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2017 Penn High School Showcase

Penn Early College Academy classroom

The Penn High School Showcase, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, has been canceled due to adverse weather conditions. The Showcase event will not be rescheduled.


Current P-H-M eighth graders can get information about Penn High School courses from their middle school counselors, or the Program of Studies


Parents can also visit the “Incoming Freshman” webpage for more information on required courses and electives.


Penn High School, regarded as one of the top high schools in Indiana, will feature its educational opportunities for prospective and current students during the Penn Showcase, 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, and Tuesday, Dec. 12.


The Showcase event will start in the Center for the Performing Arts, and the Studio Theater. Events will then be held in the Cafeteria, Commons and classrooms across the building.


“The Showcase is designed to help incoming parents and students learn about all Penn has to offer, from Academies, to classes, and even extra-curricular activities,” Penn World Languages Academy Leader Kelley Watts said. “The Showcase also helps current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders and their parents make educated decisions about the pathways they should be following and the classes in which they should be enrolling.” 


Current eighth-grade students can explore possible pathways, electives, and clubs and activities.


Current ninth, 10th and 11th graders can explore elective courses and the achievement academies.


Named a Four-Star School by the state of Indiana, Penn High School is a heralded 90-25-90 school, surpassing the benchmarks of excellence by having a graduation rate of more than 90 percent, having more than 25 percent of students taking Advanced Placement classes, and having more than 90 percent of students passing ISTEP.


Current Penn-Harris-Madison students and families, along with those who live within P-H-M boundaries but maybe attending other schools, are invited to attend. The is an opportunity for community members, students and families to learn more about all the amazing programs Penn High School has to offer.


All visitors should enter Penn High School at Door C on Monday, Dec. 11, and Tuesday, Dec. 12.


Here is a schedule of the nights’ events:

  • Welcome and orientation for current eighth-graders will be held in the Center for Performing Arts starting at 6:30 p.m.
  • Welcome and diploma track overview for current students is scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. in the Studio Theater.
  • Honors/ACP/AP/Dual Credit Class Presentations will be from 7:10 to 7:35 p.m. in LGI-A.


At the conclusion of the Welcome sessions, students may visit the cafeteria, where teachers representing the Academies and elective classes will be available to answer questions and provide information. Representatives of Penn Exceptional Education Academy will also be available to answer questions.


Elective areas to tour and meet teachers include:

  • Visual Arts
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • World Language
  • Performing Arts
  • Health & Wellness
  • Technology  


The Elkhart Area Career Center will also have staffers available to provide information in the Commons area.


Representatives of Penn’s Counseling Center will also be available to provide support in the course selection process.


Representatives of the clubs at Penn High School will be available to meet with students in the Commons area in front of the Instructional Materials Center (by the large Kingsman sculpture).


With a graduation rate of more than 97 percent, Penn High School offers exceptional opportunities for college and career readiness through its academies – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Health and Human Services, Management and Business, Fine Arts and Communications, Early College, and Freshman Academy.


Penn stresses the Penn-Harris-Madison Triangle of Success – rigor, relationships, and relevance – while also being dedicated to a technology-rich learning environment. Each Penn student is issued a personal Chromebook.


For more information about Penn High School, email Principal Sean Galiher at