Indianapolis Public Schools is in the process of launching three new school options in response to family demand building off of community-driven learning hubs in the 2020-21 school year.
Phalen Virtual Academy provides a full-virtual program, and students are welcome to participate in extracurricular and sports at their neighborhood schools. The Paramount Virtual School will provide virtual education with dedicated space in a brick-and-mortar school for families to have a home base if they need in-person support.
Families and students also received virtual school training in-person at the beginning of the year, and teachers are expected to be in-person in this space for teaching. Students are also welcome to visit Paramount’s flagship school for hands-on activities.
The district is also in the planning stages for Brookside Community School, conducting empathy interviews and creating a collaborative process for the school, families, and community partners to work together to imagine the learning environment.
We are spotlighting this because the district is using recovery funds to rethink school designs that allow for virtual and in-person learning options.