to celebrate the uniqueness of each student, and we feel we have the ability to do that here at Templeton.”

The Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) serves nearly 11,000 students from diverse populations in 23 schools. MCCSC is a leader in STEM and EARTH curricula, encompasses a Performing Arts Academy, International Baccalaureate schools, Dual Immersion programs, multiple Career Pathways, a Career Center, as well as numerous College Credit and Advanced Placement opportunities to prepare students for college and career readiness. Our commitment, as we educate tomorrow’s leaders, is to Engage, Empower, and Educate all students in a world-class learning environment empowering them to maximize their educational success in becoming productive, responsible global citizens. For more information about fees and information for the 2019-2020 school year, please visit www.mccsc.edu.