in 1963, the Fairfield Community School District is located in a rural district
located in the southeastern portion of Elkhart County in north central
Indiana. The district covers approximately 124 square miles and serves
Benton, Clinton, and Jackson townships.
Fairfield Community Schools is a district of roughly 2,200 students and
is made up of Benton Elementary School (K-6), Millersburg Elementary-Middle
School (K-8), New Paris Elementary School (K-6), and Fairfield Jr.-Sr. High
School (7-12). An elected five-member Board of Education governs the district.
elementary schools instruct science through hands-on inquiry investigations, we
differentiate the teaching of reading strategies through Benchmark Literacy,
EnVision math is our core math program, and elementary students have
opportunities for band and choir starting in 6th grade. Fairfield Jr.-Sr.
High School offers a full-range of college and career readiness pathways.
Students are able to earn dual credit for college in several classes, and
Fairfield is transitioning to Early College, where students can earn up to 30
credit hours that will transfer to any Indiana state school. Students not
opting for Early College can still earn a variety of credits in courses toward
college, or they can follow any of several career pathways at Fairfield or
through the vocational co-op. Local programs like advanced manufacturing,
Project Lead the Way, agriculture, building trades, and cosmetology all carry
college credit, and many offer students opportunities to compete in subject
area contests. Programs like nursing, culinary arts, auto mechanics, and
welding can be completed at another area high school as part of the vocational
partnerships we have through the Wawasee Area Career and Technical Cooperative.
Many students balance their schedules with courses in performance, fine arts,
and German or Spanish foreign language.
K-8 programming is anchored in problem solving and inquiry. The
purposeful planning and rich I instruction is carried into Fairfield High
School and has been recognized as one of Indiana’s Top 25 High Schools in US
News and World Report in 4 of the last 5 years. Fairfield Schools accepts
transfer students through May and charges no tuition to families.
County is one of the major manufactured housing, recreational vehicle, and
boating industry centers of the United States. The district is only minutes
away from the Northern Chain of Lakes, which offers fishing, swimming, boating,
and other recreational sports. The Michigan border is 20 miles to the north,
and Chicago is a couple hours drive to the west.
corporation is made up of a wide range of economic and ethnic backgrounds.
Since it is in a rural setting, many families make their living farming. Many
others are involved in manufacturing and/or small business. We also have a
large settlement of Amish families and conservative Mennonite families that
bring many rich traditions to our school community. All of these groups are
most supportive of their schools and are actively involved in school
activities. Community involvement is one of the school system’s valuable
assets. Many parent and adult members of the community assist and support our
school programs through such organizations as music boosters, athletic team
parent groups, and by serving on various school-wide committees and elementary
Fairfield is not just a school district; it is a community!