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Students Plan for Success after High School

At Indianapolis Public Schools, our goals for students don’t end with their walk across the stage at graduation. Our Graduation Team is dedicated to ensuring every IPS grad has a plan for success after high school.


This is such a strong focus for our district that it’s written into IPS Strategic Plan 2015. Item 1.3.4 is to “Encourage and support the use of personalized education plans for elementary through high school students that include graduation and post-secondary goals.”


To track our progress, IPS recently surveyed our senior class about their post-graduation plans.


“Our goal is to ensure every student has a solid plan for graduation,” said IPS Director of Graduation and Alternative Services Lisa Brenner. “This graduation plan includes life after high school as well. We want every student to leave our halls enrolled in an institution of higher learning, enlisted in the military or employed at a livable wage.”


Students who are “Enrolled” have been accepted into a 2- or 4-year college or university or have received acceptance to a technical trade school. “Enlisted” students have completed military enrollment and students in our “Employed” category leave high school with a job paying a living wage, professional certification for gainful employment or a plan for successful transition to adult services and/or community living.


Of our entire senior class, 863 students (99 percent) completed the IPS senior survey. The overwhelming majority of these students (79.6 percent) plan to attend a 2- or 4-year postsecondary school; 160 of our seniors plan to attend Ivy Tech in the fall and 112 have intentions of attending IUPUI.


Dozens of our seniors plan to protect our nation at home and overseas. There are 55 students who expressed plans to enter the military upon graduation, with the largest number of students (28) joining the ranks of the Army.


We applaud all of our seniors for the dedication they have put into planning and preparing for a successful future after high school.