Coquillard is the K-4 traditional school for students whose home schools are Coquillard, Harrison, Marquette, Warren and Wilson. Traditional schools are designed to provide students the opportunity for academic, social and emotional growth in a highly structured, back-to-basics environment. The schools place a strong emphasis on high academic standards, student responsibility, and active parental involvement. Enrollment is controlled by the district, capacity and racial compliance. Transportation is provided to all students who live outside the walk area for the school.
Coquillard School first opened in 1957. The school was named after Alexis Coquillard, generally regarded as the founder of the city of South Bend. Mr. Coquillard was born in Detroit in 1795. He served in the American forces during the War of 1812 under the leadership of William Henry Harrison. After the war he returned to the St. Joseph Valley where he became an employee of John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company. In 1842 Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C. traveled to his friend Alexis Coquillard's home on his way to the future home of the University of Notre Dame.