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Welcome to SDCSC

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Welcome to South Dearborn Community School Corporation, where our schools share a community commitment for each student to be Success Driven. Our safe and secure campus offers a beautiful setting for learning for students in grades K-12. With four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, our school corporation provides a format for learning that is designed to meet the needs of all children.

At South Dearborn, we are "Success Driven." Grow. Excel. Achieve.

Our Mission

South Dearborn Community School Corporation's mission is to create an environment where our students Grow, Excel, and Achieve. Within this framework we are always mindful to be Success Driven, and recognize that in order to do so we must foster a community commitment to our mission.

Our Vision

Our vision of the South Dearborn Community School Corporation is that of a leading school corporation with a shared commitment to a continuous improvement process that engages and challenges all stakeholders. Students are immersed in a rigorous, personalized curriculum supported by a 21st century learning environment. A culture of excellence is sustained with a dedicated team working collaboratively toward common goals. South Dearborn is fiscally responsible and provides a safe and secure learning environment where parents choose to send their children and staff desire to work.

What We Believe

South Dearborn Community School Corporation believes:
  • Data-driven, personalized learning experiences increase student achievement.
  • All students can achieve at higher levels.
  • Students must be actively engaged in their own education.
  •  A rigorous and relevant curriculum fosters college and career readiness, and supports a systematic framework to engage student learning.
  • It takes a strong community partnership to collaboratively educate students efficiently and effectively.
  • The effective application of technology enhances curriculum and increases corporation efficiency.
  • Extracurricular activities promote learning and develop a well-rounded, comprehensive educational experience.

What We Value

  • An educational framework that drives student success.
  • Teachers who effectively deliver instruction, are accountable for student learning, and are dedicated advocates for students.
  • Personnel who are dedicated to common goals, fiscal responsibility, and well-maintained, clean facilities within a safe and secure learning environment.

Safe, Secure & Beautiful Campus

A beautiful school setting helps set the tone for your child's learning. South Dearborn boasts a gorgeous campus, modern facilities and Internet access in every classroom.

In addition to providing comfortable surroundings, we understand that in order to learn effectively our children need to feel safe, comfortable and at ease. Rest assured that our students' safety is top of mind at all times and we've taken the steps necessary to ensure that all of our students are secure.

Corporation Goals & Action Plan

1. Develop and implement the framework needed to receive AdvanceEd, K-12 District Accreditation.
2. Improve stakeholder satisfaction.
3. Prepare and implement research-based school safety plan for measuring and improving building and staff safety preparedness.
4. Increase capacity to utilize technology in the classroom.

SDCSC News & Spotlight

About Our Schools

A Group of Dillsboro StudentsOpportunity awaits at South Dearborn Schools! From dynamic academic programs, award winning music and arts groups, and comprehensive athletic teams, our students have access to the widest variety of educational opportunities. Located in Aurora, Indiana yet within easy driving distance to Cincinnati, we provide small town community based learning with access to bigger city opportunities.

From an academic perspective, our school corporation recently had the highest ISTEP score increase compared to other area schools. South Dearborn High School has also received an AdvancED Accreditation – which is a designation that shows our commitment to academic excellence. These are just a few indications of the commitment to academic achievement that you'll find throughout the entire South Dearborn Community School Corporation.

At South Dearborn, students are engaged in a progressive, innovative atmosphere that is student-centered and highly interactive. Our students enjoy the best of all worlds with a school culture that provides an ideal mix of academics, arts and athletics.

We believe that our parents and students deserve access to resources that will help them get the most of our their school experience. With that in mind, South Dearborn schools cover a portion of every student's textbook fees.

Enrollment Data
Aurora Elementary: 610 Students
Dillsboro Elementary: 280 Students
Manchester Elementary: 300 Students
Moores Hill Elementary: 180 Students
South Dearborn Middle School: 450 Students
South Dearborn High School: 920 Students

2015-2016 Grades
South Dearborn School Corporation: C
South Dearborn High School: B
South Dearborn Middle School: C
Dillsboro Elementary: A
Manchester Elementary: B
Moores Hill: B
Aurora Elementary: D

Learn more about us!

Meet the Superintendent

Dr. John Mehrle was named Superintendent of South Dearborn Community School Corporation in May of 2012. Since that time, he has been working hand in hand with the School Board and Administrators to bring about positive change to the school corporation, including advancements in academics and technology.

An Evansville, Indiana native, Mehrle had his first teaching job at South Dearborn in 1992, where he taught both Spanish and Social Studies. He left to become principal at Eastern Greene High School in Bloomfield Indiana. He later returned to South Dearborn as an associate principal for four years. He then spent three years as assistant superintendent at South Ripley and was later named Superintendent at South Ripley Community Schools in 2010 prior to returning to South Dearborn.

A Note from Dr. Mehrle

If you are interested in joining one of the leading school districts in Southeastern Indiana, please contact us! We are open for business and hope you will consider sending your children here!

South Dearborn's academic and music/arts programs are second to none in the region and we offer comprehensive athletic and other extracurricular opportunities. Our main campus is one of the prettiest in the state. Moreover, our other elementary schools in the outlying areas of our school district offer personalized learning, in safe community-based, settings. No student is a stranger. Our middle school has implemented a 1:1 initiative for the 2014-2015 school year, providing each student with a digital device to enhance 21st Century learning skills.

If you are planning to move to South Dearborn or would like to enroll your child or children in our schools, we would welcome your application! Please feel free to apply if you live outside our school district. If your application is accepted, there is no longer any transfer tuition. Students living outside our school district may attend without any additional costs. Your only responsibility is transportation. Applications may be denied based upon criteria found in I.C. 20-26-11-2, I.C. 20-26-11-6, and I.C. 20-26-11-32.

Dr. John Mehrle
  • South Dearborn Red and White Logo
    Welcome to South Dearborn Community School Corporation, where our schools share a community commitment for each student to be Success Driven. Our safe and secure campus offers a beautiful setting for learning for students in grades K-12. With four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, our school corporation provides a format for learning that is designed to meet the needs of all children.

    At South Dearborn, we are "Success Driven." Grow. Excel. Achieve.

    Our Mission

    South Dearborn Community School Corporation's mission is to create an environment where our students Grow, Excel, and Achieve. Within this framework we are always mindful to be Success Driven, and recognize that in order to do so we must foster a community commitment to our mission.

    Our Vision

    Our vision of the South Dearborn Community School Corporation is that of a leading school corporation with a shared commitment to a continuous improvement process that engages and challenges all stakeholders. Students are immersed in a rigorous, personalized curriculum supported by a 21st century learning environment. A culture of excellence is sustained with a dedicated team working collaboratively toward common goals. South Dearborn is fiscally responsible and provides a safe and secure learning environment where parents choose to send their children and staff desire to work.

    What We Believe

    South Dearborn Community School Corporation believes:
    • Data-driven, personalized learning experiences increase student achievement.
    • All students can achieve at higher levels.
    • Students must be actively engaged in their own education.
    •  A rigorous and relevant curriculum fosters college and career readiness, and supports a systematic framework to engage student learning.
    • It takes a strong community partnership to collaboratively educate students efficiently and effectively.
    • The effective application of technology enhances curriculum and increases corporation efficiency.
    • Extracurricular activities promote learning and develop a well-rounded, comprehensive educational experience.

    What We Value

    • An educational framework that drives student success.
    • Teachers who effectively deliver instruction, are accountable for student learning, and are dedicated advocates for students.
    • Personnel who are dedicated to common goals, fiscal responsibility, and well-maintained, clean facilities within a safe and secure learning environment.

    Safe, Secure & Beautiful Campus

    A beautiful school setting helps set the tone for your child's learning. South Dearborn boasts a gorgeous campus, modern facilities and Internet access in every classroom.

    In addition to providing comfortable surroundings, we understand that in order to learn effectively our children need to feel safe, comfortable and at ease. Rest assured that our students' safety is top of mind at all times and we've taken the steps necessary to ensure that all of our students are secure.

    Corporation Goals & Action Plan

    1. Develop and implement the framework needed to receive AdvanceEd, K-12 District Accreditation.
    2. Improve stakeholder satisfaction.
    3. Prepare and implement research-based school safety plan for measuring and improving building and staff safety preparedness.
    4. Increase capacity to utilize technology in the classroom.
  • A Group of Dillsboro StudentsOpportunity awaits at South Dearborn Schools! From dynamic academic programs, award winning music and arts groups, and comprehensive athletic teams, our students have access to the widest variety of educational opportunities. Located in Aurora, Indiana yet within easy driving distance to Cincinnati, we provide small town community based learning with access to bigger city opportunities.

    From an academic perspective, our school corporation recently had the highest ISTEP score increase compared to other area schools. South Dearborn High School has also received an AdvancED Accreditation – which is a designation that shows our commitment to academic excellence. These are just a few indications of the commitment to academic achievement that you'll find throughout the entire South Dearborn Community School Corporation.

    At South Dearborn, students are engaged in a progressive, innovative atmosphere that is student-centered and highly interactive. Our students enjoy the best of all worlds with a school culture that provides an ideal mix of academics, arts and athletics.

    We believe that our parents and students deserve access to resources that will help them get the most of our their school experience. With that in mind, South Dearborn schools cover a portion of every student's textbook fees.

    Enrollment Data
    Aurora Elementary: 610 Students
    Dillsboro Elementary: 280 Students
    Manchester Elementary: 300 Students
    Moores Hill Elementary: 180 Students
    South Dearborn Middle School: 450 Students
    South Dearborn High School: 920 Students

    2015-2016 Grades
    South Dearborn School Corporation: C
    South Dearborn High School: B
    South Dearborn Middle School: C
    Dillsboro Elementary: A
    Manchester Elementary: B
    Moores Hill: B
    Aurora Elementary: D

    Learn more about us!

  • Dr. John Mehrle was named Superintendent of South Dearborn Community School Corporation in May of 2012. Since that time, he has been working hand in hand with the School Board and Administrators to bring about positive change to the school corporation, including advancements in academics and technology.

    An Evansville, Indiana native, Mehrle had his first teaching job at South Dearborn in 1992, where he taught both Spanish and Social Studies. He left to become principal at Eastern Greene High School in Bloomfield Indiana. He later returned to South Dearborn as an associate principal for four years. He then spent three years as assistant superintendent at South Ripley and was later named Superintendent at South Ripley Community Schools in 2010 prior to returning to South Dearborn.

    A Note from Dr. Mehrle

    If you are interested in joining one of the leading school districts in Southeastern Indiana, please contact us! We are open for business and hope you will consider sending your children here!

    South Dearborn's academic and music/arts programs are second to none in the region and we offer comprehensive athletic and other extracurricular opportunities. Our main campus is one of the prettiest in the state. Moreover, our other elementary schools in the outlying areas of our school district offer personalized learning, in safe community-based, settings. No student is a stranger. Our middle school has implemented a 1:1 initiative for the 2014-2015 school year, providing each student with a digital device to enhance 21st Century learning skills.

    If you are planning to move to South Dearborn or would like to enroll your child or children in our schools, we would welcome your application! Please feel free to apply if you live outside our school district. If your application is accepted, there is no longer any transfer tuition. Students living outside our school district may attend without any additional costs. Your only responsibility is transportation. Applications may be denied based upon criteria found in I.C. 20-26-11-2, I.C. 20-26-11-6, and I.C. 20-26-11-32.

    Dr. John Mehrle