Purdue seeks head for new Indianapolis high school

October 7, 2015  

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School is accepting applications for its inaugural head of school. The person chosen for the position will play a crucial role in the development of the school, which will open for students in fall 2017.

“We are looking for an innovative and enthusiastic leader to advance the vision and mission of the new high school,” said Brooke Huntington, assistant dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. “This charter high school will offer a new education model to provide local Indianapolis students with a seamless transition to post-secondary education and high-wage, high-demand jobs. The Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School will help create the best and the brightest for our workforce, and we are looking for the same to lead it.”

The head of school will be the chief innovator and school developer working collaboratively with Purdue University and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. The successful candidate will serve as a community liaison and advance a culture and environment that promotes communication, innovation and professionalism among staff and students, Huntington said.

In June, Purdue University announced its intent to launch a new charter school in downtown Indianapolis. The high school’s curriculum, based on the Purdue Polytechnic Institute’s, will provide a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focus for area students in grades 9-12. The innovative education model of the new high school will provide students with better preparation for today’s workplace as well as a pathway to post-secondary education at Purdue University.

The Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School’s mission is to create a new generation of skilled talent by developing innovative teaching and learning practices and new ways of engaging young people, such as learning in context through design-based curriculum. Plans for the school are based on research conducted by Hire Up and the leadership of a steering committee composed of leaders from Purdue University, the City of Indianapolis, USA Funds and EmployIndy.

To assist in the school’s launch, USA Funds has contributed a $500,000 planning grant, which is being administered by EmployIndy. EmployIndy is also handling the head of school search.

Interested candidates can get more information through EmployIndy’s application system at www.employindy.org

Source: Brooke Huntington, 317-632-0717, bhunting@purdue.edu 

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