Cultivate the mind. Inspire the change.

The central philosophy of the South Bend Empowerment Zone lies in the centering of the student- and family- experience via the empowerment of leaders and educators at each school to respond to their needs in service to stronger academic, social, and emotional outcomes for our students.

Our Vision

We are a system of schools that eliminates academic and social-emotional opportunity gaps and cultivates the greatness that exists within each child to confidently pursue their dreams in our city, nation, and world. 

Our Mission

The Empowerment Zone nurtures the mind, body, and spirit of each child by embracing equity, learning, and change for students, staff, and families. We harness the power of community and relationships to ignite transformation.

Core Beliefs

Students and Families First

We make collaborative decisions that are in the best interest of students and families by lifting all voices. We will strategically use every resource to meet the individual needs of every student.

Equity

We acknowledge the systemic & institutional inequities that currently exist in public education. We will repair harm by shifting away from exclusionary discipline practices and restore relationships between community, students, and educators.

Excellence

Our schools are relentless in the pursuit of greatness by implementing bold and innovative practices. We hold ourselves and others to high standards and guide students to take ownership of their learning through trust and accountability.

 

Our Zone Schools

The South Bend Empowerment Zone schools are the primary unit of change

Navarre Middle School

4702 W. Ford Street

Harrison Elementary School

3302 W. Western Ave.

Coquillard Elementary School

1245 N. Sheridan Ave.

Wilson Primary Center

56660 Oak Rd.

Warren Elementary School

55400 Quince Rd.

The purpose of the South Bend Empowerment Zone

Our purpose is to eliminate academic and social-emotional opportunity gaps and cultivate the greatness that exists within each child to confidently thrive and pursue their dreams in our city, nation, and world. We will do this by nurturing the mind, body, and spirit of each child by embracing equity, learning, and change for students, staff, and families. We harness the power of community and relationships to ignite transformation.

Get Involved

The South Bend Empowerment Zone offers students, families, teachers and staff, and school leaders the opportunity to get engaged and make new connections within our community. Find out what you can do to help make a difference in South Bend

Students & Parents

Teachers & School Staff

School Leaders

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