Indianapolis Public Schools is very excited to welcome five
Innovation Network Schools into our family for the 2015-2016 school year.
Emma Donnan Elementary School, Enlace Academy, KIPP Indy
College Prep Middle School, KIPP Indy Unite Elementary School and Phalen
Leadership Academy at Francis Scott Key School 103 are all part of the IPS
family, providing a variety of new opportunities for our students and families.
Emma Donnan Elementary is the result of an exciting
initiative to increase enrollment and eventually return Emma Donnan Middle
School to IPS from state takeover. IPS and Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) have
entered a partnership, creating a K-6 onsite feeder school for Emma Donnan.
CSUSA will be accountable for implementing rigorous performance standards and
will participate in the future transition back to IPS if the partnership
continues successfully for at least five years. This unique model could serve
as a blueprint for other districts seeking to recover schools from state
Students at Enlace Academy won’t see a change in location as
their school joins the Innovation Network; Enlace shared space with Gambold
Preparatory Magnet High School. The move of our International Baccalaureate
program to Shortridge set up a perfect opportunity for this K-5 program to
expand their vision within IPS!
The partnership between IPS and KIPP is expanding from lease
agreement to Innovation Network as well. KIPP operated programming out of
Julian Coleman School 110, and we are excited to see the opening of KIPP Indy
Unite Elementary School and KIPP Indy College Prep Middle School in the
building this year! The school pairing will serve IPS students from
Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Phalen Leadership Academy at Francis Scott Key School 103 is
the centerpiece of the new Far Eastside Success Initiative. This
all-encompassing community partnership will provide students and families a
wealth of intentional community support. IPS and our strong partners will
provide educational, health, and workforce support to ensure our students and
their families are equipped for success. Our partnership with Phalen Leadership
Academy will serve students already living within Francis Scott Key’s boundary,
with enrollment opening to students outside of the immediate neighborhood if
additional space is available.
Community engagement is vital to ensuring everyone is
prepared for a successful school year in our newest additions to the district.
Our schools are already jumping into action to create welcoming educational
environments for our students and families.
“All five of the schools are revving up for a strong start
to the school year,” said Innovation Officer Aleesia Johnson. “Open
houses, ice cream socials and summer programming for students have been a
regular part of summer at these schools.”
The concept of Innovation Network Schools began with
Indiana’s Public Law 1321, which created a pathway for autonomous schools in
partnership with IPS and groups outside of the district. A new law penned by
state leaders this year expanded the Innovation Network to districts statewide
and allowed IPS more opportunities to transform existing schools into Innovation
Network Schools. Under this law, IPS may reconstitute any schools in the
district to become part of the Innovation Network, and open new Innovation
Network Schools in any building where there is capacity. IPS is proud to have a
leading role in this concept, which allows districts the autonomy to seek
opportunities for strategic partnerships and ensure continued student success.
We look forward to strong partnerships with all our
Innovation Network Schools this year!