Home of the Chargers, the Harding school community accomplishes its mission through the use of quality assessment tools that demonstrate continuous growth and improvement.
Students in sixth through eighth grade have the opportunity to participate in the Program for Academic and Creative Talent (PACT) throughout their middle school years. Students in PACT are involved in a number of enrichment activities during the school day and after school hours. Harding’s eighth graders have the opportunity to participate in expanded opportunities by taking classes at the high school level and they receive credit for this coursework.
A number of co-curricular activities are available for students who attend Harding Middle School. Harding offers eight boys’ sports and seven girls’ sports for students in 7th and 8th grade as well as twelve athletic intramural activities for students in 6th grade. Our athletic programs compete against other Cedar Rapids Metro and Iowa City Schools. We also have a number of fine arts programs including show choir, drama, band and orchestra that offer co-curricular opportunities for students.
Harding Middle School has a very active PTA that meets monthly with an agenda that includes a guest speaker, a team spotlight, and discussion of other school related business. They also work to support the school through various fundraisers, organization of volunteers and scholarships. We also have a community partnership with U.S. Bank. Our students provide music and art work for the bank and they donate supplies for our students and give two academic scholarships at the end of the year awards assembly. Finally, many parents and community members donate their time to work with classroom teachers and coaches to support learning. Examples include Career Day speakers, field trip chaperones, and assistance with extracurricular sports.
Harding opened in the fall of 1965. Since it has opened it has been recognized for the quality of the programs it offers. In 1982 the school received a check for $10,000 in recognition of the school’s superior Arts program. In 1989 Harding was also selected for the First in the Nation in Education Award which recognizes exemplary schools and programs.