Nov. 3, 2017

Future Centers at IPS

A NEW STUDENT HUB — The Future Centers will be physical spaces within the high school buildings, providing supportive services designed to increase the number of students completing high school and moving on to Enrollment, Enlistment or Employment — what the district calls The 3Es. The centers will offer the technical and material support students need to pursue postsecondary education or career goals.

Improving the counseling and social and emotional learning for all students is an important aspect of the educational experience at Indianapolis Public Schools and a $2.8 million grant from the Eli Lilly Foundation is making that possible beginning with the 2018-19 school year.

The grant allows IPS to creatively meet the needs of students through new Future Centers at each district high school. The centers will embrace the needs of our students and provide increased engagement and greater outcomes for all.

The Future Centers will be physical spaces within the high school buildings, providing supportive services designed to increase the number of students completing high school and moving on to Enrollment, Enlistment or Employment — what the district calls The 3Es.

Activities occurring within the Future Centers will include mock interviews, math and writing labs, guidance on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), financial literacy, college selection and other student self-advocacy initiatives.

IPS believes the Future Centers staff and programming will increase the district’s graduation rate; increase SAT and ACT completion, with improved scores; increase participation in the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) exam and military placement; increase the amount of scholarships awarded to IPS students; and improve the percentage of students placed in jobs from trade and certification school programming.

Future Center are critical in ensuring continued growth within the district’s focus on the high schools and serving as a school-based advising center where students can define their college and career plans.

The Future Centers will assist students when applying for college, financial aid and scholarships. They will also provide individual planning and guidance, as well as access to technology, so online applications can be completed. Staff will help create individual plans for students’ post-secondary goals. Examples of guidance activities include helping students draft scholarship narratives, accurately completing the FAFSA application, and conducting mock interviews.

Future Centers will offer the technical and material support students need to pursue postsecondary education or career goals.

The Future Centers will also provide:

  • Academic Planning: Students will receive advice of course selections, with a focus on intentionally rigorous curriculum.
  • Writing Skills Support: Students will be supported with both high school assignments and college essays. Writing Center staff will collaborate with higher education institutes to develop a crosswalk for writing success.
  • Financial Literacy: Students will have access to a comprehensive literacy program that will be inclusive of four-year college planning, including FAFSA completion; scholarships; 21st Century Scholars; and budget planning.
  • Social Acclimation: Students will participate in social skill building and college exploration course work.
  • Special Education Support: Students will begin to meet with college special education advisors during their second semester of their graduation year to develop background knowledge in the requirements for postsecondary educational planning.
  • Triage Support: Students will receive wraparound supports throughout their academic career to prepare them for postsecondary planning.