Officials have cut the ribbon on the new Purdue Polytechnic High School North in Indianapolis. The STEM-based high school, located in the city’s Broad Ripple neighborhood, is its second campus in Indy. Principal Keeanna Warren says the school will meet the needs of students by creating an environment where they can easily innovate, collaborate and communicate with each other.
The school is set to open its doors to students August 5 and Warren says there are about 70 students in the enrollment pipeline. The new location will feature an inaugural class of freshmen and sophomores.
In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Warren said the school has received a lot of local support.
"The neighborhood has been really excited. We’ve had a lot of community members asking how they can help, how they can volunteer, how they can support," said Warren. "They are just ready to be amazing partners and excited to be able to send their kids. We have so many students who are now able to walk to school and just be really proud and say, ‘My neighborhood has a high-quality school that’s connected to one of the best universities in the country.’"
The building housing Purdue Polytechnic High School North is owned and operated by Indianapolis-based Keystone Group. The school says the building will serve as a temporary location for the school while leaders secure a permanent facility in the Broad Ripple community.
"We are eager to welcome the first class to Purdue Polytechnic High School North and are grateful for the support of Keystone Group, the Broad Ripple Village Association and other community leaders," Scott Bess, head of schools for Purdue Polytechnic High School, said in a news release. "With our second campus, more Marion County students now have access to our hands-on STEM-based curriculum that teaches students the skills and knowledge to succeed in a 21st Century economy and paves the way toward admission to a post-secondary institution."
Warren is the founding principal for Purdue Polytechnic High School North. She previously served as school director for the Excel Center in the Meadows neighborhood in Indy.