Indianapolis Public Schools and Butler Look to Open Another Lab School

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By Andrew Pillow

The Butler Lab School has been a huge success in the eyes of the community. So much so that the school has consistently had a long waiting list. Over 250 students are currently waiting to get into the school. As luck would have it, those students may have a chance to get in to the program.

Indianapolis Public Schools and Butler are looking to replicate the Lab School.

The Butler Lap school has a unique model. The school is staffed almost exclusively with Butler graduates. Teachers at the school receive continued professional development. Current Butler students also use the school as a classroom of sorts. This model appears to be the primary appeal to parents and students.

The current school attracts a slightly different demographic than other Indianapolis Public Schools. Less than 30% of the school qualifies for free and reduced lunch. The Lab School also serves a predominantly white student body.

The New Lab school would occupy IPS School 55 due to it’s nearby proximity to Butler.

Read more here. (Indy Star)

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.