Elkhart High School West

Elkhart High School West opened for the 2020-2021 school year, housed in the former Elkhart Memorial High School building, which ran from 1972-2020. EHS West serves an attendance district encompassing the west, northwest, and north areas of the city of Elkhart. Elkhart High School has two campuses; the other, EHS East, being in the building of the former Elkhart Central High School. Elkhart Community Schools is the 13th largest school district in Indiana, with a total student population of just under 13,000. EHS West has 96 classrooms that serve over 1,700 students in grades 9 through 12. We also house the district’s Young Adult Program, serving students between 18 and 22 years old with moderate and severe disabilities. We have a staff comprised of 124 certified and 66 classified employees. EHS West has two performance spaces: the Auditorium, with a capacity of 1,300, and the Little Theater, with a capacity of 300. We have two large gyms, a dance studio, and a weight room. In addition, Elkhart Community Schools is proud to be a partner with the Elkhart Health Fitness Aquatics and Community Center. This first-class regional aquatics center, which opened in the spring of 2019 in downtown Elkhart, is available to the public and supports our Elkhart High School swimming programs. We have a comprehensive co-curricular and extracurricular program including Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Drill Team, Theater, Speech, Student Government, Sigma Beta Epsilon, Key Club, Military Club, Robotics, Chemistry Club, Physics Club, Move2Stand, Academic Super Bowl, Spell Bowl, and several others.  Also, interscholastic athletics, sponsored by the Indiana High School Athletic Association, round out Elkhart High School West’s offerings. EHS is a member of the highly regarded Northern Indiana Conference, which includes the following area schools: Bremen, Elkhart High School, Jimtown, John Glenn, Mishawaka, Marian, New Prairie, Penn, South Bend Adams, South Bend Clay, South Bend Riley, South Bend Saint Joseph, and South Bend Washington.

School Hours and Location

School Hours: 7:25AM-2:40PM
Office Hours: 7:00AM-3:30PM
School Address: 2608 California Road, Elkhart, IN 46514
Phone Number: 574-262-5600

8 Block Schedule

Elkhart High School West operates on a Block 8 schedule.

The second nine week grading period of the 2020-2021 school year begins October 12, 2020. We will have a rotating schedule because of hybrid learning and virtual learning. All students will be taking classes 5-8 during this time. There are two groups for the hybrid learning students, Group A and Group B. Group A students report to school on Mondays and Wednesday, and Group B students report to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No students will report to school on Fridays, as those will be eLearning days for all students.

Below are the daily class schedules. Any weather related delays will require an altered schedule.

Period 5 7:25 – 8:55
Period 6 9:00 – 10:25
ADVISORY 10:30 – 11:00
Period 7 (A,B,C Lunch) 11:05 – 1:05
“A” Lunch 11:00-11:30
“B” Lunch 11:35-12:05
“C” Lunch 12:35-1:05
Period 8 1:10 – 2:40


Period 5 7:25 – 8:55
Period 6 9:00 – 10:25
ADVISORY 10:30 – 11:00
Period 7 (A,B,C Lunch) 11:05 – 1:05
“A” Lunch 11:00-11:30
“B” Lunch 11:35-12:05
“C” Lunch 12:35-1:05
Period 8 1:10 – 2:40


News/Upcoming Events

Please visit our News page to see the latest Elkhart High School West news and for a list of upcoming events!


Breakfast/Lunch Menus

At Elkhart Community Schools Food Services, we know that good nutrition and learning go hand in hand! The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students’ health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices. Click here to see the ECS Food Services page, including menus.


Official School Policies

We invite you to review the Elkhart Community Schools’ Notice of Non-Discrimination and Student Handbook as adopted by the Elkhart Community Schools Board of School Trustees. All district-wide school forms can be found on the Elkhart Community Schools Policies and Forms page. Please also review Elkhart High School Student Attendance Policy.


School Delays and Closings

Please visit the Elkhart Community Schools’ School Delay and Closing page for up-to-date, accurate information about school closings and delays, as well as make-up schedules. The district will also post about school closings and delays on the official ECS Facebook page and the official ECS Twitter page.


Staff Directory

*Staff member names are links to their school email addresses

Cary Anderson, Principal
Frank Kurth, Vice Principal
Kelly Blair, Assistant Principal
LaTosha Bonds, Assistant Principal
Gregory Stover, Assistant Principal
Dennis Trigg, Assistant Principal
Gail Draper, Director of Counseling
Charlene Trotter, Director of Inclusion

Deb Keller, Office Manager/Principal’s Secretary
Denise Kulp, Attendance Secretary
Dawn Fuqua, Main Office Secretary
Darlene Ballard, Treasurer/Book Rental
Tiffany Rush, Student Office

Art Department
Matthew Hartman, Department Chair
Heather Ashton
Kevin Hartman
Tara Mix

Business Education Department
Bruce Baer, Department Chair
Sarah Bowerman
Lauren Schmidt

Engineering and Technology Department
Nicholas Seidl, Department Chair

Family and Consumer Science Department
Kara Sears, Department Chair
Andrea Holtz
Sarah Parcell

Language Arts Department
Kerry Leader, Department Chair
Jennifer Andrews
Kathryn Case
Jean Clements
Eileen Corson
Adriana Don
Todd Efsits
Michael Henderson
Maria Hernandez
Adam Homo
Kathryn Lane
Megan Lewis
Elizabeth Regules
Corin Sailor

Math Department
Alexander Holtz, Department Chair
Lori Booker
Laura Corwin
Stephanie Doncilovic
Ben Fager
David Freel
Ashley Hire
Jennifer LeMunyon
Kyle Sears
Amy SemancikClassroom Page
Julie Tyrakowski
Josh Yankey

Music DepartmentMusic Department Website
Kurt Weimer
, Department Chair
David Brennan
Tim Carnall
Sean Diller
Joshua Hren
James Keranen
Jacob Robaska
Rebecca Yoder
Eva Marie Young

Physical Education Department
Janie Boyden, Department Chair
Darlene Owings
Scott Rost
Scot Shaw

Science Department
Edward Hibshman, Department Chair
Danielle Carlson
Heather Fellows
Rebecca Loar
Brenda Mueller
Amanda Reichler
Eric Shipp
Trenton Snyder
Jennifer Summers

Social Studies Department
Sonya Harrington, Department Chair
Stephen Asbury
Linda Fine
Stefanie Foster
Erin Hartman
Brandon Miller
Caitlin Rappelli
Shanna Robinson
Todd Sheely
Randy Styles

Special Education Department
Maegan Banicki
Denise Downing
Deborah Gilles
Nicole Homo
Donald Knowlton
Stephanie Knowlton
Katie Marquardt
Kris Miller
Steven Scott
Dana Soptich
Zach Stone
Kristina Thomas-Bartley
Darin Yoder

World Languages Department
Stephanie Scalise, Department Chair
Tami Eder
Susan Fritschi
Hiromi Hollett
Larissa McFarland
Jodi Saville
Julie Tyrakowski
Jason Westbrook

School Counseling Department
Michelle Kessler, Co-Department Chair
Adrienne Bashore,  School Counselor
Camille Evans, School Counselor
Lawrence Fielstra, School Counselor
Allison Makowski, Co-Department Chair
Michele Tibbs,School Counselor-Early College
Lisa Swann, Early College Data Coordinator
Tara Butler,  Social Worker
Michelle Yoder, School Counseling Secretary
Maritza Banuelos, School Counseling Registrar

Athletic Department
Jacquie Rost, Athletic Director
McKayla Fielstra, Athletic Department Secretary

Additional Elkhart High School West Staff
Officer Robert Presswood, School Resource Officer
Jeffrey Miller, Internships/Student Activities
Adriana Alvarez, JAG Coordinator
Colleen Shook, Media Center Director
Peggy Gay, Media Center Secretary
Rebekah Altiere, Cafeteria Manager
Willie Coleman, Head Custodian
Jennifer Geers, Nurse
Kylie Giger, Security Kiosk
Tracey Miller, Attendance Social Worker
Major JG Dorman, AFJROTC
Senior Master Sargent Scott Rutledge, AFJROTC


School Improvement Plan

To see our full Elkhart High School West Improvement Plan, please click here: Elkhart High School West School Improvement Plan.



Alumni Association Information

We’re proud of the long-standing alumni community who found success through Elkhart High School West. Please check back here for information about upcoming Alumni events.