After several years in state takeover status, Thomas Carr Howe Community High School was returned to its home district.
On Wednesday, Jan. 15, the Indiana State Board of Education voted 6-2 to give the school back to Indianapolis Public Schools.
Howe will be closed to students for the 2020-21 school year while the district, through its newly formed Howe Reuse Committee, reimagines the future of the school site. The committee will use the next year to strategically plan the best use for Howe, ensuring that feedback from a variety of stakeholders is included.
To ensure students receive an exceptional education, the IPS Board of School Commissioners recently voted to give current Howe students guaranteed enrollment in:
- IPS’ four college-and-career Choice high schools (Arsenal Tech, George Washington, Shortridge and Crispus Attucks).
- Rising Howe 9th graders can also enroll into Thrival Indy Academy, the district’s study abroad Innovation high school.
- Two IPS Choice middle schools (Harshman Middle and Henry W. Longfellow Medical/STEM Middle School 28) or in the IPS middle school based on their home address.
IPS is in the process of forming the Howe Reuse Committee to reimagine the future of Howe and to strategically plan the best use for the facility. Current Howe students will receive a preference to attend another IPS middle or high school of their choice for the 2020-21 school year.