- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Purdue University plans to open a new charter school in Indianapolis focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

University President Mitch Daniels outlined plans for Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School on Thursday and announced that the school will open its doors in downtown Indianapolis in 2017.

In a written statement, Daniels said the two objectives of the plan “are to offer an alternative learning environment designed to better prepare students for today’s workplace and to increase significantly the unacceptably low number of Indianapolis Public Schools students who are qualified to succeed at Purdue.”

Gary Bertoline, dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, said the curriculum will be a mix of K-12 education, postsecondary education and industry leadership and participation. The curriculum and teaching methods will be designed by university faculty members.

“We are tired of waiting for the current system to produce enough low-income, first-generation minority students,” Daniels said.

USA Funds President and CEO William Hansen said the school will save students “time and money” and better prepare them for careers with the skills that central Indiana employers value. The organization is providing a $500,000 grant to aid in planning for the school.

Bertoline said students who attend the school will be admitted to Purdue after graduation.

Daniels said the opening of Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School, a charter school that doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of a public school corporation, could be the first step in opening other similar schools across the state.

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