About Us

Tarkington Information Tarkington Traditional School is designed to provide primary children in grades K-4 the opportunity for academic, social and emotional growth in a highly structured back-to-basics learning environment. The school places a strong emphasis on high academic standards, student responsibility, appropriate conduct and active parent involvement.

Enrollment in Tarkington is available to all primary children living in the Tarkington District and whose parents agree to the admissions criteria. Enrollment will be controlled on a capacity, gender and racial compliance basis. Any K-4 student whose home school is Darden, McKinley, Muessel, Perley, or Swanson is eligible to apply for admission. Applications for admission are available from November 1st through December 15th at all SBCSC schools, and the Administration Building located at 215 South St. Joseph Street, South Bend, IN 46601.

Admission criteria:
• completion of application process
• commitment to the traditional school philosophy requiring:
o student self-discipline
o homework completion
o school uniformity of color dress code
• interview/orientation with student and parent
• parental agreement to a written contract to be actively involved, monitor homework, enforce discipline, and participate in school activities

Tarkington's dress code is a uniformity of color:
• navy blue or khaki pants, skirts, or jumpers
• plain white or blue shirts with collars and sleeves (shirts must be tucked in)

Tarkington Traditional School also offers:
• programs to support student social skills and student responsibility
• after school care at a minimal fee
• bus transportation
• a culturally diverse student population
• opportunities for parents and volunteers Special Program Features:
• balanced literacy
• strong basic skills curriculum
• Three for Me program
• technology based instruction
• required student uniforms
• required family compact
• student portfolios and writing journals
• highly structured learning environment
• required daily homework
• enrichment opportunities
• dismissal for chronic misbehavior
• Kaleidoscope after school program
• consistent student population