IPS approves reconfiguration; several high schools to house grades 9-12

Major changes are on the way for Indianapolis Public Schools. (WISH photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis Public Schools has approved a reconfiguration plan that will separate middle school students and high school students.

Under the plan, John Marshall High School will become John Marshall Middle School. Seventh and eighth graders from John Marshall and Arlington high schools will attend the new John Marshall Middle School. Students in grades 9-12 in those districts will attend Arlington High School.

A handful of elementary schools will expand from K-6 to K-8 for the 2017-18 school year, including George W. Julian School 57, James Whitcomb Riley School 43, Stephen Foster School 67, Washington Irving School 14 and Wendell Phillips School 63.

Other changes are also planned.

A new medical/STEM middle school inside the Longfellow building will be created to replicate a program being used at Harshman Middle School. Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School will phase out grades six through eight and students will attend the new middle school.

Broad Ripple High School for the Arts and Humanities, George Washington Community High School and Northwest Community High School will phase out middle grades and become traditional 9-12 high schools for the 2018-19 school year.

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