Elkhart Community Schools operates a comprehensive special education program for students with disabilities, ages 3 through 22. Special education services are coordinated and administered within the Department of Student Services. Operating in accordance with Indiana Article 7, which governs the provision of special education, Elkhart Community Schools provides services that encompass a continuum of services. These services range from consultation to resource rooms to self-contained classrooms, depending on the individual needs of the students identified as having a disability.
For early intervention, Elkhart Community Schools offers the PACE (Preschool Assisting Children’s Education) Program, a public service available to children aged 3-5 who may be in need of special services. The early years of child development are critical to future success, and PACE aims to provide early intervention that can help children successfully grow and further their education. For more information about our PACE Preschool Program, please click here.
Children who are served through the ECS Special Education program include those with the following special needs:
If you believe your child may qualify for special education services or you would like additional information about programs offered, please contact Tina Northern, Director of Special Education, at 574-262-5542.
Indiana Department of Education Survey about Special Education
Elkhart Community Schools values parents and their participation in the planning for the education of their children, our students. If your child is receiving special education services from ECS, we want your input. Each year, the Indiana Department of Education surveys parents of students who receive special education services. Your participation helps ensure we can continue offering a wide range of opportunities for students with special education needs.