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James A. Garfield School 31


    What does the Rebuilding Stronger Plan mean for my student?

    Starting in the 2024-25 school year, your school will become a STEM Academy. 

    The school will also become a Pre-K–5 school.

    Key Component

    What does this mean for your school in the 2024–25 school year? 

    Your school’s grade reconfiguration will serve…

    Grades Pre-K–5

    Your school will serve…

    Zone 4

    Your academic program will be…

    A STEM school (new programming)

    If your student is in grades K-4… 

    No action is required of you and you have a guaranteed seat at your current school or you can apply to any other elementary school in your zone through the Enroll Indy lottery with new program priority.

    If your student is in grades 5-7 during the 2023–24 school year…

    You can apply to any middle school that serves your zone (listed below) during the fall 2023 Enroll Indy enrollment windows. 

    Zone 4 Middle School Options:

    Howe IB World Middle School, STEM @ William Penn 49, Edison School of the Arts @ 47, High Ability @ Harshman (if you meet eligibility requirements), Dual Language @ Harshman (if you meet eligibility requirements)

    If you choose not to apply, you’ll be assigned to Cold Spring @ Penn Middle School.

    Key Component

    What does this mean for your school in the 2024–25 school year? 

    Your academic program will be…

    STEM education is the culmination of the individual disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in a hands-on, engaging way. STEM students practice the habits of critical thinking, problem solving, discourse, real-world connection and goal-oriented action through cross disciplinary curricular experiences. STEM means that educators from a variety of disciplines will plan together to create experiences where students explore the depths of academic standards through real-world applications. Educators will approach the development of content standards through the lens of inquiry- and problem-based learning experiences that are student centered and connect academic know-how to the reality of our world today.

    STEM education includes all students engaging in Project Lead The Way (PLTW) courses like: Medical Detectives, Automation and Robotics, and Green Architecture. In addition to PLTW, STEM students will have the opportunity to work with a Computer Science educator as they hone their engineering skills through the application of theory and design principles. The goal of a STEM education is to promote the development of critical thinking skills through cross-disciplinary academic experiences that directly relate to the lived experiences of our students.   

    The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) recognizes schools throughout the state for their commitment to an innovative approach to inquiry – and problem-based learning through a certification process. IPS STEM schools will be in the process of securing the IDOE STEM Certification.   

    Special Education Services

    Your school will offer Programs for Young Children in the 24-25 school year and will continue to offer Intensive Intervention, and Reach (AU) programming in the 23-24 school year. If you have questions about your student who is progressing to a grade level that will not be served at this school in the 23-24 school year, or if you have other special education related questions, please reach out to your student’s Teacher of Record or call (463) 232-6908. A special education administrator will return your call promptly.

    Your School Navigator is …

    Alicia Cortez-Gonzalezcortesgonzaleza@myips.orgFace Liaison
    Your school navigator is ready to assist you with your questions about the RBS plan.