About Us

The Step Ahead Academy teaches two years of curriculum in one calendar year providing the opportunity for our students to complete two grade levels in one school year with the exception of 8th grade. All 8th grade students have the opportunity to earn high school credits.

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9501 E. 36th Pl.
Indianapolis, IN 46235



School Hours:

  • Office Opens: 6:30am
  • Breakfast: 7:00am
  • Classes Begin: 7:20am
  • Dismissal: 2:10pm
  • Office Close: 4:00pm

Families who are interested in attending our school can contact their currently assigned school’s counselor or social worker to request an application. You can also contact us at 317.226.2070 for further information.

This is not a program designed for students with major behavior issues. The program is focused on student achievement and character development for each student admitted into the Academy. We want to stress the unique opportunity this provides for each of our students. However, it is not guaranteed that all of our students will be double promoted. It will take focus, determination and a willingness to learn from both our students and parents for the program to work for you.

  • Angela Denman: Step Ahead Coordinator
    • denmana@myips.org
  • Jenell Dent: Science Teacher
    • dentj@myips.org
  • Lora Elliott: Math Teacher
    • elliottl@myips.org
  • Nicole Sarkas: Art Teacher
    • sarkasn@myips.org
  • Candace Stapinski: Counselor
    • stapinsc@myips.org

We want to congratulate Ms. Elliott for being the Step Ahead Teacher of the Year recipient! She has exhibited resilience by taking responsibility and expecting excellence from her students and herself! Thank you Ms. Elliott for all you do to provide an example of excellence for our students and staff.

Step Ahead Academy Teacher of the Year!

News & Announcements

Indianapolis Public Schools values your feedback!

Starting March 1, 2021, we will be asking you to take a brief survey to tell us about your experience with Indianapolis Public Schools and Step Ahead Academy.

We want to know what you think.

You may complete the survey online between MARCH 1, 2021 – MARCH 19, 2021

You can use a computer, tablet, or smartphone!

Click Below For Survey Website:


Access Code:  stepahead21

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Title IX Reporting

Complaints or reports alleging sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, stalking, or gender discrimination, including sexual orientation or gender identity, involving an IPS student,  employee, or person affiliated with IPS should be immediately reported to the Title IX Coordinator at TitleIXCoordinator@myips.org.

Complaints or reports may be made anonymously but no disciplinary action will be taken against an alleged aggressor solely on the basis of an anonymous report.