Scott Bess, the founding executive director of the Purdue Polytechnic High School (PPHS) network, oversees a growing network of high schools that immerse underserved students and their families in a new educational experience, preparing them for success in college and/or the workforce.
Purdue Polytechnic High School, a STEM- focused, tuition-free charter school designed to provide education, experience, and a potential path to college for urban and minority students, reinvented high school education. In fall 2020, Purdue University announced that the high school’s flagship location in Indianapolis would be named in honor of Purdue alumnus Edmund O. Schweitzer III and Beatriz Schweitzer.
Purdue’s board of Trustees approved the naming of the Schweitzer Center at Purdue Polytechnic High School Englewood, honoring Purdue University alumnus Edmund O. Schweitzer III and Beatriz Schweitzer for their $4 million gift.
Purdue Polytechnic High School, a tuition-free public charter school aligned with Purdue University, opened its second Indianapolis location in fall 2019.
Purdue Polytechnic High School announced its second charter school will open in summer 2019 in Broad Ripple on Indianapolis' north side.
Purdue Polytechnic High School welcomed 159 students to its first-ever ninth grade class on Monday (July 31) in Indianapolis. The new school will focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and will feature hands-on project-based learning.
The Purdue Polytechnic High School has submitted its final application as part of XQ: The Super School Project, a national challenge to rethink high school.
As head of the planned Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis, Scott Bess has a lot of work to do between now and August 2017.
The Indianapolis Charter School Board on Thursday (Dec. 3) awarded a charter to the Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School. The board's decision was the final step in the school's application process.
"With the approval of the charter, we are now able to start making bigger investments in the future of the school," said Gary Bertoline, dean of Purdue Polytechnic Institute. "Our next big steps are hiring a school leader and selecting a location. Both of those goals should be accomplished in the next few months."