Elkhart Community School’s landmark School Without Walls program gives people an opportunity to earn their Central or Memorial high school diploma (not a GED/HSE or homeschool diploma) through online courses and in-person tests.
This program allows students who may have missed extended periods of school due to illness, family situations or work an opportunity to graduate with their class, take high-level honors courses, attend high school functions and participate in high school activities.
Anyone who is interested in the School Without Walls program must first meet with SWW staff and teachers, who will determine if the program is an appropriate fit, or if the person would better be served through our Community Education program.
Once accepted into the School Without Walls program, a student will be assigned to a mentor/teacher who will help them complete an Individual Academic Plan (IAP). The IAP provides the timeframe for course work and completion. This mentor oversees all aspects of the student’s IAP and also serves as an advocate for the student in community or other settings such as juvenile justice, internship monitoring or working with home high school guidance counselors.
Students enrolled in School Without Walls work independently outside the traditional school day. The expectation is that SWW students who work an outside job are to be credited with 15 hours of vocational credit, and will also complete a minimum of 15 hours of course work per week. SWW students without an outside job are expected to complete 30 hours of course work per week.
School Without Walls utilizes a Block Five Schedule. This is based on data that each course takes approximately 75 hours to complete, therefore students should earn a minimum of two credits every five weeks. In an 18 week semester, a minimum of six credits will be earned.
For additional information about the ECS School Without Walls program, contact David Bird at 574-262-5650, extension 2020.