Choice Program Explained

  • Choice Programs

    IPS Choice programs are defined by a specialized curriculum, innovative themes, unique teaching techniques or magnet certification. Choice programs may encompass the entire educational offerings of a school, or may be defined as a particular curricular sequence or approach to instruction for a cohort of students within a school. Please check out a listing of all IPS choice programs available.

    Enrollment in Choice Programs

    Choice programs are accessible by application only. All students are eligible to apply for admission. Enrollment offers are made after a lottery process.  Some programs, like high-ability and visual & performing arts, have admission requirements.

    Application Process

    If applying for a choice program, we will begin accepting online applications beginning November 15, 2017 for the 2018-19 school year.


    In-district students will receive transportation to their choice school if one of the following apply:

    • Grade K–6 students live greater than 1 mile from their school.
    • Grade 7–8 students live greater than 1.25 miles from their school.
    • Grade 9–12 students live greater than 1.5 miles from their school.
    • Any student whom the Superintendent determines transportation is necessary due to verified health or safety concerns.

    Non-resident students will not receive transportation. These conditions do not apply to those receiving alternative services in accordance with IPS's transportation policies.

    The IPS Office of Enrollment and Options is available to assist families from 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Please call us at 317.226.4000, option 2, or email us at We pride ourselves on service excellence to current and prospective IPS students and families. We are happy to help you and your family understand the options available for your student. We appreciate that your choose IPS and we are proud to serve you and your student and we are Proud to be Public.