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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 & 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).

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


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

  • Cleveland Elementary school: Dreams for Riley’s

    Cleveland Elementary school: Dreams for Riley’s What started as conversation between friends about the possibilities of making money with a lemonade stand quickly turned into a successful fourth grade service project. Three young friends, [...]

  • Summer Program Fair

    Summer Program Fair On Wednesday, April 25, families are invited to attend our first Summer Program Fair at Elkhart Central High School from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Over twenty organizations are scheduled to attend, highlighting [...]

  • New Spring Sports

    New Spring Sports “We are excited about our new opportunities!” said Rod Roberson, District Director of Co-Curricular Programming. This spring Elkhart Community Schools introduced club Lacrosse to the High Schools. “The support and excitement [...]

  • Naming Committee Update

    Naming Committee Update The Elkhart community is making great strides in the process of unifying Memorial and Central High School. The naming committee has been hard at work for months, figuring methods and potential [...]

  • Pinewood’s Cheryl Gough and her Jump Rope for Heart Success

    Pinewood’s Cheryl Gough and her Jump Rope for Heart Success Pinewood’s Physical Education teacher Cheryl Gough has been teaching at Pinewood for 19 years, her dedication and passion reflected in her many endeavors, though [...]

  • Perspective: Nancy Perez, Memorial Graduation Speaker

    Nancy Perez: Elkhart Memorial Graduation Speaker Graduation is quickly approaching for Memorial and Central Seniors, and with this comes a list of things to do to get ready to prepare. Ordering a cap and [...]

  • ECS Hosts Elkhart Chamber Leadership Academy

    ECS Hosts Elkhart Chamber Leadership Academy On April 11, eighteen participants from the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy visited Elkhart Community Schools for their “Education Day.” Each year, the Greater Elkhart Chamber [...]

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