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Postsecondary Readiness V2

Our Mission and Vision

As the largest school district in Indiana, it’s the IPS vision that our students—and our Indiana communities—are set up for success. 

Recognizing that a high school diploma is no longer enough to ensure economic mobility and stability and the majority of good jobs require some sort of postsecondary credential, our vision is that all IPS graduates become enrolled in a college or university, employed in a career with a livable wage, or enlisted in one of the branches of the military.

We are working to achieve that vision with a mission of ensuring our students have access to college and career preparation regardless of background or socioeconomic status. We make this a reality by providing:

  • All-Choice High School Model: Including Academies, Pathways, Career and Technical Education (CTE), Advanced Academics, and Work-Based Learning experiences aligned with high-wage, high-demand industries and the expansion of rigorous college preparatory options.
  • High School and Middle School Supports: From early ages through high school, IPS students can access numerous supports to ensure they are on the right pathway, such as the Vonnegut Youth Writing Centers; Advanced Academics; Graduation Coaches; Middle School Pathways; and more.
  • Future Centers: Physical spaces with dedicated staff that provide programming and wrap-around services aimed at increasing the number of students completing high school and preparing for postsecondary options.
  • School Counseling Services: Data-driven support for students in the areas of academic achievement, social/emotional development, and career exploration.
  • The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC): A program providing academic rigor and postsecondary preparedness, by engaging in a curriculum that emphasizes leadership, wellness, fitness and civics to prepare them for postsecondary success including a pathway for military enlistment.

Meet Our Team

  • Melody Coryell – Executive Director of Postsecondary Readiness
  • Austin Dodd – Director of High School Academies & Pathways
  • Aaron Munson – Director of Middle School Academies & Pathways
  • Jenny Berry – Career and Technical Education Pathway Director
  • Rodney Smith – Director of Postsecondary Planning
  • Dennis Thomas – Director of Inquiry-Based Programs
  • Matt Mount – Director of Army Instruction

Our Work

Dive into the initiatives and strategies IPS employs to ensure students are ready for enrollment, employment, or enlistment.

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Employer Partnership Opportunities

If you’re an employer interested in partnering with the IPS Postsecondary Readiness to connect students with employment opportunities, please fill out this brief form today and a member of our team will be in touch with you soon!

You may also message our Executive Director of Postsecondary Readiness, Mel Coryell, at