The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation has awarded $1.25 million to Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis. The school is set to open in August and is geared toward science, technology, engineering and math college and career training.

Purdue Polytechnic High School will be temporarily located in The Union 525 building, which previously housed Manuel High School and later Wood High School, and is now home to multiple businesses and office space. The school will eventually move into the abandoned PR Mallory Building on the city’s east side. Purdue Polytechnic High School was first announced in 2015 and is a collaboration among Purdue University, the city of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Public Schools and partners within industry and the community.

High School Head Scott Bess says "the combination of personalized learning with projects and problems, and with industry partners being continually involved with teachers and students, means that our students will not only be exposed to rigorous academic instruction, but will learn how to apply the academic standards to real-world situations. This will move Indianapolis to the forefront of STEM education nationally and make a real difference in our students’ ability to compete internationally in STEM-related fields."

Students from the high school who meet Purdue University admissions standards will be offered direct admittance to the Purdue Polytechnic Institute in West Lafayette.

You can connect to more about Purdue Polytechnic by clicking here.