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IPS Returns to 100% In-Person Learning for 2021–22 School Year, Offers Virtual Option Through Innovation Partner

IPS is excited to return to 100% full-time in-person learning for the 2021–22 school year. It is expected that students who attend in person will do so for the entire school year.

However, we realize that some families will require a full-time virtual learning option. For this reason, IPS has partnered with two high-quality virtual schools, Paramount Schools of Excellence and Phalen Leadership Academies, to provide virtual learning for IPS families.

Our hope is that all families will return to in-person learning so they can benefit from:

  • The many social and emotional benefits of in-person support from qualified staff and supportive peer students.
  • A newly adopted English Language Arts curriculum and the Imagine Learning supplemental learning acceleration digital platform.
  • Access to multiple academic programs, extracurricular activities and athletics that are available at their home school (consistent with the Marion County Health Department’s updated guidelines).
  • One-to-one technology, allowing all students to have access to their own electronic device to enhance learning. This will also enable short-term remote learning in the event schools and/or classrooms need to be closed and/or quarantined.
  • Safety guidelines that will meet or exceed Marion County standards.

Please Note: Families who enroll in a virtual learning partner school will be giving up their current IPS school seat. If the family would like to return to in-person learning, they will have to enroll in their neighborhood school or go through the Enroll Indy process to claim a Choice school seat based on availability at the time of re-enrollment to in-person schools.

For those who require a fully virtual option for the 2021–22 school year and want to enroll now, here is a synopsis of district options:

Paramount Online Academy

Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy

Full-time, fully virtual options using high-quality curricula in small class sizes

(comparable to in-person model)

  • Instruction and curriculum align with Paramount’s high-performing on-campus environment.
  • Paramount’s online learners performed at the same pass rate on the spring 2021 IREAD-3 as Paramount Schools’ on-campus students.
  • Each online student receives a Chromebook, curriculum supplies, and access to standards-based digital resources.
  • Class ratios are 25 students to 1 teacher, with individualized learning and student data tracking.
  • The Online Academy combines technology and irreplaceable interaction with dedicated, highly qualified, licensed teachers.
  • A family call center is available to families daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The Online Academy hosts monthly parent training seminars.
  • All online students have the opportunity to participate in on-campus extracurricular activities, sports, tutoring and field trips.

PLA Virtual is a free K–12 online school empowering Indiana scholars to achieve academic success with high-quality learning. Live, certified teachers pair their passion for education with technology to provide an interactive and rigorous curriculum so that scholars learn and thrive in their own environment, at their own pace.

PLA Virtual includes:

  • University accredited programming.
  • Chromebook and supplies provided.
  • Rigorous and evidence-based curriculum.
  • One-on-one and small group instruction.
  • Small class ratios of 25 students to 1 teacher.
  • Personalized learning and tiered instruction to support scholars at every level.
  • High-quality, effective teachers who create a positive, strong and loving culture for each student.
  • Enrichment experiences including art, music, STEM, physical education, guest speakers, and field trips to colleges, workplaces, museums and cultural landmarks.
  • Social and emotional development, including one-on-one feedback from teachers.
  • In-person access to clubs, activities and athletics.
  • A family call center available for families daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to support online learning and use of technology.
Grades K-8
  • 558 K–8 seats available
Grades K-12
  • 2,000 K–8 seats available
  • 500 9–12 seats available
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