Students at Memorial are taught the standards, but 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 Elkhart Memorial are comprehensive, enabling students to take college preparation, vocational, and/or technical preparation programs.
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:
- Calculus AB
- Calculus BC
- Computer Science
- English Language and Composition
- English Literature and Composition
- Macro Economics
- Micro Economics
- Human Geography
- Music Theory
- Studio Art 2D
- Studio Art 3D
- U.S. History
- World History
Charger Learning Community
The Charger Learning Community is a well-established program at Elkhart Memorial that aims to focus freshmen on academics and incorporate strategic programs which will help improve students’ success at high school. Statistics show that students are more likely to drop out of school if they fail more than one of their CORE classes (language arts, math, science and social students). The Charger Learning Community was established to help staff personally connect with students and create an environment that promotes academic and social competencies. Each incoming Elkhart Memorial freshman will participate in the Charger Learning Community.
Students are grouped into one of three communities that consists of student peers, administrators, teachers and counselors. In addition to the CORE curriculum classes, students in the CLC program are assigned a Family and Consumer Science course that provides guidance on character education, life skills, time management and effective communication. Students also take a Digital Communication class which focuses on financial responsibility and general business skills.
- Apollo Academy: The mission of Apollo Academy is to support students in the transition from middle school to the high school environment while emphasizing the skills, work habits, and character required for success. Placed within a teaching team that will facilitate student achievement; students will demonstrate consistent goal-setting, motivation, organization, perseverance, and integrity in response to the academic challenges of high school. Program Administrators: Skip Smeltzer and Denny Trigg; Language Arts: Megan Lewis and Eileen Misener; Mathematics: Kathleen Bain, Gayle Davidhizar, Sarah Horn, and Stacy Shields; Science: Erica Shannon and Jennifer Summers.
- Challengers: The goal of the Challenger team is to teach students upper-level thinking skills in order to challenge themselves and their academic peers. Students will learn cooperatively and independently as they navigate rigorous, college-prep coursework. The Challenger team is committed to help students reach their academic goals. Program Administrator: Cary Anderson; Language Arts: Adam Homo; Mathematics: Lori Booker; Social Studies: Byron Whitten.
- Polaris: Polaris has been an exciting program for Elkhart Memorial, and a small learning community has begun to provide your child with one of the best possible educations. The Polaris program has committed educators, a smaller learning environment, consistency, and team members who personally know your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Polaris is the North Star by which every sailor in history has used to guide their journeys. For us, it is symbolic of a journey and destination – not where Memorial begins with a student, but our voyage together as we encourage and develop each child’s personal and educational potential, so that they are ultimately prepared for success in various post-secondary opportunities. Program Administrators: Frank Kurth and LaTosha Bonds; Language Arts: Elizabeth Fackelman and Jeff Miller; Mathematics: Stephanie Doncilovic; Science: Geetha John and Eric Shipp; Social Studies: Adam Meyers.
Comprehensive course descriptions can be found here: Elkhart Memorial Course Descriptions.