South Bend Community School Corporation

South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC), located in South Bend, Indiana, is St. Joseph County's oldest and largest school corporation, and the fifth largest in the state. They have 30 schools and seven support facilities in a geographical area covering 160 miles.

South Bend Community
School Corporation
South Bend Community School Corporation main building.jpg
215 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
South Bend, Indiana

District information
TypePublic School Corporation
SuperintendentDr. M. Todd Cummings
Students and staff
Students18,110 [1]
Teachers1,039 [2]
Athletic conferenceNIC
District mascotAdams Eagles
Clay Colonials
Riley Wildcats
Washington Panthers
Other information
2016 Graduation Rate:83.8% [3]

It serves most of South Bend, Indian Village, Notre Dame, and Roseland, as well as portions of Granger and Mishawaka.[4]


High schoolsEdit

Intermediate centersEdit

John Adams High School.
Clay High School South Bend.
Riley High School South Bend.
Washington High School South Bend.

Primary centersEdit


The current superintendent of South Bend Community School Corporation is Dr. C Todd Cummings. He was hired in 2019 to replace Dr. Kenneth Spells. Dr. Carole Schmidt, was the district's superintendent from 2011 to 2016. She replaced former superintendent James Kapsa who ran the district from 2008 to 2011. James Kapsa replaced Dr. Robert Zimmerman who was superintendent from 2006 to 2008. From 2001 to 2006 the superintendent was Dr. Joan Raymond. Superintendent Raymond is noted for implementing the Plan Z restructuring program. Preceding Joan Raymond was Dr. Virginia Calvin who was known for creating the new Riley High School which was supposed to rejuvenate the neighborhood surrounding the school.[5]

Plan ZEdit

The 2003-2004 school year marked the first year Plan Z was launched. This plan led to a restructuring and a redistricting of students around the South Bend area. Under Plan Z, the schools were reorganized into: Primary schools which serve K-4 and Intermediate Centers that serves 5-8. The high schools adopted a magnet program within their schools, as well as their regular curriculum program open to their district boundaries. These Magnet programs are available to any student, regardless of home school boundary, who applies for entry. The current magnet programs are: Adams- Global Studies/International Baccalaureate, Riley- Technology and Engineering, Clay- Visual and Performing Arts, and Washington- Medical/Allied Health Sciences. LaSalle was closed as a high school, and replaced as a high achieving Intermediate Academy for grades 5-8. Kennedy Elementary became the high achieving magnet school, Kennedy Primary Academy. Tarkington Elementary became a Traditional Primary Magnet school. The success of these magnet schools would later inspire an expansion of more magnet schools available: Hamilton Traditional Primary, Coquillard Primary Traditional School, Perley Primary Fine Arts Academy, Marquette Primary Montessori, Jefferson Traditional Intermediate, Dickinson Fine Arts Intermediate, and soon to be created Jackson Project Lead the Way Intermediate school for the 2017-2018 school year.[6] There are also programs that are not yet considered Magnet programs, such as Madison STEAM Primary, New Tech high school, and Brown Montessori. The vision of Plan Z, was to create schools zones that made sense logistically, as well as provide choices and opportunities for the SBCSC families.[7]


As of 2015, there are grade point averages that student athletes must keep in order to remain eligible to play on their sports teams. For first year students (freshmen) it is 1.5, for second year students (sophomores) it is 1.67, for third year students (juniors) it is 1.85, and for fourth year students (seniors) it is 2.0. Prior to August 2015 students from all grade levels had to maintain a 2.0, but that month the board voted to relax the GPA standards.[8]

South Bend Community School Corporation has accumulated 22 IHSAA State Champion Teams.

South Bend Adams (8) 1966 Boys Swimming & Diving, 1966 Wrestling, 1967 Boys Swimming & Diving, 1968 Boys Swimming & Diving, 1973 Boys Golf, 1974 Boys Tennis, 1976 Volleyball, 1978 Volleyball

South Bend Clay (2) 1970 Baseball, 1994 Boys Basketball

South Bend Riley (10) 1938 Boys Golf, 1956 Boys Swimming & Diving, 1957 Boys Swimming & Diving, 1958 Boys Swimming & Diving, 1962 Boys Swimming & Diving, 1962 Boys Golf, 1964 Boys Golf, 1978 Boys Swimming & Diving, 1986 Boys Swimming & Diving

South Bend Washington (2) 1973 Football (3A), 2007 Girls Basketball (4A)


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  4. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): St. Joseph County, IN." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on December 13, 2016.
  5. ^ Spehar, Tony (November 18, 2011). "Carole Schmidt named SBCSC's permanent superintendent". ABC 57. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
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  7. ^ Annual Report on the Status of Implementation of Amended Plan Z
  8. ^ Hickey, Megan and Maria Catanzarite. "MORE reaction: SB School Board relaxes GPA standards" (Archive). WNDU-TV. August 4, 2015. Retrieved on August 5, 2015.

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Coordinates: 41°40′28.2″N 86°14′56.2″W / 41.674500°N 86.248944°W / 41.674500; -86.248944