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Reclaiming Our Opportunities to Succeed – A proud member of the Indianapolis Public Schools community offering alternative education.

Welcome to the R.O.O.T.S. program, a unique therapeutic day treatment program within a school setting. For over 15 years, we have been providing service to IPS students who struggle with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. 

Our mission is to embrace diversity while providing individualized therapeutic and academic supports in a safe and nurturing environment. With a strength-based focus, we help students develop the foundations for success in education and cultivate hope, trust, independence, and self-control within our students. 

Our dedicated staff, therapeutic curriculum, and family support services set us apart from traditional schools. We serve to improve the outcomes of individual students and our community at large, through various programs including music, art, yoga, and mindfulness with a therapeutic slant. 

Our Hope Mural

Today, our students started preparing the wall for our Hope Mural. As you know, Hope is one of the 4 “roots” we focus on here. I am excited to watch the progress and share the final product with you all. Stay tuned and watch us work!

Advancing Racial Equity Collection Development Grant

Thank you, Indiana Humanities and Lilly Endowment! Did you hear the news? The Linda L. Hogan Memorial Library @ ROOTS received an Advancing Racial Equity Collection Development Grant from @INHumanities, thanks to the funding of Lilly Endowment. We were able to add 76 books to our collection that were appropriate for students in grades K-12… Read More »Advancing Racial Equity Collection Development Grant

We have chickens!

We received a 2022 SEL in Action grant from  NoVo Foundation, in partnership with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. We were able to purchase eggs, incubators, a chicken coop and other supplies to support this initiative. Students were able to watch the eggs mature and hatch, care for the chicks, release them to the… Read More »We have chickens!

Thank you Salesforce!

Creating a Sensory-Friendly Environment: Thanks to the generosity of Salesforce, we were able to work with the IPS facilities team to increase sensory engagement opportunities to support the students enrolled in the ROOTS Program. A sensory-friendly space is different from a traditional classroom and school setting, it is a therapeutic space with a variety of… Read More »Thank you Salesforce!

Linda L. Hogan Memorial Library

The Linda L. Hogan Memorial Library at R.O.OT.S. is a tribute to Linda’s dedication and commitment to improving the lives of children through literacy.  A respected and honored leader in early childhood education, Linda served the Indianapolis Public School System from 1976-2016 as a teacher and an administrator. We are profoundly grateful to the IPS… Read More »Linda L. Hogan Memorial Library


At the R.O.O.T.S. Program, we believe in the power of hope, resilience, and education. We serve IPS students who are struggling to succeed in school due to challenges related to emotional regulation, behavior, and mental health. Our staff is committed to providing individualized supports to help your student succeed. The deeper the roots, the higher the reach.