Our favorite weekend of the year is finally here – it’s time for Showcase of Schools 2015! Showcase of Schools is an exciting opportunity to share the very best of Indianapolis Public Schools with our current and potential families. We’re taking over Circle Centre Mall Saturday, November 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – and we’d love to see your family there! If you’re not already a part of the IPS family, now is the time to see what you’ve been missing. 

Holiday shoppers at the mall will have an all-day opportunity to shop around IPS, as every school and program in the district will have a booth staffed with friendly and knowledgeable volunteers ready to share the highlights of their school with you. Between our traditional neighborhood schools, magnet programs and Innovation Network schools, there’s a perfect fit for every family. Each of our schools is equally unique – we’re ready to help you find the best school for your needs!

Families couldn’t find a better time to #chooseIPS; we have so many exciting initiatives beginning or expanding throughout the district, and our team is thrilled to share those offerings with you. IPS Strategic Plan 2015 launched earlier this year, outlining our commitment to growth in the areas of Teaching and Learning, Family and Community and Efficient Operations. Our Innovation Network is adding more schools to the roster, and a cadre of school leaders will also be empowered to make more school-based instructional and budgeting decisions as IPS welcomes its first group of autonomous schools in 2016-17.

Another exciting addition to the district is Simon Youth Academy at Circle Centre; don’t miss your chance to check out our state-of-the-art facility for juniors and seniors seekingan accelerated pathway to graduation!

Our students are doing amazing things in class each day, and we’re proud to have them showcasing their efforts this weekend. The myIPS Store and Salon features district spirit gear, as well as offerings from our Career Technology Center students including Culinary Arts, Cosmetology and more! Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School students will be providing free blood pressure screenings onsite. Performances throughout the day will feature many talented students sharing their love of the arts across the district. We’re eager to expand and enrich our arts opportunities for students through the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child initiative, so be on the lookout for big things in the coming year!

If you’re not already an IPS family member, we’d love to help you #chooseIPS this weekend. Our Magnet/Choice lottery application window opens on November 21st, and you can apply onsite! Our friendly enrollment experts and bilingual assistants will be stationed throughout the Showcase to ensure your student is properly registered and ready for academic success. If you’re thinking about enrolling in IPS at Showcase, don’t forget to bring the following:

  • Student’s original birth certificate (no photocopies)
  • Complete immunization records
  • Proof of residence (a lease or utility bill showing your name and current address)
  • Picture ID for the parent or guardian

We’re always looking for new ways to improve the customer experience for families, so you’ll notice a new online application for our popular Magnet programs. Once a Magnet/Choice application is completed, families will receive automated updates on the progress of their application. This includes confirmation of successful submission and notification of waitlist placement or a seat offering in a selected magnet program.

“We’re excited about the streamlined functionality of the magnet/choice application process for our families,” said Enrollment and Options Officer Greg Newlin. “We’re also looking forward to offering families any assistance they may need navigating the enrollment process as we welcome new members to our IPS community.”

We can’t wait to see you at Showcase of Schools tomorrow; find out why thousands of Indianapolis families #chooseIPS!