Founded in late 1880’s, Elkhart Community Schools has a 130-year tradition of educating high-achieving students, including Olympic Medalists (Lindsay Benko), NASA Award Winners (Alden Bushnell), Pulitzer Prize Winners (Charles Gordone), Journalists (Ernestine Evans, also an Early Women’s Rights Advocate), Scientists (Alexa Sieracki), Entrepreneurs (Jonathan Eppers), Philanthropists (David Gundlach), thousands of students and graduates who have earned accolades for their accomplishments and countless students who have achieved success and return to mentor the children of Elkhart.
School population: approximately 13,000 students
Graduation rates (2018):
96.0% (Elkhart Memorial High School)
93.8% (Elkhart Central High School)
Indiana state average: 88.1%
99.8% highly effective teachers
A recent study by Stanford tracked student academic growth over a five year period of time, finding ECS students experienced 5.8 years worth of growth, putting the Elkhart Community Schools district in the 95% nationwide in terms of growth.
Over 400 pre-k openings
Over 400 business and community partners
Largest agriculture instructional program in Indiana
1:1 technology at all secondary schools by October 2018
Over 20 AP courses offered
Over 25 CTE programs offered
Over 35 dual credit college courses offered
Over 14,000 college credits earned; saving ECS families $1.6 million (2017)
$4.4 million in scholarships awarded (2018)
ECS is home to the only fully-endorsed Early College Programs in the area
Elkhart Community Schools serves a diverse population with a student makeup of 42.1% White, 33.2% Hispanic, 15.6% Black, 7.9% Multiracial, and 1.1% Asian.
At ECS, just over 55% of students qualify for free lunch, 10% for reduced lunch, and 33% full pay.