Academic Options

IPS is a leader in providing varied educational pathways for students of different ethnicity, socio-economic backgrounds and learning styles. Our goal is to ensure that each of our 30,000 students graduate on time prepared to become successfully enrolled in college, enlisted in the military or employed at a livable wage. Our students today are being equipped to become tomorrow’s knowledgeable and thoughtfully engaged citizens and leaders in our community.

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High School Specific Program Offerings

  • Five college- and career-themed options
    • Career Technology Center
    • Construction, Engineering & Design Academy
    • Law & Public Policy
    • Math & Science
    • New Tech).
  • A Freshman Academy for all ninth-grade students.
  • An on-site Future Center, which assists students in setting and obtaining postsecondary goals through mentorships with community, collegiate and military partners.
  • Two college- and career-themed academies providing immersive experiences and internships to prepare students for careers in the health sciences and education fields.
    • Health Sciences Academy
    • Teaching, Learning & Leading Academy
  • Enriching, vibrant and varied student life opportunities created through sports, visual and performing arts, and academic and social clubs.
  • An on-site Future Center, which assists students in setting and obtaining postsecondary goals through mentorships with community,
    collegiate and military partners.
  • Three college- and career-themed academies.
    • Business & Finance Academy
    • Information Technology Academy
    • Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Logistics Academy
  • Opportunities to build the academic and character skills needed to succeed in college and life, and to help students become leaders around issues of equity and social justice.
  • An on-site Future Center, which assists students in setting and obtaining postsecondary goals through mentorships with community,collegiate and military partners.
  • A world-class classical, liberal arts and sciences curriculum with a focus on college preparation. Herron also offers a full array of sports and club offerings in a school that is ranked No. 1 in Marion County and No. 2 in Indiana for “Best Public High Schools” by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Small classrooms with individualized attention, where students are known and celebrated for their unique abilities.
  • An average graduation rate that exceeds 99 percent. At Herron, 100 percent of graduates in recent classes have been admitted to a four-year college or the military.
  • An emphasis on college-readiness and in-college support via the KIPP Through College program. Students begin college counseling in Grade 9, continuing with ongoing support and counseling until college graduation.
  • A focus on career exploration that ensures students are exposed to diverse career options prior to graduation.
  • Rigorous classes, ensuring students are taking Pre-AP and AP classes from Grades 9–12.
  • A culture and curriculum duplicated from the award-winning Herron High School.
  • A world-class classical, liberal arts and sciences curriculum with a focus on college preparation. Riverside also includes a full array of sports and club offerings.
  • Small classrooms with individualized attention, where students are known and celebrated for their unique abilities.
  • An educational model where students learn by doing and creating solutions to real-world problems, and by working on large challenges with community partners.
  • A small class environment, offering students more one-on-one time with teachers.
  • Graduates who have qualifying test scores can gain direct admission into one or more colleges at Purdue University in West Lafayette, and are given the opportunity to earn scholarships.
  • An International Baccalaureate program, challenging students to excel in their studies and encouraging both personal and academic achievement. Shortridge also specializes in the arts (including instrumental, choral, visual and performance) with practical, real-world approaches to learning.
  • Students have the opportunity to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners in order to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
  • An on-site Future Center, which assists students in setting and obtaining postsecondary goals through mentorships with community, collegiate and military partners.

Pre-K Through 8 Program Offerings

Students learn through an environmental education which helps them discover the human impact on nature and how to preserve the earth.

(Students can only enter Grades K–5.)

Students gain math, science, language and social studies skills through learning projects on topics of interest as they discover the answers to their own questions.

(Students must be tested to enter this program.)

Students learn through discussion, writing, reading, collaborative projects and the study of local and world issues. They are developed into internationally-minded individuals.

(CFI students can only enter Grades Pre-K–7.)

Students work to gather the skills to think critically, solve complex problems, and drive advancements in math, science, technology and medical curricula. Students also have the opportunity to take Algebra I and II.

Students learn through self-directed activities on the part of the child and observation on the part of the teacher. It is a highly hands-on approach to learning.

(Students can only enter Grades Pre-K–2.)

Students learn through the basic skills of reading, writing, math and scientific methods, as well as the development of social skills in every learning experience.

Students gain math, science, language and social studies skills through learnings
projects on topics of interest as they discover the answers to their own questions.

Students learn and understand through a powerful and energetic philosophy of learning through movement, music and technology.

Students gain math, science, language and social studies skills through learning projects on topics of interest as they discover the answers to their own questions.

(Students can only enter Theodore Potter Grades K–2.)

Students are inspired to achieve excellence in education in a culturally diverse environment through developing creativity in the arts.

Students gain skills and the ability to think critically, solve complex problems and drive advancements in science and technology. Students also have the opportunity to take Algebra I and II.