ECS Announces Record-Breaking Graduation Rate

The Indiana Department of Education recently announced the final 2016-2017 graduation rates for Indiana high schools. Elkhart Community Schools is thrilled to announce the highest graduation rate – 91.7% – and the most graduates – 786 – in school history.

Tremendous growth to the ECS graduation rate has been seen since ten years ago when only 66% of seniors graduated. Since 2008, the graduation rate has increased every year.

  • 2016-2017: 91.72%
  • 2015-2016: 88.7%
  • 2014-2015: 88.1%
  • 2013-2014: 86.9%
  • 2012-2013: 84.6%

“This record-breaking graduation rate is the result of hard work by many people,” said Dr. Robert Haworth, superintendent of Elkhart Community Schools. “Hard work from our students, unwavering dedication from our staff, and the commitment from our community partners all contribute to the success of our students.”

“Five years ago, we looked strategically at what we needed to do to achieve a 90% graduation rate,” said Haworth. “Since then, we’ve added the right people and programs who are dedicated to making sure every student graduates and is prepared for the next step.”

“Innovative programs like the School Without Walls – designed to help students who excel with online learning and in-person support; programs like the Elkhart Area Career Center, whose continued growth and expansion provides more career-focused education for students to explore; programs like the Early College Program – designed specifically for first-generation college students. These programs meet students where they are to provide the tools and education needed for their success, and more importantly, demonstrate to them what success looks like beyond high school.”

Elkhart Community Schools is the only fully-endorsed Early College Program in Michiana. In 2017, over 100 students from Elkhart Central, Elkhart Memorial, and the Elkhart Area Career Center participated in the Ivy Tech Community College graduation ceremony a week prior to their own high school graduation.

“In addition to the right programs, we have the right people in place to help our students success,” said Haworth. “We have caring staff and excellent teachers in all of our buildings. In the high schools, much of this success is due to Vice Principals Kelly Berheide at Elkhart Central and Frank Kurth at Elkhart Memorial, who were dedicated to making sure students were kept on track. The commitment of people like David Bird, Gail Draper, the entire team at the Elkhart Area Career Center – these individuals truly care about each and every student they work with. They spend countless hours dedicated to the growth of programs and the success of students.”

“This success brings us closer to our Elkhart Promise of knowing every student by name, supporting and challenging them with highly effective staff, and preparing them for career, college, and life. Seeing the impact in measurable numbers gives everyone in Elkhart something to be proud of.”