Students at Elkhart High School West 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 High School West are comprehensive, enabling students to take college preparation, vocational, and/or technical preparation 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:

  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science Principles
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Human Geography
  • Music Theory
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art 2D
  • Studio Art 3D
  • U.S. History
  • World History


Lions Learning Community

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.

Course Descriptions

Comprehensive course descriptions can be found here: Course Descriptions.

Career Pathway Electives can be found here: Career Pathway Electives.


Dual Credit

Dual Credit is the term given to courses in which high school students have the opportunity to  earn both 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 Ivy Tech’s student resources, such as Library, Tutoring, Career Exploration and much more.

Learn more about Dual Credit here: Dual Credit Information.