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New IPS high school to open on Indy's east side

Posted at 9:11 PM, Oct 03, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new high school is set to open on the city's east side.

Purdue Polytechnic High School Indianapolis will be opening in the old PR Mallory Building in the Englewood neighborhood for the 2017-18 school year. 

Purdue President Mitch Daniels along with Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee announced the newest education installment on Monday.

The goal of the project, which has been in the works for the past year, is to raise the admission total of IPS students to the Purdue University system. 

"Something over 1,100 seniors apparently in this year's school system. Only 26 of them qualified and were admitted to Purdue University and only 12 of them showed up on campus," said Daniels, "And we can not be the university we aspire to be or are determined to be if we don't do better than that in the single largest concentration of low income and first generation students in our state."

The high school will be a STEM-focused charter school with all four years mapped out with a technology-based curriculum. 

They will also offer programs to help students transition from high school to college. 

They are currently hiring teachers and staff. 

You can apply now for your child to be in the first 9th grade class. There are 150 open spots. 

They plan to add a new freshman class each year, working towards their enrollment goal of 600 students.