The high school has a goal of enrolling 160 9th graders for the 2018-19 school year. By the fall of 2020, with students in all four grades of the school, the enrollment capacity will be capped at 600 students.


The school is classified as a public charter school. There will be no additional costs to attend Purdue Polytechnic High School.

Round 1 for applications will be open from November 15 – January 15. PPHS has 160 slots for students entering the 9th grade in fall 2018.*

Priority status for admission is given to students who complete the application, live in the Indianapolis Public Schools district and/or are siblings of current PPHS students.

Like most Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and charter schools, Purdue Polytechnic High School is participating in Enroll Indy's One Match application process.

Apply by visiting, click apply (you will be redirected to and complete the application. Be sure to select Purdue Polytechnic High School as your #1 choice.

Accepted students will be notified on February 15, 2018, with instructions to complete enrollment paperwork.*

  • A completed enrollment packet includes:
    • Completed enrollment form
    • Complete middle school transcript, including first semester of 8th grade
    • Middle school ISTEP/IMAST or other standardized testing scores
    • Copy of birth certificate
    • Up-to-date immunization records
    • Custody documentation, if applicable
    • Final 8th grade grades demonstrating the student has been promoted to 9th grade (to be provided at the end of the school year)
    • 8th grade ISTEP scores, if available
    • Attendance records
    • Disciplinary reports

Enrollment forms are due March 15, 2018.

*Priority status for admission is given to students who complete the application, live in the Indianapolis Public Schools district and/or are siblings of current PPHS students. The high school is projected to fill all 160 slots during Round 1. However, if slots are available after January 15, then the school will proceed with Round 2 until filled

Purdue Polytechnic High School presents students with a rigorous academic program that empowers and prepares them to move the world forward. The school’s curricula is designed to keep students engaged, challenge them to reach their maximum potential and meet high expectations.

The curriculum is modeled after the new and innovative learning environment at the Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. A high school diploma is considered a milestone rather than an end goal.

Purdue Polytechnic High School students who meet Purdue University admission criteria will have direct admittance to the Purdue Polytechnic Institute in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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.

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 is a fully accredited charter Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) high school, authorized by the Indianapolis Charter School Board. As a charter school, Purdue Polytechnic High School must comply with the State’s requirements for student assessment. Purdue Polytechnic High School is required to administer certain assessment tests and meet specific testing criteria. These assessment tests include ISTEP and End of Course Assessments (ECAs). In addition to test scores, Purdue Polytechnic High School must annually provide the Indianapolis Charter School Board with attendance records, student performance data, financial information and any information necessary to comply with state and federal requirements.

The high school’s temporary location is in the 525 Union at 525 S. Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis.

For the 2018-19 school year, the high school plans to be moved into the permanent location, the historic PR Mallory Building at 3029 East Washington Street in the Englewood neighborhood (Near Eastside of Indianapolis).

Both temporary and permanent locations are close to public transit, downtown, and the high school’s industry partners.

Yes, because it is a charter school.

The school is located in the Indianapolis Public School district and is also designated an Innovation Network School (INS). An INS agreement is a mutually beneficial contract between Purdue Polytechnic High School and IPS to aid in student recruitment and leverage shared services like transportation, meal service, and professional development. IPS is allowed to count Purdue Polytechnic High School academic results within its district results.

IndyGo provides student transportation. All students have a year-round unlimited bus pass integrated with their student ID. See the IndyGo FAQ

Yes. View the current student uniform policy.

The ratio of students to teachers is approximately 15 to 1. The teaching staff is augmented by other staff, including guidance counselors, social workers, internship and college coordinators, and school administration.

Purdue Polytechnic High School offers a supportive learning community dedicated to assisting different levels of readiness for the school’s intensive curricula.

Instead of rotating subjects, students focus on projects of varying durations through which all Indiana Academic Standards are mastered in order to be successfully completed.

The curriculum is competency based and students learn at their individual level of mastery.

Highly qualified teachers work in small groups or individually to craft instruction for students who need remediation or have advanced skills.

Each investment you make strengthens the success of the high school and fosters ingenuity and creativity from our students and teachers. Visit our Make a Gift page to learn how to give.

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