The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners has approved the administration’s plan for an all-Choice high school model. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, each IPS high school will specialize in College- and Career-Themed Academies in addition to existing Choice programming – offering students a more rewarding and engaging academic experience. Under the New IPS High School Experience, students will choose a high school based on their desired area of study and not where they live.

2018-19 High Schools and Leaders

Recently, the board approved the consolidation of the district’s high school structure – eliminating three high schools – beginning with the 2018-19 school year. The board also approved specific programming and leadership recommendations for the district’s new model. Those schools, programs and leaders are as follows:

Arsenal Technical High School: Construction, Engineering & Design Academy (new), Math & Science Academy (current), New Tech (current), Career Technology Center (current), Law & Public Policy Program (current)

Lloyd Bryant (pictured) will serve as principal at Arsenal Tech. He previously served as director of principal development with IPS. Bryant currently serves as interim principal of Arsenal Technical. He holds an undergraduate degree in history from Hampton University and a master’s degree in education and administration from Trinity University. Bryant returned home to Indianapolis after serving students and families in Washington, D.C. for 16 years and in leadership in D.C. public schools for 8 years.

Crispus Attucks High School: Health Sciences Academy (new, with an expansion of current medical program offerings), Teaching, Learning & Leading Academy (new)

With Lauren Franklin (pictured) remaining at the helm, Crispus Attucks will continue its recent progress in student achievement. An Indianapolis native and a proud graduate of Indianapolis Public Schools, Franklin received her undergraduate degree from DePauw University and went on to earn master’s degrees from both Indiana Wesleyan University and Butler University. She has been employed with IPS for 19 years. Her instructional experiences range from preschool to 12th grade, as a classroom teacher, magnet coordinator and school administrator.

George Washington High School: Information Technology Academy (new), Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Logistics Academy (new), Business & Finance Academy (new)

Stanley Law will serve as principal. He has served the students of IPS for 16 years as an elementary principal, middle school assistant principal and high school principal. Law currently serves as principal of Arlington High School. Under his leadership, the school has seen record increases in the graduation rate. He earned his undergraduate degree from IUPUI, his master’s degree from Butler University, and he is currently pursuing his PhD at Indiana State University.

Shortridge High School: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (current), International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (new), Visual & Performing Arts and Humanities (current, relocated)

Shane O’Day is the founding principal of Gambold Preparatory Magnet High School with Indianapolis Public Schools. He will continue as principal of Shortridge High School. O’Day holds an undergraduate degree in education from Western Washington University, a master’s degree in Education from George Mason University, an MBA from Thunderbird University, and he obtained his principal licensure from Lehigh University. O’Day came to IPS after living overseas for 10 years working and leading international schools.

Additionally, Edison School of the Arts leader Nathan Tuttle will oversee arts integration and K-12 alignment during the transition of the Visual and Performing Arts high school program to Shortridge. Tuttle, who earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from IU School of Music and his Master of Arts in education from Oakland City University, has been an educator for 18 years. He will serve as Visual and Performing Arts Advisor while continuing as CEO and head of school at Edison School of the Arts.

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