Students at Elkhart Central are taught the state standards but are also given the opportunity to thrive academically while pursuing academic programs they find interesting, such as art, industrial technology and music. The academic programs at Central are comprehensive, enabling students to take college preparation, vocational, and/or technical preparation programs.


Academic Programs

Explore each of our academic programs:


Advanced Placement

The College Board Advanced Placement program gives students an opportunity to seek college level studies while still in high school. By taking AP classes and required exams, students may gain advanced placement into college courses, earn college credits, and be eligible for additional scholarships. The only requirement for enrollment in AP classes is a strong curiosity and the willingness to work hard. AP students should be motivated to learn in a challenging academic setting, eager to engage in independent research, willing to challenge their thinking, inclined to look at the world through a global perspective and aspire for academic greatness. The following courses are available:

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Music Theory
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art 2D
  • Studio Art 3D
  • World History


Course Descriptions

Comprehensive course descriptions can be found here: Elkhart Central Course Descriptions.


Dual Credit

Dual Credit is the term given to courses in which high school students have the opportunity to  earn high school and college credits simultaneously.  Dual credit courses are taught by high school faculty, adjunct college faculty or college faculty either at the high school, at the college or sometimes through online courses or distance education. Benefits of Dual credit include: 

  • This is one of several options by which a high school student may fulfill requirements for the Core 40 with Academic Honors or Technical Honors diploma by receiving college credits from a regionally accredited institution which still in high school.
  • Studies show that dual credit increases the likelihood that a student will complete high school, as well as enroll in and continue in college.
  • Decreases cost of tuition and fees for students by completing up to a year or more of college credit.
  • Our General Education credits are guaranteed to transfer to any Indiana public college or university.
  • Access to IVYTech’s student resources, such as Library, Tutoring, Career Exploration and much more.

Learn more about Dual Credit here: Dual Credit Information.


Project Lead the Way

Project Lead The Way creates an engaging classroom environment unlike any other by empowering students to develop and apply in-demand, transportable skills through exploring real-world challenges. Students not only learn technical skills but also learn to solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate, and collaborate.

At Elkhart Central, we teach the biomedical sciences branch of Project Lead the Way.  It is a four-year program focused in project-based, hands-on  learning.  Students  learn about current technologies in the health care field and use these technologies in the lab for themselves.  Participation in this program gives students who wish to pursue a health care career a huge leap forward in skills and knowledge.