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July 14, 2017

The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners will meet July 18 for an Agenda Review Session and July 20 for an Action Session. Topics to be addressed at these meetings include:

Reinventing IPS High Schools (Community Feedback Forum):

As IPS continues to improve our city’s largest school district, a reinvention of the high school experience is needed to build upon recent success and ensure the best possible learning environment for all students.

Starting with the 2018-19 school year, IPS has recommended to rightsize its high school experience by operating only four high schools (Arsenal Technical High School, Crispus Attucks High School, George Washington High School and Shortridge High School).

This plan includes:

  • Converting Arlington High School into a middle school during the day and an evening high school after regular school hours, and relocating some district administrative offices into the building.
  • Converting Northwest High School to a middle school and relocating the Newcomer Program and some district administrative offices into the building.
  • Closing Broad Ripple High School for sale and community reuse and relocating Visual & Performing Arts and Humanities programming to Shortridge High School.
  • Closing John Marshall Middle School, the Facilities Maintenance Department building and Forest Manor for sale and community reuse.
  • Retaining Arsenal Tech, Crispus Attucks, George Washington and Shortridge.

Each remaining high school would offer new Career-Themed Academies within our extensive menu of academic choice offerings. These academies are designed to empower students to make informed college and career decisions to ensure they are Enrolled, Enlisted or Employed at a livable wage upon graduation.

The following are the programs each school would offer (Career-Themed Academies are in bold):

Arsenal Technical High School

  • Construction, Engineering & Design Academy
  • Military Academy (in development with the Army, all high schools will continue to offer JROTC until the Academy launches)
  • Career Technology Center
  • Math & Science
  • Law & Public Policy
  • New Tech

Crispus Attucks High School

  • Health Sciences Academy
  • Teaching, Learning & Leading

George Washington High School

  • IT Academy
  • Manufacturing, Engineering & Logistics Academy
  • Business & Finance Academy

Shortridge High School

  • International Baccalaureate
  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • Entertainment Management and TV Broadcasting
  • Humanities

Students would also have 100 percent choice when deciding which high school they want to attend. These high school choice options would also include Early/Middle College — onsite learning at a local college campus where students would, respectively, graduate with a high school diploma (plus two years of college courses) or receive a high school diploma (plus college credits).

The Board of School Commissioners will host these community feedback forums on Reinventing IPS High Schools during their July and August meetings, which they will take on the road to each of the schools recommended for closure. Each meeting will include a period for public comment. These meetings are scheduled for:

Tuesday, July 18                                

5:30 p.m.                                                        

Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities

1115 Broad Ripple Ave.

Indianapolis, Ind.                               

Thursday, July 20                               

5:30 p.m.                                                                    

John Marshall Middle School

10101 E. 38th St.                                           

Indianapolis, Ind.                               

Tuesday, August 29

5:30 p.m.

Arlington Community High School

4825 N. Arlington Ave.

Indianapolis, Ind.

Thursday, August 31

5:30 p.m.

Northwest Community High School

5525 W. 34th St.

Indianapolis, Ind.

Commissioners will vote on these recommendations in September.

Textbook Rental Collections:

Indianapolis Public Schools saw more than $550,000 in unpaid textbook rental fees for the 2016-17 school year. The administration proposes the implementation of a collections process for unpaid fees. The revenue collected would redirect general fund textbook expenditures to other academic purposes, including:

  • Generating funds necessary to cash flow the 2016-17 math textbook adoption financing.
  • Unlocking General Fund dollars to support more school-based decision making.
  • Replenishing textbook funds to support future textbook adoptions.

For more information on the upcoming meetings, you can access the complete agenda on www.boarddocs.com.