A year after Broad Ripple High School closed, a new STEM high school is opening in the northside neighborhood.
Purdue Polytechnic High School North is the second Purdue University charter school in Indianapolis. Around 70 students are enrolled for the coming academic year.
Head of School, Scott Bess, says the science and engineering-focused curriculum gives students real-world experience. Students work on projects and interact with local businesses.
“You get to do hands-on work," Bess says. "You’re not just going from math to science to English, but you’re actually working on real things. The math, science and English comes up underneath those projects. ”
During a ribbon-cutting Monday, District 2 City-County Councillor, Colleen Fanning, says the school provides a quality education option for Broad Ripple families.
“To have something so reputable in our backyard, where families with STEM-focused children can stay and don’t have to even think about moving out of the community to get other public school options,” she says.
Purdue Polytechnic High School North opens next week for its first class of freshmen and sophomores.