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Alternative Education

As educators, we recognize that not all students experience success in the traditional school setting. An alternative setting and alternative approaches to instruction are options that may help them overcome educational barriers.


P-H-M offers two alternative education programs: Pennway Alternative Day School and Pennway Night School. Both programs are designed to provide students with the resources and support necessary to successfully complete a program of studies leading to a high school diploma, as well as obtain marketable work skills.


Both alternative programs are located at Pennway, 55985 Bittersweet Road, across from Penn High School and north of the Paul H. Schmucker Middle School.

Pennway Alternative Day School


Offers a program for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. This program connects to the corporation program at Penn High School. If students are employed or volunteer in the community, they may be eligible for additional credits.


Pennway Day Schedule:


Morning Class: 8:15-11:15 a.m.


Afternoon Class: 12:15-3:17 p.m.


*-Students may enter the building 15 minutes before classes begin.


The Pennway Alternative Day School is an extension of Penn High School and students are expected to adhere to the standards outlined in the Penn High School Student Handbook


For more information, contact the Penn High School Counseling Center at (574) 258-9502. You may also contact Counseling Center Director John Westra (

Pennway Night School

P-H-M School Corporation also offers a night school program which provides coursework toward completion of a high school diploma. Adults may enroll regardless of residency. 


* Open Monday-Thursday, 4 - 8:30 p.m.

* Work at home or online

* Classroom Teacher Support


A comprehensive core curriculum of North Central Association-approved courses is delivered through several software programs. North Central Association-approved courses receive letter grades.


For some classes, additional supplemental work must be completed and ECA's (End-of-Course Assessments) must be passed. Indiana requires that students take and pass the End of Course Exams in English 10 and Algebra I and also take the federally-mandated Biology I End of Course Exam as part of the diploma program. For those that have passed the GQE (Graduation Qualifying Exam), the ECA assessments may be waived.


To qualify for the full time Pennway Night School: a student must be beyond his or her expected graduation year as defined by the Indiana Department of Education, and need a high school diploma.


Enrollment is quick and easy! 

Register by appointment with Brad Boyd, Pennway Night School Director, Monday – Thursday between the hours of 4 – 7 p.m. Contact Mr. Boyd at (574) 254-2895 or Online enrollment is available upon request. 


Enrollees will need to provide the following documents:

  • Driver's License or Birth Certificate (date of birth proof)
  • Proof of Indiana Residency (Photo ID can qualify)

  • Transcript from any previously attended high school (if available)

Pennway Night School Student Handbook


Penn-Harris-Madison reserves the right to determine appropriate academic placement for students.


*Please note in the case of inclement weather and P-H-M schools have closed for the day or the decision is made to cancel evening events, Pennway Night School will also be CLOSED for that evening. Announcements about Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation’s delays or closings will be posted on Penn-Harris-Madison’s main website at Announcements are also made on the local TV stations: ABC 57, WSBT and WNDU.


For more information about Pennway Night School, contact Brad Boyd, Pennway Night School Director, Monday thru Thursday (4:00 – 7:00 p.m.) at (574) 254-2895 or