Elkhart Community School’s landmark School Without Walls program gives students an opportunity to earn their Elkhart High School diploma (not a GED/HSE or homeschool diploma) through online courses and in-person tests.
This program allows students who may have missed extended periods of school due to illness, family situations, or work, an opportunity to graduate with their cohort, attend high school functions, and participate in high school activities.
Anyone who is interested in the School Without Walls program must first meet with their School of Study counselor and principal, who will determine if the program is an appropriate fit, or if the student would better be served through our Community Education program.
Once accepted into the School Without Walls program, a student will be assigned to a mentor/teacher who will help them complete an Individual Academic Plan (IAP). The IAP provides the timeframe for course work and completion. This mentor oversees all aspects of the student’s IAP and also serves as an advocate for the student in community or other settings such as juvenile justice, internship monitoring or working with home high school guidance counselors. Additionally, the mentor/teacher monitor the schools daily attendance requirement and students may be required attend in person as the mentor/teacher deems necessary.
School Without Walls utilizes a Block Five Schedule. This is based on data that each course takes approximately 75 hours to complete, therefore students should earn a minimum of two credits every five weeks. In an 18 week semester, a minimum of six credits will be earned. Enrollment in the program is limited and program eligibility is evaluated continuously.
For additional information about the ECS School Without Walls program, contact Krista Hennings at 574-262-5850.