Elkhart Academy at Tipton

1013 Tipton St. Elkhart, IN 46516


Welcome to LIFE Program on line.

We are proud to offer this web site as a service to the members of our community and as a resource for those interested in enrolling their children in our school system.
LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone) Mission Statement
The LIFE Program will prepare our students to succeed academically and socially.
Mr. Mark Tobolski – Principal
Mrs. Diane Franklin – Principal’s Secretary
Mrs. Krystol Hoop – Assistant Secretary
Our Story
Elkhart Community Schools’ commitment to the pursuit of excellence for all students includes alternative education programs designed to meet the needs of students who are at-risk, vulnerable, or disengaged. Elkhart’s alternative programs – Learning Is For Everyone (LIFE) and Jr. LIFE - are located at the Tipton Street Center, 1013 Tipton Street. With a professional staff of 32 that includes teachers, counselors, social workers and para- professionals, the programs serve approximately 200 students at any given time.

Learning Is For Everyone was established in 1993 as a temporary program designed to encourage high school dropouts to earn their GED. It began with two staff members and 25 students in a single classroom at the Elkhart Area Career Center. In 1997 the program added a middle school component known as Jr. LIFE. In 2001 the LIFE Program moved to its current home in the Tipton Center.

The mission of the LIFE Program is, in part, to “…prepare our students to succeed academically and socially. We acknowledge each student as an individual with a unique combination of needs, concerns, attitudes, abilities, and goals.”

LIFE students appreciate several benefits to being enrolled in the program, among them: a low student/instructor ratio, small class size that averages 10 to 14 students, and counseling services; many students receive support from our licensed social workers through small support groups and individual sessions. 

The LIFE Program also offers students individualized instruction, online curriculum options, flexible educational plans that meet district and state standards; and an abbreviated schedule; we operate under a half-day schedule allowing many of our students to find employment, raise families and fulfill other family commitments.

Families interested in having their child enrolled at LIFE, or Jr. LIFE, should contact the administration at their current school, or contact Elkhart Community Schools, Department of Student Services. To learn more about the LIFE Program access the school’s website at:   http://elkhart.k12.in.us/tipton/.