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Advanced Academics

Advanced Academics at IPS provide rigorous coursework to students so they are prepared for their futures. These academic opportunities include:

Early College

IPS’ Early College program provides dual credit options (courses which allow students to earn both high school and college credit while attending IPS), to students while removing the academic, financial, and psychological barriers that can prevent students from accessing college and succeeding. Students receive additional support, and tuition is free or greatly reduced, which can provide students a pathway to earn an associate degree while in high school. IPS high schools which participate in the Early College program include Arsenal Technical High School, Crispus Attucks High School, and George Washington High School. 

Additional offerings include: 

  • The Indiana College Core (ICC) is a 30-hour block of college-level credit that transfers between all public and some private colleges and universities in Indiana. Earning the Indiana College Core in high school helps students achieve a full year of college general education credits for $750 or less, saving them time and money in college. Students at Arsenal Tech High School and Crispus Attucks High School can earn the Indiana College Core with Ivy Tech Community College. Courses include dual credit and AP math, calculus and more. Learn more at
  • The Associate Degree in General Studies is a two-year associate degree comprised of 60 college credits that can be transferred to other colleges or universities or used as a conferred degree for employment. Earning an Associate Degree in high school can help students reduce up to two years of college toward a bachelor’s degree, saving time and money! Students at George Washington High School can pursue an Associate Degree in General Studies with Ivy Tech Community College.
  • Career Pathways: To support the IPS 3E Vision of every student employed, enrolled, or enlisted after high school, IPS offers several career pathways at each Academy High School. These pathways are designed to prepare students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, and in-demand careers and provide opportunities for students to earn dual credit, industry certifications or immersive work based learning experiences. For more information on career pathways and program opportunities at IPS, take a virtual tour today!

International Baccalaureate 

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a unique educational framework centered around holistic student development. IB is designed to prepare students for an interconnected and ever-globalizing world. The IB program can span a student’s education from preschool through high school. 

Shortridge High School offers the IB program, aiming to develop knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better world through intercultural understanding and respect. Prior to starting at Shortridge, there are elementary and middle school options for students and families interested in an IB education, including: 

  • Benjamin Harrison School 2, Center for Inquiry, An IB World School
  • Charity Dye School 27, Center for Inquiry, An IB World School
  • Mary Nicholson School 70, Center for Inquiry, An IB World School
  • Joseph J. Bingham School 84, Center for Inquiry, An IB World School
  • Carl Wilde School 79, Center for Inquiry, An IB World School
  • George W. Julian School 57. Center for Inquiry, An IB World School
  • Broad Ripple Middle School, An IB World School
  • Howe Middle School, An IB World School
  • Henry W. Longfellow Middle School, An IB World School
  • Northwest Middle School, An IB World School

Students can join the IB program at Shortridge without previous IB experience. While at Shortridge, students can participate in the Middle Years Program (MYP) during grades 9 and 10 and the Diploma Program (DP) or the Career-related Program (CP) during grades 11 and 12. 

  • The IB Diploma Program curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge, creativity, activity, service and the extended essay. Students in this curriculum program reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research, and undertake a project that often involves community service. 
  • The IB Career-related Program is a framework of international education that incorporates the values of the IB into a unique program addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education. CP students take a minimum of two DP courses, a core consisting of four components, and a career-related study. The career-related study further supports the CP’s academic strength and provides practical, real-world approaches to learning. 

To learn more about the IB program, visit this website.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level courses offered to applicable high school students. Administered through the College Board, students can take exams to earn college credit and placement, saving them time and money while in college.