The high school has a goal of enrolling 150 9th graders during the inaugural fall opening of the 2017-18 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.

  • Purdue Polytechnic High School will open for the 2017-18 school year with 150 freshmen.
  • The open application period for the 2017-18 school year closes on February 3, 2017. Any applications received after February 3, 2017, will be placed on a waitlist in the order they are received.
  • An email will be sent after February 9, 2017, to the parent/guardian email address – submitted as part of the student’s application -- informing students of their selection or waitlist position.
  • We received more applications than there are spots available. We will have a public lottery to fill the spots on February 8, 2017.
  • Students who reside in the Indianapolis Public Schools attendance zone and completed an application will be given priority status for admission.
  • Acceptance letters with instructions and forms for student enrollment will be sent by February 9, 2017.
  • 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
  • Purdue Polytechnic High School staff will host an enrollment fair February 23, 2017, to assist with paperwork and answer questions for accepted students. For more information, contact Josh Bowling at
  • Enrollment forms are due March 1, 2017.
    • If fewer than 150 students have completed their enrollment forms by March 1, 2017, students on the waitlist will be notified via the parent email submitted on the application.
    • Once all 150 students are enrolled, all students remaining on the waitlist will be notified via the parent email submitted on the application.

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

The curriculum is being modeled after the new and innovative learning environment at the Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University in West Lafayette. 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.

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.

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 testing 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 permanent home for the Purdue Polytechnic High School will be the historic P.R. Mallory Building at 3029 E. Washington Street in the Englewood neighborhood on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis.

During the school’s first year (2017-18), classes will be in a temporary location, 525 S Meridian Street, while the P.R. Mallory Building is renovated.

Yes, because it is a charter school. Because of its location, Purdue Polytechnic High School will actively target and recruit students within the Indianapolis Public School district.

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.

Yes. Indianapolis Public School will provide student transportation as part of the school’s Innovation Network School agreement.

Yes. We will expect students to follow a dress code.

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

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

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

Curriculum will be competency based and students will learn at their individual level of mastery.

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

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