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Walt Disney Elementary: An A-Rated School

The Walt Disney School community commits to working together to meet the needs of the whole child. All children will be encouraged to become life-long learners and productive members of society through meaningful learning experiences in a safe, caring environment.

SCHOOL MOTTO: Be Respectful. Be a Peacemaker. Be Prepared. Be Safe. Be Your Best.


School colors: Blue & White
School mascot: Dolphins



4015 North Filbert Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545
(574) 259-2486
Fax (574) 257-8468

School day: 7:55 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Grades: K-5

Enrollment 2020-2021:  497 (as of Oct. 1, 2020)


Ryan Towner, Principal
Franca Peluso Mulhern, Assistant to the Principal
Kristen Caudillo, Office Aide

Click here for a list of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation contacts.


”A” rated School District
Walt Disney is one of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation’s 11 elementary schools. P-H-M has consistently received an “A” rating from the Indiana Department of Education since 2011. P-H-M serves more than 11,100 students in its 11 elementary schools, three middle schools and Penn High School. With the release of the Spring 2019 ILEARN results, P-H-M ranks 12th in the state for combined ELA & Math scores in grades 3-8.

For the 2018-19 School Year, Walt Disney received an “B” rating from the IDOE. 

*Because COVID-19 shut down Indiana schools in the Spring of 2020, students did not take statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year.

ILEARN Spring 2019 Results­­­­Percent of students passing ILEARN

                English/Language Arts   Math

Grade 3             47%                       56%

Grade 4             47%                       53%

Grade 5             63%                       56%


Click here for 2018-19 IREAD-3 Results.

Click here to see school demographic data and past school Performance Reports on the Indiana Department of Education website.

LEA Annual Report Cards
Beginning with 2017-2018 data, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires each local educational agency (LEA) that receives Title I assistance to prepare and disseminate an annual LEA report card. An LEA report card must be concise and presented in an understandable and uniform format for parents. ESSA requires each LEA to share its report card on its website, or if the LEA does not have a website, in another public manner determined by the LEA.

Click here to view the 2017-2018 federal report cards on the IDOE website.    

In order to comply with this requirement, the LEA may develop its own report card in compliance with all reporting requirements, or provide on its website a link to IDOE's accountability data link for the LEA. All required data points for LEAs and schools will be included on IDOE's Compass site. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, LEAs will be required to provide IDOE the URL location where the LEA has provided its report card for the district and school levels to the public. The submission of this information will be provided through the LEA’s Title I application.

Information on the required data points may be found here. Please email all questions to


Walt Disney Elementary has been the recipient of many Indiana school improvement awards and grants.  In 2001-2002, Walt Disney Elementary received an early literacy grant from the state of Indiana.  The school has also received state and national recognition for academic competitions including Knowledge Masters, National Social Studies Olympiad, National Geography Olympiad and National Language Arts Olympiad. 

In 2011-2012, the Walt Disney Elementary was named a reward school by the Indiana Department of Education.  This honor is given to schools showing high academic performance and growth while maintaining an accountability grade of “A.”


The Walt Disney PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization)  is an active and vital organization that supports parents, students, and teachers through varied programs, activities, and volunteering.  Programs sponsored by the PTO provide expanded learning opportunities and a focus on the importance of the family unit.

The PTO is a great example of P-H-M’s Triangle of Success that connects parents, teachers and students—working together to create excellence!