About a third of the 120 graduates will attend Purdue University.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Purdue Polytechnic Institute of Indianapolis is about to graduate from its first class of high school seniors.
About a third of them will go to Purdue University.
The school building is Mallory’s old factory, located on the near east side, built 100 years ago, but the concept and learning model are new.
Adrian Martinez was one of the first freshmen at Purdue Poly four years ago. It is now part of the first promotion.
“What personally attracted me to school was project-based learning, as well as the different types of learning styles,” Martinez said. “Personally I haven’t struggled well in a traditional classroom environment, so I have the opportunity to come here and be able to learn everything I need to learn to graduate. It was just a game changer.” .
Kayla Owens is also one of the original students. He goes to Purdue University to study computer information technology.
“It’s very exciting to get to the finish line now. I know I’ve been really looking forward to it right now, so it’s like I’m finally getting there, so I’m really looking forward to graduating.”
Purdue created Polytechnic to provide a STEM-focused pipeline in West Lafayette, especially for students with minority and minority services.
“The group of students here is very diverse. Many students are very autonomous and motivated to do their job, which is something you have to do at this school,” Martinez said.
Martinez will study mechanical engineering technology at Purdue.
The learning model is based on projects, with internships, double credit courses and technical certifications.
“My group decided to create a solution for water conservation and made me realize how much water is known to waste the entire human race,” Owens said.
The teachers of the school are called coaches.
“You don’t have a bell telling you it’s time to go from this class to this class. He’ll be the person in charge of moving forward. The coach is there to help you facilitate and provide support,” , said LaTrice Crawford, university and professional manager of the school.
Becoming a cauldron is not a graduation, but students who meet the requirements are allowed admission to many Purdue programs.
The June 11 graduation ceremony at Purdue Polytechnic Institute in Indianapolis will include about 120 students.