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.
Head of School, Purdue Polytechnic High School
Director of High School Initiatives, Purdue Polytechnic Institute
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
Business and Financial Consultant, Kenneth Kobe LLC
Executive Director, Indiana Ballet Conservatory
Senior Policy Advisor, Bose Public Affairs Group
Chief Operating Officer, Lilly International Business Unit
Dean, Purdue Polytechnic Institute
Vice President for Public Affairs, Purdue University