The Lions Learning Community is a well-established program at Elkhart High School West 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 Lions Learning Community was established to help staff personally connect with students and create an environment that promotes academic and social competencies. Each incoming Elkhart High School West freshman will participate in the Lions Learning Community.
Students are grouped into one of three communities that consists of student peers, administrators, teachers and counselors. Students take a Digital Communication/Personal Financial Responsibility class which focuses on financial responsibility and general business skills, along with career exploration.
- Voyagers: The mission of Voyager 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.
- 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.
- Polaris: Polaris has been an exciting program for Elkhart High School West, 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 Elkhart High School West 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.