1030 Main St., Manson, IA | Central Office 712-469-2202 | Jr/Sr High 712-469-2245 | Elementary 515-542-3211 | Consortium School 515-576-6967


North Central Consortium Elementary serves students in Kindergarten through 4th grade in 2 self-contained classrooms. The curriculum integrates with Iowa Core Standards and is delivered through multi-graded classrooms. Students receive daily instruction in Personal & Social Development. Our educational environment provides an opportunity to build relationships and enhance the foundation of learning. Our children learn to take responsibility for their actions and grow to become active participants in their own learning. We use different curriculums and platforms to ensure we reach the learning styles of all students.

Literacy at NCCS consists of many different components. Students sharpen their reading and writing skills through readalouds, critical thinking, vocabulary and spelling practice, brainstorming and discussion, editing and revising, and grammar practice. We incorporate the Reading Plus program for reading as well as the Quill program for writing to help struggling students reach their literacy goals.

Math at NCCS is offered through various platforms in order to individually meet the students where they are at and build skills for success. Through fact-practice, pre-tests, and printable resources, we are able to reinforce concepts as well as challenge our students. We incorporate Freckle Math, Xtra Math, Renaissance Learning, APEX, as well as other text and on-line resources, to fill in learning gaps.

A primary component of our program is offering daily Personal & Social Development Instruction to all of our students. This course emphasizes the social skills needed for independent functioning with the community. Topics include self-control, self-expression, obeying rules, decision-making, appropriate situational behavior, interacting with others, and maintaining relationships. Students may develop independence, self-confidence, and self-reliance, strengthening self-esteem, recognizing and resisting negative peer pressure, and developing coping skills for dealing with life issues and changes. The course includes communication, conflict resolution, practical problem-solving, decision making, building resiliency skills, and asset building.

Topics covered in social studies include U.S. history, World History, and World Geography. It is taught at both a middle school level and a high school level. Contemporary Issues is taught at the high school level, exposing students to things going on in the world around them and giving them a voice to express themselves about current events.

Science at NCCS covers grades 5-12. Middle School level topics include General Science for 5th-6th grade, Life Science for 7th grade, and Earth and Space Science for 8th grade. For high school students we offer Physical Science, (which also includes a section of electronics and wiring for hands on learning). Biology and Environmental Science. These classes offer the opportunity for students to engage in both face-to-face as well as virtual education, making it a hybrid class.

Students participate daily in elective courses to develop 21st century skills. Students are offered the opportunity to work on credit recovery, participate in Physical Education, and Lifetime Fitness. We also offer Music Appreciation and Piano Lab. Our business course utilizes our school bakery, and students learn through other hands-on activities such as leather work, model home building, ceramic molding, woodworking, electricity, and solar power.