Educational Institutions

Five major universities including the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, Bethel College, Holy Cross College and IU South Bend, call the South Bend Region home.  Together with the K-12 educational system, hundreds of partnerships have been formed throughout the community.  Here are some of the partners: 

Bethel College

Bethel College, affiliated with the Missionary Church, is a Christian community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and the world. Bethel provides liberating academic and co-curricular programs to challenge the mind, enlarge the vision and equip the whole person for lifelong service.

Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Schools

History records that in August of 1846, our diocesan schools were opened with an endowment of $4600. After a request by Mother Guerin, the bishop acquired the assistance of the Brothers of the Holy Cross to instruct the boys. The new St. Augustine Academy enrolled South German Catholics, American Protestants, Canadian French children, and Miami Native American girls. Our principals, teachers, and staff are just as committed to teaching the truth and beauty of our Catholic faith as the founding Sisters of Providence; our schools remain strong, and student populations are no less diverse over a century and a half later. We, as Catholic educators, participate in the redemptive mission of the Catholic Church by providing faith formation for our students and by assisting them to integrate faith and VALUES into their contemporary life experiences.

Forever Learning Institute

Our mission is to improve the quality and dignity of senior adult life through continuing intellectual challenge, spiritual reflection, and social interaction.

Good Shepherd Montessori School

Good Shepherd Montessori School is a diverse, cooperative learning community, governed by an independent Board of Directors that uses the Montessori method to nurture the character and uniqueness of the child and to inspire wonder and a joy of learning. It fosters spiritual growth in the Christian tradition and cultivates compassionate relationships with all people and just stewardship of the world’s resources.

Holy Cross College

The mission of Holy Cross College is to educate and form global citizens with the competence to see and the courage to act. Holy Cross is a Catholic college that advances the apostolic mission of the Brothers of Holy Cross.  Our practical, experiential, liberal arts curriculum applies timeless truths to contemporary life and leads people to wholeness in the image of Christ.

Indiana Campus Compact

Indiana Campus Compact supports higher education’s efforts to develop students into well-informed, engaged citizens. By providing programs, services, and resources, ICC serves as a catalyst for campuses and communities to improve people’s lives through service-learning and civic engagement initiatives.

Indiana University South Bend

Indiana University South Bend is the comprehensive undergraduate and postgraduate campus that serves North Central Indiana and is a regional campus of Indiana University. The campus values excellence in teaching, student-faculty interaction, research and creative activity, diversity and inclusivity, a global perspective, and collaboration in life-long learning. IU South Bend develops engaged citizens prepared to build strong communities.

Ivy Tech College

It’s an exciting time for Ivy Tech – both statewide and regionally.  Our enrollment is growing and we continue to introduce new academic programs and workforce training designed specifically to provide Hoosiers with the training and skills necessary to build successful careers. Never before has a college degree, certification or industry-recognized certification been as valuable as they are today.  Ivy Tech is literally changing the lives of each and every one of our students.  We are dedicated to student success with a strong focus on supporting our students from application to completion/graduation. 

Penn-Harris Madison School Corporation

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.  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.

Saint Mary's College

Our six nationally accredited programs and strong science and mathematics departments graduate students who are accepted into well-known medical programs and graduate schools, such as Boston College, Johns Hopkins University, and Carnegie-Mellon. Our faculty focus on students inside and outside the classroom. Small classes, averaging only 16 students, allow for a conversational, give-and-take approach between professors and students. Professors will mentor her; classmates will motivate her. Ninety-three percent of our graduates earn their degree in four years.

South Bend Community School Corporation

The South Bend Community School Corporation is dedicated to bringing quality learning to each of its nearly 18,000 students every day.  We provide a diverse selection of primary center options for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 4, intermediate centers options for grades 5-8 and a variety of high school programs for students in grades 9-12.  At SBCSC, parents and students can tailor a path that is both personally fulfilling and educationally rewarding.  If you have questions about our schools or programs, please contact us!

South Bend Community School Corporation Adult Education Department

The mission of Indiana Adult Education, under the Department of Workforce Development, is to ensure that every Hoosier adult, high school graduates and non-graduates alike, possess the essential academic (math, communication/writing and reading), computer technology and workforce/post-secondary preparation to fully participate in our dynamic, skills-driven economy.

South Bend Community School Corporation Mentoring Dream Team

To Connect Students with Caring Adults to Help Them Achieve Success in School and Reach Their Dreams.  Do You Have an Hour a Week to Meet with a Child of South Bend Schools?  Mentoring means, "getting to know another individual and then acting as a support for that person."   Each child is unique with different needs.  The need for positive self-esteem is addressed through the mentor's acceptance of the child as a worthy human being. Children profit from the wisdom, guidance and attention that the mentor gives them.