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Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners recently approved the administration’s recommendations to reinvent the IPS High School Experience starting with the 2018-19 school year. The district will move forward with four high schools – Arsenal Technical, Crispus Attucks, George Washington and Shortridge. Those high schools will have a new look and feel that includes all current choice and magnet programs, as well as expanded programming—including proposed College and Career-Themed academies. The new high school experience will also continue to include our innovation network high schools.

The College and College and Career-Themed academies will create more college and career pathways to help students graduate on time and get enrolled in a two-or four-year college or university, enlisted in the armed forces or employed at a livable wage. Students will now have 100 percent choice when deciding which high schools they want to attend.

The administration came to the conclusion after considering the IPS Facilities Utilization Taskforce Report which revealed the district’s high schools are projected to be only 37% occupied in the 2017-18 school year. The district is spending more than $6 million annually just on utilities and maintenance. This severely impacts academic opportunities for students and the district’s efforts to utilize resources more efficiently. By right-sizing the district’s high school buildings, IPS could save $4 million annually to reinvest into the classroom to expand services for students and provide greater support for teachers. The Administration also carefully considered and reviewed extensive feedback shared by more than 4,000 community members, students and staff through a series of five community meetings and 16 engagement sessions at each of the district’s high schools.

With excellent high school options, IPS will play a critical role in keeping families in the district and drawing new families in, strengthening Indianapolis’ tax base and boosting overall city amenities.

Reinventing the High School Experience

Reinventar la experiencia de la escuela secundaria

College and Career-Themed Academies & Choice Programs

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The ability to empower our students with in-demand skills and opportunities is of critical importance for the future of IPS. The IPS Strategic Plan dictates that 100% of graduating students should be Enrolled in a 2- or 4- year institution, Enlisted in the military or Employed at a livable wage at graduation. To ensure the success of every student, the Administration is implementing College and Career-Themed Academies, alongside current Choice Programs, in high schools throughout the district.

The IPS Administration has been working with business, university and other partners to establish high school College and Career-Themed Academies in each of the high schools in 2018-19. These partners are from sectors that have been identified as high-growth sectors — meaning these sectors will be in need of skilled employees over the next several years. These Academies and choice programs are intended to complement these sectors and the expected employment need by giving IPS students the needed skills, network and internship opportunities with these partners to fill positions in these sectors in the future. 

IPS envisions a network of high schools, each with multiple Academies and Choice Programs that give opportunities for all students to take college and career-aligned course work. As the district moves toward implementation of this model, the Administration is developing a plan to reimagine the space in which 21st-century college and career-aligned learning takes place.

Types of Academies and Choice Programs

This program will begin during the 2018-19 school year.

Program Summary

Careers related to processing materials into products, and the movement of people, goods, and materials by air, rail, and water.

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Students investigate the properties of engineered materials and study major types of material processes including tooling, electrical, operation and inventory principles.
  • Students use hands-on projects and team activities to apply learnings in the areas of safety and impact, electricity, manufacturing essentials, fluid power principles, mechanical principles and lean manufacturing.
  • Work towards earning college credit and an industry-recognized certification through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).
  • Certification: MSSC – Certified Production Technician (CPT)
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: assembler, machine maintenance technician, production operator, aviation inspector
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): aviation inspector, quality control technician, engineering technician
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): packaging engineer, industrial engineer, materials supervisor, production supervisor, continuous improvement supervisor

Logistics

  • Introduces students the physical components of finished product handling.
  • Topics will include logistics systems, supply chain management, order, demand inventory and warehouse management, and the control systems and automated components of logistics systems.
  • Work towards earning college credit and an industry-recognized certification through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).
  • Certification: MSSC – Certified Logistics Technician (CPT)
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Assembler, Machine Maintenance Technician, Production Operator, Materials Logistics Specialist, Logistics Coordinator, Warehouse Supervisor
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Operations Coordinator, Control Systems Technician
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Operations and Logistics Director, Prototype Material Planner, Logistics Specialist, Prototype Engineer

Engineering

  • Dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product.
  • Discover and explore manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation, and then they apply what they have learned to design solutions for real-world manufacturing problems.
  • Students will use computer controlled rapid prototyping and CNC equipment to solve problems by constructing actual models of their three-dimensional designs.
  • Certification: Dual Credit Only
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: assembler, machine maintenance technician, production operator
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): aviation inspector, quality control technician, engineering technician
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): advanced manufacturing engineer, mechanical engineer, packaging engineer, industrial engineer, supplier quality engineer

Schools that Serve this Program

This program will begin during the 2018-19 school year.

Program Summary

Careers for those who plan, organize, lead, and evaluate functions for running a business.

Banking and Finance

  • Learn skills in analyzing, and recording business transactions and interpreting financial reports as a basis for decision-making.
  • Gain an understanding of management, team building, leadership, problem-solving steps and processes that contribute to the achievement of organizational goals.
  • Participate in a Banking and Finance capstone course and experience running an onsite bank.
  • Certification: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) - Excel
  • Career Possibilities: Finance Assistant, Customer Service Representative, Assistant Manager, Lodging Manager, Property Manager, Social Service Assistant, Insurance Sales
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Customer Service, Bank Teller
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Office Manager, Bookkeeper,
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Financial Services Consultant, Accountant, Loan Officer, Actuary, Economist 

Marketing

  • Study the impact of marketing activities on consumer behavior.
  • Learn about distribution systems and strategies, pricing considerations, product and service management, and promotional strategies.
  • Develop understanding of the sport and event industries.
  • Certification: Dual Credit Only
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Event Planner, Marketing Associate
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Social Media Associate, Public Relations Associate
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Data Analyst, Sales Executive, Marketing Strategist 

Business Operations

  • Prepares students to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization and to perform business-related functions.
  • Focuses on the roles and responsibilities of managers as well as opportunities and challenges of ethically managing a business in the free-enterprise system.
  • Gain an understanding of management, team building, leadership, problem-solving steps and processes that contribute to the achievement of organizational goals.
  • Certification: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) – Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Distribution Manager, Transportation Inspector, Dispatcher
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Office Assistant, Production Coordinator, Benefits Specialist, Production Cost Estimator, Safety Inspector
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Claims Analyst, Logistics Coordinator, Operations Analysist

Entrepreneurship

  • Learn about starting and operating a business, marketing products and services, and learning how to find resources to help in the development of a new venture.
  • The entrepreneurial process of opportunity recognition, innovation, value proposition, competitive advantage, venture concept, feasibility analysis, and “go to” market strategies will be explored through mini-case studies.
  • Gain an understanding of management, team building, leadership, problem-solving steps and processes that contribute to the achievement of organizational goals.
  • Certification: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) – Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Small Business Start-Up, Patent Office
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Not-For Profit Fundraiser, Project Assistant
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Company President/CEO, Research Analyst

Schools that Serve this Program

Program Summary

The IPS Career & Technology Center (CTC) prepares students for the world of work and post-secondary education. CTC provides exceptional academic and career opportunities through seventeen different career pathways.

  • 13 career pathway options leading to college credit and industry certifications
  • on-the-job training
  • access to industry professions
  • Certifications: Multiple Certifications and Dual Credit Available
  • Career Possibilities: auto service technician, graphic artist, TV broadcast producer, nurse, welder, firefighter, hair stylist, veterinarian, pastry chef, video game designer

Courses Include: Cosmetology, Graphic Arts, Nursing, TV Broadcasting, Welding, Fire & Rescue, Culinary Arts, Animal Science, Pharmacy, Dental Assisting, Athletic Training, Computer Science, Automotive Service

Schools that Serve this Program

This program will begin during the 2018-19 school year.

Program Summary

Careers related to processing materials into products, and the movement of people, goods, and materials by air, rail, and water.

Architecture and Design

  • 3D modeling of residential and commercial buildings using hand drawings and computers.
  • Work towards earning a certification in AutoDesk Revit, earn college credit, and leave with a portfolio of drawings.
  • Participate in the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) mentor program to work alongside industry professionals.
  • Certification: AutoDesk Revit: Certified User
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Drafter
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Surveyor, Revit/CAD Technician
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Building Information Modeling (BIM) Specialist, Architect, Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) Designer, Construction Projector Manager, Estimator, Civil Engineer, and Structural Engineer

Construction Trades

  • Designing and building residential and commercial structures.
  • Work towards earning a certification in National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER), and earn college credit.
  • Participate in the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) mentor program to work alongside industry professionals.
  • Certification: National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER)
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Construction Laborer, Carpenter, Construction Materials Technician, Painter
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Construction Field Technician, Field Supervisor, Surveyor, Electrician
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Estimator, Quality Control Officer, Supervisor, Project Manager, Construction Inspector, Developer

Engineering

  • Dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product.
  • Work towards earning a certification in AutoDesk Inventor, earn college credit, and leave with a portfolio of drawings.
  • Participate in the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) mentor program to work alongside industry professionals.
  • Certification: AutoDesk Inventor: Certified User
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Drafter
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Surveyor, Revit/CAD Technician
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Building Information Modeling (BIM) Specialist, Architect, Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) Designer, Construction Projector Manager, Estimator, Civil Engineer, and Structural Engineer, Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing

  • Learn to service a variety of structures including commercial, residential, and institutional buildings.
  • Learn basic maintenance and repair skills related to air conditioning, heating, plumbing, electrical, and other mechanical systems while working towards earning a North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification and college credit.
  • Participate in the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) mentor program to work alongside industry professionals.
  • Certification: North American Technician Excellence (NATE)
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Plumber, HVAC Technician, Electrician, Field Technician
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Industrial Maintenance Electrician
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Estimator, Quality Control Officer, Supervisor, Project Manager, Construction Inspector, Developer, Mechanical Engineer

Schools that Serve this Program

Program Summary

Careers for those who provide and manage therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health information, support services and biotechnology research.

Biomedical Sciences

  • Biomedical Science students are empowered to explore and find solutions to some of today’s most pressing medical challenges.
  • Through scaffolded activities that connect learning to life, students step into the roles of biomedical science professionals and investigate topics including human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health.
  • Students work together in teams to find unique solutions, and in the process, learn in-demand, transferable skills like critical thinking and communication.
  • Certification: Dual Credit Only
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Phlebotomist, Research Tech
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Lab Technician, Histologist, Animal Lab Tech
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Research Coordinator, Microbiologist, Toxicologist, Biochemist

Health Informatics

  • The Health Informatics pathway introduces students to the discipline through a series of authentic projects that merge information science, computer science and health care.
  • Through real-world projects, students use information technology, data analysis software and statistics to address a range of health related topics.
  • Health Informatics helps students learn to design, manage and use technology to analyze data and information to inform better healthcare decisions and, in turn, improve the delivery of health-care services.
  • Certification: None
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Electronic Medical Records Keeper
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Health Information Technician
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Health Informatics Implementation Specialist, Informatics Nurse, Clinical Informatics Specialist

Nursing

  • Prepares students for entry level certification to work as a nursing assistant in health care facilities.
  • Participate in 75 hours of clinical experiences at local long-term care facilities.
  • Learn skills in patient care, treatment, anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, and preventative care.
  • Certification: Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Home Health Aide, Qualified Medication Aide (QMA), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Medical Assistants
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Licensed Practical Nurse, Cardiovascular Technologist
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Dietitian

Physical Therapy

  • Students will focus on learning about the healthcare system and employment opportunities at a variety of entry levels; an overview of the healthcare delivery systems, healthcare teams and legal and ethical considerations.
  • Students will build their essential job related skills to; help patients perform specific exercises.
  • Use massage and stretching techniques for treatment, aide patients with devices for movement; observe patient progress; educate patients and families; assist in cleaning treatment areas; and provide clerical assistance.
  • Certification: Dual Credit Only
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Medical Assistants, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Certified Personal Trainer, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Surgical Technologist
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Physical Therapist, Recreational Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Chiropractor, Athletic Trainer, Nutritionist

Schools that Serve this Program

This program will begin during the 2018-19 school year.

Program Summary

Careers related to the design, development and support and management of software, hardware, multimedia, and systems integration services.

Software Development

  • Students explore and build skills in programming and a basic understanding of the fundamentals of procedural program development using structured, modular concepts.
  • Work towards earning a college credit through AP Computer Science Principles.
  • Students will creatively address real world issues and concerns while using the same processes and tools as artists, writers, computer scientists, and engineers to bring ideas to life.
  • Certification: AP College Credit Only
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Field technician, Installation Technician
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Network Security Support Technician, Security Auditor, Digital Forensics Analyst, Java Developer, Web Application Developer
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Software developer, Computer Hardware Engineers, Computer Systems Analysts, Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, Computer forensic specialist, Video Game Designer

Informatics

  • Informatics leverages technology, data and communication by instilling in a new generation the knowledge, imagination and flexibility to tackle complex issues.
  • Learn how to use a design process to create systems that acquire, store and communicate data for a variety of career fields.
  • Participate in real-world experiences such as designing an inventory system for a retail store, comparing stores in a company to project future sales, track customer buying habits and more.
  • Certification: None
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Construction Laborer, Carpenter, Construction Materials Technician, Painter
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Convergence Technician, Security Auditor, Digital Forensics Analyst
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Informatics Analyst, Business Intelligence, Database Administrator, Operations Research Analysts, Information Systems Manager

IT Support

  • Dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product.
  • Students learn about local and wide area networks, home networking, and networking standards using the IEEE/OSI Model, network protocols, transmission media and network architecture / topologies.
  • Work towards earning industry recognized certifications in Networking.
  • Certification: CompTIA A+
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Field technician, Installation Technician, Helpdesk Technician, Computer Repair Technician
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Network Security Support Technician, Security Auditor, Digital Forensics Analyst
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Database Administrator, Computer Hardware Engineers, Computer Systems Analysts, Information Security Analysts, Network Administrator, IT Security Specialist

Schools that Serve this Program

Program Summary

The International Baccalaureate program offers scholars the challenging college preparatory International Baccalaureate program, recognized and respected by the world’s leading universities. The IB curriculum encourages the development of effective communication and critical thinking, aligns values to develop moral and ethical individuals, and provides opportunities to apply these skills through meaningful community service. The program also aims to develop internationally minded individuals who recognize universal human commonalities and through shared understanding aim to create a better world.

  • Courses Include: Advanced Placement, Honors, and International Baccalaureate
  • international-mindedness and community service learned in the diploma programme and career-related programme
  • internationally-recognized, rigorous college-prep program where students learn a second language and the skills to live and work with others internationally
  • students are encouraged to ask challenging questions, to reflect critically, to develop research skills, and to learn how to learn
  • Certification: Advanced Placement and IB
  • Career Possibilities: engineer, programmer, graphic artist, consultant, analyst, lawyer, medical doctor, tour guide, interpreter, editor

Schools that Serve this Program

Program Summary

The Law and Public Policy program provides students with the opportunity to explore the legal profession in depth. The program offers students the opportunity to get a true sense of the legal profession by providing them with real court experiences, learning opportunities from law professors and other legal professionals, and introducing them to the field of law enforcement.

The program has many key partnerships with several outstanding institutions of high education including Butler University, IU McKinney School of Law, and Vincennes University.

  • legal public and private sector opportunities
  • participate in mock trial, student court, and work with local law firms
  • public policy, debate, law, criminal justice, and government
  • Certification: Advanced Placement
  • Career Possibilities: lawyer, police officer, judge, public affairs manager, analyst, editor, sports agent, politician
  • Courses Include: Street Law, Law Education, Speech, Debate

Schools that Serve this Program

Program Summary

The Math & Science program includes Math/Science, Pre-Engineering and Informational Technology courses of study which offer accelerated and enriched courses in the areas of mathematics, science, technology, communication, and research. Students receive intensive instruction in advanced math and science, including sessions with university and research personnel. 

The Pre-Engineering sequence of courses, which when combined with college preparatory mathematics and science courses, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering prior to entering college.

  • rigorous college-prep courses with STEM focus
  • double block of science and math
  • AP and honors courses required throughout
  • Certification: AP Courses Available
  • Career Possibilities: developer, research scientist, chemical engineer, marine scientist, medical doctor, pediatrician
  • Courses Include: Advanced Placement and Honors, Double Block of Science

Schools that Serve this Program

Program Summary

New Tech provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in the 21st century. This program focuses on citizenship, work ethic, presentation skill, critical thinking, and collaboration.  Within the New Tech program, students acquire these skills through integrated group projects.  New Tech teachers strive to develop students into the analyzers, evaluators, and creators who will be successful in the global economy.  As seniors, students have the opportunity to enroll in college level courses if their high school course requirements are complete.

  • project-based learning with 1:1 technology
  • block classes combining core subject areas
  • learn key 21st century skills (collaboration, critical thinking, communication)
  • Certification: Dual Credit Only
  • Career Possibilities: sales executive, business owner, brand manager, programmer, analyst, editor, technical writer, event planner, public relations manager, travel agent, museum curator
  • Courses Include: Honors, Humanities Integration

Schools that Serve this Program

This program will begin during the 2018-19 school year.

Program Summary

Careers related to all aspects of education, training, and learning-support services. 

Teaching Professions

  • Teaching Professions provides the foundation for employment in education and related careers and prepares students for study in higher education.
  • Participate in exploratory field experiences as a Cadet Teacher.
  • Students learn the teaching profession, the learner and the learning process, planning instruction, about the learning environment, and about instructional and assessment strategies.
  • Certification: Dual Credit Only
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Behavioral Specialist, Administrative Associate, Bilingual Assistant
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Teaching Assistant, Paraprofessional
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Teacher, Counselor, Social Worker, Educational Support Specialist, Principal, Program Coordinator, Media Specialist

Early Childhood Education

  • Early Childhood Education prepares students for employment in early childhood education and related careers that involve working with children from birth to 8 years.
  • Participate in 480 hours of clinical experiences working with children.
  • Students learn about career paths in early childhood education; promoting child development and learning; building family and community relationships; observing, documenting, and assessing to support young children and families; and using developmentally effective approaches.
  • Certification: Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Career Possibilities:
    • High School Diploma + Certification: Daycare Operator, Youth Director, Coach
    • Associates Degree (2+ years): Family Life Specialist, Teacher’s Aide, Community Program Director, Early Childhood Center Lead Teacher
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4+ years): Kindergarten Teacher, Counselor Social Worker, Trainer

Schools that Serve this Program

Program Overview

Our mission is to inspire excellence in education in a culturally diverse environment through developing creativity in the arts. The traditional academic curriculum is integrated with arts education. The Arts provide experiential learning, develop imagination and creative thinking, enhance problem solving skills, and enables students to improve the quality of their lives by helping them understand, appreciate, and create an environment that is functional as well as beautiful. Students gain meaningful connections across core curriculum, while learning and understanding is deepened by the varied learning styles within the arts.

  • pathways in visual and performing arts, humanities, and entertainment management
  • students learn studio art, art history, digital design, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, digital art/graphic design, fiber arts, and printmaking
  • programs in instrumental, vocal, dance, acting, stagecraft, and music theory prepare students to continue their education in the arts at the college level
  • Certification: Advanced Placement, Honors, and Dual Credit
  • Career Possibilities: lawyer, police officer, judge, public affairs manager, analyst, editor, sports agent, politician
  • Courses Include: Orchestra, Band, Choir, Theatre, Entertainment Management, and TV Broadcasting

An audition may be required by the school for this program. Please contact the respective school of interest to find out more about this policy.

Schools that Serve this Program

College and Career Counseling

IPS is committed to an all-choice model to give every student the skills to be Enrolled, Enlisted, or Employed at the time student graduates.

Graduation ceremony

Indianapolis Public Schools is redesigning its entire high school model around College and Career-Themed Academies & Choice Programs focused on preparing students for college and career. By 2020, we expect every high school student in IPS to have either chosen a career pathway, be actively engaged in researching the best-fit pathway or enrolled in one of IPS’ existing, choice programs.

Middle schools will provide a supportive environment that helps students navigate their intellectual, social and emotional development. Key components are interdisciplinary teaming, varied instruction, exploratory programs and transition programs. As students transition from elementary to high school, their learning will take place in small learning communities or interdisciplinary teams.

Through this new vision for high school in IPS, our goal is to ensure every graduate is successfully Enrolled in college or career training, Enlisted in the military, or Employed at a livable wage.

Special Education

Family with special needs children

All IPS students with disabilities will continue to be served in their least-restrictive environment aligned to each student’s Individualized Education Plan or 504 Plan.

In addition, IPS will also maintain the district practice of ensuring students are as close to the student’s home as possible when in self-contained Special Education classrooms such as Life Skills, and some students may have shorter transportation times due to adjustments made through consolidation of programs now spread throughout the district.

IPS will maintain all Special Education services and will explore options for enhancements as well. For instance, Special Education staff such as speech-language pathologists and Life Skills job coaches will spend more time at a given high school instead of travelling to serve multiple high schools.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

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The purpose of the ESL program is to create equitable opportunities for English Learners (ELs) to participate fully in their educational experience within our schools and in their social lives in our community.

To accomplish this goal, ELs engage in all domains of language acquisition (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in a variety of meaningful and authentic contexts to attain proficiency in academic and social English.

These are opportunities to be offered to our ESL students:

  • Field experiences to local universities.
  • After-school clubs.
  • Additional English language acquisition support.
  • College and career readiness planning.
  • After-school parent and student workshops.
  • District leadership role (ambassadors).

Safety

Group garden project

Driven by previous experiences with busing and other school consolidations, several community stakeholders had concerns about school and safety issues from collocating students from different neighborhoods. We believe there are differences now than during previous collocation attempts.

The first is that the district will be operating high schools under an all-choice academy model. This allows students to choose the high school and program they want to attend based on their interests and skills, not neighborhood. This approach is likely to diffuse neighborhood tensions — unlike historic efforts, which were based on geography.

Second, by creating savings from right-sizing facilities, the district will have additional resources to invest in the school — including staffing resources to have more coverage of a building and implementing successful programs to help students learn to work together.

Transportation

School bus

The high school, all-choice model will remove student mobility at the high school level, as all students will be transported to the school of their choice, regardless of their home address. IPS pledges to work closely with students and families to make transportation fully accessible and to alleviate any other logistical challenges for students to attend the high school of their choice.

Also by studying transportation models and options from successful national all-choice districts we hope to accomplish the following goals:

  1. Improve daily service to and from school
  2. Reduce students’ time on the bus
  3. Provide additional opportunities for extracurricular activities
  4. Better serve our high-mobility students to ensure no impact to any student’s education

Transition Team

The transition team will be several specialized groups of district and school officials who will assist schools, staff and students to seamlessly migrate IPS through the process of implementing our new all-choice model.

A district transition team consisting of representatives from: Special Education, School Counseling, Social Work, English as a Second Language, Parent Involvement, Athletics, and Public Relations will be created to provide guidance and direction from multiple areas. The district transition team will also support transition teams at each school.

School transition teams will provide support to the students and the parents at their school. Parent and community advisory groups will support the district and school-level transition teams.

District Transition Team:
Deputy Superintendent for Academics, Chief Strategist, IPS Police, District Athletic Director, Parent Involvement Coordinator, Special Education Officer, English as a Second Language (ESL) Coordinator, Student Services Officer, and Student Services Director

School Transition Team:
Principal, Athletic Director, Parent Involvement Educator, representatives from Special Education, ESL and Counseling Departments, School Social Worker, students and parents

District Teacher Advisory:
Building level Teacher of the Year winners and Superintendent’s Advisory Council members

District Student Advisory:
Student representatives from each school’s Transition Team and Superintendent's Student Advisory Council members

District Parent Advisory:
Parent representatives from each school’s Transition Team

Stakeholder Engagement

Community engagement meeting

Community Meetings

Thank you for joining us at our community meetings series as we discussed potential high school closings for the 2018-2019 school year. If you were unable to join us, please review our Community Meeting Summary for detailed information on all five meetings.

Student and Staff Engagement Sessions

IPS recently held student panel discussions and staff meetings at each high school in an effort to gather their thoughts and suggestions.

Please check out the Student & Staff Engagement Summary for these meetings.

Stakeholder Engagement Showcase

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Preserving School Legacy

Girls playing violin

IPS cherishes our rich history and understands the link this history plays in the community and the effect it has on our alumnis' identity. To ensure nothing of historical significance gets lost during the implementation of our all choice model of schools, IPS will assemble a District Community & Legacy Preservation Advisory Committee. This committee will be comprised of community representatives from school neighborhoods and past alumni willing to donate their time.

We welcome all insight and feedback from our community members. To share your thoughts with us, please email us at ipspublicrelationsdivision@myips.org.

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