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School Data

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Click here for Our School Data including the Annual IDOE Report Card for JSE School and Student Data.

Welcome to JSE!


John Simatovich Elementary School is located at

424 West 500 North Valparaiso, Indiana 46385

Phone: 219.759.2508 Fax: 219.759.6634

Records Requests can be faxed or e-mailed to our JSE Secretary at

About JSE...

John Simatovich Elementary was built in 1981 with renovations and additions in 1985, 1991, and 1997. The building's design allows for freedom of movement, disability access, and grade clustering. It lies in the northeastern corner of the township in Porter County near the southern tip of Lake Michigan. The building houses approximately 300 students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Most students are bused to the school with a small number of students transported by car and a few who walk to school each day.

We are very fortunate to have a beautiful facility and grounds. The custodial staff takes great pride in maintaining our building and grounds in a meticulous manner. We have a beautiful library, gymnasium, and state of the art computer labs. All of our classrooms are equipped with Smart Board technology. Our academic curriculum is aligned with the Indiana College and Carreer Readiness Standards. We offer our students art, music, physical education, library science, and computer applications on a weekly basis. The atmosphere at JSE is friendly and warm. We are committed to providing a safe environment for all of our students. 

JSE is a child-centered community with dedicated adults that promote responsibility, self-confidence, love of learning, and social and academic skills as essential foundations for our children to reach their maximum potential.

As elementary school is the beginning on which further education is based, the mission statement of John Simatovich Elementary, while corresponding directly to the corporation-wide mission statement, emphasizes the first level of the corporation's commitment to its students! Every Child...Every Day!

Our School Programs

students learning at computers
students learning at computers

At JSE we believe experience and opportunity grow our students. We also know it is the dedicated staff and parent volunteers that make our school top-notch! Without an incredible staff and committed volunteers these programs would not be possible. Thank you for realizing all the programs we provide. We are proud of our schoolhouse!

Many of our programs are highlighted throughout our website. If you have any questions or would like to become a volunteer please do not hesitate to ask!

Link to JSE's Annual IDOE Report Card of School and Student Data

Academic Programs

 Academic and Social Student Programs and Activities

  • Accelerated Reader and Math Fact Goal Clubs
  • Art Club 2nd - 5th Graders
  • Book Fairs
  • Candlelight Luncheons
  • Captain Crayon Productions
  • Caring Kids Club: Service Learning
  • Characteristics of a Successful Learner
  • Circle of the State Choir
  • Concert Choir
  • Festival of The Arts
  • Grade Level Field Trips
  • JSE News Broadcast Team
  • Library Media Center Family Nights
  • Living Museum
  • Math Bowl
  • Media Helpers
  • Pen Pal Program
  • Principal's 100% Effort
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Spell Bowl
  • Spelling Bee
  • Student Council
  • Students in Leadership
  • Times for Kids 2nd-4th
  • Top Technology Users
  • Veteran's Day Program
  • Young Authors
  • 4th/5th Grade Media Center Pages
  • 5th Grade Helpers
  • 5th Grade Reading Buddies