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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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News & 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!

School Delays and Closings

Delays & Closings

Click here 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 Mondays, elementary students are dismissed at 2:55pm).

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

Mary Beck Elementary and Roosevelt STEAM Academy hours are 8:45am to 3:35pm (on Mondays, Beck and Roosevelt students are dismissed at 2:55pm).

Elkhart Area Career Center hours are 8:00am to 10:45am for AM classes; 11:50am to 2:35pm for PM classes.

 

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: Rodney Dale, Parent and Board Member

    Perspective: Rodney Dale, Parent and Board Member The backbone to any student’s success is strong family support. It’s motivating to know a loved one will show up at their parent teacher conferences, extracurricular activities, [...]

  • ECS announces superintendent selection

    ECS announces superintendent selection November 20, 2018 – Elkhart, IN – Elkhart Community Schools is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Steve Thalheimer as the next Superintendent of Schools for Elkhart Community Schools. [...]

  • PTO: Pathway to Involvement

    PTO: Pathway to Involvement At each of the elementary schools at ECS, you’ll find a hardworking, dedicated group of adults who are committed to supporting the partnership between families and schools, through PTOs (parent [...]

  • New face brings new life to CARES

    New face brings new life to CARES Earlier this year, Elkhart Community Schools welcomed Diane Lucchese as the CARES Volunteer Coordinator. CARES is a long-standing Elkhart Community Schools mentoring program that partners a community [...]

  • Inside ECS: Adam Homo, Elkhart Memorial

    Inside ECS: Adam Homo, Elkhart Memorial Adam Homo never set out to become an educator. If you know Adam, it's likely unbelievable to think that the man who bleeds so deeply in crimson and [...]

  • Inside ECS: Tami Lapp, Bristol

    Inside ECS: Tami Lapp, Bristol “One of the best things about working in the school system is having past students see you out in public and come over to visit, give you hug, and [...]

  • Inside ECS: Sharon Stout, Food Services

    Inside ECS: Sharon Stout, Food Services ‘Expect nothing less than the best’ is the mantra of ECS’ Sharon Stout, the assistant to the director of food services for elementary schools. It’s with this mentality [...]

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