Purdue Polytechnic High School

Through the ongoing development of Purdue Polytechnic High Schools in Indianapolis and South Bend, and through the future development of such institutions around Indiana, Purdue will fully prepare high school students who otherwise might not have the opportunity for high-tech and STEM-related careers.

Goals

  • Fully prepare underrepresented minority high school students for careers in STEM.
  • Create an environment of academic excellence and college readiness through experiential learning, a new mode of learning in which students work hands-on to solve real-world problems through design challenges and industry-sponsored projects.
  • Provide a holistic and equitable education for all students regardless of their educational attainment or socioeconomic background.

Major Milestones

  • Out of the 52 rising seniors from the inaugural Englewood cohort who applied to Purdue, 92% were admitted.
  • Relationships have been established with 12 industry partners in central Indiana to provide early-career exposure to the students.
  • In 2020, 36 rising seniors from the first PPHS cohort attended an on-campus summer experience where they received 3 credits at no cost.
  • President Mitch Daniels and his wife, Cheri, launched a scholarship fund in 2020, aimed at removing financial barriers for PPHS students in their pursuit of a Purdue degree.