Indianapolis Public Schools has finished the 2014-2015
academic year, and it was an exciting time of change and progress. As we
celebrate the successes of the Class of 2015, we wanted to take a look back at
some of our amazing district successes, too:
- The IPS “One-Stop Shop” open enrollment offered extended
weekday and weekend hours, streamlining the process for families to register
students and address other service needs. Our families efficiently enrolled
their students before the start of the year, allowing
their scholars to benefit from every educational minute of the school year.
We also offered magnet, kindergarten and preschool enrollment online, making
those processes easier than ever!
- Our new commitment to exceptional
service to our community led to several changes: presenting a sleeker, warmer atmosphere in the John Morton
Finney Education Center Guest Services area, making it more welcoming and accessible; a new website
to make information easier for our families to find; and a mobile app to get
information into our community’s hands faster!
- We restructured our schools into three learning
communities, East, West and Magnet, under the supervision of three Academic Improvement Officers.
With the help of Title I and United Way funding we also added Parental
Involvement Educators (PIEs) or Community Coordinators at all schools,
facilitating increased community involvement across the district.
- Our Business Alliance helped to ensure more
community involvement by matching powerful community partners with priority
- We provided breakfast and lunch at no cost to
all our students to prevent basic needs from getting in the way of education, and
even extended meal service through breaks.
- Our first Showcase of Schools at Circle Centre
Mall highlighted the great choices and opportunities in all our schools!
- With the support of the Board of School
Commissioners and guidance from community partners, we took strides toward more
efficient operations with district-wide recycling and offering properties for
- Our amazing educators gave us reasons to
celebrate, too, as Tina Ahlgren, our 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year, finished a
top three finalist for state Teacher of the Year. Also, five district
teachers were awarded $10,000 Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowships,
tying one other school district in the state for the most awards.
- We determined baseline technology standards to
assess and address any gaps in our classrooms.
- Sidener Academy for High Ability Students
celebrated 100% passing rate on the ISTEP+ and was awarded the great honor of
being a National Blue Ribbon School! Meanwhile, Center for Inquiry Schools 27 and
84 were designated “Family Friendly Schools” by the Indiana Department of
- Finally, we’re welcoming Arlington Community
High School back into IPS after state takeover and looking forward to a great
first year back.
Arlington’s return is just one of the great things we’re
looking forward to in the year to come. Watch for:
- A new Strategic Plan focusing on three goal
areas: Teaching and Learning, Efficient Operations, and Family and Community
- Raises for our deserving IPS teachers
- Exciting school improvements through Innovation
Schools and Transformation Zones
- Additional resources for school PIEs and
extensions of our many community partnerships
- Collaboration with the Board of School
Commissioners to realign grade configurations and move away from the 7-12
community high school model (not to begin before the 2016-2017 school year)
watching the way our administration, teachers and the community rallied to convince legislators to refrain from cutting even more funding for our students than they did this
last year, we’re even more excited to see what we can all do together in