About Us


Sarah Scott represents the best of neighborhood schools. We are located in the South Central portion of the city of Terre Haute, Indiana. We offer a full array of academic and co-curricular programs for a diverse and active urban student population. Sarah Scott’s class sizes provides optimal opportunities for individual attention and the development of the talents of all students. A complete schedule of academic classes is available, and students may enroll in clubs, athletics, and academic competitions. Sarah Scott takes pride in the fact that its parents and families constitute an integral part of school life and work with teachers and administrators to create the most positive environment for student achievement.


We recognize that middle school level students have special social, emotional, physical, and academic needs that are different from those of younger students and from those of older secondary students. It is, therefore, the mission of Sarah Scott Middle School to concentrate all efforts on being educationally and developmentally responsive. We strive to enable all our students to enjoy a lifetime of learning and to acquire the skills necessary to become productive citizens in a diverse and changing world.

  • At Sarah Scott Middle School We Believe That:Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process.
  • Students learn best when our staff maintains high expectations for learning.
  • Curriculum needs to incorporate a variety of learning activities to accommodate differences in student learning.
  • Effective school leaders engage in practices that support the ongoing improvement of teaching and student performance.
  • Teachers, administrators, parents, and the community share the responsibility for helping learning.

Our History


    Sarah Scott Middle School (Junior High until 1995) was named after a teacher who devoted her adult life to teaching. Miss Sarah Scott’s career as a teacher in Terre Haute began in 1881 and lasted until the time of her death in 1915. She taught mathematics, among other subjects. Her teaching career took her to a few different schools. She was employed by Terre Haute’s Fourth Ward school district until 1884, at which time she moved to the then-new Wiley High School building, which was located at Seventh and Walnut streets. In 1911, she was elected head of the math department at Wiley, a post she held until her death on August 27, 1915. Sarah Scott Middle School was first opened on March 17, 1919, with enrollment of 308 pupils and a faculty of thirteen. The principal was G. Lawrence Jones. Mr. Jones served as principal for thirty-five years, until his retirement in 1954. In 1954 the principalship was assumed by Mr. Mark McCullough, a man who helped bring about the greatest number of changes thus far in school’s history, namely an $800,000 dollar addtion, completed in February of 1962. Due to retirement, Mr. McCullough handed over reins of Sarah Scott in June of 1962 to Mr. Wayne Gormong, who continued in the position until June of 1972. Mr. Vyron Jones took over in the fall of 1972 and held that position until he retired June, 1986. Mr. Carlos Aballi served as principal from 1986 until April, 1993. Dr. Sandra Kelley served as principal from April, 1986 until September, 1999. Mr. Mark Miller then became the building’s principal until his retirement in 2011. Mr. Greg Gauer served has principal from 2011-2013.  Dr. Bruce Lautenschlager served as principal from 2013-2015. Scotia R. Brown was named principal in the summer of 2015.  Sarah Scott Middle School relocated to a new facility on the same site in the fall of 1999 again named in her honor.