Vision Statement

Central Nine will cultivate a brighter future for students by integrating the core values that create IMPACT: Integrity, Motivation, Professionalism, Adaptability, Communication, and Teamwork.

Mission Statement

Central Nine exists to engage and empower students by providing career-based instruction in an innovative learning environment. We make an IMPACT on our students’ personal and professional SKILLS, which enables them to succeed in post-secondary and career opportunities.

Strategic Goals

1. Foster a healthy, respectful, caring, and safe school/workplace culture that attracts, retains, and advances students and staff, resulting in student achievement, individual employee learning, positive relationships, and overall school improvement.

2. Increase student achievement through continuous improvement of high quality curriculum, instruction, work-based learning opportunities, and assessment designed and delivered with a focus on content rigor and student engagement.

3. Provide equity and excellence for all students by equipping staff with guidance and training for accommodating a wide range of student abilities and behaviors.

4. Strengthen relationships with sending high schools to develop informed, reciprocal participation that ensures proper placement and
promotes student success.

5. Increase student enrollment by developing an innovative marketing and recruitment plan influenced by student, parent, community, and post-secondary partner needs.

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

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.