Schools are important. Families choose where to live based on jobs and schools, and later choose a house based on a host of other criteria such as price. I work with many people relocating their families to the South Bend Area and hear many questions about the school districts. They sometimes have encountered news articles that detail discipline problems and graduation rates or heard statements from their colleagues like “Don’t send your kids to Penn if they want to play sports.”
My standard advice is for families to visit schools and make their own determination of where they want their children educated. However this is often impractical or impossible and the families finally make their decision based on the advice they receive, true or not.
Because many people researching the South Bend Area for a potential move find this Web-site I’d like to encourage dialogue between transplanted families and the schools. I’ve sent a letter to every principal, assistant principal and associate principal of every high school in the South Bend, Mishawaka and Penn-Harris-Madison School Districts, as well as to the private high schools St. Joe and Marian. These are busy people but they are overwhelmingly responsive and dedicated. I hope to hear from many of them in the coming weeks and pledge to post their responses intact and in full on this site.
Click here to view every education tagged article in the blog and here for links to maps and statistics of area schools. If you have any questions for the schools, you can make a comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will include it in the discussion.