About the Purdue Polytechnic High School

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools open to any state resident. Charter schools are freed from many of the regulations governing traditional public schools. They control their own curriculum, staffing, organization and budget. In exchange for this freedom, they must maximize student potential and meet and exceed Indiana’s new academic standards.

The Indianapolis Office of Education Innovation asks and answers the most frequently asked questions about charter schools.

Innovation Network Schools

In 2014, Indiana passed a law allowing the governing board of Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) to authorize Innovation Network Schools within the district. These schools are given increased autonomy and agree to performance benchmarks set by the district. This allows these schools to be able to innovate to provide personalized learning that better meets students’ needs. Innovation Network Schools are freed from requirements around the use of funds, the length of the school day, class size restrictions, and the use of technology in the classroom.

Purdue Polytechnic High School will be part of the IPS Innovation Network.

Community and state support

The Purdue Polytechnic High School Indianapolis was created through the vision of leaders at Purdue University and the City of Indianapolis. That vision was supported by several community and industry partners to make the planned August 2017 opening a reality.

The countless people involved in the planning and logistics of starting a charter school were all focused on one mission: offering the best and most beneficial educational experience for Indianapolis students who want to pursue high-tech and STEM-related careers.

School Directory

Shatoya Jordan

Scott Bess
Head of School, Purdue Polytechnic High School

Susie Howard
Director of High School Initiatives, Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Josh Bowling
Community Outreach Coordinator

Kristi Mann
Lead Humanities Instructor

Deanna Powell
Office Manager

Tonya Taylor
Director of Student Services

Eric Stewart
Director of Technology

Latrice Crawford
College & Career Coordinator

Andrew Zeller
Innovation & Learning Strategist

Board of Directors

The Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis, Indiana is governed by an nine-person board of directors:

Maureen Weber, chair
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Project Lead The Way

Jamal Smith, treasurer
Founder & President, The Lead Change Project

George Pillow, secretary
President and CEO, Pillow Logistics

Ken Kobe
Business and Financial Consultant, Kenneth Kobe LLC

Wilmara Manuel
Executive Director, Indiana Ballet Conservatory

Maria Quintana
President, Q2u Strategic Advisory Group

Michelle Carnahan
Chief Operating Officer, Lilly International Business Unit

Gary Bertoline​
Dean, Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Julie Griffith
Vice President for Public Affairs, Purdue University