Organization name: Purdue Polytechnic High Schools

Program Type

Academic programs

Ages Served:

12-18 Years


Brief Program Summary: Founded by Purdue University and the City of Indianapolis in partnership with community, industry and academic leaders, Purdue Polytechnic High School (PPHS) prepares students to succeed in technical, STEM-related post-secondary programs and high-tech careers. PPHS inspires students to pursue their passion through the lens of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), hands-on and project-based learning, industry partnerships and a flexible, personalized learning environment.
Success Metrics: Purdue Polytechnic High School (PPHS) had its first graduating class in 2021. Out of 120 seniors, 48 were accepted to Purdue University, with more than half of those being students of color. With this acceptance rate, PPHS has more than doubled the number of students of color attending Purdue than the average number attending Purdue from IPS (with nearly 1,600 graduates in a year).


Number Served & Racial Distribution:

Total Number of Individuals Annually Served


Black or African Americans Annually Served


Hispanic or Latinos Annually Served


Geographic Scope:

− Central Indiana Counties: Marion
− Additional/Other Areas of Focus: Center Township, Marion County and surrounding


Annual Operating Cost: $12,000,0000
Initial Start-Up Cost: $1,500,000

Contact Information

Organization Name: Purdue Polytechnic High Schools
Website: https://pphs.purdue.edu/
Respondents Name: Scott Bess
Email: sbess@pphs.purdue.edu
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