Carmel Clay Schools superintendent speaks on the State of the Schools

Dr. Nicholas Wahl speaks on the State of the Schools at the OneZone Chamber of Commerce luncheon. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

Dr. Nicholas Wahl speaks on the State of the Schools at the OneZone Chamber of Commerce luncheon. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

Compiled by Anna Skinner

Carmel Clay Schools Supt. Dr. Nicholas Wahl joined Hamilton Southeastern Supt. Dr. Allen Bourff to present a State of the Schools address to the OneZone Chamber of Commerce luncheon Sept. 16.

What happened: Wahl explained that Carmel Youth Assistance Program will be starting this year.

Why it matters: YAP is a program for students who are at risk of either not graduating high school or ending up in a juvenile system. “This is a safety net to track these students and be preventative and make them into productive citizens,” Wahl said. “It is an exciting partnership we are very proud of this year.”


What happened: Wahl said that the high school is looking at expanding opportunities for students to increase college readiness.

Why it matters: There is a student approach through the high school that looks at activities to balance social and emotional aspects of student learning. Part of this project is students helping run and create clubs, exampled by Molly McGuire, a CHS senior who is the vice president of retail operations for the Carmel Café and Market.


What happened: Carmel Clay Schools and the city of Carmel were named the best community for music education from the National Association of Music Merchants.

Why it matters: Wahl said the district’s music education has provided a broader opportunity to high school students in addition to “amazing clubs and sports activities” already available. With approximately 5,000 students at CHS, there are 154 clubs and 20 school-sponsored sports. “I want to emphasize the clubs and activities opportunities that students have that make this school a community,” Wahl said. “There are lots opportunities for students to find a home, niche or group to spend time with … It’s really a community within a community.”

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