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.

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From the Curriculum Team

The curriculum will offer students authentic experiences that are contextual and integrated between subject areas. The lines between the branches of science, engineering, and technology are blurred as students are asked to solve meaningful, everyday problems.


Paul Asundaassistant professor of engineering/technology teacher education, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, College of Education.

Students will have the opportunity to learn collaboratively as they interact in a problem-based learning environment. The curriculum, which combines global challenges with local opportunities, will serve as a catalyst for student engagement, learning, and success.


Scott R. Bartholomewassistant professor of engineering/technology teacher education, Purdue Polytechnic Institute

The Purdue Polytechnic High School will immerse students in authentic global and local challenges that allow them to integrate science, mathematics and humanities knowledge. They will be provided valuable opportunities to develop their critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, technology literacy, leadership, and decision-making skills.


Greg Strimelassistant professor of engineering/technology teacher education, Purdue Polytechnic Institute