Students learn problem-solving and critical thinking through real-world design challenges. They use the design-thinking process, which includes analysis and reflection, to emphasize core academic concepts. Instead of a traditional schedule, teachers and students work together to schedule time for individual and group instruction in a variety of formats. Students learn to be responsible for recognizing gaps in their own knowledge and receive high-quality instructional support when they need it.
The new way to success
Purdue Polytechnic High School’s environment of academic excellence will be characterized by
- industry-focused experiential learning
- mentors who nurture, guide and build trust
- students who develop a natural thirst to learn.
Teachers, mentors and industry partners know their most important task is to help students succeed.
Students will be challenged to work hard. They will be asked to give their all in classes designed to stretch and grow their abilities and encourage them to innovate. They also will have access to extensive tutoring, mentoring and step-by-step help.
The learning environment
Instruction at all grade levels balances practical science, technology, engineering, and Math (STEM) application and traditional liberal arts so students learn problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills sought by employers.
9th and 10th grades
In their first two years, students will be exposed to teaching practices that are proven winners in STEM-focused schools nationally. They won’t move forward until they master each academic step. The curriculum will include information related to careers in advanced manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, and computer and information technology.
Learning will be problem- and project-based and will focus on connecting what students have learned with real-world challenges.
11th and 12th grades
In 11th grade, students will choose a specific path that leads to college credits and industry credentials. They will be able to learn on the Purdue University campus and at industry partner sites.
In 12th grade, students will complete an internship within their chosen path. This hands-on experience is one of the cornerstones of the Purdue Polytechnic model. Students get an early glimpse into career opportunities and will master concepts they first learned in the classroom.