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Welcome to Elkhart!

New to Elkhart? We’re excited to welcome you to Elkhart Community Schools! See the ECS Registration page and Kindergarten Registration for registration information.

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ECS News and Happenings

Keep up to date with Elkhart Community Schools through our ECS district Facebook page, our ECS district Twitter feed, our media/news stories page, and our district newsletter!

Information about School Delays and Closings

School Delays and Closings

Visit our School Delays and Closings page for up-to-date information on delays and closings for ECS, and learn more about text alerts, delay guidelines for before school programs, and make-up dates.

ECS Elementary School Hours are 8:35am to 3:35pm (on Wednesdays, elementary students are dismissed at 2:55pm).

ECS Middle and High School Hours are 7:25am to 2:40pm (on Wednesdays, middle and high school students are dismissed at 2:00pm).

Roosevelt STEAM Academy hours are 8:00am to 3:00pm (on Wednesdays, Roosevelt students are dismissed at 2:15pm).


Elkhart Community Schools recognizes that good communication between the school and parents is critical to a child’s success. Our schools are ready to answer your questions or address any concerns you may have. For contact information for your child’s school, please see the Schools page.

We also recognize that when our offices are closed, you may still have questions about your child’s progress. PowerSchool is the Elkhart Community Schools’ online portal for all student information, including report cards, test scores, absences/tardies and monitoring lunch money balances. PowerSchool is used district-wide and updated in real time.

Elkhart Community Schools also uses School Messenger, a program that aids us in contacting parents with messages about school, including closings and delays. Parents are able to set their preferences to receive text alerts, emails and phone calls for a variety of subject matters through School Messenger. Access to your School Messenger account is done through PowerSchool’s Contact Manager.

Ways to communicate with the school and district:

It is our goal to engage not only children in the educational process, but also parents and the community.

In the fall of 2015, Elkhart Community Schools embarked on the development of a strategic plan designed to guide the direction of the district from 2017-2022. Initial steps in the process included community meetings and surveys led by Ball State University, then the establishment of a focus group comprised of parents, staff members, and community members who presented the Board of School Trustees with recommendations. The Board established a series of community meetings over June-July 2016 to receive community input. Throughout the process, the Board has carefully considered the community feedback as they developed the strategic plan. The Board adopted the plan in October 2016.

Visit our Strategic Plan page to learn more: http://elkhart.k12.in.us/StrategicPlan

The Elkhart Difference: News from ECS

  • Perspective: Krista Riblet, Parent

    Perspective: Krista Riblet, Parent Everywhere we go, it always happens. We’ll be out at the mall or at a restaurant, and some stranger comes up to our family and says, “Hi Johnny!” My husband and [...]

  • Tina Northern, Director of Special Education

    Tina Northern, Director of Special Education When Tina Northern began her career in education, she never thought she would work in special education, let alone become the director of special education. Tina began her [...]

  • Dr. Kathy Mentz, PACE Academic Dean

    Dr. Kathy Mentz, PACE Academic Dean For over 30 years, Kathy Mentz has worked with students with disabilities. But her experience and inspiration came at an even younger age. Growing up, her family was [...]

  • Julene Fitch, Visual Impairment Consultant

    Julene Fitch, Visual Impairment Consultant For Julene Fitch, becoming a teacher who works with students with blindness and low vision was more than a career goal – it became her personal passion, as the [...]

  • Grant helps establish career pathways for students

    Grant helps establish career pathways for students Through a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) or pre-employment transition services grant, Elkhart Memorial and Elkhart Central high schools have been given the opportunity to provide [...]

  • Building friendships through track and field

    Building friendships through track and field Last year, through the collaborative efforts of many individuals and groups, Elkhart Community Schools introduced the Unified Track Meet to high school students at Elkhart Central and Elkhart [...]

  • West Side Disability Awareness Day

    West Side Disability Awareness Day “It’s hard reading words that are not clearly written and it’s a struggle because you would have to move your head places to be able to see.” “It was [...]

Why Elkhart Community Schools

  • Hands-on learning, beginning in Pre-K and kindergarten
  • Largest agricultural program in the state of Indiana
  • More AP and dual credit classes than any other school district in Elkhart County
  • Award-winning Elkhart Area Career Center that features 28 programs and serves 16 neighboring school districts
  • Highly awarded extra-curricular offerings, including a wide range of music programs, clubs and athletic teams, performing and fine arts
  • Partnerships with leading higher education institutions, including University of Notre Dame, Indiana University South Bend, Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University, and IUPUI
  • Partnerships with leading Elkhart businesses and non-profits, ensuring work study, internship, and volunteer opportunities for students
  • Comprehensive support for students and families inside and outside the classroom