“Muncie Community Schools are filled with creative teachers and students, and has provided opportunities to nurture creativity in my children.” — Christina Smith (Hometown: Conroy, OH)


Studies show that quality early-child care builds the foundation of a child’s success later in life—even through adulthood. The non-profit organization BY5 works on the local, state, and national levels to implement the highest-quality early childhood initiatives, programs, and opportunities for local families.

Our community has more than 24 childcare providers ranked as Paths to QUALITY Level 3 or Level 4 care centers. Many offer daycare, preschool, and before-and-after-school care options. Search for high-quality providers here.

Programs geared toward school-aged children include:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie (after school, grades K-12)

Ivy Tech Upward Bound (after school, grades 9-11)

Motivate Our Minds (after school, grades K-8)

Muncie Public Library’s Digital Climbers Program (after school, age 8+)

Muncie YMCA programs (varies)

Ross Community Center (after school, grades K-5)

YMCA of Muncie Out of School Time (before & after school, grades K-5)

21st Century Community Learning Center (after school, grades 9-12)


In 2018, a first-of-its-kind partnership was established between Muncie Community Schools and Ball State University to implement an innovative, community-based, public education model that supports all types of learners, from cradle to career.  Two local high schools—Burris Laboratory School and the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities—rank as two of Indiana’s 10 Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report. Student-teacher ratios are favorable at every stage, ensuring that our young people get the attention and quality instruction they need.

Muncie Community Schools

  • Six elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school (Muncie Central), and one career/technical education center (Muncie Area Career Center).

  • 5000+ total enrollment

Burris Laboratory School

  • Adjacent to Ball State University’s campus

  • One school, K-12.

  • 670 total enrollment; lottery system admission

Indiana Academy for Science, Math, & Humanities

  • On Ball State University’s campus

  • Two-year, public residential high school for high-ability juniors and seniors.

  • 320+ total enrollment by application

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Heritage Hall Christian School 

  • Pre-K-12

  • 210+ total enrollment

Inspire Academy 

  • K-5

  • Public Charter School in Muncie, 180+ total enrollment

St. Michael Catholic School

  • Pre-8

  • 180 + total enrollment


Ball State University – Public university with 150 undergraduate, 80 masters, 20 doctoral, and 14 specialist degree programs, including on-campus and online options.

Indiana University School of Medicine – IU School of Medicine-Muncie is the school’s only statewide campus that’s located on hospital property, giving medical students—as well as residents and faculty—convenient access to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

Ivy Tech Community College – Community college system offering seven schools of study and nearly 60 degree programs, including on-site and online options.

Muncie Area Career Center – Muncie Community Schools facility offering 12 career and technical education programs for high school students and adults.