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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

  • Rob Haworth

    Perspective: Rob Haworth, Giving Back

    Perspective: Rob Haworth, Giving Back Throughout this newsletter, you’ll see a few of the many ways our students give back to the community, including a donation drive for a local animal shelter, adoption of [...]

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    Kindness rocks at Roosevelt

    Kindness rocks at Roosevelt Sarah Hoover, second grade teacher at Roosevelt STEAM Academy created the Kids with Character Club this year, seeing it as an opportunity for kids to learn about doing nice things [...]

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    Bristol students romp to raise funds for ADEC

    Bristol students romp to raise funds for ADEC Last December, Bristol PE Teacher Mike Pflugner came across some old ribbons with the words “Rudolph Romp” on them. The staff at Bristol did some research [...]

  • Shades of Blue choral ensemble

    Central students spread cheer throughout Elkhart

    Central students spread cheer throughout Elkhart For the second consecutive year, Elkhart Central’s “Shades of Blue” choral ensemble took to the streets of downtown Elkhart to spread holiday cheer. According to Elkhart Central choral [...]

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    Riverview students team up to help Pet Refuge

    Riverview students team up to help Pet Refuge A few weeks ago, Riverview Elementary third graders, headed by third-grade teacher Kerry Mullet, took a field trip the local pet care and adoption center Pet [...]

  • Elkhart Memorial Girls Basketball Adopts Local Families

    Elkhart Memorial Girls Basketball Adopts Local Families As the girls’ basketball coach at West Side Middle School, Krista Hennings sees and hears a lot of the things happening at West Side and with West [...]

  • Elkhart’s PRIDE: Our Promise – Max Malloy

    Elkhart’s PRIDE: Our Promise - Max Malloy Fifth Grader, Max Malloy from Pinewood Elementary has been recognized as the first recipient of Elkhart’s PRIDE: Our Promise award. Created to “acknowledge and celebrate extraordinary co-curricular [...]

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