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The All-Choice High School Experience

Choosing a high school based on students’ career goals is part of the All-Choice High School Experience!

By 2020, we expect every high school student in the district to have either chosen a career pathway, be actively engaged in researching the best-fit pathway, or enrolled in an existing Choice programs.

It’s an innovative approach to education and it’s here at IPS!

Choosing the Right Path

Every IPS high school student — depending on grade level — will choose a particular career pathway, be actively engaged in researching the best-fit pathway, or be enrolled in one of IPS’ College and Career Options, the Evening High School at Arlington or an Innovation Network high school (Herron, Riverside and Purdue Polytechnic).

The curriculum includes core classes in English, math, science and social studies, but also allows students to focus on an area of study specifically based on what they want to become professionally. Under the All-Choice High School Experience, students will choose a high school based not on where they live but on their desired area of study. This also includes elective career courses aligned to industry demand; career-themed projects in academic classes; continuum or experiential work-based learning (on-the-job training); and opportunities for students to earn credentials (college credit, industry certifications, employable skills certificate).

Here we provide a summary of the many programs coming the 2018-19 school year. For full program descriptions please reference our academic options page.

New College and Career Options

Careers related to processing materials into products, and the movement of people, goods, and materials by air, rail, and water. Available specilizations include advanced manufacturing, logistics and Engineering. This academy will be housed at George Washington High School

Careers for those who plan, organize, lead, and evaluate functions for running a business. Available specilizations include banking & finance, marketing, business operations and entrepreneurship. This academy will be housed at George Washington High School.

Careers for those who design, plan, manage, build and maintain structures. Specilizations include architecture & design, construction trades and engineering. There are also mechanical, electrical and plumbing specilizations available. This academy will be housed at Arsenal Technical High School.

Careers for those who provide and manage therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health information, support services and biotechnology research. Available specilizations include banking & finance, marketing, business operations and entrepreneurship. This academy will be housed at Crispus Attucks High School.

Careers related to the design, development and support and management of software, hardware, multimedia, and systems integration services. Available specilizations include software development, informatics, and IT support. This academy will be housed at George Washington High School.

Careers related to all aspects of education, training, and learning-support services. Available specilizations include teaching professions and early childhood education. This academy will be housed at Crispus Attucks High School.

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Existing College and Career Options

The IPS Career & Technology Center (CTC) prepares students for the world of work and post-secondary education. With on-the-job training opportunities and trade experiance in careers such as auto technician, graphic artist, nurse, firefighter and pastry chef, CTC provides exceptional academic and career opportunities through thirteen different career pathway opportunities. This program will be housed at IPS Career Technology Center.

The International Baccalaureate program offers scholars the challenging college preparatory International Baccalaureate program, recognized and respected by the world’s leading universities. The IB curriculum encourages the development of effective communication and critical thinking, aligns values to develop moral and ethical individuals, and provides opportunities to apply these skills through meaningful community service. The program also aims to develop internationally minded individuals who recognize universal human commonalities and through shared understanding aim to create a better world. This program will be housed at Shortridge High School.

The Law and Public Policy program provides students with the opportunity to explore the legal profession in depth. The program offers students the opportunity to get a true sense of the legal profession by providing them with real court experiences, learning opportunities from law professors and other legal professionals, and introducing them to the field of law enforcement. Also participate in mock trial, student court, and work with local law firms. This program will be housed at Arsenal Technical High School.

The Math & Science program includes Math/Science, Pre-Engineering and Informational Technology courses of study which offer accelerated and enriched courses in the areas of mathematics, science, technology, communication, and research. Students receive intensive instruction in advanced math and science, including sessions with university and research personnel. This program will be housed at Arsenal Technical High School.

New Tech provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in the 21st century. This program focuses on citizenship, work ethic, presentation skill, critical thinking, and collaboration. Within the New Tech program, students acquire these skills through integrated group projects. New Tech teachers strive to develop students into the analyzers, evaluators, and creators who will be successful in the global economy. As seniors, students have the opportunity to enroll in college level courses if their high school course requirements are complete. This program will be housed at Arsenal Technical High School.

Our mission is to inspire excellence in education in a culturally diverse environment through developing creativity in the arts. The traditional academic curriculum is integrated with arts education. The Arts provide experiential learning, develop imagination and creative thinking, enhance problem solving skills, and enables students to improve the quality of their lives by helping them understand, appreciate, and create an environment that is functional as well as beautiful. Students gain meaningful connections across core curriculum, while learning and understanding is deepened by the varied learning styles within the arts. An audition may be required by the school for this program. This program will be housed at Shortridge High School.

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Additional Options

We understand that the new and existing College and Career Options may not be for everyone. Part of the All-Choice High School Experience includes providing additional options, services and partnerships that are designed to give our students the best future possible. 

JROTC programs will be offered at Arsenal Tech., Crispus Attucks, George Washington, and Shortridge High Schools.

Herron and Riverside High School
Herron offers a classical liberal arts education in a rigorous academic setting and integrates knowledge, inspires character and values community service. Its sister school, Riverside, offers a classical liberal arts curriculum and is committed to preparing world-class citizens and to urban renewal.

Purdue Polytechnic High School
Purdue Polytechnic, a partner school of Purdue University, provides instruction that balances practical science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) application and traditional liberal arts. 

Smaller class sizes, individualized instruction and learning experiences cater to students who need a flexible schedule, but the rigor of exemplary instruction. Programming also includes virtual classes, dual-college credits, advanced placement and an honors curriculum. Designed for accelerated learners, parenting students and working students who will graduate with an IPS diploma. This program will be available at Arlington.

IPS is developing an Early College program that provides on-site learning opportunities on local college campuses for students with a 3.0 or higher GPA who are ready to begin their college careers while in high school. The goal is for students to graduate with a high school diploma, plus up to two years of college credits — allowing them to potentially graduate from college sooner and with less debt. Participating students must have a 95 percent attendance record.

This is a proposed program and currently not assigned to an IPS facility. Program development and placement will largely be determined by staffing requirements, student interest and potential community partners.

What’s Offered:

  • A fast-paced, exceptionally challenging curriculum.
  • Students in Grades 9-10 take honors and advanced placement courses.
  • Students in Grades 11-12 take college courses with undergraduate students taught by college professors on college campuses.

IPS is developing a Middle College program that provides on-site learning opportunities on local college campuses for first-generation juniors and seniors with a 2.6 GPA or higher who would benefit from exposure to a college setting. The goal is for students to graduate with a high school diploma, plus college credits and college-readiness skills, and to improve their academic motivation and social/emotional readiness. Students would also save financially by taking core classes to prepare them for their college graduation with less debt. Participating students must have a 95 percent attendance record.

This is a proposed program and currently not assigned to an IPS facility. Program development and placement will largely be determined by staffing requirements, student interest and potential community partners.

What’s Offered:

  • An academically rigorous learning environment for first-generation juniors and seniors.
  • On-site learning at a local college campus.

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Future Centers

IPS Future Centers are designed to help students take the steps needed to successfully transition to Enrollment, Enlistment or Employment upon graduation. Based on successful models in other school districts throughout the U.S., these centers will be located within each high school and provide supportive services to students in the areas of college and career-readiness skill building, social/emotional support, and technical and material assistance.

Featuring the latest technology, strong support from collegiate and corporate partners, and knowledgeable & friendly staff, these centers and resources will be available to IPS students throughout their high school experience and their journey through college or early years in the workforce.

Mentoring

Individualized or group mentoring sessions offer students support during their high school years and can help them overcome any social and emotional hurdles they encounter.

Interview Training

Mock interviews, through one-on-one or group training, help students prepare for upcoming job or college/military interviews by perfecting skills and providing valuable feedback.

College Admin. Support

Staff provides assistance in understanding and completing financial-aid forms and scholarship applications, and researching additional ways to make college affordable and attainable.

Tutoring

Whether students are preparing for college essays, the ACT or SAT, or just need additional support, tutoring in math and writing are provided to foster greater understanding and mastery of core curriculum.

Reinventing Our Services

In addition to offering new and existing College and Career Options, IPS will continue to ensure all school services are of the highest quality.

Athletic programming for boys and girls — including baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, swimming, soccer, softball, track, tennis, volleyball — will continue at all four high schools under the New IPS High School Experience. Athletics will become more robust and competitive.

In addition to creating equitable opportunities for English Learners (ELs) to participate in their educational experience and the community, IPS will also provide trips for EL students to local universities, and offer after-school clubs, college- and career-readiness planning, and parent and student workshops.

IPS will maintain all Special Education services at the remaining high schools. Students will have opportunities to engage in College- and Career-Themed Academies and can receive additional support and accommodations per ability level. School staff will guide parents and students through Individual Education Plan (IEP) team meetings to determine the best ¬fit for each student. Special Education staff will also spend more time at individual high schools.

IPS will improve daily service to and from school, reduce students’ time on the bus, and better serve our high-mobility students to ensure no impact to any student’s education. The high school all-Choice model will reduce the impacts of student mobility at the high school level, as all students will be transported to the school of their choice.

IPS will acquire additional staffing resources to provide more coverage of our buildings, and implement successful programs (such as the Peace Learning Center) to help students learn to work together. Safety also will improve as empty wings of underutilized high schools are filled.

Transition Team & Advisory Councils

IPS cherishes our rich history and understands the link this history plays in the community and the effect it has on our alumni's identity. To ensure nothing gets lost in this transition, IPS will assemble three committees from members of the community. These will be a Student, Parent and Community & Legacy Preservation Advisory.

The transition team will be several specialized groups of district and school officials who will assist schools, staff and students to seamlessly migrate IPS through the high school consolidation process and new all-choice model. 

Teams and Committes will be comprised of the following individuals:

Deputy Superintendent for Academics, Chief Strategist, IPS Police, District Athletic Director, Parent Involvement Coordinator, Special Education Officer, English as a Second Language (ESL) Coordinator, Student Services Officer, and Student Services Director

Principal, Athletic Director, Parent Involvement Educator, representatives from Special Education, ESL and Counseling Departments, School Social Worker, students and parents

Building level Teacher of the Year winners and Superintendent’s Advisory Council members 

Student representatives from each school’s Transition Team and Superintendent's Student Advisory Council members 

Parent representatives from each school’s Transition Team

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We welcome all insight and feedback from our community members. To share your thoughts with us, please email us at ipspublicrelationsdivision@myips.org.

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