(September 28, 2017) – The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners approved the administration’s plan for an all-Choice high school model. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, each IPS high school will specialize in College- and Career-Themed Academies in addition to existing Choice programming — offering students a more rewarding and engaging academic experience. Under the New IPS High School Experience, students will choose a high school based on their desired area of study and not where they live.

College- and Career-Themed Academies

As part of IPS’ high school Choice options, the Academies are designed to create more college and career pathways to help students graduate on time and achieve the district’s Three E’s — to be Enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university, Enlisted in the military or Employed at a livable wage upon graduation. The new options include elective career courses aligned to industry demand, industry certifications, and opportunities for students to earn college credit.

Research demonstrates robust college- and career-themed programming that combines rigorous academic instruction with work-based learning, translates into increased student engagement, reduced dropout rates, improved attendance and more on-time graduations.

“Our ability to graduate students on time and prepared for college or career has tremendous implications for boosting our economy, making sure our labor needs are met, and ultimately driving our capability to successfully compete with other urban cities across the nation,” said Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee.

2018-19 High Schools and Leaders

Recently, the Board approved the consolidation of the district’s high school structure – eliminating three high schools – beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Tonight, the Board approved specific programming and leadership recommendations for the district’s new model. Those schools, programs and leaders are as follows:

Arsenal Technical High School: Construction, Engineering & Design Academy (new), Math & Science Academy (current), New Tech (current), Career Technology Center (current), Law & Public Policy Program (current)

Lloyd Bryant

Lloyd Bryant, Principal

Biography

Lloyd Bryant was the director of principal development with IIPS. He currently serves as the interim principal of Arsenal Technical. He holds an undergraduate degree in history from Hampton University and a master’s degree in education and administration from Trinity University. Lloyd returned home to Indianapolis after serving students and families in Washington, D.C. for 16 years and in leadership in D.C. public schools for 8 years.

Leadership Philosophy

Bryant believes in servant and distributive leadership. His goal is to build a culture of support that prepares students for college and career. Utilizing a Freshman Academy to lay the foundation, he believes, will allow students to flourish in their chosen academic pathway by gaining relevant experiences, opportunities, and a rigorous program of study that prepares them for life beyond high school.

Crispus Attucks High School: Health Sciences Academy (new, with an expansion of current medical program offerings), Teaching, Learning & Leading Academy (new)

Laurent Franklin

Lauren Franklin, Principal

Biography

With Lauren Franklin remaining at the helm, Crispus Attucks will continue its recent progress in student achievement. An Indianapolis native and a proud graduate of Indianapolis Public Schools, Franklin received her undergraduate degree from DePauw University and went on to earn master’s degrees from both Indiana Wesleyan University and Butler University. She has been employed with IPS for 19 years. Her instructional experiences range from preschool to 12th grade, as a classroom teacher, magnet coordinator and school administrator.

Leadership Philosophy

Franklin believes students come first; and this is reflected in her expectations of herself and those who work with her. Her leadership approach is to build a team of educators who understand the necessity and urgency of providing a learning environment that consists of engaging curriculum within quality program choices, along with effective interventions that show each student is cared for and supported. Franklin’s vision is for all students at Crispus Attucks to successfully complete their high school education on time and confidently move into their next stage of life.

George Washington High School: Information Technology Academy (new), Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Logistics Academy (new), Business & Finance Academy (new)

Stan Law

Stanley Law, Principal

Biography

Stanley Law has served the students of IPS for 16 years as an elementary principal, middle school assistant principal and high school principal. Law currently serves as principal of Arlington High School. Under his leadership, the school has seen record increases in the graduation rate. He earned his undergraduate degree from IUPUI, his master’s degree from Butler University, and he is currently pursuing his PhD at Indiana State University. Law is married to Dr. Nicole Law and has two sons, Corey and Kyle.

Leadership Philosophy

Law values working with diverse groups of people toward a common mission of “doing whatever it takes” to educate all children. Moreover, he believes that building quality relationships, collaboration and teamwork are essential while striving to advance learning for all students. Law looks to build upon his vision of using the Academies to provide the students of George Washington with a relevant, world class education that enables them to excel in enrollment, enlistment or employment upon graduation.

Shortridge High School: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (current), International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (new), Visual & Performing Arts and Humanities (current, relocated)

Shane O'Day

Shane O’Day, Principal

Biography

Shane O’Day is the founding principal of Gambold Preparatory Magnet High School with Indianapolis Public Schools. He will continue as principal of Shortridge High School. He holds an undergraduate degree in education from Western Washington University, a master’s degree in Education from George Mason University, an MBA from Thunderbird University, and he obtained his principal licensure from Lehigh University. O’Day came to IPS after living overseas for 10 years working and leading international schools.

Leadership Philosophy

Principal O’Day’s leadership philosophy is founded in both distributive decision-making and service leadership. By employing distributive leadership, he relies on the expertise of his team to propel the school forward, while ensuring buy in from all stakeholders. While at Shortridge, O’Day has established a strong school culture because he focuses on serving the educational needs of students, families and staff.

Nathan Tuttle

Nathan Tuttle, Visual and Performing Arts Advisor/Edison School of the Arts CEO and Head of School

Additionally, Edison School of the Arts leader Nathan Tuttle will oversee arts integration and K-12 alignment during the transition of the Visual and Performing Arts high school program to Shortridge. Tuttle, who earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from IU School of Music and his Master of Arts in education from Oakland City University, has been an educator for 18 years. He will serve as interim Visual and Performing Arts Advisor while continuing in his current leadership role.

Enrollment Support for Students Begins Next Week

To help students and families prepare, IPS will hold nine individualized informational sessions throughout the district during the week of Oct. 2, 2017. Families will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with IPS Choice program experts and transition counselors to learn more about the options available and assist with the enrollment process.

Individualized information sessions are available at the following times and locations:

Monday, Oct. 2, 3-7 p.m.
George Washington High School
Shortridge High School

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 3-7 p.m.
Arsenal Technical High School
Crispus Attucks High School

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
George Washington High School
Shortridge High School

Thursday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Arsenal Technical High School
Crispus Attucks High School

Saturday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
John Morton Finney Center for Educational Services
120 E. Walnut St.