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Next Town Hall Meeting

Dec. 6, 2022

Coquillard Elementary School

6:00 PM

View the previously held Town Hall meeting from October 31, 2022, at Coquillard Elementary School.


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.

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is still open!  

We are hiring for the 2022-2023 school year! 

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

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Navarre Middle School

Principal: Melanie Hackett


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: Karla Lee


3302 W Western Ave 

South Bend, IN 46619


(574) 393-3000



Elementary School

Principal: Dr. Libby Wilson


55400 Quince Rd

South Bend, IN 46619

(574) 393-2800



Elementary School

Principal: Samantha Smith


56660 Oak Rd

South Bend, IN 46619


(574) 283-7400

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.


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.

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! 

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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.