It’s an exciting announcement regarding the future of Shortridge High School: Indianapolis Public Schools and Butler University have agreed to a partnership, making Shortridge the district’s newest laboratory school! This arrangement promotes collaboration between IPS and Butler in the education of our future teachers and allows Shortridge to serve as a professional development site for both institutions.

School leaders will work in collaboration with a Butler representative on a Vision Steering Committee to promote innovation in curriculum and other school initiatives. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, the foundation for Shortridge’s rigorous curriculum will be the IB Middle Years Programme and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Butler’s College of Education will have dedicated classroom space within Shortridge to hold teacher education courses along with professional development opportunities. Additionally, students at Shortridge will be eligible to apply for Butler’s Early College Program.

Representatives from IPS and Butler worked together to select a new principal for the lab school. Shane O’Day, current principal at Gambold Preparatory Magnet High School, will take the new leadership role at Shortridge to begin the 2015-2016 school year.

“The history of Shortridge increases the expectation of our students and staff,” O’Day said. “I am very excited about working with all students and faculty to ensure our students are successful and the rich tradition and history of Shortridge is preserved.”

Hundreds of students have already announced their intentions to attend Shortridge in the fall; we look forward to the next chapter in the rich history of this school!