The James E. Davis School offers students in grades 8-12 a quality education and offers Core 40 curriculum. All credits earned can transfer to any public school in the state of Indiana. Students are given coursework in math, science, social studies, physical education, art and language arts. Classroom sizes are kept small 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 additional aides to help students, especially for extra assistance with reading and math.
High school students, who are 17 years old, 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.