Elkhart Central High School has a comprehensive, state-of-the-art curriculum based on the semester system. Students have a wide selection of courses from which to choose in order to prepare for post-secondary institutions, vocational training, and on-the-job employment. All students complete a four year planning guide. Students are required to complete 40 credits for General Diploma or a Core 40 Diploma and 47 credits for the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma.
The combination of three townships, the City of Elkhart, and the small town of Bristol, Indiana make up the Elkhart Central High School Community. Located on the "Main Street of the Midwest," more contemporarily known as the Indiana Toll Road, the cosmopolitan cities of Detroit, Chicago, and Indianapolis are between 90 to 150 miles away. The combined Elkhart/Goshen/South Bend/Mishawaka metro area has a population slightly larger than 650,000; our school district makes up approximately 60,000 of that number.
Elkhart Central High School's enrollment is projected at 1,700+ for the current school year. Two airports, Elkhart Municipal in Elkhart and the South Bend Regional Airport service both communities. Elkhart Municipal hosts many airshows, flying lessons and functions primarily for corporate and private pilots/planes. South Bend Regional Airport (SBN) is less than 30 minutes away and provides services by major carriers to and from national and international airports. For those who prefer travel by land, Amtrak provides passenger transportation to most cities in the United States. The Norfolk-Southern Robert Young railroad yard is the largest "single-hump" classification system in the United States.
Industry has long been the backbone of the Elkhart economy. Mobile home, van conversion, and recreational vehicle manufacturing companies and the numerous suppliers, have made Elkhart the world's producer in the field. Prior to World War II, over 200 automobile and truck models were manufactured locally. Presently, AM General in Mishawaka holds a contract with the American military to mass produce the famous Hummer, used in wartime and as a personal vehicle. A wide assortment of other industries such as pharmaceuticals, musical instruments, electronics, cardboard containers, a growing service base, and miscellaneous small businesses add dimension to our diverse economy.
One of the greatest assets to the area is its access to nine post-secondary institutions. Among them are Goshen College, Indiana University at South Bend (with an extension in Elkhart), Ivy Tech College, Bethel College, Holy Cross Junior College, Vincennes University, St. Mary's College and the renowned University of Notre Dame.
The culmination of our educational, economic, and cultural benefits makes the Elkhart Central High School community an exciting and opportunistic place to live.
- Has one of the highest "millionaires per capita" ratios in the USA*.
- Being the "RV capital of the World", with more "cottage industries" per capita than any other community on the globe.
- Band Instrument Capital of the World", over 60 percent of the world's band instruments were produced in Elkhart at one time.
- Has an extremely vibrant economy with steady growth and abundance of employment .
The Central community also offers the lowest property tax rates in the area, virtually the best student to teacher ratio in the area and surprisingly high ISTEP scores for targeted demographics!
*The Horizon Project, October 2002