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P-H-M Excellence


P-H-M enjoys a well-deserved reputation for excellence! The district has earned an “A-rating” from the Indiana Department of Education for eight consecutive years and is widely recognized as the premier school district in this region.  With six Four Star Schools, Penn-Harris-Madison is in the Top 5 of Indiana public school districts!


Excellence Happens Here!

  • An “A” rated school district 
  • Six “Four Star” Schools for the 2016-2017 school year, as named by the IDOE are: Discovery Middle, Horizon Elementary, Meadow's Edge Elementary, Northpoint Elementary, Prairie Vista Elementary and Penn High School. Meadow’s Edge is one of  P-H-M’s five Title 1 schools and is one of only nine Title I schools in the state that received a Four Star School designation for the 16-17 SY.

  • Ranks in the state’s top 4% of public school districts and 4th among public school corporations with large high schools (student population more than 500) (based on Spring 2017 ISTEP+ results).

  • Penn High School’s graduation rate is 97%

  • More than 85% of Penn students graduate with High Honors, Academic Honors or Technical Honors

  • 100% of our teachers are rated Effective or Highly Effective by the IDOE.


We created #PHMExcellence so our parents and families could see the amazing things that their children are doing during the school day.


Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to see the pictures and video, examples of excellence happening all across our school district every day. You can also click here to see the #PHMExcellence feed of stories all in one place. We take pride in how our students, teachers and staff achieving academic excellence every day at all levels!


Nationally-ranked Schools 

Award-winning Staff

  • Dr. Jerry Thacker has been named Indiana’s Superintendent of the Year (2012) and Indiana’s Outstanding Educator of the Year (2017 and 2013)

  • Dr. Thacker has also been awarded The Sagamore of the Wabash (2014), the highest honor Indiana’s governor can bestow, by then Governor Mike Pence

  • former Penn High School Principal Steve Hope was named 2015 Indiana Principal of the Year

  • former Grissom Middle School Principal Nathan Boyd was named 2016 Indiana Middle School Principal of the Year

  • Dr. Denise Seger, Associate Superintendent, has been named School Business Official of the Year by IASBO professionals 

  • Dr. Seger was also given the IASBO Lamplighter Award in recognition of her leadership and contributions at the state level

  • Five of the past six years, a P-H-M teacher has been a State Finalist for Teacher of the Year and in 2011 a P-H-M teacher was Indiana’s Teacher of the Year

College and Career Readiness

Penn High School supports college and career readiness with its academy structure. The academies serve as “smaller learning communities” where students build relationships while engaged in relevant learning experiences.

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy

  • Health & Human Services Academy

  • Management & Business Academy

  • Fine Arts & Communications Academy

  • The Early College Academy is another option that fosters early success for students focused on obtaining an Associate Degree while completing their high school coursework

  • The Freshman Academy serves all ninth graders by providing a cohesive and highly supportive first-year experience


Instructional Technology

We provide technology-rich learning environments, equipping teachers, students and classrooms with digital tools and resources.

  • 1:1 Technology for all 10,800 students in the District!

  • Kindergarten students use mini-iPads to practice skills and gain proficiency

  • Grades 1-5 use Chromebooks  in the classroom to access classwork and resources

  • Every student in grades 6-12,  about 6,000 students, are issued a personal Chromebook for use at school and home!

  • Every classroom is equipped with interactive whiteboards and digital projectors

  • Our schools include state-of-the-art science labs, digital production/broadcast studios and high-tech engineering/design spaces



Moving to the area and need to enroll your child(ren)? Click here for a one-stop source of all the information you need to register your student(s). Families who live within the district’s boundaries are welcome to go directly to the school to enroll their children at any time or, during the summer months, by coming to the Educational Services Center at 55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545.


Outside of the P-H-M District, but interested in enrolling your child(ren)? P-H-M is the district of choice for parents of more than 1,000 out-of-district students currently attending our schools.  

We continue to admit non-resident students each year in accordance with Board Policy 5111. Once admitted, non-resident students who remain in good standing may continue attending at P-H-M until they graduate high school. There is no application fee or tuition expense. 

Those interested in non-resident enrollment are encouraged to review the non-resident student application process, and take note when the annual application window opens and closes, and at which grade levels openings exist. 


Follow the links below to learn more about Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation!


Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation • 55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545 • (574) 259-7941 •  Fax (574) 258-9547


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