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International Baccalaureate Program

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Schools must be authorized, by the IB organization, to offer any of the programmes.

Butler University

As a Butler University Lab School, Shortridge High School hosts new and developing teachers on to compass to learn about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, curriculum development, assessment practices and school leadership. Butler University is a liberal arts school with a history of doing things differently. In 1855, attorney and abolitionist Ovid Butler opened a school founded on the principle that everyone deserves an excellent education, regardless of race or gender—a bold idea in pre-Civil-War America. He believed that experience is the best teacher, that a love of learning prepares you for success no matter what you do, and that anyone can achieve greatness if they’re willing to put in the effort.

Active Indy Tours

Active Indy Tours donates time to our Week Without Walls bike rides. They are know for offering the only daily, guided tours in Indianapolis, exploring urban Indy at a human pace. Walking, running and biking tours are conducted at this casual pace with frequent stops where storytellers share the history and lore of our city.

Camptown Inc.

In partnership with Camptown Inc., students travel to Spring Mill State Park to camp and hike the local trails, cook their food over an open flame, and sleep in the great outdoors. Past trips have included a college visit to IU, boating, caving and swimming. Spring Mill State Park is home to one of the state’s oldest spring fed mills, a Gus Grissom/NASA museum and an 1800’s Pioneer Village.

Center For Leadership Development

The mission of the Center for Leadership Development is to foster the advancement of minority youth in Central Indiana as future professional, business and community leaders by providing experiences that encourage personal development and educational attainment. SHS is committed to this mission; our students participate in many of CLD’s programming including: Project Mr., Success Prep, College Prep Conference and College Fair, Self-Discovery, College Prep and SAT prep. Transportation is provided to students.

The Children’s Museum is in our neighborhood and provides us with a School Membership. This partnership is especially useful to our Life Skills program providing professional development, field trip options and work site opportunities. The traveling exhibits and volunteer opportunities have helped support he IB program model.

Department of Natural Resources

The Indiana DNR provides free and discounted access to many state parks. Our hiking club and Week Without Walls program heavily use this opportunity. Time is spent at Fort Harrison, Spring Mill, Indiana Dunes, O’Bannon, Cliffty Falls, and White River here in Indy. The Law Enforcement Division supports youth archery programs for all of IPS including Shortridge High School.

Donors Choose

Online crowd funding platform allows our teachers to build up classroom supplies, add engaging equipment and take field trips. You can support our teachers and students here:


EliteGamingLIVE’s aim is to provide a platform that recognizes and rewards students that are passionate about video games and technology, similar to a student that plays a traditional sport. Within that platform, EliteGamingLIVE educates participating students on potential careers in video game design and related technological areas including but not limited to coding, computer programming, and web development. Shortridge-based EliteGamingLIVE events take place from February-April and culminate with a city-wide competition in May.

Global Gifts

Global Gifts is a locally-owned nonprofit organization with four locations in central Indiana and Ohio. They are supported by a small staff and a dedicated team of volunteers. Global Gifts’ products are purchased exclusively from fair trade vendors, ensuring products are produced ethically and artisans have been paid a fair wage. Products come from artisans in more than 40 countries around the world, each with a unique story. Shortridge High hosts an annual fundraiser with Global Gifts each December where a percentage of sales are returned to the school. The CEO of Global Gifts was a one of our Friday Connect speakers.


Service organizations, schools, churches and businesses can help Goodwill and the community by hosting donation drives. This Goodwill program is called Collect and Connect and allows Shortridge to exchange used clothing for vouchers. For every bag of used clothing donated, Goodwill provides $5 in vouchers to purchase school uniforms for SHS scholars in need.

Indiana Blood Center

The Indiana Blood Center provides a continuous, safe and adequate supply of blood products to people of our own communities and wherever blood products are needed. Shortridge hosts yearly Blood Drives, making it convenient for our students and staff to donate.

Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s StorytellerTM, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. This organization helps our Freshman scholars research and present their historical inquiry. Our partnership helps set the foundation for a rigorous curriculum.

Indiana Bar Foundation

We participate through the Indiana Mock Trial program, which stimulates and encourages a deeper understanding and appreciation of the American legal system. The program provides the opportunity for students to learn the judicial system through a hands-on experience. Through mock trials, students gain an understanding of society’s approach to dispute resolution and justice through an experiential learning opportunity.

Indianapolis Repertory Theater

The mission of the Indiana Repertory Theatre is to produce top-quality, professional theatre and related activities, providing experiences that will engage, surprise, challenge and entertain people throughout their lifetimes, helping us build a vital and vibrant community. Our scholars benefit from reduced cost field trips to see performances and summer opportunities.

Indianapolis Gaelic Athletic Association

The IGAA brings to Indy the history and competition of Ireland’s most popular sports. With Gaelic Football, Hurling, and Camogie, the IGAA partners with Shortridge’s Physical Education Department to teacher and prepare students in these ancient games.

Jefferson Awards Foundation

The Student in Action Team is a program offered by the Jefferson Awards Foundation. This program is offered free to schools to help students learn how to lead their peers through engagement in community service to impact the community and tell others about the issues and opportunities.

Joseph Maley Foundation

The Joseph Maley Foundation was established in 2008 with the mission, “serving children of all abilities.” We work to build acceptance of individuals through programs that engender compassion and respect for the diversity of life. JMF focuses our efforts on disability awareness, adaptive athletics, creating opportunities for youth leadership, and service learning. Shortridge High School has partnered with JMF to develop peer tutoring and inclusive practices.


Shortridge High is proud to partner with NexTech. Fueled by the widening gap between computer-related employment opportunities and the number of individuals pursuing these opportunities, NexTech connects educators, innovative nonprofits and entrepreneurs to deliver programs at Shortridge High School to assist students in pursuing careers in technology. At Shortridge High School, students can enroll in computer science and coding courses. As well, students can participate in NexTech Catapult, a 15-month program with a 6-week summer camp and full-time internship. Students are compensated throughout the program.

Peace Learning Center

Shortridge scholars engage in community building, conflict resolution and volunteering through visits to the center, speakers at after school programs and the MLK Festival. Peace Learning Center strives to create a more peaceful world by engaging the timeless values of respect, dignity, and dialogue between individuals and within communities.

Seeds of Learning

The Week Without Walls program is designed to help students move out of their normal comfort zones and experience a broader world. However, it is also important for our students to understand their identity as Americans. A grant from Seeds of Learning has helped send students to Williamsburg Virginia last year and again this year.

Youth As Resources

The United Way Youth As Resources program enables students to engage in the grant writing process and earn some funds to support service projects. Students have received grants to make scarves for a family shelter and support a student-led Autism Seminar.