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Welcome to the South Bend Empowerment Zone!

We are excited to welcome students back into the building on Thursday, August 14th! 

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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.

Interested in a dynamic career in which you can affect change? Join us in the Empowerment Zone!  



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

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Navarre Middle School

Principal: Timothy Harris


4702 Ford St.

South Bend, IN 46619


(574) 393-4600


Coquillard Elementary School

Principal: Laura Krieger


1245 N Sheridan St

South Bend, IN 46628


(574) 393-2000

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Harrison Elementary School

Principal: Francesca Jimenez


3302 W Western Ave 

South Bend, IN 46619


(574) 393-3000



Elementary School

Principal: Samantha Smith


56660 Oak Rd

South Bend, IN 46619


(574) 283-7400


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.

The purpose of the South Bend Empowerment Zone


A system of schools that eliminates academic and social/emotional opportunity gaps and nurtures the greatness that exists within each child to confidently thrive in our city, nation, and world.


The Empowerment Zone nurtures the mind, body, spirit of each child by harnessing the power of community and empowering every student with a high quality public education.


Contact Us

Administrative Office


For any inquiries, questions or concerns, please call: 574-393-6176 or fill out the form below. 

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215 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. South Bend, IN 46601



The Empowerment Zone is hiring a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. If you are an individual who is passionate about transforming education and ready to join a team that is on fire to make change together, this work is for you. 

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