Our School

Who We Are:

Bittersweet Elementary School is an “A” rated K-5 elementary school part of the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, where excellence in education is pursued and achieved at all levels. We are a community. Our students feel supported and encouraged to reach their full potential. 

We are the Bobcats and our culture is captured in our  Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) plan and school motto, which is P.A.W.S. We teach our students that when they are Polite, Accountable, make Wise choices, and practice Safey of themselves and others, our school community benefits. Click here to read an example of the Bittersweet P.A.W.S. in practice.

Students are connected to each other and the greater school community so that they realize the are part of the Bittersweet family. The school as a whole participates in many project fundraisers that connect us together and also provide fun activities for the students, whether it’s the Bobcat Blitz Color Run or Silly String Showdown.

Our staff of compassionate and engaged teachers receive ongoing professional development in everything from the IDOE state standards to utilizing social emotional learning and restorative practices in the classrooms.

We are a 1:1 Technology district, which means that every student at Bittersweet, as well as every student in the P-H-M school district, has access to their own Chromeoook that they use every day in the classroom (kindergartners use iPads). 


We opened our doors in August 1980. Our school colors are red, white and black.

Grades: K-5

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Bittersweet students will attend Schmucker Middle School and Penn High School.

Special Facilities/Resources:

School Activities:

  • Academic competitions
  • After-school clubs
  • 5th Grade Basketball
  • Science Expo
  • Music programs
  • Various family evening events throughout the year