Applying for an IPS choice program continues to get easier for the families of Indianapolis! Last year a new online application was offered to our community and now we are simplifying it even further.


Get ready, the IPS Choice – commonly referred to as magnet – application window will run from November 21 – December 11, we invite you to peruse our exciting and innovative academic offerings and select the best educational experience for your student. Our high-demand Choice programs are leading the way in enhancing state standards by offering new and engaging approaches to student learning. The Choice programs within IPS offer a wide array of options for our families that include Spanish Immersion, STEM, Environmental Studies, Performing Arts, International Baccalaureate, Career Technology and Montessori.


With so many options, we anticipate that you may find it difficult to choose. That’s why you should explore them in person! Join us on November 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Circle Centre Mall for our 2nd Annual Showcase of Schools where our Choice application goes live! We’ve made school shopping easy by bringing all of our schools to you under one roof! Our Enrollment team will be ready onsite to guide you through the application and answer any questions you may have. Improved functionality for this year’s application process will provide automated communications such as successful submission, seat offering and waitlist placement notifications. Families can also schedule guided school tours right on the spot.


“We have been working hard to streamline the Choice application process and are excited at the inclusivity it will allow us to have with our families as we partner in the process, “ says Greg Newlin, Enrollment and Options Officer.


In line with our efforts to better serve families and increase transparency regarding our internal practices, the district has recently adopted a new IPS Choice lottery logic. A variety of items will be considered when adding lottery “weights” to a student’s application:

  • Sibling preference,
  • Proximity,
  • Loyal applicant status (beginning in SY 2017-18) for students who continue to reapply for a program after receiving waitlist placement,
  • Geography (applicable only for programs offered in multiple locations), and
  • IPS employee status.


At IPS, we believe schools should be diverse, vibrant and welcoming communities with strong academic, co‐curricular, and extracurricular opportunities. To ensure all students have access to high-quality educational options, the district administration will conduct an annual review and provide a report on Choice program demographic data with the opportunity to address any disparities that may be identified within the Choice lottery process.


Choose IPS, we offer the largest variety of academic options that are sure to meet your family’s needs! Come out and join us on November 21st at our Showcase of Schools – an exciting marketplace of our robust programs and services. While you browse over 60 schools, talk with IPS service departments and community partners, and complete your Choice application, there will be plenty of fun for the entire family. Enjoy prizes, giveaways, live performances from our talented students, exclusive mall retailer discounts and more!


If you have questions about our academic programs, the Choice application, or general enrollment, please call our Service Center at 317.226.4000 or send us an email at We look forward to seeing you at Circle Centre Mall on November 21st between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Mark your calendar now!