Academics are at the heart of everything we do at Goshen High School. We firmly believe that every child, given time and support, can and will learn.
We are a diverse school, and our students have diverse needs. In the past five years, Goshen High School has had more National Merit Scholars and more ENL (English as a New Language) students than any other high school in Elkhart County.
To meet the needs of all of our students, Goshen High School provides a variety of special programs and opportunities, including the following:
Student Resource Time (SRT)
Provides each student with a four-year relationship with one teacher who helps monitor individual progress and needs.
At GHS, we feel that making the school community smaller is an effective way to ensure success for our students. Student Resource Time (SRT) is one program that allows students time in their weekly schedule to receive tutoring and mentoring, participate in clubs and various organizations, make up tests, quizzes and assignments, meet with counselors, or work on remediation programs for areas in which students struggle.
As incoming freshmen, every student is assigned to an SRT teacher much like a homeroom. This teacher serves as their mentor for the next four years – scheduling, goal setting as well as monitoring grade reports, attendance, and attitude(s). When students are struggling, need to make up work, or other need to work in any given subject area, teachers assign them to resource rooms for that given subject.
Provides qualified teachers and tutors to give extra help, when needed, to each student in four 45-minute sessions each week.
Elkhart Career Center
In 1971, Goshen Community Schools began partnering with the Elkhart Area Career Center to offer career and technical education to Goshen High School juniors and seniors. This partnership continues today.
The Elkhart Area Career Center offers hands-on training in twenty-two skilled occupations, ranging from business technology to welding. For students planning post-secondary education, most of these programs have articulation and advanced credit agreements with various colleges and universities in Indiana and Michigan. A number of classes also offer industry certification and/or licensing.
The Elkhart Area Career Center is North Central Association (NCA) accredited.
Merit Learning Center and Goshen Online Academy provide additional opportunities for students to find success in the classroom.
As global competition and technological change continues to impact business requirements, the workplace is being constantly transformed and worker skills continually redefined. Students at Goshen Community Schools are given an opportunity to better equip themselves for their careers and to make themselves more workplace ready by participating in Cooperative Education.
School to Work Program
Provides career training through Mentorships, Internships, and access to Elkhart Area Career Center.
Provides opportunities for college credit, Advanced Placement Exam preparation, and outstanding college preparatory coursework.
IB – (International Baccalaureate)
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a demanding, two-year program of curriculum and service that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary students. The Diploma Program offers a comprehensive and integrated approach to learning that prepares students for rigorous assessments in six subject areas during grades 11 and 12. Students must also complete a minimum of 150 hours in Creativity, Action, and Service activities,a 4,000-word essay of original research, and a Theory of Knowledge course. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) awards its diploma to students who perform successfully on the six external examinations and fulfill all other requirements of the program at an authorized IB world school. It is recognized as the highest diploma currently offered by any high school in the world.
Goshen High School is currently in the process of becoming a fully accredited International Baccalaureate Middle Years school.
English as a New Language (ENL) Department
The ENL (English as a New Language) Department at Goshen High School helps ensure the academic success of the more than 250 students who come from a home in which English is not the primary language. In a school represented by over 15 language groups, we employ three teachers, 6 collaborators, and an academic and attendance advisor who strive to ensure that all students acquire knowledge and apply skills – enhancing tomorrow’s opportunities.
The Goshen High School Special Education Department provides a continuum of services for students who are identified as students with special needs under Indiana Article 7. These services are provided through functional skills classrooms, resource rooms, collaboration with general education classrooms, and consultation with general education instructors.
The intricacies of our present society along with rapid technological changes in industry mandates that the Special Education program furnish a curriculum, which will meet the individual educational as well as the vocational transition needs of our students.
Goshen High School recognizes that the freshman year is extremely important. We want all students to have a successful start to their high school careers, which is why we provide numerous opportunities and programs for our incoming freshmen:
- Summer Classes
- Freshman Orientation
Freshman Academy is a program that helps students who might have struggled in middle school transition into high school. They are given added support and encouraged to join clubs, organizations, and athletic teams.
Opportunity Knocks is another freshman program that helps students who might not be ready for the full rigor of high school academics.
At Goshen High School, we have are 1 to 1. Every student has their own personal laptop for school work. We are cross format and have both Windows and Macintosh computers. We have 30 different computer labs. Most of our classrooms have two student computers in them, and the English classrooms have four student computers in them. Every classroom has a TV and VCR, and Data Projector. They can schedule a cable program or the teacher can project their computer screen to the TV. We do daily school news through the TV system; GTV. We are using technology in many different ways at the high school.
Goshen Community Schools uses Follett Destiny Software to manage the district media centers resources. Students can use the destiny website to research what literature and media resources are available for all there classroom research needs.