Mission and Vision

Our Mission

To engage, support, and empower students by providing active, career-based learning in an experiential environment.

Our Vision

Empower, Support, and IMPACT
- Integrity
- Motivation
- Professionalism
- Adaptability
- Communication
- TeamworK

Our Goals

Goal 1

Foster a healthy, respectful, caring, and safe school/workplace culture that attracts, retains, and advances students and staff.

Goal 2

 Increase student achievement and engagement through continuous improvement of high quality curriculum, instruction, and work-based learning opportunities.

Goal 3

Provide equity for all by equipping staff with guidance and training.

Goal 4

Extend support to all staff to accommodate a wide range of student abilities and behaviors.

Goal 5

Provide quality technology infrastructure, equipment, and professional development to enhance classroom instruction, increase effective communication, and promote academic progress.

Goal 6

Create and maintain an effective learning environment by establishing behavior supports for all our students to achieve social, emotional and academic success.

June 4th, 5th, and 6th 8am- 11:30am


Central Nine is hosting summer camps this June for students who will be in 7th or 8th grade during the fall 2019 school year!

Students can choose to participate in two different camp experiences. Contact cvonderwell@central9.k12.in.us for questions.

Dates: June 4th, 5th, & 6th
Hours: 8am – 11:30am each day
Cost : $35 per student

Sign up at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfypoq2sJzYkywFURynlf2XRZUwOq3OpxsbDgzkXzpPiC0u7A/viewform 

The early years

Early 1970

Nine School Corporations join forces to establish the first area vocational center for Johnson and Marion County. 


April 28th, 1970

A temporary Governing Board is established and Richard Thomas is elected as the first (temporary) president. 

The board makes a proposal for a Continuous Feasibility Study for an area vocational school. 


September 21, 1970

Board members review (and choose a site for campus). 



October 8th, 1970

Board members vote to name the center; Central Nine Vocational Technical School. 

Other names that were up for consideration: “John-Mar” (or “Johnson-Marion”), “Central Nine”, “Leatherwood”, and “whetzel Trace”. 


April 15th, 1971

Architect, Ray Thompson, from James Associates presents the final site and building plans for Central Nine. 



May 13th, 1971

James E. Hixson is made the first director of Central Nine.

MAY 4th 9AM - 3PM


Our Landscape Management program is hosting a plant sale on Central Nine’s campus! Stop by on Saturday, May 4th from 9-3pm to purchase.