Aleesia Johnson

Superintendent, Indianapolis Public Schools

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Aleesia Johnson has been an educator for 16 years. She was named superintendent for Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) in June 2019 and is the first African-American woman to serve in this capacity. In this role, Aleesia oversees the strategic direction and operations of the district in achieving its mission to empower and educate all students to think critically, creatively and responsibly, to embrace diversity, and to pursue their dreams with purpose.

The largest school district in the state of Indiana, IPS covers 80 square miles, employs nearly 4,000 people and serves more than 30,000 students across 88 unique schools and programs.

Over the course of her career, Aleesia has served in a number of roles, including innovation officer and deputy superintendent for academics in IPS as well as middle school teacher, teacher development coach, assistant school leader, and school leader.

Aleesia graduated from Agnes Scott College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and African-American studies. She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Oakland City University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan. She and her husband are the proud parents of four children.

In the Community

Our superintendent understands the value and importance of visiting district schools, interacting with students and staff, and connecting with our community partners. 

News From Our Superintendent

Indiana Charter School Board (ICSB) Vote Response

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Please see our district statement regarding today’s vote by the Indiana Charter School Board in response to ReThink Forward’s application for charters for Emma Donnan Middle School and Manual and Howe High Schools.

Appearance Request

Individuals that would like the Superintendent to make an appearance at one of your events must submit a request through the linked Superintendent Request Form below.

The form is not intended for complaints or requests for assistance from the superintendent. An official response is not guaranteed if topics of this nature are submitted using the form.

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Great Things Happening at IPS

We encourage you to learn about the great things happening throughout IPS by visiting our State of the District page. Topics include our 4 priorities for IPS Strategic Plan 2025, our district accomplishments and video highlights. You can also view the recording of the 2020 State of the District program.