Educational Opportunities

Elementary and Secondary Opportunities

Jay County has one unified school district – the Jay County School Corporation. The county has a variety of educational opportunities for employers and employees.

School Enrollments – School Year 2014/15

Total Enrollment3581
Public Enrollment3465
K-5 Enrollment1512
Total Private78
Public Kindergarten274

2013 Annual Performance Report of Jay County Schools

This is a report on the performance of schools and school corporations (districts) in this area. The goal is to give the information to identify what progress schools are making to help students learn more. There are additional indicators that are available to you on the Indiana Departments of Education’s Web Site (Jay School Corporation Annual Report), including data broken out by different student subgroups, such as race, gender, income level and specific education.

The data in this report has been supplied by the Indiana Department of Education and local school corporation. The report provides the most recent data available.

Indiana educators and citizens have developed higher academic standards for all students. These standards are necessary to prepare Indiana students to be successful in life, whether they go directly to higher eduation or to the workplace. The scores for ISTEP+ are listed under each school to reflect student progress towards those standards. For high schools, you also will see graduation rates and the percentage of graduates who plan to go on to college.

Other important information is provided, such as average attendance rates and indicators of school safety, including expulsions and suspensions. Also included is information about your school corporation, such as how much is spent, on average, for each student; how much teachers are paid; and the percentage of corporation students who are in special education classes or gifted and talented classes.  The website of the Jay School Corporation is

If you have any questions about this information, you should contact the local school corporation 260.726.2511 and they will be happy to assist your needs.


Educational Attainment in Jay County

Total Population 25 Years Older1428013893
Less than 9 th  Grade1082477
9 th  to Grade 12 - No Diploma19821657
High School Graduate70686898
Some College, No Degree21082454
Associate Degree6291087
Bachelors Degree828854
Graduate or Professional Degree583466

Higher Education Opportunities in Region

InstitutionLocationEnrollment (see chart below)
Ball State UniversityMuncie, IndianaE
Indiana Wesleyan UniversityMarion, IndianaE
Ivy Tech State CollegeMuncie, IndianaD
Ivy Tech State CollegeMarion, IndianaB
Ivy Tech State CollegeFort Wayne, IndianaD
Taylor UniversityUpland, IndianaC
Indiana-Purdue University - Fort WayneFort Wayne, IndianaE
Brown-Mackie CollegeFort Wayne, IndianaC
Concordia Theological SeminaryFort Wayne, IndianaB
Indiana Business CollegeMuncie, IndianaB
Indiana Business CollegeFort Wayne, IndianaB
ITT Technical InstituteFort Wayne, IndianaB
Manchester CollegeNorth Manchester, IndianaC
Huntington UniversityHuntington, IndianaC
Grace UniversityWinona Lake, IndianaC
Tri-State UniversityAngola, IndianaC
Anderson UniversityAnderson, IndianaD
University of St. FrancisFort Wayne, IndianaC

A – Enrollment of 50 to 250 – FT
B – Enrollment of 250 to 1000 – FT
C – Enrollment of 1000 to 2500 – FT
D – Enrollment of 2500 to 10,000 – FT
E – Enrollment of 10,000 to 20,000 – FT

John Jay Center for Learning

101 S. Meridian St.

The John Jay Center for Learning provides adults in the Jay County area with access to the education they need to succeed and build better lives for themselves and their families. College classes from Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and from Indiana Wesleyan University are offered in Portland in cooperation with the John Jay Center with most of these classes being held in the newly remodeled Weiler Building in downtown Portland, which has recently become the new home of the John Jay Center. In addition, the center operates the adult education program for the Jay School Corporation with GED and English as a Second Language classes held in the Weiler Building as well.The John Jay Center for Learning also has a role in economic development in the Jay County community by coordinating workforce education classes for our area businesses and industries. This includes classes to enhance computer skills and a wide variety of other offerings to help create a larger skilled work force for attracting and retaining regional business and industry. John Jay partners with Ivy Tech and individual contractors to make these classes available.The John Jay Center has also played a role in historic preservation and downtown revitalization by restoring the Weiler Building, perhaps the anchor building in downtown Portland and a former department store, into a beautiful new learning center. This 40,000 square foot structure was originally constructed in 1926 and recently underwent a 3.5 million dollar exterior and interior renovation, which is also home to the WorkOne office in Portland. The Weiler Building now houses 9 classrooms, two computer labs, a café/deli, and administrative and student services areas.In closing, it is the mission of the John Jay Center for Learning to facilitate learning in the Jay County Community that adds to the economic welfare and quality of life of Jay County area citizens.