Zionsville Community Schools, Welcoming Growth & Change
Writer / Amy Adams
For Zionsville Community Schools, the 2022-23 school year has been a time of welcoming the new while still delivering the excellence the community has come to expect.
In February, Dr. Rebecca Coffman completed the transition into her new role as superintendent of Zionsville Community Schools. Coffman began her career in 2001 as a science teacher at Zionsville Middle School and served as Union Elementary School principal for three years before becoming ZCS chief operations officer/assistant superintendent in 2015.
“I love this community,” says Coffman, who has three children in ZCS. “My ‘why’ as the superintendent is to make the most positive impact in the lives of children, families and teachers.”
ZCS serves approximately 8,000 K-12 students through nine schools: Zionsville Community High School, Zionsville Middle School, Zionsville West Middle School and six elementary schools, including Boone Meadow, Eagle, Pleasant View, Stonegate and Union.
Most recently, Trailside Elementary School opened its doors in August 2022 and welcomed around 500 students and 48 staff members.
“I am excited to be building a new school community with the teachers, students and families,” says Trailside Elementary Principal Jen Raycroft. “I want to continue the reputation of excellence that has become synonymous with ZCS.”
All ZCS elementary schools are IDOE STEM Certified Schools, meaning each school has a STEM teacher/coach to support both students and teachers. Additionally, all ZCS elementary schools focus on early literacy skills.
Pleasant View Elementary recently received an Excellence in Early Literacy Award Grant from the Indiana Department of Education to fund materials and training.
“The grant has allowed the district to develop and employ strategic efforts for sharing and expanding our success beyond PVE and throughout the school system,” says ZCS Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Janet Mann.
Of last year’s 556 graduates, more than half earned an Indiana Core 40 diploma with academic and/or technical honors. Nearly 75 students received recognition from the Boone County Workforce Ready Partnership or the J. Everett Light Career Center.
During the 2021-22 school year, students passed a total of 1,081 Advanced Placement (AP) exams and 294 dual-credit courses valued at more than $1 million in college tuition.
ZCS students participate in award-winning performing arts programs at the Star Bank Performing Arts Center, and athletes compete in the Eagles’ many accomplished sports teams.
According to the most recent enrollment projection study, ZCS has grown roughly 200 students per year since the late 1990s and will continue on the same trajectory for the foreseeable future.
Living out the diversity motto, “Everyone belongs here,” Zionsville Community Schools will continue to plan for expansion while fulfilling their core mission to “foster student growth and success in all areas.”
“I am passionate about ensuring all children have the opportunity to grow academically,” says Coffman, “and to be seen, known, heard and loved in their school environments.”
You can learn more about Zionsville Community Schools by visiting their website at www.zcs.k12.in.us or calling the administrative office at 317-873-2858. You can also find ZCS on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo and YouTube.