State of the District 1

IPS District Overview

As the largest public school district in Indiana, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is an agile, innovative educational organization committed to academic excellence built through individualized, relationship-based learning.

Though we cover 80 square miles, employ nearly 4,000 people, and serve over 30,000 students, we are committed to meeting the individual needs of each student.


IPS empowers and educates all students to think critically, creatively and responsibly, to embrace diversity, and to pursue their dreams with purpose.


IPS is a family of excellent public schools in which every student has the opportunity to succeed and the power to create their own future.

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The IPS Board of School Commissioners approved six new strategic priorities for the 2019–20 school year, laying the foundation for a long-term strategic plan.

  • Student-Centered Teaching & Learning: Integrate SEL programs and align high-quality instructional, curricular and assessment resources.
  • High-Performing Team: Recruit and retain talent by developing staff and holding them accountable for implementation of IPS’ shared vision of excellence.
  • Racial Equity Mindset: Strengthen and expand racial equity work to eliminate opportunity gaps and build capacity for team members to persistently interrupt and address institutional bias.
  • School-Centered Central Services: Design Central Services to transparently and effectively meet the needs of schools.
  • Engaged Families, Team & Partners: Engage families, team members and the community in authentic and collaborative partnerships to improve student outcomes.
  • Sustainable Finances and Operations: Strengthen and expand efforts to equitably and efficiently allocate resources across IPS schools.

The IPS leadership team made impressive strides during the 2018-19 school year.

Highlights include:

  • A new collective-bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiated with AFSCME, approved by the Board in January.
  • A 3% base pay increase for all non-bargaining staff, the first in 10-plus years, with more substantial raises for specific teams, approved by the Board in February.
  • Continued compensation right-sizing for school leaders to be competitive with our neighboring districts, approved by the Board in March.
  • Adoption of a master salary schedule, moving from 70 to 1, approved by the Board in July.
  • Rebranding of the Public Relations Division to the Office of Communications and Engagement, which included the launch of the Family & Community Engagement team.
  • Disposition of 1840 N. Meridian St., with generated revenue of approximately $1M.
  • Design and implementation of a school leader competency framework to drive coaching and continued principal development.
  • Creation of a comprehensive 2019­–20 school year organizational plan with multi-year priorities that can anchor our work moving forward.
  • Beginning Phase 2 of the Reinventing High School renovations.
  • Saving of over $2M through our energy savings initiatives in partnership with Cenergistic.
  • Exceeding current state and county average for student completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Launched the first-ever IPS/JA Inspire Job Fair for graduating seniors pursuing employment.

We want all members of our community to feel empowered about getting involved with our students. Whether it’s as a staff member, volunteer or a donor, as an educational community we are stronger together. Below you can find resource links to different ways that you can get involved.