Your One-Stop Shop for Back-to-School Resources!

Summer break is almost over and there’s plenty for parents and students to do before the 2019-20 school year begins!

To help start the new year off on the right foot, IPS has put together a one-stop-shop of important information that your family should know before the first day of school. We’re covering everything from enrollment to immunizations — and even free back-to-school festivals. This page, combined with the information you receive directly from school, will put you or your student on track for a successful year.

If you require additional assistance contact the IPS Service Center at 317.226.4000.

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2019-20 Back-to-School Checklist

There’s plenty for parents and students to do before summer break ends and the 2019-20 school year begins on August 5 for most IPS students. (Some district innovation schools begin before or after this date.)

To start the new year off right, we’ve put together a quick checklist of things students and parents need to know.

Late Enrollment

IPS is currently offering Late Enrollment for families for the 2019-20 school year.

Now through August 9, parents can claim open Choice seats; register students in neighborhood schools; request transfers, and more.

Families can log onto org to access the Late Enrollment portal or enroll in-person inside the Board Room at the John Morton-Finney Center for Educational Services, 120 E. Walnut St.

Enrollment specialists are available:

  • 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

IPS Back-to-School Festival

IPS and the Indiana Historical Society have teamed up to host the third annual IPS Back-to-School Festival.

Open to all district families, this fun event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 3, at the Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St.

The festival features:

  • Free food.
  • Free backpacks.
  • Free school supplies.

Radio One will also give away Cuts and Curls vouchers, good for one free service from participating barbers and hairstylists.

Back-to-School Resources

The IPS website has all of the information you’ll need to head back to the classroom prepared. The site offers:

IPS & IndyGo Pilot Program

IPS and IndyGo are expanding an exciting transportation benefit to all district high school students this school year.

Beginning August 5, students from Arsenal Tech, Crispus Attucks, George Washington and Shortridge can choose to ride IndyGo, the city’s public transit system, to and from school instead of using the district’s yellow school buses.

Students will still receive a traditional yellow bus assignment and be allowed to ride their yellow bus to and from school whenever they choose. The use of IndyGo is being offered as an additional benefit.

Learn more about the program and how to use IndyGo.

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Other Back-to-School Events

Back to School Celebration & Open House

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, July 27
Pike Library
6525 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis

Sponsored by Single Parent Connection Inc., the Back to School Celebration & Open House will provide snacks and school supplies (while supplies last). The event also provides an opportunity to learn more about Single Parent Connection Inc. and the activities and workshops being planned by the nonprofit organization.

Back to School Event

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jul 27
Westminster Neighborhood Services Inc.
2325 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis

For students in Grades K-12, this event features free book bags, school supplies and uniforms.

Back to School Celebration

1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, August 3
Phoenix Family & Community Services
2345 S. Lynhurst Drive, Indianapolis, IN

At the Back to School Celebration, community youth will receive free backpacks filled with school supplies, as well as enjoy free food and games. The goal is to provide 500 community youth in grades K-12 with backpacks and school supplies.

High School IndyGo & IPS Pilot Program

The Latest from Twitter!

Patricia Payne, Director Racial Equity Initiative, @IPSSchools, will be discussing #racialequity at our upcoming annual conference. #DRTCILenses

🍽Today is the last day of the 2019 Fall Break Meal Program. Free meals will be served at several schools and from the Bus Stop Cafe. 🍽

More information👉

The 8th annual Pints for Half-Pints is happening tonight from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the @SpeakEasyIndy in Broad Ripple. All of the proceeds fund STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) in Midtown @IPSSchools. Last year the event raised $30,000. @WISH_TV


You’re invited to join the IPS Leadership Team and IPS Board of School Commissioners to learn about the district’s six strategic priorities during a series of town hall meetings.

Click here to register👉


Join us at this great event! Thank you @ApexBenefits, @GoLUNA360, @COREplanIN and @EskenaziHealth for your support on this event! #proudtobepublic

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