School Details

Tarkington Traditional Center

3414 Hepler Street, South Bend, IN 46635
(574) 243-7210
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-4 315 students 14 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

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79%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • South Bend Community School Corporation average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
76%
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79%
88%
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78%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • South Bend Community School Corporation average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Tarkington Traditional Center is a public elementary school in South Bend. The principal of Tarkington Traditional Center is Melinda Ehmer. 315 children attend Tarkington Traditional Center and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 7% of the Tarkington Traditional Center students have "limited English proficiency." 46% of the 315 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Tarkington Traditional Center is 14:1. Peace Lutheran School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 67% 36%
Hispanic 3% 18%
Asian 3% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 18% 35%
Multiracial 10% 9%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.02%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46% 73%
Limited English proficiency 7% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter attended Tarkington Elementary for the first time last year as a kindergarten student. We choose Tarkington b/c of the family oriented atmosphere student to teacher ratio (my daughter had 21 students in her class one teacher and one full time aid) and parent involvement. Out of all the schools I visited Tarkington had the friendliest most professional teachers and staff! Definately check this school out before making your decision.The principal is wonderful too!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has some caring teachers. The principal started out strong but has lost some vital components in keeping a positive school atmosphere. I am a parent and have been in the school several years. I have heard teachers in the lounge talking about students in awful ways and about each other. Nothing seems to be addressed with this issue. Just as long as an A average is maintained then I guess teachers can say and act anyway they want. This does not apply to all the teachers. This unprofessionalism is sad. I hope that it improves or I will soon pull my child out.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has an amazing administrator and teachers. Our kindergarten experience this year has been outstanding and we are bringing our youngest here for kindergarten next year.

  • (5 years ago)

    Tarkington has the greatest Principal teachers staff parents and students.

  • (5 years ago)

    Awesome school! I can't imagine sending my kids anywhere else! The staff the students the parents.....everyone works together.

  • (5 years ago)

    The principal the teachers the students the parents.....all of them together are what makes Tarkington the best school in South Bend!!

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers and staff at Tarkington are completely involved with ensuring that your child succeeds. This is a family oriented school that welcomes all to help in any way possible. They keep great communication between the school and the families. This school is by far the best you can get in this area!

  • (5 years ago)

    So far Tarkington has shown me that the teachers principal and parents etc...are dedicated to having the students succeed. Through the years I have never heard a bad thing said about Tarkington and that is the reason why we chose to send our daughter there.

  • (5 years ago)

    Wow! I could go on on about how great this is. My daughter transferred to Tarkingtion fn first grade and was quite a bit behind their first grade reading curriculum however it was immediately reconized and addressed. Within 2 months she was not only caught up but above grade level without feeling overwhelmed due to their very unique and concentrated teaching techniques...she left 1st grade reading at a 4th grade + level. Just one example of this great school. Highly recommended for involved parents!

  • (6 years ago)

    We came across Tarkington after we moved into the area when our son was in Kindergarten. Now both our children attend Tarkington and we feel it is by far the best choice we could have made. Everyone there is great and very dedicated to the role they play in our chidren's lives. Don't choose a private school before checking out this school!!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    Our daughter has been at this school for two years. We are so pleased with the staff and students at Tarkington. This is an outstanding school with unmatched parent involvement. Highly recommended!

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