South Bend Community School Corporation

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South Bend Community
School Corporation
South Bend Community School Corporation main building.jpg
215 S St Joseph Street
South Bend, Indiana

City of South Bend
District information
Grades K-12
Superintendent Dr. Carole Schmidt
Students and staff
Students 19,308 [1]
Teachers 1,214 [2]
Staff 2,010
Athletic conference NIC
District mascot Adams Eagles
Clay Colonials
Riley Wildcats
Washington Panthers
Other information
2014 Graduation Rate: 78.6% [3]

The South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC) operates the public schools in South Bend, Indiana, and is one of the largest school corporations in Indiana, with a total of 34 schools.

It serves most of South Bend, Indian Village, Notre Dame, and Roseland, as well as portions of Granger and Mishawaka.[4]


High schools[edit]

Intermediate centers[edit]

John Adams High School.

Primary centers[edit]


The current superintendent of South Bend Community School Corporation is Dr. Kenneth Spells. He was hired in 2016 to replace the retiring Dr. Carole Schmidt, who was the district's superintendent from 2011 to 2016. She replaced former superintendent James Kapsa who ran the district from 2008 to 2011. James Kapsa replaced Dr. Zimmerman who was superintendent from 2006 to 2008. From 2001 to 2006 the superintendent was Dr. Joan Raymond. Superintendent Raymond is noted for implementing the Plan Z restructuring program. Preceding Joan Raymond was Dr. Virginia Calvin who was known for creating the new Riley High School which was supposed to rejuvenate the neighborhood surrounding the school. [5]

Plan Z[edit]

The 2003-2004 school year marked the first year Plan Z was launched. This plan led to a restructuring and a redistricting of students around the South Bend area. Under Plan Z, the schools were reorganized into: Primary schools which serve K-4 and Intermediate Centers that serves 5-8. The high schools adopted a magnet program within their schools, as well as their regular curriculum program open to their district boundaries. These Magnet programs are available to any student, regardless of home school boundary, who applies for entry. The current magnet programs are: Adams- Global Studies/International Baccalaureate, Riley- Technology and Engineering, Clay- Visual and Performing Arts, and Washington- Medical/Allied Health Sciences. LaSalle was closed as a high school, and replaced as a high achieving Intermediate Academy for grades 5-8. Kennedy Elementary became the high achieving magnet school, Kennedy Primary Academy. Tarkington Elementary became a Traditional Primary Magnet school. The success of these magnet schools would later inspire an expansion of more magnet schools available: Hamilton Traditional Primary, Coquillard Primary Traditional School, Perley Primary Fine Arts Academy, Marquette Primary Montessori, Jefferson Traditional Intermediate, Dickinson Fine Arts Intermediate, and soon to be created Jackson Project Lead the Way Intermediate school for the 2017-2018 school year.[6] There are also programs that are not yet considered Magnet programs, such as Madison STEAM Primary, New Tech high school, and Brown Montessori. The vision of Plan Z, was to create schools zones that made sense logistically, as well as provide choices and opportunities for the SBCSC families. [7]


As of 2015, there are grade point averages that student athletes must keep in order to remain eligible to play on their sports teams. For first year students (freshmen) it is 1.5, for second year students (sophomores) it is 1.67, for third year students (juniors) it is 1.85, and for fourth year students (seniors) it is 2.0. Prior to August 2015 students from all grade levels had to maintain a 2.0, but that month the board voted to relax the GPA standards.[8]


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