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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!

Superintendent Search

Superintendent Search

Elkhart Community Schools is currently seeking qualified candidates to lead our district in the role of Superintendent. Learn more about our school district here and apply for the position here.

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: Maria Leon Buitrago, Elkhart Central

    Perspective: Maria Leon Buitrago, Elkhart Central Let’s be honest, Elkhart Community Schools offers a truly unique and thoughtful path for students to succeed, something that I personally believe deserves more praise. I feel obliged [...]

  • District Spelling Bee

    District Spelling Bee On May 21, students from around the district participated in the first district-wide spelling bee. Coming out on top in the individual competition were: Maya Ballinger, Mary Feeser Erick Becerra Valdes, [...]

  • Graduation walks provide a step back in time

    Graduation walks provide a step back in time The class of 2018 has had a unique opportunity to take a walk down memory lane. Many of our seniors have had a chance to visit [...]

  • Record Number of Students Walk with Ivy Tech Graduates

    Record Number of Students Walk with Ivy Tech Graduates On May 11, 155 students from Elkhart Community Schools had the opportunity to walk across the stage with Ivy Tech Community College graduates in their [...]

  • Unified Track Team and the Special Olympics

    Unified Track Team and the Special Olympics Elkhart Community Schools introduced the Unified Track Meet to high school students at Elkhart Central and Elkhart Memorial two years ago. This year, the Elkhart Memorial High [...]

  • Kathy Nusbaum, Teacher of the Year (Secondary)

      Kathy Nusbaum, Teacher of the Year (Secondary) Why did you choose to work in education/at a school? My parents were sponsored to America by a church in Demotte, Indiana 1980.  I remember both [...]

  • Hillary Harder, Teacher of the Year (Elementary)

    Hillary Harder, Teacher of the Year (Elementary) Why did you choose to work in education/at a school? I chose to work in education because I wanted to work through music to build community and [...]

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