Individual attention and expectations stand as the cornerstone of Batesville’s successful public and private school systems. The Primary School houses kindergarten through third grade; Batesville Intermediate School covers fourth and fifth grades; Batesville Middle School opens its doors to sixth through eighth grade; while Batesville High School is home to students in grades nine through 12. The schools within the Batesville School Corporation are all accredited from the state as “Four Star” schools. Curriculum is demanding at each school, which prepares students for the next level. Gifted and talented programs are available at the lower levels, along with “challenge” classes after school. The high school offers an Academic Honors Diploma, which requires completion of courses in fine arts, foreign languages and eight credits in math. Approximately 80 percent of graduating seniors pursue post secondary education at a two- or four-year educational institution.
Families are afforded the opportunity to choose a private education by sending their children to St. Louis School, which offers kindergarten through eighth grade. It is also highly respected in the community for its emphasis on building faith and knowledge together.
For those families that would like their children to continue into grades nine through 12 in a parochial environment, they may choose Oldenburg Academy, located five minutes from Batesville. This school was established by the Sisters of St. Francis in 1852. Formerly only open to girls, the Academy began admitting young men in the fall of 2000. The Academy prides itself on the rich tradition of providing excellence and teaching moral values to students from all economic, religious and ethnic backgrounds. In addition to full college prep and advanced placement courses, the Academy offers exceptional music and art training, plus a full range of extra-curricular activities and sports.
Due to the partnership that was formed in the early 1990s between citizens, businesses and educators, all schools are benefactors of a program called CREATE. This program brought technology into each classroom (one computer for every 2.3 students). This program is also available to the St. Louis School and Oldenburg Academy.
For the student who wishes to extend their education after high school graduation, many colleges and universities are within driving distance. Batesville has an Ivy Tech Community College campus, which operates under the mission to provide individuals the opportunity to develop their abilities to the utmost potential with the general and technical education needed in order to fulfill successful careers. Distance learning is available through the Southeastern College Cooperative.
Graduates can choose from many fully accredited two- and four-year colleges within a one- to two-hour drive from Batesville.
- Indiana University/Purdue University at Columbus and Indianapolis (IUPUI)
- Indiana University, Bloomington
- Purdue University, Lafayette
- Ball State University
- Miami University of Ohio
- Marian College
- Butler University
- University of Indianapolis
- College of Mount St. Joseph
- Thomas Moore College
- University of Cincinnati
- Xavier University
- Franklin College
- Earlham College
- Hanover College
- Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana