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About Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation

Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, 55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545, 574/259-7941   Fax: 574/258-9547

Located in northern Indiana, Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation has been serving students in eastern St. Joseph County since 1963.  Over the years, Penn-Harris-Madison has built a reputation for excellence in education that is recognized around the state.The district serves 10,600 students in 11 elementary schools, three middle schools and Penn High School. Thirteen of 15 schools received an A rating from the Indiana Department of Education last year (the other two schools were Bs)and Penn's graduation rate was 97 percent for 2013. The district maintains a commitment to high quality academic programs with a strong teaching staff, current technology, and excellent facilities.  Extracurricular and co-curricular programs consistently rank among the best in the state. Schools provide a safe, nurturing environment that brings out the best in each student and parent support and involvement is enthusiastic. 

The corporation encompasses approximately 135 square miles with the northern boundary along the Michigan state line, the eastern boundary along the Elkhart County line, the southern boundary along the Marshall County line and the western boundary along the Harris, Penn and Madison Township lines.

Board of School Trustees

The elected board is composed of seven members: Larry Beehler, Gary Fox, K. Jaye Galloway, Randy Leliaert, Chris Riley, Larry Romero, and Jamie Woods.

Dr. Jerry Thacker, Superintendent of Schools, 2012 Indiana Superintendent of the Year

2014-2015 Enrollment  
Penn High School (9-12) 3335
Young Adult, Night School, Alternative School 414
Discovery Middle School (6-8) 897
Grissom Middle School (6-8) 601
Schmucker Middle School (6-8) 933
Bittersweet Elementary School (K-5) 431
Elm Road Elementary School (K-5) 506
Elsie Rogers Elementary School (K-5) 284
Horizon Elementary School (K-5) 591
Madison Elementary School (K-5) 139
Mary Frank Elementary School (K-5) 364
Meadow's Edge Elementary School (K-5) 355
Moran Elementary School (K-5) 445
Northpoint Elementary School (K-5) 575
Prairie Vista Elementary School (K-5) 488
Walt Disney Elementary School (K-5) 438

Test Scores: Spring ISTEP+ 2014 (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress)

Scores represent percent of students passing ISTEP+

     English/Language Arts    State    Math    State
Grade 3    91    84    90    81
Grade 4    93    87    92    83
Grade 5    90    82    95    89
Grade 6    90    77    94    86
Grade 7    93    74    92    81
Grade 8    89    76    94    82
     Science    State    Social Studies    State
Grade 4    89    69    
Grade 6    87    69    
Grade 5        86    71
Grade 7        87    73

More information on Penn-Harris-Madison test scores.

Penn High School scores:  2013

624 graduates took the SAT with an average score of 1052 (average score in Indiana was 993)

249 graduates took the ACT with an average score of 23.4 (average score in Indiana was 21.7)

More information on Penn High School SAT and ACT scores

Academic Programs

The corporation provides a strong educational program based on a curriculum aligned with state standards.  There is an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving and subjects are integrated in order to create a learning experience that is relevant.

A program for gifted and talented students is offered from kindergarten through eighth grade.  It provides a variety of extended learning opportunities to high ability students.  Teachers are encouraged to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students.  Academic competitions provide students with another way to pursue their academic interests and art and music play an important role in the school experience at all grade levels.

Penn High School has an extensive curriculum that offers opportunities in a variety of subjects.  Advanced placement classes and an academic honors diploma are available along with an integrated program that blends course work with career experience.  In addition, Penn has partnerships with area colleges and universities that make it possible for students to earn college credits.

Technology plays an important role in supporting the curriculum by providing access to information and resources that enrich the educational experience.

Special education is available to qualifying students who are integrated into the regular classroom.

High school diplomas available to veterans of WWI, WWII, Korean conflict and Vietnam conflict

The Board of School Trustees has adopted Policy 9800 that recognizes the sacrifices of veterans and that many left high school in order to serve their country. The board wishes to recognize their efforts by awarding them a high school diploma. The criteria that must be met in order to qualify for a diploma are listed in the text of the policy.


Transportation is provided for all students who live within the district.

Number of buses 136
Number of routes 105
Number of activity buses 2
Number of students transported 9,331
Daily total mileage 4,771


Students must have legal settlement in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation or apply per board policy to attend as a non-resident student.There is no tuition fee. Families must provide transportation to and from school. Please do not withdraw your child from your current school until he or she has been accepted at Penn-Harris-Madison. Children must be five years old by September 1 to be admitted to kindergarten in the current school year and six years old by September 1 for first grade. 

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide an educational environment for students to reach their highest academic achievement. We will prepare them to be responsible, healthy, contributing citizens who have acquired the skills to be lifelong learners ready to adapt to a changing world.


Our curriculum is clearly defined, rigorous, integrated with technology, frequently assessed to reach every student, and supported by innovative teaching strategies.

Our students are lifelong learners who demonstrate creativity, analytical problem-solving, and are engaged in positive social, emotional and healthy life skills.

Our school climate is the result of communication and collaboration among the administration, parents, teachers, staff and students. A safe and personalized learning environment in our schools nurtures the whole child.

Our personnel are highly trained individuals who model innovative best practices in all areas of their job assignment. Continuous opportunities for professional development are provided to support their performance at the highest level.

Our creative and visionary leadership team exhibits responsible fiscal management that is committed to our mission and is accountable to the community.

Our corporation seeks to collaborate with the greater Penn-Harris-Madison community in support of our mission.


We value learning as a priority and challenge all students to excellence through a continuous improvement model.

We provide a healthy, safe, respectful and nurturing learning environment.

We support continuous professional growth of a quality staff. 

We model a collaborative relationship between students, staff, and parents.

We value community partnerships.

We respect the uniqueness of each student.

We demonstrate fiscal responsibility in support of our mission.


Annually, all students will achieve proficiency in core academic areas as measured by state standards through multiple assessments.

Annually, all students will demonstrate continuous academic progress through multiple assessments. 

All 10th grade students will demonstrate mastery of the proficiencies on the Graduation Qualifying Exam. 

Annually, expenditures will not exceed revenues as measured by the certified budget.


P-H-M Profile of a Graduate

A graduate of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation schools is expected to acquire the knowledge and skill to:​

Be an effective communicator who:

  • Reads, comprehends, and analyzes material from a variety of sources.
  • Communicates thought and ideas through writing, speaking, and performance.
  • Applies active listening skills, seeking first to understand.
  • Receives and evaluates information sources across a range of mediums.
  • Communicates ideas effectively using a variety of media and the latest technology.
  • Recognizes the necessity to tailor communication to meet the needs of an audience both locally and globally.
  • Collaborates with others.

Be a thoughtful problem-solver who:

  • Uses basic and advanced academic, social, and technological skills to solve problems.
  • Thinks critically and creatively.
  • Collects, analyzes, and assesses source material as an informed thinker.
  • Develops, evaluates, chooses and implements solutions to problems.

Be an effective contributor and collaborative team member who:

  • Works cooperatively.
  • Resolves disputes constructively.
  • Works collaboratively towards a common good, a common challenge, which involves the contribution and exchange of ideas, knowledge or resources to achieve the goal.
  • Perceives divergent viewpoints and responds with understanding.
  • Treats others with dignity and respect.
  • Functions responsibly as a member of a family, a social group and the larger global community.

Be a lifelong learner and contributing member of society who:

  • Works cooperatively.
  • Resolves disputes constructively.
  • Works collaboratively towards a common good, a common challenge, which involves the contribution and exchange of ideas, knowledge or resources to achieve the goal.
  • Perceives divergent viewpoints and responds with understanding.
  • Treats others with dignity and respect.
  • Functions responsibly as a member of a family, a social group and the larger global community.

Be a responsible citizen who:

  • Understands the ideals and responsibilities of the American heritage.
  • Is dedicated to democratic values and pursues the common good.
  • Upholds legal rights and civic duties.
  • Safeguards universal human rights and the dignity of all people.

Be a healthy individual who:

  • Pursues a variety of healthy interests and maintains balance among them.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to physical and emotional well-being.
  • Exhibits self-regulating behavior.
  • Confidently pursues his/her full potential.
  • Expresses emotion constructively.
  • Adapts to life changes.
  • Exercises both body and mind.

Be a contemporary learner who:

  • Effectively uses information and communications technology (ICT) and information literacy.
  • Learns through digital networks.
  • Learns through digital means, such a social networking, ICT (information & communications technology) literacy, technological awareness and simulation.
  • Functions in social networks and contributes to the development of social and intellectual capital.


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